Patriot Guard Riders
The Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders started off this issue standing a flag line on Jan 10th in Danbury at the wake of Louis Zippo, a WWII Army veteran. He served in the European/African/Middle Eastern theaters of Operations with the 331st Infantry Regiment as a rifleman in the Ardennnes, Rhineland, and Central Europe regions, being awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Jan 13th brought a happier mission, a Welcome Home for MCC Patrick Henri, USN, as he returned home from Afghanistan. The very next day, Jan 14th, brought another feel-good mission, a Welcome Home Ribbon Cutting ceremony on East Hampton for SPC Roger H. Boulanger, US Army and LCpl Anthony Strong, USMC. The following Saturday, Jan 21st, brought another Honor Mission. This one was in Norwich for Herbert H Wiley Jr, a WWII Navy veteran.
On Jan 25th we stood a Honor Mission in New Haven and North Haven for Andrew Torre, an Army veteran from the Korean War. Andrew was a Sgt in the 25th Infantry, serving as a Heavy Weapons Infantryman and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. The next day, we had a short notice Honor Mission in North Branford and Middletown for William Johnson, who served in the Air Force.
On Saturday Jan 28th, we had a trio of missions. Some attended one depending of what part of state they came from, a few made two, and one guy even made parts of all three. But then he put 50K on his Harley the first year he had it, so he does get around. The first mission, which many CT-PGR members signed up to work at months ago, was the “Great ICS Chili Cook Off Benefit for Greg Caron.” Over $8,000 was raised for this injured Marine who lost both his legs from an IED explosion in Afghanistan. The second mission was the 7th annual “Spinathon” in Danbury for Green Beret SFC Mark Holbert, who lost both his legs and a finger. The third mission was an Honor Mission in Guilford for George F “Red” Woodworth, a WWII Army veteran who served in the European/African/Middle Eastern theaters of Operations with the 566th AntiAircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion in Northern France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe. The last mission was on Feb 1st, another Honor Mission, this one in New London for William Steinmiller, a veteran of the Marine Corps.
That’s it for the missions since the last CT Cruise News issue deadline. As always, we invite you to come out and join us in our mission to honor this country’s veterans at their funeral services. Come out to one, grab a Flag and stand alongside us, experience the same satisfaction the rest of us do. You’ll be back.
The CT Patriot Guard has a new website, that we’re extremely proud of. Go to www.ctpatriotguard.org to check it out or to join up. (Article by Jay D Koonz)