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Author Topic: Dennis Lee MacPhetridge, 72, USN, Vietnam, RNC, MON 19 April 2021  (Read 236 times)

Kyle Millager

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The family of Dennis Lee MacPhetridge, 72, has invited the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) to attend the Military Honors of their loved one as he makes his final journey. It will be our honor to do so.

Dennis proudly served in the United States Navy from March 22, 1968 to April 6, 1972.  He did most of his time aboard the USS Henry W Tucker during the Vietnam War.  During his service, Dennis achieved the National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea).  At the time of his Honorable Discharge, Dennis achieved the rank of Boilerman Petty Officer 2nd class (BT2) as a deep hole snipe.

Dennis was retired from Baxter Healthcare in 2012 after 32 years as a truck driver. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, owning Harley Davidson motorcycles since leaving the Navy. His interests included firearms and photography, and spending time with family.

He was briefly married and divorced in the 70's, but was loved deeply and respected by long time life partner, Silvia, for over 32 years and her two fatherless children, Raymond and Karla. He is also survived by one sister (Sue Lefon) and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great/great nieces and nephews.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this American Hero.  For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, please see the time table if you would like to participate.

Time Table for Monday 19 April 2021:

1230 – Stage at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 (Staging Area 9: on Normandy near the first roundabout.

1245 – Mission Briefing

1330 – KSU to assigned Shelter for Flag line, Service and Military Honors

R/C Clint "Smurf" Martin
PGR Ride Captain

Do not follow where the path may lead...Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.-Courage

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission. All PGR members are welcome. We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the R/C (Ride Captain).  Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car).  Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can.  Please ride/drive safely.

Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for our Heroes. No talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Remember, cemeteries are hallowed ground. Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we are honoring.
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