NOTE: This is a two part mission.
The PGR has been requested to provide escort and flag lines for Sgt. Jerome E. Kiger, US Army Air Corps, who was shot down on July 21, 1944 over Germany. He was listed as MIA since that time. His remains were recently found and identified. He will be returning to his hometown for burial and well deserved honor services.
The first part of this mission will be on July 18th, as Sgt. Kiger arrives at the Pittsburgh Airport. PA State Captain Barry Bioni will RC this portion of the mission, as we stand in honor during SGT Kiger’s arrival, and then escort him home to Mannington, WV. Staging information is as follows:
WV Staging will take place at the Walmart, University Town Center, Granville, WV, at 8:45 AM, with KSU at 9:00 AM.
Directions: From I-79, get off at exit 155. Go toward Star City, staying in the far right lane. Turn right at the first light. Go to the top of the hill, to the Walmart parking lot. We will travel north to Pittsburgh, to meet at the PA staging location.
PA staging will take place at 11:00 AM at 9002 University Boulevard, (Sheets) Moon Township, PA 15108
Take 79 North to Airport exit, then take I-376 toward the airport. Then take business Rt. 376 to University Blvd, turn right at the light, and go 200 feet to the Sheets on the left. Further mission information will be disseminated at the staging area.
The mission will end at the Hudson Funeral Home in Mannington, WV.
Barry Bledsoe, DRC, WV PGR will RC part two of the mission, which will take place on Sunday, July 21.
Staging will be at the Middletown Mall, which is just off of exit 132 of I-79 (Whitehall / South Fairmont exit), in Fairmont, WV. Staging will take place at noon, with KSU at 12:15. We will ride to the funeral home in Mannington, where we will then escort Sgt. Kiger to his final resting place. There will be no services at the funeral home, but we will provide a flag line at the cemetery.
Please continue to monitor this thread for any changes. You may call me at 304-692-6900 with any questions or concerns.
District Ride Captain