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Nathan Dobbs, Retired
Lawton, Oklahoma – 05-19-20


Lt. Nathan Dobbs, Ret. USN Veteran, 101st Birthday Parade, The Lawton Fort Sill Veterans Center has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to participate in his parade.  Mr. Dobbs will turn 101 on Tuesday 19 May 2020.  All bikes and cadges are welcome to fly flags or make banners and signs wishing Mr. Dobbs a Happy Birthday and/or thanking him for his service to our great country.

Staging: 12:00 PM

First Baptist East Lawson
3302 SE Lee Blvd.
Lawton, Oklahoma 73501

Ride Captain:

Billy “5 Dollar” Hope
(580) 585-0747

Special Instructions:

Briefing: 12:30 PM
KSU: 12:45 PM, a short ride to the Lawton/Ft. Sill Veterans Center, 501 SE Flower Mound Rd.Lawton, OK.  Upon arrival we will circle the entire Veterans Center going past Mr. Dobbs.
Weather: Mostly Sunny, High in the 80’s.  Dress for the weather and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not 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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  1. 19 May 2020 – AAR (Unofficial Mission) Lt. (ret) Nathan Dobbs USN Veteran 101st Birthday Parade, Lawton/Ft. Sill Veterans Center, Lawton, OK.

    Members of the Patriot Guard Riders and many other mc groups, car, Truck and Jeep clubs and individual riders on well over 40 motorcycles and about the same number of cars/trucks/Jeeps gathered at the First Baptist East Church to stage for the Birthday Ride/Drive by for our hero Lt. (ret) Nathan Dobbs USN, WWII Veteran. It was almost impossible to get an accurate number as people continued arriving right up to the departure time.

    Unfortunately word had been received that Mr. Dobbs had passed away the night before. This information was shared during our briefing and all in attendance agreed that the mission would go on; Mr. Dobbs birthday celebration was now his going home celebration, as well as a celebration of his life, and service to our country.

    All the bikes and cadges were staged along the parking lot and made an impressive line that stretched across the entire West parking lot curving East across the front of the church. Upon arrival of the Events Coordinator we made the short ride to the Lawton Fort Sill Veterans Center.

    As we made the turn into the Centers’ parking lot there were several of the residents and nurses, all wearing mask because of the corona virus, holding American flags and waving. As we passed the group many of the veterans saluted from their wheelchairs, others rendering a salute as they stood at attention. This scene was repeated as we slowly passed each wing of the Center. As we reached the courtyard at the back of the center we stopped and everyone shut off their bikes and dismounted. As a bugler began to play TAPS everyone raised a salute or placed their hand over their heart standing in a silent tribute to Mr. Dobbs’ service to our country. As the sound of TAPS faded from the courtyard the celebration parade continued as we passed the last two wings of the center and the groups of nurses and veterans all waving or saluting.

    As we left the center I could not help but think what a great way for them to send off one of their brothers and although there were tears I am certain there were a few smiles under those mask.

    I want to thank all who gave of their time today, one riding from the Houston, TX area, the staff at the Veterans Center for holding such a wonderful going home celebration for our hero. But our thanks must also go to LT (ret) Nathan Dobbs a veteran of the US Navy and a member of the Greatest Generation.

    Stand Down and Rest, your mission here is complete, well done sir.

    Billy (5 Dollar) Hope

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

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