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Honor Mission
William Shanks Jr, Retired
USMC –  WWII, Korea, Vietnam
Bushnell, Florida  01-10-20



The family of Col Shanks Jr, 95, has requested the Patriot Guard Riders presence as they show their final respects and lay their loved one to rest. Col Shanks Jr faithfully served his country in the U.S. Marines and performed duties as a Pilot. Upon completion of his service, Col Shanks Jr received an Honorable Discharge and during his time in service, awarded the American Campaign Medal, ASIA-PAC Campaign Medal w/4 Stars, WW II Victory Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross w/1 Star, President Unit Citation, Air Medal w/9 Stars, Army Distinguished Unit Badge, National Defense Service Medal w/1 Star,United Nations Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 Star, Korean Service Medal w/2 Stars, Korean President Unit Citation, Philippine Republic President Unit Citation Badge, Navy Unit Commendation, Letter of Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal w/Palm & Cross of Gallantry, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Stars. Please bring your 3 X 5 American flags and stand in honor and respect for our hero and his family.

Staging Time: 09:45 AM

Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Ave
Bushnell, Florida 33513

Ride Captain:

Doyle “Goofy” Schwab

Special Instructions:

10:00 AM – Brief
10:30 AM – Service
Flag Line as directed by the RC
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.


Submitted By: Bernie Conner
Position: Florida Assistant State Captain

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January 10
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  1. Condolences to the family and friends of this American hero. Rest in Peace and thank you for your service to our country. You stood for us and now we, the Patriot Guard Riders, stand for you!

  2. William Rest in peace my hero. The greatest generation. My most sincere condolences to the family at this very trying time.

  3. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of this Hero. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  4. Please accept my condolences on your loss. May my prayers help to ease your pain during these trying times. Rest In Peace and Honor Brother. Lest We Forget!

    U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Veteran
    Standing in Memory of,
    My Father, Harold A. Silvernail U.S. Army
    My Step-Father, Edwin D. Alexander U.S. Army
    My Uncle, Raymond Alexander U.S. Army
    My Uncle, John H. Alexander U.S. Army
    My Uncle, David J. Alexander U.S. Navy
    Standing in Honor of,
    My Brother, David J. Alexander U.S. Air Force
    My Daughter, Jillian A. Silvernail U.S. Air Force
    My Daughter, Kirsten M. Silvernail Kennedy U.S. Air Force
    My Son-In-Law, Jayson E. Kennedy U.S. Army
    My Uncle, Stewart F. Silvernail U.S. Army

  5. My Condolences go out to family and friends of (Ret) WWII USMC Korea / Vietnam Veteran, William Shanks Jr. may you rest in peace and may God be with you, Thank you for your service to our Country.

  6. My wife and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Your Hero.
    Rest in Peace, You will Not be Forgotten.

  7. Rest In Peace Hero of the Greatest Generation. A grateful nation thanks you for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten.

    Standing for those who stood for us.

  8. As our Brother William answers his final call to duty from the Great Commander in the Heavens, may his soul have peace and rest. His duty is to forever watch over his loved ones at the Great Commanders side.
    My you find peace and comfort at this time and realize that your Hero is not gone but waiting to be reunited with those he loves.
    May his soul find fair winds and following seas! RIP Hero!

  9. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of William Shanks Jr. May the peaceful moments and  cherished memories bring you renewed strength in the days to come. Your faith will keep you  strong during this time of sorrow. Hero, you may stand down, we have the watch.
    Jim & Diana Robers
    US Navy 1961-1981
    US Merchant Marine 1985-2007
    Standing in memory of
    Howard Robers, Father, US Army WWII
    Elmer Robers, Uncle, US Army WWII
    Harry Fleming, Uncle, US Army WWII

  10. Our condolences to the family. May another American Hero rest in Peace

    Robert J “Buffalo Bob” Collet Jr
    Ride Captain Fl. PGR
    Riding in Honor of Robert J Collet Sgt. USA WW II
    George Collet USA Infantry WW II

  11. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this True American Hero. Rest in Peace my Brother, we have the watch.

    David E “Old Salt” Olmstead
    CDR, USN (RET)
    FL Ride Captain

  12. After Mission Report,….
    Great Mission, We had 36 Patriots paying last respects and Honoring Col. Shanks. I presented a Condolence book, Condolence card signed by All Patriots in Attendence and A Beautiful Plaque.
    Thanks To All. Doyle ” Goofy ” Schwab R/C..

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