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    SP6 Theodore L. O'Connell , Retired, USA - Vietnam, MULTI-CITY, West Virginia - 05 Jan 2018*

    SP6 Theodore L. O'Connell, Retired
    USA - Vietnam
    MULTI-CITY, West Virginia - 05 Jan 2018

    The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for SP6 Theodore Leroy "Ted" O'Connell, U.S. Army, Vietnam Veteran, for his final services and interment on Friday, 05 Jan 18. Ted went to be in the Lord's army on Monday, 01 Jan 18.

    Ted was an honored 20-year veteran of the United States Army who served as a clinical specialist during Vietnam.

    He is the Father of one of our PGR members.

    Services will be held at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home, 144 Hackers Creek Rd., Jane Lew, WV on Friday, 05 Jan, beginning at 1000 hrs. Interment to follow in the WV National Cemetery in Pruntytown, WV.

    Primary Staging Time: 0830 Hrs
    Pat Boyle Funeral Home
    144 Hackers Creek Road
    Jane Lew, West Virginia -

    Ride Captain:
    Wayne Turner (304-472-4365)
    Special Instructions:
    Mission brief at 0845.

    Flag line will be in place NLT 0900 and maintained until the start of services.

    At the conclusion of services, flag line will be set for his dignified transfer to the hearse for his final journey. Escort will be provided to the cemetery.

    Early weather is for overnight lows of -01 on Thursday with Friday's high of 12. PLEASE dress and travel according to current conditions being ever mindful of the possibility of black ice.

    Due to the extreme cold temperatures, two wheels are NOT recommended for this mission. Your safety is our first priority.

    Won't you join with us as we say "Thank You", "Welcome Home" and "God Speed" to another of our native sons who gave so much of himself for your freedom and liberty.

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

    Submitted By: Joe Cumblidge
    Position: State Captain

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

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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 (Ret), Viet Nam War Veteran, Specialist Six (SP6) Theodore L. O'Connell. 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 RonD73's Avatar
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    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of SP6 Theodore L. O'Connell on the loss of your loved one. I would like to thank SP6 O'Connell for his service to our Great Nation and my he Rest in Eternal Peace in the Arms of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Ron Dolly
    HM3 US Navy 73-77
    District 3 WVPGR

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    Ride Captain douggeary's Avatar
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    My wife and I would like to offer our Most Sincere Condolences to the family
    and friends of SP6 Theodore Leroy "Ted" O'Connell, U.S. Army and Vietnam Veteran.
    Thank you, Theodore, for your dedicated commitment and service to our great country
    and for keeping our freedom and way of life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your
    family during this grieving period. I salute you SOLDIER and may you rest in peace now
    knowing you are in a better place. Stand down your tour is done.

    Doug and Jane Geary
    Senior Ride Captain
    PGR Morgantown, WV

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    Registered User SurfaceWarrior's Avatar
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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
    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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    State Captain ultraclassic's Avatar
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    Thank you, Ted, for your Honorable and Faithful service to our great Country during a period in our history when such service was frowned upon by so many. It is because of men and women, like you, that we continue to enjoy our freedom and liberties today. May God welcome you with open arms as you approach the Gates of Heaven.

    May your family and friends find a measure of healing through His comfort and mercy and may they all soon realize that, although no longer with them on this Earth, you continue to watch over them from your place among the Angels.

    Stand at ease, Ted! Your tour of duty is now complete. May you rest in Honored and Eternal Peace. Godspeed, Sir, and Welcome Home!
    "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis

    "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don't have that problem." ..... Ronald Reagan

    Joe Cumblidge
    State Captain
    West Virginia Patriot Guard
    RM1 USCG 1969-80

    304-834-1576 (H)
    304-534-1150 (C)

    Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)

    Riding in silent Honor and Respect for my Mentor, Hero, my Best Friend and my Father, CPL Paul R. "Russ" Cumblidge, US Army WWII Veteran. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. I love you, Dad.

    Riding in silent Honor and Respect for my good friend, Bob Moyer, US Army 1974-77; US Coast Guard 1983-94; Bridgeville, DE Firefighter and Delaware State Captain.

    In Memory of the crew of HU16E CGNR 2123, lost on SAR mission off Corpus Christi, TX on 21 September 1973:
    LCDR Francis W. Miller (CG Aviator #1164)
    LTJG Jerald M. Mack (CG Aviator #1567)
    AD1 Harold D. Brown, Jr.
    AM2 Benjamin R. Gaskins, Jr.
    AT2 John F. Harrison
    AT2 John P. Pledger

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

    US Army 1970 - 1972

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

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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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    My sincere condolences to the family of this departed hero. All veterans no matter what the war have one thing in common, their country called and they answered that call. Because of their bravery we have the freedom we enjoy today. Rest in peace with God and in your loved ones memories.

    Jim Shaffer
    3rd Inf Div
    WV PGR

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    Ride Captain kawi 99's Avatar
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    May we as a nation never forget those that had served to protect this great country.. May God wrap his loving arms around your loved one and welcome him home... May he Rest In Peace ....

    Jeanne Shaffer
    WV PGR

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:1-6)

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    I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of SP6 Theodore L. O'Connell, US Army (RET) Vietnam Veteran. During this most difficult time, I pray you peace. I will forever be grateful for his service, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. Rest easy now, Sir...those you have left behind to carry on without you have the watch. Welcome home!
    Kathy "Rat" Goldstein
    Ride Captain - Colorado
    State Captain (Ret)

    To those whose duty it is to protect and preserve the freedom of the people of this country, I most humbly thank you.

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    Registered User 1stCavMP's Avatar
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    Our Condolences to the Family and Friends of Theodore L. O'Connell. Thank You Spc.6 O'Connell, for your service and sacrifice to our Country.
    Rest in Peace Soldier
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    SP6 O'Connell. Thank you, soldier, for your honorable service to our country. May the Good Lord welcome you home to His army of angels, and may He bless your family with peace and comfort during this difficult time. Rest, Theodore. You have served America well. Welcome home

    Rone J.
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    10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division
    Truck Co, 3rd FSSG, Okinawa, Japan
    WV ASC North
    WV Senior RC

    Riding in Memory of my heroes:
    Clayton E. Jones
    U.S. Army
    Korean War Veteran

    T. Norman Stout
    U. S. Army
    WW II Veteran

    Earl E. Hughes
    U.S. Army
    Korean War Veteran

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    Ride Captain dshaffer327's Avatar
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    My sincere condolence tot the family and friends of Theodore L. O'Connell. Thank you sir for your service.

    Dave Shaffer
    101st Airborne Div.
    1/327TH INF

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    Thank You my Brother in Arms for your service to our nation for so many years. May your family find Comfort and Peace with the memories made over a lifetime. May you, thru the mercy of God, rest in Eternal Peace.

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    My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of Theodore L. O'Connell. Rest in Peace, Hero.
    JJ Bishop

    Sergeant, Henrico County, VA Police (Ret.)
    MCPO, USCGR (Ret.)
    Blue Knights VA III
    American Legion Riders Post 335
    Henrico FOP Lodge# 4

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    My wife and I wish to offer our condolences to the family of this true American Warrior. May you find comfort in knowing that their sacrifice has made this a better place for all of us. I am truly grateful for their service to our Nation.
    I stand in spirit with my fellow Patriot Guard Riders as we honor this warrior.
    Stand down and rest in eternal peace, your mission is complete.

    Rick “Curly” Kroeger
    Missouri Ride Captain
    Blue Star Father

    Riding in memory of:
    My Pop, Cpl. Gene Kroeger, USAAC, Britain, WWII,
    Uncles: Russ Kroeger, USA WWII, Panama,
    Ken Kroeger, USAF Korea
    Bob Kroeger, USA Korea
    Gil Schroeder, USA Korea
    Cpl. Charles Foley, USA, WWII
    SFC Mark Schroeder, USANG (Ret) AD 28 MAR 16 PGR Brother and friend

    Riding in honor of:
    My son, SSgt Jason Lee, USAF, Ramstein AFB Germany
    Uncle, Mike Kroeger, USN, Korea

    “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”
    ~Thomas Jefferson~

    “Let us not mourn that such men died, but rejoice that such men lived”
    ~George S. Patton~

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    Ride Captain deaconbiker's Avatar
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    I wish to thank Theodore L. O'Connell for his service to America during a time when it was unpopular to serve. When your country called, you answered…you served with honor, and now it’s our turn to honor you. Though it is years too late, America now stands ready to offer the respect you so richly deserve. I salute you for your service, and trust that your family will find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    Buddy Palla
    WV Patriot Guard, Senior Ride Captain
    USN- VT-28, VT-31, VA-85 (AMH-2)
    ANG- 130AW (CMSgt- Retired)
    Desert Shield/Desert Storm/OIF/OEF/GWOT

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    My wife and I offer you our sincere condolences during this most difficult time. May good memories sustain you during difficult moments and provide you with warmth and love as you carry those thoughts with you in your heart.
    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 kbell's Avatar
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    My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of SP6(Ret) Theodore L O'Connell. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace. Thank you Ted for your service.
    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....
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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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    Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on,
    and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone.
    Those we love can never be more than a thought apart,
    for as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart.
    ~Author Unknown

    With deepest sympathy for your loss, and gratitude for his service to our country.

    Don and Cecilia Sloat

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    Registered User Hotwheel's Avatar
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    It is with great sadness that I learned of the loss of this hero. We mourn
    with their family and friends. Though we mourn, we stand tall to honor them.
    This hero's service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. We ask that this hero
    rest in eternal peace.
    Hero, you can stand down. We have the watch.

    POW-MIA's you are not forgotten.

    "Hotwheel," Cisco, Texas

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    Registered User jgjackson's Avatar
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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
    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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    Registered User Pat D's Avatar
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    Randy and I send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this HERO during this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort in the many happy memories shared with your loved one, for memory is one thing that even death cannot destroy. May God hold you close and comfort you as only He can do.

    To you, our dear American Hero, we send our deepest gratitude for your service and sacrifice for our freedom. We know that FREEDOM is NEVER FREE but is preserved and protected by men and women like you who willingly answer our nation's call to serve. May you now rest in peace, your service here is complete.
    AMERICA - Land of the free BECAUSE of the BRAVE

    Pat Dawson
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    District 6
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    Riding in HONOR of my husband, Randy Dawson, US Army - Vietnam Veteran 1969-1970

    Riding in Memory of Gary W. Weekley
    Vietnam Veteran - KIA 1970

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    Registered User fiddler892's Avatar
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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.

    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
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    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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    I would like to offer my sincere condolences and prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. May peaceful moments and cherished memories bring renewed strength for tomorrow. Do not let your heart be troubled. Your faith will keep you strong.

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    Ride Captain srdoll's Avatar
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    RIP, Warrior.
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    "Non Sibi Sed Patriae"

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    Prayers, positive energy and strength from the Ross family to the family and friends of Americas Hero, Theodore L. O'Connell . May your faith give you strength, may your memories give you comfort and May GOD'S love give you peace. The service and sacrifice for this Nation you gave will never be forgotten, Rest easy hero your mission here is done.

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    Ride Captain Bantam's Avatar
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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
    SW Ga RC

    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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    Vicki and I send our condolences to the family and friends of this great american .
    Because of men like Theodore we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.
    Thank you for your service to this great nation Rest In Peace.

    John BrownWVPGR

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    Specialist Theodore L O'Connell's service and sacrifices will not be forgotten. He is a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO". May he Forever Rest in Peace & may the memories of this brave Soldier give you peace, comfort, and strength through the rest of your days.
    Stand down, Specialist Ted, your mission is now complete. May your Brothers & Sisters-in-Arms from Viet Nam welcome you to your eternal home. Rest easy, brave Soldier, we now have the watch! /Salute


    State Captain Patriot Guard Riders of Pennsylvania & Senior Ride Captain, Region 10
    Master Sergeant, United States Air Force, Retired

    "Patriotism, which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion ... but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." ~ Adlai Stevenson
    Riding for my Father: Robert L. Smith, A1C, USAF
    Riding for those who came before me
    Riding for those who served with me
    Riding for those who will follow me
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