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    Vernon P. Keaton, KIA, USMC - WWII, MULTI-CITY, Oklahoma - 14 Nov 2017

    Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton, KIA
    MULTI-CITY, Oklahoma - 14 Nov 2017

    The family of Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton, USMC WWII KIA has asked the PGR to do a Dignified Transfer from Will Rogers Airport, Okla. City, to Criswell Funeral Home, 815 Arlington St., Ada, OK.

    Primary Staging Time: 4:30 P.M.
    Delta Air Cargo Facility
    6300 Air Cargo Rd.
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -

    Ride Captain:
    Ray "rayneman" Gehrig
    (405) 517-9538

    Special Instructions:
    Mandatory Briefing: 5p.m.
    Riders wishing to ride the Dignified Transfer Escort MUST attend the briefing.

    Flag Line: Upon arrival of the family
    Riders will stand a flag line as the family, escorted by a USMC CAO, arrives.
    As the coach and family return from the aircraft with the hero, riders will mount up and prepare for escort to Tecumseh, OK., where we will meet up with SE PGR, who will continue the escort to Criswell Funeral Home in Ada.

    Weather: Cloudy with a high of 66, The escort will be done after dark, so dress appropriately and ride within your abilities. Hydrate prior to and during this mission.

    Flags & Water:
    Flags Will Be Provided
    Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
    Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

    STAGING #2 DETAILS: 14 Nov, 2017
    Staging #2 Time: 7 P.M.
    Kwik Stop
    1018 N. Broadway
    Tecumseh, Oklahoma -

    Ride Captain:
    Dan "Papa Slick" James
    (918) 470-8379

    Special Instructions:
    SE PGR riders will meet incoming escort by Central PGR riders and will take over the escort to Criswell Funeral Home in Ada, which will be flagged for the arrival of the escort.

    Briefing: 7:15p.m.

    Weather: Cloudy with a high of 66, The escort will be done after dark, so dress appropriately and ride within your abilities. Hydrate prior to and during this mission.

    Flags & Water:
    Flags Will Be Provided
    Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed
    Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

    Submitted By: Ray Gehrig
    Position: Ride Captain

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    Ride Captain KenMcspadden's Avatar
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    Batesville, AR
    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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    Registered User Military Sniper's Avatar
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    OFallon, MO
    My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, USMC, WWII KIA, Private Vernon P. Keaton. 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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    Registered User SurfaceWarrior's Avatar
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    Crestview, FL
    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
    Retired FL Assistant State Captain
    Retired FL/MS Ride Captain
    Crestview, FL

    USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
    USS Flatley (FFG-21)
    USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7)
    USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44)
    USN/USNR Retired

    Riding in Memory of:
    JOCS Nicholas P. Young, Sr. USN (Ret)
    Father and Hero (Korea and Vietnam)
    MGST Joseph Young USA (Ret)
    AVCM Mike Burn USN (Ret)
    FLASC, Friend

    Standing By to Render Honors...

    God Bless America and The Troops

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    Registered User jgjackson's Avatar
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    Sugar Land, Texas
    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
    Arkansas Ride Captain

    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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    Ride Captain mailman's Avatar
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    The service and sacrifice of Pvt Vernon P. Keaton will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace Hero.
    "Eyes on the olive branch, but arrows at the ready."

    US Army 1970 - 1972

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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 Pvt Vernon P Keaton. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace. Thank you Vernon for your service. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. May you rest in honored 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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    Registered User Hotwheel's Avatar
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    Cisco, TX
    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

    In memory of :
    SGT. Ralph D. Woods Jr. USA Korea
    Crew Chief Eddy J. Pearman USAAC/USAF Korea
    Radio Operator Duane Duncan USMC Vietnam

    Semper Fi

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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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    Ride Captain GrampyBob's Avatar
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    Ride Captain Montgomery City, Mo.
    My wife and I and 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.

    I stand in spirit with my fellow Patriot Guard Riders as they Honor this Warrior. Stand down and rest in eternal peace, your mission is complete.

    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
    Retired Lt. LEO.
    Ride Captain Patriot Guard
    Montgomery City, Mo

    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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    Ride Captain useless's Avatar
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    Ocala, Florida
    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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    Ride Captain lakeland_lobo's Avatar
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    Lakeland, FL
    My wife and I offer our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. May the memories that you have bring you peace.
    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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    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 this True American 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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    Ride Captain Poppa Joe's Avatar
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    Valdosta Georgia
    Miz. Alice and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, 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. Your mission is complete May you rest in peace. We salute you.
    Willie "Poppa Joe" Black
    Georgia Ride Captain

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    Ride Captain Ted43's Avatar
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    Glen Rose, TX
    May the memories of your loved one’s service, and their devotion to friends and family, bring smiles that overshadow your grief and fill your heart with peace. Although no words can really help to ease your loss, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time. Sincere condolences for your loss.

    Ted Waldron
    Ride Captain North Texas PGR
    Vietnam 68-69
    GySgt. USMC 61 - 74
    CMSgt USAF 74 – 93

    Riding in memory of:
    GySgt. Wallace Carl Bergstrom, Jr
    HMM-265, Vietnam

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    Mission Complete -Dignified Transfer of Pvt. Vernon P, Keaton, USMC WWII KIA, Oklahoma City/Ada Ok.

    Part 1-
    On a beautiful fall afternoon 13 Patriot Guard Riders on 12 bikes / trikes assembled at the staging area to escort USMC Pvt. Vernon P, Keaton from Will Rogers World Airport to the Criswell Funeral Home, 815 Arlington St. in Ada, OK.

    Coordination on this mission had been done with the USMC, Will Rogers Airport Ops, and the Will Rogers Division of OCPD, all of whom bent over backwards to make this mission a success.

    The ride briefing was held, followed by a moment of silence for the Blue Star, Silver Star & Gold Star families, Service members currently serving, POWs and MIAs, and concluded with a prayer asking comfort for the grieving family, a safe mission, and protection for our active duty military engaged in the Global War on Terror.

    When the plane carrying Pvt. Keaton arrived, it taxied onto the gate area through sheets of water shot high into the air by 2 OCFD fire trucks to welcome Pvt. Keaton home, and the aircraft pilot had the passengers remain seated as the Gunnery Sgt. travelling with Pvt. Keaton disembarked and joined the Marine detail on the tarmac. The USMC detail and the coach were taken onto the tarmac to stand a Respect Line and act as pallbearers as the coffin was respectfully taken from the aircraft and moved to the coach.

    A PGR Respect Line had been formed to greet Pvt. Keaton, and all present came to attention and presented arms when the coach returned from the tarmac carrying the flag draped coffin.

    3 OCPD Airport Police units led the escort from the airport and across the city to get us safely away as we escorted the coach and the family to the meet-up point with SE PGR, where part one of the escort concluded without incident. After turning the escort over to SE, Central riders returned safely to their homes.

    Part 2-
    Prior to riding to the meet up point in Tecumseh, riders staged at the Criswell Funeral Home in Ada and pre-staked flags for the arrival of Pvt. Keaton.

    The RCIC held a briefing, then led 4 riders on 3 bikes and a cage to the meet up point to await the arrival of the escort from Okla. City.

    Upon arrival of Central PGR at the meet-up point, 3 riders from part one of the escort elected to join SE PGR and complete the escort, the transfer was completed, and 7 riders escorted the coach and the family car back to the Criswell Funeral Home without incident. Upon arrival, riders assisted with the transfer from the coach to the funeral home, then all were dismissed.

    Thank you to all who took time out of their lives to do this portion of the mission to honor this Hero and his family. Thanks also for the 3 OCPD Airport Division Officers who guided us safely through late rush hour traffic, and highway construction zones. They did an awesome job keeping the escort safe.

    Most of all, thank you Pvt. Vernon P, Keaton, USMC WWII KIA, for your service and ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and the lives we enjoy today. May God Bless you. Rest in peace Marine, your mission is complete.

    Respectfully submitted,

    RCIC for Part 1-
    Ray Gehrig
    Assistant State Captain-Central
    Patriot Guard Riders of Oklahoma
    It’s not about us. It’s about Dignity, Honor, and Respect

    RCIC for Part 2-
    Dan “Papa Slick” James

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