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Honor Mission
Russell Amos Gipson, Jr., Veteran
USN – Vietnam
Des Moines, Iowa – 05-21-20


The Patriot Guard Riders will stand in as the family for Russell Amos Gipson, Jr.  Russ served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War Veteran.  Russ graduated Des Moines Technical High School in 1964, his core area was Radio & TV Production and he served on the Tech Engineer Staff for the year book.

Staging: 9:45 AM

Hamilton’s Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Ride Captain:

TBD (Please see the Iowa Calendar for updates)

Special Instructions:

Rally Time: 9:45 AM
Briefing: 10:00 AM
Escort: 10:15 AM, to Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa.
Grave side service: 11:00 AM,
The Patriot Guard will take up a position behind the big flag poles, in an arched formation, please follow ride captain instructions during the mission. If you are not feeling well in any way, please refrain from attending. Maintain social distancing at all times, ( 7 feet ).  Please use the sign-up feature on the Patriot Guard Calendar app to let us know you are coming.  If you need that information, please go to
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Richard Shipley

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May 21, 2020
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Russell Amos Gipson, Jr. Comment

  1. The internet is quite amazing at what extra information you can stumble across while surfing for something else. I was shocked to read this. Russell Jr was known as Rusty, he was my half brother. His father Russell Sr, is who raised me from probably about 6 months old when I was born in 1952. It’s complicated to explain, but Russell Sr is who I knew as Dad. Step dad was never part of my vocabulary with him, because he was the only Dad I knew…and Rusty was my half brother. I didn’t meet him very often, but I have very good memory of him. Due to awful family squabbles present throughout our clan…most of us got estranged from each other. I found this story very sad…and I thank those who have him such a well deserving funeral. It was amazing what you all did. God Bless each and every one of you. Thank you so much for what you did for my brother. I haven’t seen him in over 50 years. Our family is a disturbing story of what can happen to families broken up by marriages that failed. Last time I saw Rusty was when he returned from Vietnam. I was in Junior High School…so I was definitely old enough to remember him. There were hard feelings with some of our family with Rusty, but not me. He was always very nice to me and I always liked him. May he rest on peace. I remember his sister Barbara also…and would be delighted to see her again also. Very sweet person. I’m an Army Vet…so I salute Rusty, who was a Navt vet…just like our Dad was. I grew up hearing all Dad’s WW2 Navy Stories and when the time came that I enlisted…I initially had considered the Navy, but remembered my Dad’s WW2 Navy tales and it made me pick the Army because it didn’t sound as scary. True story. So definitely…I not only salute Rusty, but also all the fellow vets who do these wonderful ceremonies for vets who seemingly had nobody. This story was beautiful.

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