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Honor Mission
Lawrence “Larry” “Laru” Klein, Retired, PGR
USA – Vietnam
McDonough, Georgia – 11-14-20

ABOUT THE MISSION:

Lawrence “Larry” “Laru” Klein was a man among men. A 22 year veteran of the United States Infantry, 11th Cav, the Blackhorse Regiment. A man whose list of accomplishments is almost too long to list. Besides his military career, he started a VFW post in NY, sat on the boards of two other VFW Posts, Chairman of Vietnam Veterans of America, National POW/MIA, and traveled back to Vietnam twice, for 2 weeks in 2005 and then again for 2 weeks in 2007, as a sitting board member while they were searching for and locating unknown mass graves.
Laru joined Patriot Guard Riders in March of 2006, less than 6 months after PGR began, and by Thanksgiving of 2013, he had either attended or lead a minimum of 956 Missions. He was a former Southeast Georgia Assistant State Captain.
In 2009, Laru began volunteering with Honor Flight in Fayetteville, GA, and coordinated Patriot Guard participation in the Flights. By the time Honor Flight moved to Roswell then later to Conyers, Laru had already done an estimate of 15 honor flights. After years of participation as a Patriot Guard Rider and also a Guardian on the flights, Laru would later go on to attend an Honor Flight as a Veteran.
In 2013 Laru was appointed Oath Keepers Region 7 Leader for four Counties: Butts, Jasper, Monroe, and one other. He also rode with Rolling Thunder for about 4 years.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 11-14-20
Staging Time: 09:30 am

Salem Baptist Church
1724 Ga.Hwy 155 N
McDonough, Georgia 30252

Ride Captain:

David (Wild1) Shreckengost
678-663-2835
wild1handy@yahoo.com

Special Instructions:

Please visit the national site and post condolences as we will be providing the widow with a condolence book.
Beginning at 10:00 am we will stand a rotating flag line at each entrance to the church so that the Patriot Guard Riders may be able to visit with the family and express their condolences in person. Once the service starts, it is the request of the family that all Patriot Guard Riders honor Laru by attending the memorial service.
Official military honors will take place at a later date at Millidgeville Veterans Cemetery, but there will be a rifle salute and the playing of ‘Taps” by our very own “Bugler”.
Please note that current CDC guidelines will be followed within the church.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: David Shreckengost
Position: Georgia Ride Captain

Note: You do not have to own/ride a motorcycle or be a veteran to join, and membership is Free. The only requirement is RESPECT! To subscribe to receive mission notices, log into the National Site and click on the Members tab at the top. Select the Subscribe to PGR Missions option.
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November 14
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22 Comments

  1. Becky,
    Judy and I wish to express our sorrow and condolences to you, as well as other family members, and friends of Laru. He will be remembered and missed often as we continue the mission that he loved so much of honoring veterans and heroes.
    Leon ‘River Rat’ McLamb

  2. My wife, Glenna and I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family of Larry “Laru” Klein for the loss of such a great patriot and friend. May he Rest In Peace for we now have the watch.
    Lee “vulcangunner” Love
    SW Georgia Ride Captain

  3. My wife Janet and I want to express our utmost condolences to the family of “Laru” Klein. Laru was the finest and friendliest Ride Captain we have ridden with. His professionalism and attitude toward our fallen heroes was outstanding. He was the epitome of what a PGR Captain should be. We are sure that those he mentored and rode with him will never forget. We appreciate Laru’s family for supporting his endeavors. God bless you Laru and may you rest in peace.
    Barry “Bsquared” Bierig (USAF Retired)
    Janet “Jasper” Bierig

  4. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of our PGR Brother. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  5. Redbyrd and I wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Larry “Laru” Kline. We have many fond memories of time spent with Laru and Lil Kickstand. Our prayers are with the family.

    Jerry “Sabre1” Rape

  6. Becky, my heart is saddened to hear about Laru. Larry was a true American Patriot. Laru, it’s now time for you to rest my old Friend. Your watch is now complete and we will take over from here. You will now walk with the Heroes that have walked before you. You taught us so much and you will never be forgotten. Until we meet again, May God hold you gently in the palm of His hand. I’ll see you soon and we will talk about old times. May God Bless and comfort your family. We love all of you.

  7. Count me among the many Patriot Guard Riders who looked towards Laru to see what it really meant to be a part of such a dynamic organization. All that I learned from Laru was by observing his actions and interactions not only with fellow Riders, but most importantly the manner in which he responded to the family, friends & loved ones of our Fallen Brothers & Sisters. Thank you for sharing Larry with us for all those years. He made a tremendous difference in many lives, mine being one of them. God Speed My Brother!

  8. My heart was saddened when I learned that Larry was no longer with us. Larry was one of the very first PGR members I met when I joined and he welcomed me with open arms as he has done for literally hundreds of others since. He was a friend to everyone and will be deeply missed by all! Rest easy Larry, enjoy your reward, you’ve earned it. Our hearts are with you Becky.

  9. Please accept my condolences for the lost of your hero. I pray that God will hold you close in the days,weeks,months and years to come. Please remember we are all here for you and your family anytime you need us.???

  10. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your hero. I pray that God will hold you close in the days,weeks,months and years to come. Please remember we are all here for you and your family anytime you need us.???

  11. Many years ago, when I joined the PGR as a flagwagon, Laru was a major influence on me. It was very rewarding to work with someone who actively encouraged me to do better – to set new standards above and beyond what had been “the usual.” Many said “no, that’s not the way we do it.” Laru said: “Great idea, let’s do it.” He was a leader and a friend. I miss him.

  12. Becky,
    I send my sincere condolences. A quality I treasure the most about Laru was his happiness. On PGR missions he was always happy, humble and helpful. I will miss him, but each time I go on a mission he will be fondly remembered. As a Ride Captain I hope I convey the same qualities that Laru expressed to all; first timers or seasoned veterans alike.

  13. Becky,
    My wife and I are so sorry for your loss. I have known Larry for a long time and will always cherish his influence on me as I was getting started in the PGR. He always said don’t leave anything but your foot prints and we only have one chance to make the first impression. I always think of him when I do a mission and will always miss him, but will never forget him. Our prayers are with you and your family. Larry thank you for your service to our country and your devotion to the PGR. Rest in peace brother your duty here on earth is done and we will take over now. God Bless your family Becky.

    Lamar “SpeedyO” Owen
    US Army Nam 1967-1968
    Riding in Honor of My Brother
    James W. Owen USAAC WWII

  14. The Patriot Guard Riders have lost a true leader. Larry will be truly missed by many. My wife Joan and I express our deepest condolences to you and your family. May the coming weeks, months, and years be easier by knowing that Larry was loved by everyone.

    Byron “Gimpy” Hall

  15. A great man and a true friend and mentor for many years. He was loved and respected by all of us.

    Bob “Capt. Bob” Weatherford

  16. My sincere condolences and prayers to Laru’s family. He was a special person. He was the ride captain of the first PGR mission we attended and because of that experience, we continued to attend more missions. His love and honor to those the fallen will always be remembered.

  17. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Larry “Laru”. His kind heartedness, always happy attitude and true professionalism will be missed. Many missions and mule we have shared. RIP my Brother.

    JW Outlaw

  18. So sorry to hear about Laru, he was one of the first I met in 2006…..he made me feel right at home, as if he had known me forever, rest in peace my friend….Kim….Slack5

  19. Larry was a friend to everyone who came to be a dignified part of Patriot Guard. One of the best human beings I have ever met. We miss your presence here, but I suspect you are getting people in line at the Pearly Gates to welcome us home!

  20. So Sorry for your loss Becky, I have been on PGR rides with Larry on different occasions and he surely was a great man. It is people like Larry that let the world know that they are appreciated and respected He will be truly missed !!
    Richard-Jr

  21. No matter what name we knew as — Eagle 1, Laru, or Larry, we knew him as a gentle giant of a man. He treated Gracie and Gabriel with the love of a father, always bringing Tootsie Pops to missions to them — with a big smile on his face. His dedication to military causes is an inspiration to us all. We will all miss his presence. The world has lost a bit of itself, and will never be the same.

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