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    Colton Vassar, Active Duty, USA - MULTI-CITY, Texas - 12 Mar 2018

    Honor Mission

    Colton Vassar, Active Duty
    MULTI-CITY, Texas - 12 Mar 2018

    Colton Vassar entered active duty military service in October of 2015 as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer and had been assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood starting in April 2016. He was deployed in support of the Republic of Korea from July 2017 through February 2018.

    The family of Colton E. Vassar has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to honor the memory of their loved one and his service to our country by standing a flag line at his visitation service, to stand a flag line at his celebration of life memorial service, to ride with him one last time from the funeral home to his eternal resting place at DFW National Cemetery and to again stand a flag line at his committal service.

    Primary Staging Time: 4:00 P.M.
    Emerald Hills Funeral Home
    500 Kennedale Sublett Rd.
    Kennendale, Texas - 76060

    Ride Captain:
    Jeffrey Wike
    (817) 301-4293

    Special Instructions:
    After the mission briefing, riders will establish the flag line and stand “tall and silent” in preparation to receive family and friends of Mr. Vassar. Due to the extended flag time, we will rotate in shifts of 15 minutes each. Sunset for this day is 1935 hours so flags will remain unfurled until the end of the service. When directed, we will return the flags to the support vehicle, have a short debrief and be dismissed for the evening.

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

    STAGING #2 DETAILS: 13 Mar, 2018
    Staging #2 Time: 09:30 A.M.
    Emerald Hills Funeral Home
    500 Kennedale Sublett Rd.
    Kennendale, Texas - 76060

    Ride Captain:
    Jeffrey Wike
    (817) 301-4293

    Special Instructions:
    Riders will stage at the funeral home for a short mission briefing and then we will establish the flag line and stand “tall and silent” as family and friends arrive. After the service begins, flags will be returned to the support vehicle. At that time, there will be a mission safety briefing; honor bikes will be selected, and all riders staged for the procession to DFW National Cemetery. Upon arrival at the DFWNC Visitor’s Center, honor bikes will turn into the assigned staging lane while the remaining riders will proceed to the designated committal shelter to help set the flags and await the arrival of the procession. Those riders not participating in the procession may proceed directly to DFWNC.

    Procession Escort Provided

    Flags & Water:
    Flags Will Be Provided
    Large Bike Flags will be needed
    Water will be provided.

    STAGING #3 DETAILS: 13 Mar, 2018
    Staging #3 Time: 12:15 P.M.
    Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    Dallas, Texas - 75211

    Ride Captain:
    Rick Crabb
    (910) 330-9861

    Special Instructions:

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

    Submitted By: Ted Waldron
    Position: Ride Captain

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    Last edited by Remagen; 03-12-2018 at 06:04 AM.

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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 an 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)
    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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    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

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

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

    US Army 1970 - 1972

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    Registered User 1stCavMP's Avatar
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    Warren, Ohio
    Our Heartfelt Condolences to the Family and Friends of Colton Vassar.
    Thank You Colton, for your service and sacrifice to our Country.

    Rest in Peace Soldier
    545th. MP Co., 1st. Cav. Div. 1976-1978
    838th. MP Co., Ohio ANG 82-83

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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,
    My Father, Raymond H. Carter, WWII , 331stBase Unit, A.A.F.,
    My Step-Father, Freddie D. Braswell, USMCKorea,
    they were my heroes.

    They fought for our freedom, I stand forthem.

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    Ride Captain lakeland_lobo's Avatar
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    Lakeland, FL
    My wife and I offer our sympathy to you and your family. We will be praying for you and yours that happy memories fill your days and help you through this sad time.
    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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    Lakewood, CO
    I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Colton Vassar, United States Army. 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, Soldier...those you have left behind to carry on without you have the watch.
    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 jim1948's Avatar
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    grove city,pa
    Thank You my Brother in Arms for your desire to serve in today's Army. May your family and friends find peace and comfort with the good memories developed over a lifetime. May you rest in Peace.

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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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    My wife and I 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 ll
    Orville Griffith U.S. Army WW ll
    Sterling Griffith U,S, Army WW ll
    Riding in Memory of PGR Brother and Ride Captain
    SFC.Mark Schroeder U.S,Army(Ret)3/28/2016
    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 kbell's Avatar
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    Jacksonville, Florida
    My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Colton Vassar. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace. Thank you Colton 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....
    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
    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.

    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

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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 jaegers's Avatar
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    Tipton, IA
    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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    Ride Captain useless's Avatar
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    Ocala, Florida
    My wife and I wish to extend out sincerest condolences for the loss of YOUR HERO.
    You will not be forgotten; stand down hero.
    Ride Captain, Ocala, FL

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    Ride Captain srdoll's Avatar
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    Farmington, MO. 63640
    RIP, Warrior.
    S. Roger "Goose" Dollinger, SRC.
    U.S. Navy Veteran ('61-'65-'67)
    "Non Sibi Sed Patriae"

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    Ride Captain
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    Bedford, Texas
    It is with heavy heart that I offer my sincerest condolences for the loss of your great HERO. May you find comfort from our Lord in the days, weeks and months to come. And may your sorrow be overshadowed by the joys that you all shared in times past. Rest in peace, brother.

    Jeffrey Wike
    Ride Captain
    Bedford, TX
    US Army
    Vietnam '68-'69

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