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Honor Mission
Leonard Hestand, Veteran
USA – WWII
Altus, Oklahoma – 05-22-20

ABOUT THE MISSION:

The family of PFC Leonard Hestand US Army Air Corps WWII Veteran, Altus, Ok. has asked the Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag line at his services to be held Friday at 10:00 AM. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Olustee Cemetery. All social distancing guidelines will be in effect so after posting flags we will render our respect at a distance. Flags will be posted at the cemetery and we will also maintain the appropriate distance there. Leonard Hestand began his military career in 1942 serving with 501st Bomb Group (B-25 Mitchell Bombers) as an Airplane & Engine Mechanic including tours in Guam. He completed his service to our country and received an Honorable Discharge in Feb 1946.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 05-22-20
Staging Time: 09:00 AM

Martha Road Baptist Church
20388 County RD. 158
Altus, Oklahoma 73522

Ride Captain:

Billy (5 Dollar) Hope
(580) 585-0747
bhope2555@sbcglobal.net
“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”

Special Instructions:

Mandatory Briefing: 9:10
Post Flags/Flag line: Following Briefing.
KSU: Following Service
Accompany our hero and family to Olustee Cemetery Olustee, Ok. (Approximately 21 miles).
Weather: Partly cloudy, high of 87, chance of rain 20%.
Note: Social Distancing Guidelines will be in effect throughout this mission.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Billy Hope
Position: Oklahoma Assistant State Captain

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Leonard Hestand Comment

  1. AAR-22 May 2020 (Unofficial Mission) PFC Leonard Hestand – US Army Air Corps, WWII Veteran, Altus, Ok.

    On a windy and cloudy morning 7 patriots on 3 bikes/trikes and 3 cages gathered at the Martha Road Baptist Church in Altus, Ok. They were there to honor the service of 103 year old WWII veteran PFC Leonard Hestand, US Army Air Corps. PFC Hestand served with the 501st Bomb Group (B-25 Mitchell Bombers) in Guam during WWII.

    Twenty one American Flags were posted along the front of the church in the grass between the road and the church parking lot. An American Flag and the Army Service Flag were posted at the front doors of the church. We then manned the doors while maintaining social distance guidelines.

    After the service started we furled the flags, loaded them into the support truck and two of our group headed to the Olustee, Ok. cemetery. Upon completion of the service an honor line was formed as our hero was carried to the coach, the riders then mounted up for the 21 mile ride to Olustee, Ok.
    As they arrived American Flags and the Army Service flag were again flying in the Oklahoma breeze, the riders formed an honor line as our hero was moved from the coach. After a short service the preacher presented Mr. Hestand’s personal Bible to his daughters, both of whom lived out of state. The US Army Detail from Ft. Sill played TAPS then folded and presented the flag to his daughters. A PGR invocation was presented to each daughter and it was explained that a plaque was ordered for each and would be arriving and presented to them at a later date. This concluded the service.

    On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hestand about a year ago. It was a very interesting and enjoyable visit as he spoke about his service highlighted by the pictures on the wall of himself and the aircraft he had been involved with during his time in the US Army Air Corps. I remember thinking this gentleman epitomized the term The Greatest Generation.

    I wish to thank all those who showed up for this mission which started out cloudy and windy, the family for inviting us to share this day with them, but mostly our thanks must go to PFC Leonard Hestand, US Army Air Corps for his service to our great country. Stand down and rest my friend, your mission here is complete. Well done sir.

    Respectfully
    Billy (5 Dollar) Hope

    “Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”

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