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Beth Allen

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The family of PFC Thomas Frederick Green, age 19, and the US Army have invited the PGR to accompany their Hero from the airport to the funeral home as he arrives home after being Missing In Action for 51 years.  We are honored to do so.

PFC Thomas Green was serving as a door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook called “Warrior 143” that was assigned to the 68th Aviation Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group when the helicopter and all aboard were lost in the jungles of Vietnam on October 26, 1971.

The people of Vietnam were able to locate and recover remains of the crew in recent years and they were sent to Hawaii where through DNA PFC Green was identified.  Now he is finally coming home, what a blessing that is for his family and friends.

PFC Green is survived by many family and friends in his hometown of Ramona and has never been forgotten.  They are so grateful that he has finally been found, identified and is coming home.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this American Hero. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, we will be accompanying the Hero and his family from the airport to the funeral home, approx 37 miles. Please see the time table if you would like to participate. If you prefer to meet the procession at the funeral home please feel free to do so.

Part 2 the funeral will be posted when time appropriate and details are confirmed.

Time Table for Thursday, 09 FEB 23:

1030 - Stage at Spanish Landing Park East, 3900 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

1045 - Mission briefing

1115 - Move to location of arrival

1145 - Est KSU to Bonham Brothers & Stewart, 321 12th St., Ramona, CA 92065  (37 miles)

1230 - Est arrival at funeral home

1235 - Flag Line for transfer of Hero from coach to building

R/C Lorenzo Lizarraga
SoCal PGR Regional Captain


This mission involves an aircraft arrival. Arrival times can change at the last minute so please check this thread for any last minute changes before leaving.

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.
Beth Allen
Sr. Administrator
So Cal PGR Mission Ops
So Cal PGR Asst. State Captain