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Honor Mission
Joe Avant, KIA
USA – Korea
Pearl/Greenwood, Mississippi – 12-11-19, 12-13-19


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recently announced that Army Cpl. Joe T. Avant, 20, of Greenwood, Mississippi, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 10, 2019. In late 1950, Avant was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team. He was reported missing in action Nov. 30, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. In June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification. Cpl. Avant’s remains will arrive at Jackson International Airport Wednesday 11 December at 10:27 a.m.

Staging Time: 9:45am

Old Delta Cargo Terminal (Gate 8)
Jackson International Airport
100 International Dr
Pearl, Mississippi 39208

Ride Captain:

Roger (Roadranger) Barrett

Special Instructions:

PGR will escort CPL to Greenwood Delta Funeral Home, 309 W Park Ave Greenwood MS 38930. It will be a over a 100 mile escort, full tank needed. Mandatory Briefing 10:00 a.m. There will be a LEO escort.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 12-13-19
Staging Time: 8:15am

North Greenwood Baptist Church
615 Grand Blvd
Greenwood, Mississippi 38930

Ride Captain:

Steve Sweet

Special Instructions:

There will be a U.S. Flag line for visitation 9:00 a.m. until start of 11:00 a.m. service. Following the service PGR will escort Cpl Avant to his final duty station at Odd Fellows Cemetery, 1635 Carrollton Ave Greenwood MS 38930. PGR will stand silent U.S. Flag Line for graveside service with military honors.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Roger Barrett
Position: Mississippi State Captain

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December 13, 2019
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  1. Ecclesiastes 3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die;. Lord we pray for strength for the family as they go through the days ahead. Bind them together in love and comfort them only as you can. Help them to remember the fond and happy memories
    My wife and I wish to offer our deep heartfelt condolences.
    They did their part. Now we will do our very best to honor you.
    Thank you for your service!! God Bless You!!


  2. My wife and I offer our deepest, and most heartfelt sorrow as we say goodbye to these true American Heroes. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of those who stood and fought for our country. Be proud and strong in their beliefs. God bless, stand down, your mission is now complete…may you rest in Honored, Eternal Peace. Thank you, Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.

    Lloyd R. Carter, USAF, Viet Nam

    Riding in memory of:
    My Brother, PFC Milford D. Carter, U.S. Army, Viet Nam, 9th Infantry Div.,
    My Father, Raymond H. Carter, WWII , 331st Base Unit, A.A.F.,
    My Step-Father, Freddie D. Braswell, USMC Korea,

    They were my heroes, I stand for them.

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