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July 12

Honor Mission
John Annen, Veteran

USA – Vietnam
Fort Smith, Arkansas – 07-12-21


ABOUT THE MISSION:

CPL John Annen 72, lost his battle with Agent Orange on May 23rd 2021. He was born on May 14th 1949 in Philadelphia Pa. He joined the US Army in Oct. 1968. He served as a Corporal and gun crew chief in 2/11 Field Artillery of the 101st Airborne Division from 1968 – 1970. For his service he earned the Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, ARCON Award Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Vietnam Service Medal, and Meritorious Unit Emblem. After Vietnam he was stationed at Fort Chaffee where he met and then married his wife on August 12, 1972. He obtained his electricians license from IBEW Local 700 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas in 1977. He worked as a journeyman, then master electrician,  then took a permanent position at Union Electric Steel Corp. in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1996 until retiring in 2015. He is survived by his wife, 1 daughter, 1 son, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 07-12-21
Staging Time: 12:20 PM

Fort Smith National Cemetery
522 Garland Ave
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
Map link: Map

Ride Captain:

Rick Wilson
928-404-3841
kimandginag@gmail.com

Special Instructions:

Stage: 12:20 pm
Briefing: 12:40 pm
Flag-line: 12:50-1:20 pm
This is just a flag-line, SADA will be doing the escort. The Scouts will be assisting in standing the flag-line.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Kim (Gus) and Gina Gustafson
Position: Arkansas Ride Captain

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11 Responses

  1. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Annen. May God keep you in His loving arms and give you His peace during this time.

    CPL Annen, thank you for your service. You are an American hero and will not be forgotten.

    Roger “Butterball” Vander Lugt
    USAF/Arkansas Air National Guard
    PGR Member Since May, 2013

  2. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your loved one. May God wrap His arms of healing, strength, and peace around you. Many Thanks for his service to our country. May he R.I.P.

    Stephanie Strain

  3. Michelle and I wish to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this American Hero. We would like to thank this Hero for your service and sacrifice in the protection of our freedom. You will not be forgotten. We pray you rest in peace.

  4. Please accept my condolences for the family and friends of John Annen. Thanks to Mr. Annen for his service to our country and for helping to ensure our freedoms. R.I.P.
    Don Hewett
    U.S. Army Veteran

  5. We send our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and an American Hero. We are grateful for United States veteran John Annen military service to our country and the courage to stand in harms way to protect and preserve our freedom and liberties! May he never be forgotten!
    “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
    John 14:2-4

  6. It is with the deepest respect that I wish to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this hero. He has shown himself to be a true American for serving this great country of ours. He can now RIP at our Lords side.

    Harold Robinson
    SFC, U.S. Army, (Ret.)

  7. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of John Annen. Many Thanks for his service to our country and for helping to ensure our freedoms. Our prayers are with you.  May he rest in peace. Well done, Sir!
    Rick & Ashley Schrunk
    AR State Captain
    USAF Veteran

  8. My condolences go out to the Annen family for your loss. May HE RIP. Thank you sir for your service to our country.
    Richard “ Pa Pa G “ Gentry
    PGR Ride Captain
    Ret. US Air Force

  9. We thank him profusely for his service and commitment to our country, and send our prayers and condolences to his family and his friends in their time of sorrow. May he Rest in Peace.

  10. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of CPL John Annen. Many Thanks for his service to our country and for helping to ensure our freedoms. Our prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.

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