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John William Craig

Honor Mission
SK1 John William Craig, Active Duty, POW/MIA, KIA
USN – WWII
MULTI-CITY, Arkansas – 12-05, 06-19

ABOUT THE MISSION:

Family members of SK1 John William Craig, 26 and a mourning nation have waited 77 years to lay their beloved Hero to his Final Rest. He was among the first casualties of WWII while serving aboard the USS Oklahoma, BB-37. The Battleship Oklahoma suffered catastrophic damage on December 7, 1941 from hostile enemy aircraft attacks and capsized. Torpedo’s sank the ship while moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. SK1 Craig served 4 years in the U.S. Navy, from 1937 until December 7, 1941. His Medal and Award eligibility include: The Purple Heart – Combat Action Ribbon – American Defense Service Medal W/Fleet Clasp – Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal W/Bronze Star and the WWII Victory Medal. 429 crew members including 415 Sailors, and 14 Marines perished during the attack. SK1 Craig was identified through efforts of the DPAA, USS Oklahoma Project.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 12-05-19
Staging Time: 3:30 PM

Little Rock National Airport Southwest Air Cargo Area
1100 Temple St
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
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Ride Captain:

Jerry “DeadEye” Ashby
501-940-7124
tripower@suddenlink.net

Special Instructions:

BRIEFING: 4:00 PM Required for safe participation in the escort.
FLAG LINE: Upon Hero arrival
ESCORT TO: Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117.
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Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 12-06-19
Staging Time: 11:00 AM

Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home
7724 Landers Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117
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Ride Captain:

Jerry “DeadEye” Ashby
501-940-7124
tripower@suddenlink.net

Special Instructions:

NOTE: Pallbearers will be needed
BRIEFING: 11:30 AM. Required for safe participation in the escort.
ESCORT TO: 12:15 PM – Big Flag Bikes will be needed. Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, Arkansas 72120.
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INTERMENT: 1:00 PM With Full Military Honors and Patriot Guard Flag Line with presentation.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Jerry Ashby
Position: Arkansas State Captain

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13 Comments To "John William Craig"

#1 Comment By Ken McSpadden On December 2, 2019 @ 6:05 pm

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.

#2 Comment By Joe Maglie On December 2, 2019 @ 6:22 pm

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Craig. May the peaceful moments and cherished memories bring you renewed strength in the days to come. Thank you for your service to our Country, and your dedication to protecting the freedoms we all enjoy. Rest in Peace.

Joe Maglie, TSgt, USAF (Ret)
PGR Nat’l Staff/AR Ride Captain

#3 Comment By Harry Temple On December 2, 2019 @ 8:13 pm

Prayers go out to the family at this time. Thank you for your service to our Country.

#4 Comment By Chris ( SCOOP) Bakalekos On December 2, 2019 @ 10:08 pm

My sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of this great American hero welcome home sir thank you for your service and for our freedoms that you have given us may you rest in peace sir

#5 Comment By Ashley Schrunk On December 2, 2019 @ 10:57 pm

Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends SK1 John Craig during this long awaited time. As a grateful Nation we welcome you home and mourn the loss of an American Hero!
Thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice paid for our freedoms! You will not be forgotten!

Respectfully,
Ashley Schrunk
AR PGR

#6 Comment By jacque richardson On December 2, 2019 @ 11:36 pm

What a loss you and your family much feel as well as our country they he served. Prayers for you at time of greif

#7 Comment By Richard Gentry On December 3, 2019 @ 3:57 am

Welcome home SK1 John Craig, May you Rest In Peace for ever now. My prayers go out to the family of such a hero.
Richard “ Pa Pa G “ Gentry
Ret. US Air Force
Central Arkansas Ride Captain
Chairman Of The Arkansas PGR Board Of Directors

#8 Comment By Chuck “snake” Winters On December 3, 2019 @ 8:47 am

My deepest respect for this one … that one day they stood with hand lifted … and said they would sacrifice their life … so that others could live … free.

Go rest high on That Mountain Sir.

Slow . Hand . Salute .

#9 Comment By Rick Schrunk On December 3, 2019 @ 3:48 pm

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of SK1 John Craig. Welcome Home! Many Thanks for his service to our country and for helping to ensure our freedoms. Our prayers are with you. May he now rest in peace. Well done, Sir!
Rick Schrunk
AR PGR
USAF Veteran

#10 Comment By Jerry Ashby On December 4, 2019 @ 11:13 am

Family, and friends our hearts mourn your loss, and simultaneously rejoice the homecoming of your Hero. The supreme sacrifices made by your family for our country’s Freedom will never be forgotten or taken for granted. We care deeply about your loss and consider it a great privilege to stand with you in Honor of your Hero. We pray that our loving God will pour out his Mercy and Grace upon you, providing Comfort and Peace. SK1 John Craig, we’re grateful for your willingness to stand in the gap for us, and pay the ultimate price to protect our way of life, and America’s Freedom for future generations. Your long journey home is over, after 77 long years may you truly Rest In Gods Eternal Peace! Welcome Home Shipmate, Slow Hand Salute!

#11 Comment By Freddie M On December 4, 2019 @ 7:23 pm

Welcome home from your long journey. Rest in Peace.

#12 Comment By Harold Robinson On December 4, 2019 @ 10:04 pm

It is with the deepest respect that I wish to extend my condolences to the family and friends of A1C William Brown. He has shown himself to be a true American for serving this heart country of ours. He can now RIP at our Lords side.

Harold Robinson
Ret. U.S. Army

#13 Comment By Mike Jenkins On December 6, 2019 @ 6:51 am

My wife and I offer our sincere condolences to your family for the loss of this American Veteran. May you find comfort in knowing that their service and sacrifices will not be forgotten. We are truly grateful for their service. I stand with my fellow Patriot Guard Riders in honoring this hero. They are now in audience with the Angels watching over us. He earned his place of Honor in our world and is now an Angel.

Mike “Jenky” Jenkins,
Ride Captain/Flag Support
St Louis Mo Patriot Guard

In memory of:
Kenneth E. Jenkins, USA, Father
Claude E. Jenkins, USA, WWII, Grandfather
Carl E. Jenkins, USA, USN, WWII