Herbert Holbert, USN WWII Veteran – Philippi, WV – 24 Feb 14



The family of Herbert R. Holbert, has requested the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in honor of their loved one at his final services. Herbert was a Veteran of the U.S.Navy during World War II .

A flag line, as well as escort, are requested, with services at 1130 am Monday, February 24, 2014. The location of the mission is at the Wright Funeral Home 216 N Walnut St Philippi, WV with escort to the WV National Cemetery , Pruntytown WV with full military honors being accorded.

Dave Rowan will RC this most honorable mission.

Staging will be at 0900 at the Philippi Shop and Save , (on the bypass)http://goo.gl/maps/LIf0Z
A ride briefing will be held at 9:15am with kickstands up at 9:20 for a short ride to the Wright Funeral Home 216 N Walnut St Philippi, WV

As always dress and travel in accordance with the weather.

David Rowan WV DISTRICT 7 RC

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  1. Mission Complete: Herbert R. Holbert, USN, WW II, Philippi, WV, 24 FEB 14

    I want to thank each one of the Ten Patriots, men and women who braved the cold on this Monday morning, to show honor and respect for Mr.Herbie Holbert. Mr. Holbert and his Family was a long time personal friend for me and an inspiration for all of us here in the Tygart Valley.

    The mission brief was conducted on time at the Philippi, Sheetz we were able to have one new person join the group today, Thank You , Ethan Van Noy, son of PGR Member Keith Van Noy, we hope you’re learning experience today was one you will not soon forget, as we try steadily to educate the next generation in the cause of Respect and Honor, We proceeded to take the short trip over to Wright Funeral home to establish our flag line

    We divided the group in half and were placed on both sides of the double doors in carport area of the front of the funeral home.20 degrees and a slight breeze made the mission a little cold just to mention, but we took breaks going inside to warm up, where some took the time to go and pay their respects to Mr. Holbert,

    At the beginning of the service 1130, Randy Rice, Boonie Jarvis and myself presented the Governor’s Letter, the PGR Plaque, and condolence book to a very humbled, and appreciative spouse of some 71 years and family. We broke our flag line down and proceeded to our vehicles to await the escort portion of this service.

    The escort departed Philippi, across the landmark Covered Bridge, and made a right on to U.S.250 and proceeded toward Pruntytown and WV National Cemetery , concerned for the safety of the procession , I had made arrangements with the others on how I was going to block traffic when we entered the cemetery area, but much to our surprise waiting for us at the Barbour and Taylor County line were members of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department to lead us in , and at every occasion where traffic needed to be halted, at every intersection and cross roads, there stood a Taylor County Deputy, heels locked at attention in full salute.

    On our arrival at the cemetery we placed our flag line
    Across from the Pavilion Entrance, next to the Barbour County Post 44 Rifle Squad, of which Herbie had been a part of for over 20 some years.On Command of the U.S.Navy Flag detail we saluted as Herbie was moved from the hearse to the pavilion for services. We held our salute until the rifle squad fired their 3 round volley and Echo Taps was played, I can still hear it echo in the valley, and then I dismissed the group.

    The family asked if we could join them at the Mt. Liberty Community Building where we were invited in as part of their family, for some home cooking at its best. Thank you for your hospitality.

    Thanks again to everyone that made this mission; everyone gave of themselves for braving the cold to show honor and respect to one of The “Greatest Generation”.

    On behalf of the family of Herbert R. Holbert, I wish to express how much it is appreciated that folks such as yourselves can come together from all over to show Honor, Dignity and Respect the way that all of you do , I heard it several times today just how special it makes the families feel that we are there, for their hero and for them..

    Thank you all, God Bless

    Dave Rowan
    WV PGR Ride Captain
    District 7 & 8

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