***HONOR MISSION*** USMC GySgt Thomas Sullivan, 40, Springfield/Agawam, MA 24,26,27 JULY ’15

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US Marine Corps GySgt Thomas Sullivan.


USMC GySgt Thomas Sullivan, 40

Springfield/Agawam, MA

24,26,27 JULY ’15


Good evening Patriot Guard and associates.  Sadly we are called to stand for yet another fallen Hero, GySgt. Thomas Sullivan, may he rest in peace. 

This will be a multi-state mission involving both PGR and non-PGR groups, for the services at the church and cemetery Monday only PGR will be involved at those locations, staging and mission info for non-PGR is also included in this email as they will form a flag line on Main St. in Agawam

Friday there will be a (closed) escort out of Bradley that MAC and Gregg will be in along with CTSP and Springfield PD vehicles to bring our Hero to the funeral home where we will stand a flag line.  Sunday is the wake, attend on your own or follow the MA PGR lead, Monday are the Church services and graveside services open to PGR only.  CT PGR will do one stage Monday morning north of Hartford for those wishing to travel in a group, if you have any questions please refer to the points of contact listed below or email me at NewEngland@PatriotGuard.orgCT staging info located at the very bottom of this email.

The following information has been copied from the MA PGR SC and the MA RCIC;


Final Update – US Marine Corps GySgt Thomas Sullivan, 40, Springfield/Agawam, MA 24,26,27 JULY ’15

The family of Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan has requested our presence at the funeral of their loved one.
    Gunny Sergeant Sullivan was killed in Tennessee, along with four other Marines, when a terrorist gunman went on a rampage at a military recruiting facility in Chattanooga, Tenn.
    He was a two tour Iraqi War veteran and a recipient of a Purple Heart.
    GySgt Sullivan had been a Marine since 1997 and was currently an artillery instructor. He was assigned to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14 Marines.


The Return of Gysgt Sullivan on his journey to his final resting place.
Members are asked to be present for GySgt’s return
Friday, 24 July 2015
Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home
21 Tinkham Rd

Springfield, MA 01129


At the funeral home
Please park in the funeral home parking lot
TIME: Please be there NO LATER THAN  4:00 PM


WAKE: Members are encouraged to attend to show our support for however long you are able.
TIME/DATE: Sunday, 26 July 2015 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home
21 Tinkham Rd
Springfield, MA 01129

For those planning to be there at the commencement, please arrive between 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Parking will be across the street  from the funeral home on Tinkham Road

DATE: Monday, 27 July 2015
Holy Cross Catholic Church
221 Plumtree Rd
Springfield, MA 01118


At the Church.
Please park along Plumtree Road between Lancaster Street  and Pilgrim Road.
NOTE: There will be roads blocked off by police. Identify yourself as a PGR member, and you will be allowed to pass.
STAGING TIME: 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
We will then proceed to form a flag line to honor the service and memory of GySgt Sullivan


INTERMENT to follow at:
     Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery
    1390 Main St
     Agawam, MA 01001


Ride Captain:  Rolly Gratton    regratton@verizon.net
Assisting Ride  Captains: Rick Prater  & Steve Joyce
———Flags will be provided for all events————

UPDATES from MA State Captain Howard Shrut:


GySgt Thomas Sullivan, USMC(AD) / Springfield, Agawam 24,26,27 JULY ’15
Monday, 27 July “15
As per the request of the Sullivan family, ONLY PGR MEMBERS will be allowed to stage and be present at the church. This is their request and not ours. We need to respect the wishes of the family.

All other groups are to stage at:
    Big-E grounds, gate 1,
    1305 Memorial Ave
     West Springfield MA   01089


Be there no later 9:00 AM on Monday, 27 July ’15
Note that this restriction is only for the Church service on the day of the funeral, not for the day GySgt Sullivan is being returned  (24 July) nor for the day of the wake (26 July) nor for the interment on the day of the funeral (27 July).

UPDATES from MA RCIC Roland “Rolly” Gratton:

GySgt Sullivan update…… all PGR plans have been approved by the various law enforcement agencies. Please keep in mind that plans have been implemented in sticking with the wishes of the Sullivan family. The funeral IS PRIVATE. PGR has been entrusted with planning the (other than military) honor services and is the only group invited to the Church and at the cemetery.

ATTENTION……..All Non – PGR members and groups wanting to take part in honoring GySgt Sullivan should stage on Monday morning, no later than 0900 at the Big-E grounds, gate 1…..1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, Ma. Our good friend Todd (T-bone) of the Guardian Soldiers LEMC will be coordinating activities there. Rehab trucks from Salvation Army, Red Cross etc. will be on site and facilities will be available.  Your mission is a flag line on Main St. in Agawam

Thank you all !


CT Staging info:

DATE:      Monday, July 27th

TIME:        0700hrs, KSU 0730hrs

Location:  Dunkin Donuts

Exit 48 off I91

Elm Plaza Shopping Center

89 Elm St

Enfield, CT  06082


Bob “Airwolf” Stone

Regional Captain NE PGR

SR Ride Captain CT PGR

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 Mac  McArthur

State Captain, PGR CT

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