The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for PVT Shirley E. Bailey, U.S.Army, WWII KIA/MIA, for his service and interment on Saturday, 02 Dec 17.

His loss took place in the Hürtgen Forest of Germany in 1944. Fighting in the forest, an area comprising of roughly 50-square miles along the Belgian-German border, lasted from September 1944 to February 1945. Bailey, who was a medic with Company G, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, participated in his unit’s efforts to seize northern parts of the Hürtgen Forest. Bailey provided medical support to dozens of casualties during the battle. On November 29, 1944, when Bailey’s battalion was moving out, a German counterattack struck his company. Bailey rushed forward to aid a wounded man and was himself killed by enemy fire.

Since then he was listed as missing. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on 21 Sep 17 that his remains have been located and identified.

Visitation services from 1030-1230 at the funeral home after which escort will be provided to the Donel C. Kinnard Cemetery in Dunbar, WV for graveside services at 1330.

Primary Staging Time: 1000 A.M.

Keller Funeral Home
1236 Myers Ave.
Dunbar, West Virginia –

Ride Captain:

WV RC Jim (shaffer13e20@frontier.com) and Jeanne (jas875@frontier.com) Shaffer are the designated Co-RCIC of this most Honorable Mission.

Special Instructions:

Mission brief at 1015.
Flag line will be in place NLT 1030 and maintained until the conclusion of visitation at 1230.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, flag line will be set and maintained during graveside services, scheduled to begin at 1330.

Weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low to mid-50’s and a 90% chance of dry conditions. Please dress and travel accordingly.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Joe Cumblidge
Position: State Captain