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Honor Mission
Richard P. Gaun, Jr.
Sun City, Arizona – 02-05-19


The family of PFC, Richard P. Gaun, Jr. has requested the presences of the Patriot Guard Riders for escort and flag line for his  Military Honors at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. It is our distinct honor and privilege to do so.
Dick enlisted in the United States Army on Sept. 22, 1942. He was a Medium Tank Crewman, working as a bow-gunner, operating the 30-caliber machine gun and flame thrower. He was also an assistant driver. Dick was assigned to Company B, 735 Tank Battalion. Dick saw combat in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany in WWII.Dick entered northern France by way of Normandy beach on June 9, 1944; three (3) days after D-Day. Dick was part of the 3rd Army, under the command of General George Patton. On July 25, 1944 Dick was injured in the worst “friendly fire” incident of WWII. He recovered from his wounds and returned to battle just before the 3rd Army went north to relieve Bastogne. Dick was also involved in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in 1944 and the Battle of the Rhineland in 1945. At the convenience of the United States Government, as part of demobilization after victory in World War II, Dick was Honorably Discharged on Oct. 29, 1945, having attained the rank of Private, First Class. Dick received the American Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Purple Heart.Upon returning home, Dick enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard where he attained the rank of Sergeant. Dick was a proud Veteran of the United States Army and of the New Jersey National Guard. Having fulfilled his obligation with the National Guard, Dick became a police officer in Trenton, NJ. After a 32-year career, Dick retired, having attained the rank of Lieutenant. Dick and his wife were married 53 prior to his passing on June 16, 2000. His wife was very active at the Yardville VFW post 491 in New Jersey in the late 40’s and 50’s. She became President of the Ladies Auxiliary and served in that position for 2 years. She was a person of service as well.Dick’s wife passed April 16, 2018. Their only wish was to be interred together. Today, that wish will be fulfilled. America has lost another of the Greatest Generation, a True Patriot and a man that truly epitomizes “service before self”. A man who signed on the dotted line to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy today. The Gaun family has lost their loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle.The Patriot Guard Riders from across the country extend our heartfelt condolences to the Gaun family and friends for your loss.

Staging Time: 11:00

CVS Pharmacy
13600 N. 99th Ave
Sun City, Arizona 85351

Ride Captain:

David “Murf” Murphy

Special Instructions:

 meet in parking lot *forBriefing at 11:15 am* KSU to residence at 11:20am* 11:30am, Honorable transfer* 11:35am Safety Briefing by Dale Judkins, Lead Road Guard* 11:45am KSU to National* 1:00PM Military Honors
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 02-05-19
Staging Time: 12:10

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Visitor’s Center
23029 Cave Creek Road,
Phoenix, Arizona 85024

Ride Captain:

David “Murf” Murphy

Special Instructions:

* Meet Karen Swanson, Flag Captain at Visitor’s Center* 12:25PM Circle of Honor* 1:00PM Military Honors
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: David Murphy
Position: Arizona Assistant State Captain

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  1. On behalf of Bugles Across America, please accept our sincere condolences. If it would be of comfort to have a live bugler sound Taps at this ceremony for your loved one, please feel free to either contact us directly or fill in the “Request a Bugler” form on our website at Please be aware that today almost all military and civilian honor guards play Taps using a recording device.

    We are a nationwide volunteer organization, we provide this service free of charge, and we do not require DD214 discharge papers to perform Taps for veterans. We also provide this service for law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other first responders.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Roger Ellis – State Director for Arizona
    Mitzi Ellis – Assistant State Director for Arizona

    Mobile 917-697-9449

    Serving in memory of Roger C. Ellis, Flight Officer USAAF 1943-1945

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