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    Registered User donnah's Avatar
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    Melvin D. Bladen, USN, Vietnam - PGR / Port Republic, MD, 18 APR 15

    Melvin D. Bladen, USN,
    Port Republic, MD.
    18 APR 2015

    It is with sadness we learn of the loss of Mel Bladen. Mel was a long time PGR in Maryland, riding many missions through-out the State. Mel served in the Navy as a Radioman from 1961 to 1966. He continued his federal service in the GS 'force', retiring in 1994 from the State Dept. He and his wife had retired to South Carolina where he passed away on Saturday 11 April. He left behind a legacy of service that has continued through to his grandchildren.

    Per Mel's wishes, the family has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to pay their respects and honor Mel's service. After he stood for so many, how can we not stand for him?

    Funeral Service & Burial
    Saturday 18 April 2015
    Rally Time: 0900 hrs
    Location: Christ Church
    3100 Broomes Island Rd,
    Port Republic, MD 20676

    Ride Captain: Brian Parnes

    Services will begin at 1000 hrs and will be followed by immediate interment in the Christ Church cemetery. There will be no mounted escort. Flag lines only.

    Weather for Saturday is expected to be sunny & 75 degrees. Remember to dress & hydrate accordingly.

    Scoots or cages, no one cares how you got there, only that you got there.
    Nick Holt
    USA, Vietnam Veteran
    1948 - 2012

    They Do Not Ask, They Do Not Expect It
    The Courage And Sacrifices Of Our Heroes Deserve The Dedication Of The Patriot Guard.

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    Ride Captain Goofy2's Avatar
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    Our Condolences to the Family and Friends of Melvin D. Braden , Rest In Peace My PGR Brother, God Bless.
    Doyle Gene "goofy" Schwab
    U.S.Navy Veteran 1960-1966
    PGR Ride Captain

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    Registered User Harley Harrold's Avatar
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    Meridian, MS.
    Rest in Peace WAR HERO.


    They may take my LIFE, but they will NEVER take my FREEDOM!

    "It is accomplished by the few for the many - FREEDOM!" Harley Harrold

    USN 1971-1975
    USAF 1975 - 2011 (Retired)

    Aerospace Propulsion Systems Technician / Engine Trending & Diagnostics Technician / Wing Engine Manager.

    Volunteer Fire Fighter for 16+ years.

    Riding in memory of the Vietnam War, that it will NOT be repeated.

    2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON FATBOY (Dragon Warrior)

    Here be a DRAGON...from HOUSTON, TEXAS.


    ENGLISH by birth, AMERICAN by choice, SOUTHERN by the grace of God.

    Member of:

    PGR of MS - PGR of Central Texas Region - VFW (Life Member) - Past Commander (2011-2012) VFW Post 79, Meridian, MS - Past Chairman & former member of the VFW Riders Meridian, MS (2009-2013) - American Legion - MRF - Gun Owners of America - NRA - III% - College Park United Methodist Church - National HOG (Life Member) - Meridian HOG Chapter London, England (Life Member) - I am a Full time biker [45+ years].


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    Registered User Pepper_guy's Avatar
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    Lavey, Wa. 98503
    My sincere condolences and prayers to family, friends and fellow PGR members of Melvin D. Bladen, U.S. Navy / Vietnam Veteran / PGR Member. Mr. Bladen, I am forever grateful for your service to our country and our Fallen Heroes. Your service and sacrifices will not be forgotten. You are a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO". May you Forever Rest in Peace.
    Junius Henry
    U.S. Army (Medic) Retired
    PGR #10094

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    Ride Captain OHbassaholic's Avatar
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    Dublin, Ohio
    Our condolences to the friends and family of our departed hero. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your loss is our loss and we share that burden. We now stand the flag line and ride in honor of his service to this great nation and community.
    Blaise Johnston
    RC Ohio District 5

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    Guardian Angel

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    Feb 2006
    NY Region 8 Nassau
    Rest In Peace Melvin.
    Fair winds and following seas.
    Your military service and your service with the PGR will always be honored.

    Welcome Home.

    My condolences to your family.
    “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." -- George Washington 1789

    [/B]Riding in memory of my Uncle: Irving Schultz, Pvt, USA, Co A, 335th Inf Rgt, 84th ID, KIA: 24 Nov 1944, 21 Years Old, Gereonsweiler, Germany

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    Registered User kbell's Avatar
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    Jacksonville, Florida
    My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Melvin D Bladen. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace.
    Karen (kerrybell) Trone
    If you are going to worry then don't pray...
    If you are going to pray then don't worry !!
    For I know the plans I have for you....
    Jeremiah 29:11

    Live simply. Love generously.
    Care deeply. Speak kindly.
    Leave the rest to God.

    Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal.

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    Fort Myers Beach, FL
    Allow me to extend my heart felt condolences. It's with great sorrow we say good bye to all our great Hero's. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of those who stood and fought for our country. We should be proud and strong in his beliefs. God bless and may he rest in peace.
    SSG Ken Dixon (RET.) 1972 - 1993
    US Army Signal Corp
    EMT - FF - LEO(R) 1993 - 1999
    Operations Manager 1999 - Present

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    Registered User Hotwheel's Avatar
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    Cisco, TX
    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends
    of this fallen hero. Their service and sacrifice for their country
    will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, brother/sister. Your mission is over.
    You can stand down now. We have the watch.

    Hotwheel Cisco, TX.

    If I call you brother/sister, it's because
    you've earned my respect.


    Inmemory of :

    Sgt.Ralph Woods, Jr. USA Korean Veteran
    CrewChief of B-29 Eddy Pearman USAAC/USAF Korean Veteran
    RadioOperator Duane Duncan USMC Vietnam

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    Registered User fiddler892's Avatar
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    Corfu, NY
    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this American Hero, a grateful nation mourns your loss. Find peace, strength and comfort in the knowledge that your fallen hero gave unselfishly of themselves in order to keep us all free and safe. Your brave warrior will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing your loved one with all of us, their sense of duty and honor will live on for generations to come. God Bless you our Hero for a job well done.Stand down and rest in peace.

    As I sit in Heaven, and watch you every day,
    I try to let you know with signs, I never went away.
    I hear you when you're laughing, and watch you while you sleep,
    I even place my arms around you, to calm you as you weep.
    I see you wish the days away, begging to have me home,
    So I try to send you signs, so you know you are not alone.
    Don't feel guilty that you have life, that was denied to me,
    Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see.
    So live your life, laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free,
    Then I know with every breath you take, you'll be taking one for me.
    Rev. Rick Hensel
    PGR NY Reg. 1

    Standing in honor of:
    My Son, Staff Sgt. Christopher Hensel, USA (AD), Korea, OIF, OEF
    My Step Son, PO1 Ralph Clarke, USN (R)
    In memory of:
    My Father, Frederick (Red) Hensel Sr., NY National Guard
    My Cousin, Richard Hensel, USA, Korea
    My Cousin, Sgt Edward Hensel, USA, Honor Guard, Arlington National Cemetery
    My Uncle, Donald Hensel, USA, Korea
    My Uncle, Harold Hensel, USA, WWII
    My Uncle, Sgt William (Bill) Hensel, USA, WWII

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    Registered User Military Sniper's Avatar
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    OFallon, MO
    My wife and I wish extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Navy, Viet Nam Veteran, fellow Patriot Guard member, Melvin D. Bladen. We thank you for your service to a grateful nation, may your family find peace in knowing you served proudly and comfort in the months to come. May you rest in peace for your mission is now complete. I salute you.

    ​Riding in honor of:

    F.C. White, Sr. Tec 5, US Army, WWII (Father)
    F.C. White, Jr. SSgt, US Air Force, Viet Nam (Brother)
    D.B. White Petty Officer 2nd Class, US Navy Seabee, Viet Nam Era Vet (Twin)
    "We Build/We Fight", "Seabee's Can Do"
    D. Thompson, Master Chief Petty Officer, US Navy (Ret), Korean War (Uncle)
    G. Thompson, Jr. Private, US Army, WWII (Uncle)
    G. Thompson, Private, US Army, WWI (Grandpa)

    R.W. White (AKA) "Bob White"
    US Army (Ret)
    Jul 72 - Aug 94

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    Ride Captain GrampyBob's Avatar
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    Ride Captain Montgomery City, Mo.
    A Grateful Nation Thanks You for your service and sacrifices you have made to preserve our Country's Freedom.

    The long nights, lonely days, times of fear, often going unnoticed by those who enjoy the freedom given to us by those who serve.

    Live Simply , Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the rest to God. Earth has no sorrows that Heaven can not heal. God Bless!

    USASA M.P. Cpl 59-62
    Ride Captain St. Peters,Mo.

    Akecheta Akecheta

    Riding in Honor of my Son:
    Mark D. Griffith
    U.S. Navy Veteran

    Riding in Memory of my Uncles:
    Mural Griffith U.S. Navy WW II
    Orville Griffith U.S. Army WW II
    Sterling Griffith U.S. Army WWII
    USASA Vet. Retired LEO "The Officer that may give you a ticket in the morning, is the same Officer that may give their life for you that night"

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    Registered User USN Senior Chief's Avatar
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    Ball Ground GA
    Rest easy Melvin Bladen, USN Vietnam Veteran / PGR.
    Thank you for your service.
    God Bless You.
    George G. Westbrook Jr.
    Senior Chief Petty Officer USN(Ret) 1963-1985
    Ride Captain - Georgia National Cemetery - Canton GA

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    Ride Captain lakeland_lobo's Avatar
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    Lakeland, FL
    From our family, please accept our deepest sympathy. We are thankful for this hero’s service and sacrifice. May you forever rest in peace, brave soldier.
    We fought a revolution. We won the revolution. We wrote the Constitution.
    The constitution doesn’t grant power, it keeps the government off our backs.

    Ron "Smokey" Wasmuth
    US Air Force 1962 - 1966
    Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1040 (Life member), Vietnam Veterans of Brevard (Life member), American Legion Post 4 (Lakeland)

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    Ride Captain airborntrp's Avatar
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    District Ride Captain East Alabama, Phenix City AL.
    My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Melvin D. Bladen, USN, Vietnam - PGR. I am forever grateful for your service to our country. Your service and sacrifices will not be forgotten. You are a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO". May you Forever Rest in Peace. Stand Down. Your mission is complete.
    A Veteran - whether Active Duty, Retired, National Guard or Reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a check made payable to "The United States of America for an amount of up to and including my life."
    U. S. Army Retired
    Airborne Ron
    US Army (RET) Airborne Infantry
    District Ride Captain
    East Alabama

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    Ride Captain mailman's Avatar
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    Zephyrhills, Florida
    Rest In Peace Veteran/PGR Brother.
    "Eyes on the olive branch, but arrows at the ready."

    US Army 1970 - 1972

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    Registered User speedyo's Avatar
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    Canton, Ga
    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Melvin D. Bladen, USN, Vietnam Veteran - PGR. Thank you for your service to our country and your community, may God Bless you and your family in their time of need. Rest in peace your duty here on earth is done.
    Lamar SpeedyO Owen
    Vietnam 1967-1968
    U.S. Army
    Standing for those that stood for us.
    Went to Nam as strangers and came home brothers.
    Riding in memory of my brother James W. Owen USAAC, WWII.

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    I would like to offer my sincere condolences and prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. Thanks for your service and sacrifice to our country. May, you rest in peace in the home that Jesus has prepared for you

    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

    John 14: 2

    Standing in Honor of all who have served our country.

    William T. Castleberry- father US NAVY

    Wesly B. Castleberry---brother US ARMY 27 years retired

    Melanie Castleberry—niece US ARMY

    Herbert Castleberry—uncle US NAVY WWII

    Gerald Castleberry—uncle US NAVY WWII

    Arlie Castleberry – uncle US ARMY-AIR FORCE WWI
    Scott Castleberry
    Thomasville, Ga.

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    Registered User jaegers's Avatar
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    Tipton, IA
    My wife and I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of HERO and PGR Brother.
    Know that you are in our prayers and in the Lords hands.
    Thank You for your loved ones service to our great nation.
    So receive him in the Lord with all joy; and honor such men. Philippians 2--29

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    Registered User PGRLabLuvr's Avatar
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    Bonita Springs, FL
    My deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Family and Friends of this Veteran, Our Brother.

    We thank you for your service to our great nation. Stand down, your mission is now complete…may you rest in Honored, Eternal Peace.
    Colonel Joan Colosimo

    SW FL Blue Star Mothers of America Member
    USAF - MSgt Jennifer "Apple" McIntosh and her husband, MSgt(R) Mark "Mac" McIntosh - Scott AFB
    USA - CW3 Dominic Sutherland - Korea

    Standing the Flagline...

    In Memory of:
    My Father - James R. Colosimo, SP5, Army, '57 - '63
    My PGR Brother - Leonard "Taz" Leary, SR, Navy, '61 - '62

    Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. ~Ayn Rand

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    Ride Captain useless's Avatar
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    Ocala, Florida
    My wife and I send our condolences to the family and friends of our fallen Hero!!
    Thank you for your service rest in Peace.
    rjShoe USN
    Ocala, FL

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    Registered User Widow of Soc Trang Tiger's Avatar
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    Woodstock, Vermont
    Thank you for your service.
    Pat Howardell
    Past State Captain of Vermont
    August 2015 - September 2016
    Vermont Patriot Guard Riders

    In memory of my husband:
    Alan Howardell SP4 E4
    US Army Vietnam Veteran 1963 - 1965
    80th Transportation Detachment
    Soc Trang Tiger


    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
    John 15:13

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