The family of Chief Petty Officer (Ret) Michael J. Melton has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand in honor of their loved one during his final services on Monday, December 7th. “Mike” had been fighting health issues for a number of years and passed away peacefully 3 Dec., with his family at his side. He faithfully served our country for 24 years as a Gunner’s Mate in the US Navy, and we will be honored to stand for him. This mission will consist of a flag line during the visitation, an escort to the cemetery, and a flag line at the cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered for Chief Melton, a decorated veteran of several deployments involving the Global War on Terror.
Staging time: 0930-0945, mission brief at 0950, flag line in place by 1000.
Staging location: Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, 6357 East Pea Ridge Rd, Huntington, WV (Note, the address is Huntington, but the mortuary is in Barboursville, directly behind the Dutch Miller Auto dealership on Route 60.)
RCICs: Buddy Palla and Dave Shaffer (call 304-610-1324 if you need more information)
The interment service will take place at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veteran’s Cemetery near Institute, WV at 1400 hrs. For those who may only able to make it to the cemetery portion of this mission, please be at the Admin building no later than 1330. For all attendees, ensure you are properly dressed for an outdoor mission; the escort portion of the mission will take about 45 minutes at mostly highway speeds.