MSGT Henry Dawson (Ret), 84, died on Thursday at his home in Blacksburg, South Carolina.  Early on Sunday morning Mr. Dawson will leave Blacksburg on his last journey home to his native West Virginia. 

Henry Dawson enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 during the final stages of World War II.  He did not see combat in World War II. 

But he did in Korea and he did in Vietnam……..on all three of his combat tours to that place.  He served his Army and our country for nearly 28 years before his retirement.  And now, his family asks that we take a moment to acknowledge that service. 

Our Master Sergeant will leave the Gordon Mortuary in Blacksburg early Sunday for a transfer to Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton, West Virginia.  His funeral will be held Monday in Princeton. 

Patriot Guard Riders are requested to establish a Flag Line and render honors as Mr. Dawson is transferred to the vehicle for his final journey and escort him to the interstate. 

Patriot Guard Riders are requested to display flags and render honors upon the Master Sergeant’s arrival in Princeton, West Virginia. 

SUNDAY       08 SEP 13

Staging Time:    0630 

Staging Location:      Gordon Mortuary

                                   400 West Cherokee Street

                                   Blacksburg SC  29702 


Ride Captain:             Bill Hopkins


                                   (864) 497-0474 


Estimated time of arrival in Princeton, West Virginia is 1200 to 1300 hours.  West Virginia Patriot Guard Riders are requested to greet this Hero. 

Staging Time:         1130 

Staging Location:   Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home

                                1612 Honaker Avenue

                                Princeton WV  24740 


Ride Captain:          Pat Hanifin, Sr ( 

Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 1300 on Monday 09 SEP at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home with burial after a one mile escort.  West Virginia Patriot Guard Riders are requested to conduct an Honor Mission for the funeral.  Details pertaining to staging time, etc. will be communicated later.

Ride Captain: Buddy Palla ( 

Nearly 28 years of service.  He was shot at in the snow.  He was shot at in the jungle.  He kept going back.  He kept serving.  He stood for us. 

Now Patriot Guard Riders will stand for him. 

Godspeed Master Sergeant………….thank you for your service.