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    William John French, Retired, USA , ANG - Vietnam, Savannah, Georgia - 20 Jun 2017

    MSGT William John “Frenchie” French, Retired

    USA ANG - Vietnam

    Savannah, Georgia - 20 Jun 2017



    ABOUT THE MISSION:

    The Family of MSgt William John "Frenchie" French has requested the Patriot Guard Honor their Hero and we are proud to do so. MSgt William John “Frenchie” French, Retired, age 67, died June 16, 2017 at his home in Savannah, Georgia.
    He was born in Tacoma, Washington and spent the 60s in San Francisco before moving to Savannah. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was deployed in the Vietnam war as a helicopter crew chief while assigned to the 129th Assault Helicopter Company. Following his service in the U.S. Army, Frenchie transferred to the 283rd Combat Communications Squadron. Thirty eight (38) years later, MSgt William J. French was honorably discharged from the United States AIr Force.


    PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 20 Jun 2017

    Primary Staging Time: 10:00 A.M.
    Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
    4605 Hwy 80 East
    Savannah, Georgia - 31410

    https://goo.gl/maps/Bg8se8HE6FK2


    Ride Captain:
    Rick Aaron
    major.rick222@gmail.com
    404-692-3508


    Special Instructions:
    We will have a short briefing and then stand a Flag Line while Family & Friends arrive. When the service starts at 11:00 am, we will quietly stand down and prepare to escort Frenchie to 30 W. Liberty St., Savannah, GA where the family will have a "Celebration of Life" for Frenchie. The Honor Guard will perform Military Honors at Fox & Weeks location prior to escort.


    Flags & Water:
    Flags Will Be Provided
    If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
    Water will be provided.


    Submitted By: Rick Aaron
    Position: Ride Captain



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    There are many people we meet in life some do great deeds; but of all that can proudly be called a hero, there is none greater than the man or woman who serves their country. Miz Alice and I have the deepest sympathy for your loss, and gratitude for his/her service to our country.
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    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.




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    My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of William John French. Rest in Peace, Hero.
    JJ Bishop

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    My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Army - US Air National Guard (Ret), Viet Nam War Veteran, Master Sergeant (MSgt) William John French. 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.

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    My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of MSgt(Ret) William John French. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace. Thank you Frenchie for your service.
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    My wife and I offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of William John French. You were one of the best America had. Thank you for your service. We wish you eternal rest now with God. Welcome Home!
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    My prayers for the family that our Heavenly Father will grant you what you need to endure the pain and sadness during the grieving process.
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    My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of William John French, USA -ANG Retired, Vietnam Veteran. Thank you for your service to our country and may God Bless you and your family in their time of need. Rest in peace sir.
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    My wife and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Your Hero.
    Rest in Peace, you will not be forgotten.

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    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 the service to this great nation.
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    My Family and I send our condolences to the Family and friends of a True American Hero. You will be in our thoughts and Prayers over the coming days. Your Hero’s Service and Sacrifice to our Country can never be forgotten.
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    May You Rest in God's Arms, Warrior.
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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

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    My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of William John French, Retired, USA, ANG - Vietnam Veteran. Thank you for your service to our country and may God Bless you and your family in their time of need. Rest in peace your duty here on earth is done.
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    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of this fallen hero.
    Their service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. Hero, you can stand down now.
    Your mission is done . Rest in peace. We have the watch.

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    My wife and I offer our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of an American hero. We pray that God gives you peace and strength to carry on in this difficult time. We are proud to honor the service this hero unselfishly gave for our great nation.


    Please know that the prayers of so many people are with you and your family. I hope that you can find some solace in knowing that your loss is shared so deeply.


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    Go in peace, hero.

    Thank you for your service.

    My condolences to the friends and family of MSgt. French.

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    Prayers outbound for the family and friends . Thank you for your service to our country . Rest in Peace .
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    Frenchie was one of a kind

    They don't make em like that anymore. true American and patriot to the end. We love and will miss you Frenchie !

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    I am Frenchies big brother although we had a tumultuous relationship through our lives we really came together on my last visit he was my brother and I loved him dearly and will miss him forever he was one of a kind not to be duplicated Love You Bro your big bro Louie

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    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friend of William John French, Retired, USA, ANG, Vietnam, and it is our prayer that you will find peace and comfort in the arms of our Heavenly Father, and that His strength will carry you thru the difficult days ahead. We owe our freedom to brave men like William French, and we are forever in his debt.

    Rest in Peace, Soldier, Your mission here is complete.
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    I offer my condolences to the family and friends of this VIETNAM WAR HERO who will not be forgotten. Rest in peace forever free.
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    It is with heavy heart that I offer sincere condolences to the family of yet another American Hero.

    May the memories of your Hero carry you through the days and years to come.

    Rest in Peace My Brother…

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