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    Thomas Anthony Backal, Veteran, USN - Vietnam, Dallas, Texas - 14 Oct 2017

    Thomas Anthony Backal, Veteran
    USN - Vietnam
    Dallas, Texas - 14 Oct 2017


    ABOUT THE MISSION:
    Vietnam Veteran; FMF Corpsman.
    Awards include the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars and the FMF Combat Insignia.

    We have been invited by the family of Thomas Anthony Backal to join them in honoring the life and military service of their loved one. We will do this by standing the flag line at his Celebration of Life, then again graveside at his inurnment.

    PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 14 Oct 2017
    Primary Staging Time: 11:30 A.M.
    Wildwood Chapel of the Restland Cemetery
    13005 Greenville Avenue
    Dallas, Texas - 75243
    https://goo.gl/maps/mgCsX9raXSG2

    Ride Captain:
    Wendy Ingersoll
    califbabe55@yahoo.com
    (817) 991-9021

    Special Instructions:
    We will stage at the Wildwood Chapel, on the grounds of Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery. After assisting with the placement of the flags the mission brief will be given. We will then stand tall and silent to receive the family and friends of Thomas Backal. Once the service begins, we will retrieve the flags and return them to the support vehicle where they will be furled and stowed. A few flag bikes may be assigned to ride the short procession from the chapel to the inurnment site there on the grounds, then the remaining riders will proceed with the support vehicle to set the flags.

    NOTE: A map of the Restland property is included in the PDF file attached to the mission itinerary on the North Texas PGR calendar [http://www.northtxpgr.org/index.php/...ad_file/1820/]. We will NOT be staging in the front parking lot per our usual, we will be staging directly at the Wildwood Chapel.

    Flags & Water:
    Flags Will Be Provided
    Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
    Water will be provided.

    STAGING #2 DETAILS: 14 Oct, 2017
    Staging #2 Time: 1245 P.M.
    Christian Orthodox Memorial Garden of the Restland Cemetery
    13005 Greenville Avenue
    Dallas, Texas - 75243
    https://goo.gl/maps/oTuy42eVx8E2

    Ride Captain:
    Mark Ingersoll
    bluhog@gmail.com
    (817) 938-3544

    Special Instructions:
    After assisting the support person in the placement of the flags, we will stand tall and silent and await the arrival of the short procession from the chapel bringing Thomas Backal, his family and friends. At the conclusion of the service, and at the direction of the ride captain, we will retrieve the flags and return them to the support vehicle where they will be furled and stowed. Once the post mission brief has been given, all riders will be dismissed.

    NOTE: The family has requested that the PGR carry Mr. Backal in the procession from the chapel to the inurnment site, so this will be done by the ride captain. Also, the time of the inurnment is approximate as the length of the Celebration of Life was unknown at the time of this posting.

    Flags & Water:
    Flags Will Be Provided
    Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed
    Water will be provided.

    Submitted By: M. B. Ingersoll
    Position: Ride Captain

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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.
    Harry “Bantam” Trawick
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    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to: "The United States of America" for any amount, up to and including my life".

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    My wife and I offer our deepest, and most heartfelt condolences to the Family and Friends of this true American Hero. It's with great sorrow we say goodbye to all our great Heroes. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of those who stood and fought for our country. Be proud and strong in their beliefs. God bless, stand down, your mission is now complete…may you rest in Honored, Eternal Peace. Thank you, Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.

    Lloyd R. Carter, USAF, Viet Nam

    Riding in memory of:
    My Brother, PFC Milford D. Carter, U.S. Army, Viet Nam, 9th Infantry Div.,
    My Father, Raymond H. Carter, WWII , 331st Base Unit, A.A.F.,
    My Step-Father, Freddie D. Braswell, USMC Korea,
    they were my heroes.

    They fought for our freedom, I stand for them.

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    I would like to offer my sincere condolencesand prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. May peaceful moments andcherished memories bring the family and friends renewed strength for tomorrow.This true fallen hero who honorably served our Nation is a blessing to ourcountry and its freedom that we have today. Rest in peace.

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    Michelle and I wish to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this American Hero. We would like to thank this Hero for your service and sacrifice in the protection of our freedom. You will not be forgotten. We pray you rest in peace.
    Ken "Mac" McSpadden, SMSgt. USAF Retired
    North Central Arkansas Ride Captain
    Ride in memory of my Dad, USAF MSgt. (Ret) Doyle McSpadden (1936-2002) and Spc. Chris Yauch, KIA Iraq 2010
    Ride in Honor of my nephew who is in the USMC, LCpl Chris McSpadden who's with the 2nd Marine Division and has done his time in Afganistan and Iraq and is now with the US Army.

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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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    Rest In Peace Veteran.
    "Eyes on the olive branch, but arrows at the ready."

    Jim
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    US Army 1970 - 1972

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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…

    And as we of the United States Navy would say… Fair Winds and Following Seas, we now have the Watch…
    Nick 'Mustang' Young
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    Jacksonville, FL

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    JOCS Nicholas P. Young, Sr. USN (Ret)
    Father and Hero (Korea and Vietnam)
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    FLASC, Friend

    Standing By to Render Honors...

    God Bless America and The Troops

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    I offer my condolences to the family of this American hero. Always hold your memories close.
    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
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    Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1040 (Life member), Vietnam Veterans of Brevard (Life member), American Legion Post 4 (Lakeland)

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    My wife and I offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our departed Hero. We are grateful to this Veteran and this family, for all of the sacrifices that were made to protect us, and preserve our freedoms. May your faith and your fond memories be your guiding light in this time of sorrow.

    I stand....
    In memory of my PGR Brother - Mark Schroeder - March 28, 2016
    In honor of my active duty son - Ben Hirsch - U.S. Navy
    In appreciation of all who earned my freedom.

    Jeff Hirsch

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    I am grateful to be able to give Honors for the passing of this American Hero, Vietnam V eteran Thomas Anthony Backal, United States Navy. I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

    JUST A COMMON SAILER
    (from A Soldier Died Today)
    by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
    Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

    And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
    All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
    But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer, for a sailor died today.

    He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
    For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
    Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
    And the world won't note his passing, though a sailor died today.

    When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
    Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
    But the passing of a sailor goes unnoticed and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
    A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
    Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

    A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
    Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
    While the ordinary sailor, who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

    It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
    That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
    It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
    Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
    Or would you prefer a sailor, who has sworn to defend
    His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

    He was just a common sailor and his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
    For when countries are in conflict, then we find the sailor’s part
    Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
    Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,

    Our Country is in mourning, for a sailor died today.

    Henry L. (Skip) Haberkamp III
    CWO United States Army, Retired
    Far West Texas Patriot Guard Riders
    Riding with Respect.

    Riding for: Alice G. Haberkamp, SP 5, US Army.
    (1951 – 2015)
    Henry L. Haberkamp II, Sgt US Marines
    World War II Veteran, 1st Division
    1923 - 1975

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    My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, USN, Viet Nam War Veteran, Thomas Anthony Backal. 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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    F.C. White, Sr. Tech 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)
    A. Thompson, Sergeant, US Marine Corps, Korean War (Uncle)
    G. Thompson, Private, US Army, WWI (Grandpa)



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    My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of FMF Corpsman Thomas Anthony Backal. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace. Thank you Thomas for your service.
    Karen (kerrybell) Trone
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    If you are going to pray then don't worry !!
    For I know the plans I have for you....
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    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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    A hero has fallen. It is time for us to mourn their passing, secure in the
    knowledge that their service and sacrifice shall not be forgotten. We mourn
    with their family and friends, knowing that they will find peace in the arms
    of the Lord.
    Hero, your watch is done, you can stand down now. We now have the watch.


    POW-MIA's you are not forgotten.


    "Hotwheel," Cisco, Texas


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    Crew Chief Eddy J. Pearman USAAC/USAF Korea
    Radio Operator Duane Duncan USMC Vietnam

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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.


    Jim Jackson
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    Riding in memory of:
    My father Paul Jackson, US Army WWII

    My grandfather Howard Jackson, US Army WWI

    My grandfather Neill Garrett, US Army WWI

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    Father in PSALMS 91 we are told, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart”. In John 11:25 Jesus said: "Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die". I also pray you will comfort the family of this warrior as they mourn. Give them the strength to understand your wisdom. AMEN

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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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    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.
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    My wife and I send our deepest condolences to the family
    and friends of this Hero.
    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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    Prayers outbound for the family and friends . Thank you for your service to our country .Rest in Peace .
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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.
    ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL.

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

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