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Honor Mission
Merle Nelson Fister, Retired
Maple Valley, Washington – 03-22-19


We have been invited to honor Merle Nelson FIster, Colonel, US Army Air Corps and US Air Force. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was soon thereafter selected for Air Cadet Training. Merle graduated from flight school in January 1944 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He went on the fly B24’s. Merle served tours in Germany, Korea and several other countries. During his 28 years of service to our country, he was awarded many medals and ribbons including Army Commendation Medal, Middle East Campaign Medal, World War 2 Victory Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and many more. The Colonel retired after 28 years of service and then attended Arizona State University, receiving his Masters Degree. Soon thereafter, he moved to Redmond and owned and ran a tax and accounting business, along with several other businesses. The Colonel remained very active in his community and wore his dress uniform every year to many Veteran oriented events and was an avid supporter of veterans everywhere.

Staging Time: 1:30 PM

23225 Maple Valley Highway
Maple Valley, Washington 98038

Ride Captain:

RC- Dean Thiem 1-360-969-1755RCIT-TBASV-Ron Jellum,, 206-669-8662

Special Instructions:

1:15: RC, RCIT, SV arrive
1:30 Riders Arrive, Sign in
1:45 Ride Brief
2:00 KSU for service location
2:15: Arrive Service location, set up flag line
2:30: Service Starts
2:45 Service Ends, Mission debrief.
Weather is forecast to be in the low 50’s with rain. Please check the weather.
Cages are welcome.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Dean Thiem
Position: Washington Ride Captain

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Merle Nelson Fister Comment

    Another well received mission. We has 14 attendees, including 10 bikes and 4 cages. Marc Perez was the RCIT for this mission. Mission briefing went well. Flag line looked good especially with flag stands out. A bit of Semper Gumby as previous service went long. Weather was warm and pleasant. All of the members in attendance had spent a few moments with the plaque and signed the back. Plaque presentation went well and Daughter was most appreciative of our attendance. Several family members stopped to express their thanks for our attendance. Debrief went well. No unusual events to report

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