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LTC CW "A-Train" Dryden - Arlington National Cemetery Interment
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Thumbs up LTC CW "A-Train" Dryden - Arlington National Cemetery Interment - September 25, 2008, 12:19 PM

Pretty cool - so I had to share!

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...tway-94279276/
http://www.savannahtribune.com/news/..._page/002.html

Caisson



USAF Band


Casket Team securing the flag


Young Patriots


Color Guard


Me, Grandma (1st wife), Dad and Uncles


Present Arms


Air Force Chaplain


21 Gun Salute


Body Bearers folding The Colors


The folded flag


Chaplain receiving folded flag


Presenting to Grandma (2nd wife)


Salute to next of kin.


Arlington Lady offering condolences


Thank you - ALL OF YOU


Former Secretary of Defense - William Cohen


Letters of condolence from Presidents Clinton and Bush



Amazing event

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September 25, 2008, 12:21 PM

Wow, very cool. Thank you for sharing.


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September 25, 2008, 12:24 PM

Wow. Heavy stuff and a very important man in airpower.

My brother is active duty F-15C pilot. I am sure he will have heard about this already.
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September 25, 2008, 12:35 PM

Damn...amazing man!
I love the WWII pilot stuff...


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September 25, 2008, 01:16 PM

very very very cool. Thank you for sharing!
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September 25, 2008, 03:08 PM

Damn I hate the AF HG's salute...Always have.

Very cool pics though. Rest in Peace A-train. Thanks for showing us how to straighten up and fly right.


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September 25, 2008, 04:52 PM

Very cool Cam! That reminds me a lot of my Grandfather and Grandmothers' service in Arlington back in April. They both passed away in February of this year (5 days apart) and were given a full honors burial in Arlington. My grandfather was a decorated (Silver and Bronze Star) LTC (WWII and Korean War vet) and was featured in a documentary titled, "The Borinqueneers" detailing the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry:

http://www.borinqueneers.com/home.php

We walked with the Caisson as they marched the urns to the burial plot. They presented my dad with my grandfather's flag and when he, my uncle, and my aunt carried the urns from the tent to the actual plot, my dad handed the flag to me.

I gotta say, my dad was an Infantry Staff Sargeant in Vietnam (Silver Star and Purple heart) and is tough as nails...it was the first time I had seen him cry in my nearly 30 years.
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Very cool Cam! That reminds me a lot of my Grandfather and Grandmothers' service in Arlington back in April. They both passed away in February of this year (5 days apart) and were given a full honors burial in Arlington. My grandfather was a decorated (Silver and Bronze Star) LTC (WWII and Korean War vet) and was featured in a documentary titled, "The Borinqueneers" detailing the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry:

http://www.borinqueneers.com/home.php

We walked with the Caisson as they marched the urns to the burial plot. They presented my dad with my grandfather's flag and when he, my uncle, and my aunt carried the urns from the tent to the actual plot, my dad handed the flag to me.

I gotta say, my dad was an Infantry Staff Sargeant in Vietnam (Silver Star and Purple heart) and is tough as nails...it was the first time I had seen him cry in my nearly 30 years.
Sorry for your loss! Very cool you got to participate and experience them celebrated with such an honor. I'd like to know more about "The Borinqueneers" - do u have the video (i'd like to burn a copy)?
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Sorry for your loss! Very cool you got to participate and experience them celebrated with such an honor. I'd like to know more about "The Borinqueneers" - do u have the video (i'd like to burn a copy)?
Yeah man, I can get you a copy.
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Very cool Cam!
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The greatest generation is disappearing very quickly these days.

I lost my grandfather a little over a week ago. He was a radar operator from '42 to '46 with the 305th Control Squadron attached to the 599th, served in Hawaii, Saipan, Leyte and Okinawa in the Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion.


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The greatest generation is disappearing very quickly these days.

I lost my grandfather a little over a week ago. He was a radar operator from '42 to '46 with the 305th Control Squadron attached to the 599th, served in Hawaii, Saipan, Leyte and Okinawa in the Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion.
Sorry to hear about your loss Travis. Without radar the Germans would have never of been stopped!
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September 25, 2008, 09:38 PM

I lost my dad last November. He served as a PFC in the 35th Infantry Division during WWll, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Sadly, his experiences were so traumatic he never would discuss them much. I wish I knew more of his story, and I always search old war footage for a glimpse of him. How fortunate you were, Cam to know your grandfather's story.
Thank you so much for sharing it.


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The greatest generation is disappearing very quickly these days.

I lost my grandfather a little over a week ago. He was a radar operator from '42 to '46 with the 305th Control Squadron attached to the 599th, served in Hawaii, Saipan, Leyte and Okinawa in the Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion.
They dont make 'em like they used to, thats for sure. Forgot my condolences to you and your family Cam. Travis and Jenny, im sorry for your losses too.

When they had my grandfathers viewing in FL a group of riders came out. They were all sons and grandsons of those who fought with the Borinqueneers. The back of their leathers read, "We Ride for 65".

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September 25, 2008, 11:52 PM

Thanks for sharing Cam. It's just a moving ceremony and of course it was well deserved.




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