Honoring one of the greatest generation

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    • Honoring one of the greatest generation

      I'm doing something cool Saturday.

      Driving up to Franklin, NC, for a funeral for Seaman Second Class Frank Wood. Killed at Pearl Harbor, and only identified in 2017, he is going to be buried in Franklin as that's where his closest living relative, a niece, lives.

      I'm going up as the head of the Navy delegation, aside from the 1-star admiral who will be there to speak. We'll have a 6-man flag fold, a bugle, and a rifle salute. This is the second one of these I'll have done, and it's one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in 22 years of wearing the uniform.

      If any of you guys are close to Franklin, NC (I doubt it, since it's out in the friggin' woods), I'll be driving the Sling up unless the weather changes.

      Navy seaman died in WWII attack at Pearl Harbor. His remains will be buried in NC. | Charlotte Observer
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    • Honoring one of the greatest generation

      KayTwo wrote:

      I'm doing something cool Saturday.

      Driving up to Franklin, NC, for a funeral for Seaman Second Class Frank Wood. Killed at Pearl Harbor, and only identified in 2017, he is going to be buried in Franklin as that's where his closest living relative, a niece, lives.

      I'm going up as the head of the Navy delegation, aside from the 1-star admiral who will be there to speak. We'll have a 6-man flag fold, a bugle, and a rifle salute. This is the second one of these I'll have done, and it's one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in 22 years of wearing the uniform.

      If any of you guys are close to Franklin, NC (I doubt it, since it's out in the friggin' woods), I'll be driving the Sling up unless the weather changes.

      Navy seaman died in WWII attack at Pearl Harbor. His remains will be buried in NC. | Charlotte Observer


      Wish I could attend with you. Those who went before us established the standards for us to follow.

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    • I know it is an honor for you to participate in that and I appreciate your service.

      On another note I love the Franklin area. There is a little restaurant just on the North side of Franklin on the left side of the road as you leave old down town going back up 28 toward 74/19. The name of the restaurant has the word "Sunny" in it but I can't remember the whole name. Anyway it is a great place to eat breakfast with great food good prices, friendly service.

      That is a great ride back North on 28!
      Another great ride out of Franklin is the Wayah Bald Road that goes by Winding Stairs and comes out at the West end of the Nanatahala gorge.
      Then there's,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oh well there isn't enough room on this forum for all of them!


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    • Heavenboundx4 wrote:

      What time and what would be the dress code?
      I am leaving the house at 9, as i have to meet the funeral director at the cemetery at 1145. The graveside ceremony is at 1400 at Carson Chapel Cemetery in Franklin. There is not really a dress code, as the PGR will be there in their leathers, the VFW will be there is a mishmash or outfits, and Navy will be there in dress whites. So, just show up.

      There is also a gathering to pay respects at Macon Funeral Home at 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, from 1230-1330. Open to the public. There will be a lot of local interest in that as well.
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    • Ghost wrote:

      That is a great ride back North on 28!

      Another great ride out of Franklin is the Wayah Bald Road that goes by Winding Stairs and comes out at the West end of the Nanatahala gorge.
      Then there's,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oh well there isn't enough room on this forum for all of them!
      It looks like a gorgeous area to ride, literally in the middle of the national forest. Unfortunately, I am in and out, so I won't have time to deviate too much. Funny, its only an hour or so from Maggie.
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    • KayTwo wrote:

      Heavenboundx4 wrote:

      What time and what would be the dress code?
      I am leaving the house at 9, as i have to meet the funeral director at the cemetery at 1145. The graveside ceremony is at 1400 at Carson Chapel Cemetery in Franklin. There is not really a dress code, as the PGR will be there in their leathers, the VFW will be there is a mishmash or outfits, and Navy will be there in dress whites. So, just show up.
      There is also a gathering to pay respects at Macon Funeral Home at 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, from 1230-1330. Open to the public. There will be a lot of local interest in that as well.
      We are in.
    • Heavenboundx4 wrote:

      KayTwo wrote:

      Heavenboundx4 wrote:

      What time and what would be the dress code?
      I am leaving the house at 9, as i have to meet the funeral director at the cemetery at 1145. The graveside ceremony is at 1400 at Carson Chapel Cemetery in Franklin. There is not really a dress code, as the PGR will be there in their leathers, the VFW will be there is a mishmash or outfits, and Navy will be there in dress whites. So, just show up.There is also a gathering to pay respects at Macon Funeral Home at 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, from 1230-1330. Open to the public. There will be a lot of local interest in that as well.
      We are in.

      In for the funeral at 1400, or to depart from the house at 0900?
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    • Here is the update from this ride.

      Swee and I had the honor to be apart of the funeral procession with the American Legion and other veterans groups.

      We were escorting the remains of a WWII sailor who died in Pearl Harbor on USS Oklahoma when his ship was torpedoed several times and the boat rolled over and capsized. He was trapped. He was just 18.

      His remains were eventually found and then buried with many others. It wasn’t until recently that they exhumed the bodies of these heroes and did DNA.

      He was buried today in Franklin NC.

      We had gotten there just before the ride to the cemetery. I stopped and asked direction just to get out of the way. The group of riders said no, you can ride with us.

      So here are the pictures from the ride up and back today. I big thank you to KayTwo or Jared for inviting us. It was our honor and privilege and thank you Jared for serving and what you do at these funerals.

      TO see the videos

      youtu.be/TrGq1Ff9EjQ Pall Bearers

      youtu.be/WRbBTuOA9_w TAPS
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      The post was edited 1 time, last by Heavenboundx4: Added video links ().

    • Some last pics...

      I also had. Some video but it wouldn’t let me upload them. Not long ones either.
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    • What a great tribute to a fallen service member. I'm honored and humbled to be on a forum whose membership has such high regard for those that gave all they had to protect this country. As a person who carries my first and middle name of two of my dads high school buddies that died in the service during World War II I try to honor other service members as often as possible. I sometimes worry if I am bothering others when thanking them but remember how I feel when thanked.

      Always remember and thank people who have served this country. Proud to do my little part in supporting organizations that help veterans.

      Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation | Our mission is to serve military veterans and their families.

      LC

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