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Patriot Guard Riders Centex Region | Ride Information | Completed CenTex Missions
Author P03 Donald L VonAchen, 73, US Navy, Vietnam Veteran, OF Georgetown, TX - Mon, 11 Mar 19

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Posted on 03/08/2019 09:52
CenTex Addendum to Austin Honor Mission
P03 Donald L VonAchen, 73, US Navy, Vietnam Veteran, OF Georgetown, TX

The family of Petty Officer Third Class Donald VonAchen has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Committal Service of their Loved One. For any members interested in attending the Austin portion of this mission, see their information posted at the bottom.

Donald served as a SeaBee in the US Navy from 1966 to 1968. He served in two Vietnam tours, and left the service as a Petty Officer 3rd class. His entire obituary may be viewed here:

Date: Mon, 11 Mar 19

Staging Time: 1005

Staging Location: The cul-de-sac between the Walk of Heroes and the Memorial Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 SH 195, Killeen, TX 76542 (

Setup & Briefing: Upon clearance and at the direction of the Ride Captain, we will move to the shelter, set up the flags, be briefed and await arrival of the procession.

WX: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 59. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


1. Be at staging ON TIME.

2. Hydrate well prior, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.

Ride Captain: Gary "Saber8T" Blackburn; 254.702.4309;

Please join us in honoring this US Navy Veteran for his selfless service to our Great Nation.


[AUSPGR] Donald L. VonAchen, 73, US Navy/Vietnam Veteran, Georgetown, TX, 11 MAR 2019

Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and burial services for Mr. Donald Leroy VonAchen. Mr. VonAchen served as a SeaBee in the US Navy from 1966 to 1968 including two Vietnam tours. He left the service as a Petty Officer 3rd class.

Additional information about his life can be read here when published:

Date/Time: Monday, 11 March 2019. Funeral service at 8:30 am.

Location: LDS Church, 218 Serenada Dr, Georgetown, TX 78628. We will stage at the church.
map link: [url],-97.6944824,14.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x318279e45099d5ef!8m2!3d30.682726!4d-97.690223?shorturl=1[/url]

7:20 - 7:50 am - Staging
7:50 am - Briefing
8:00 am - Flag line

Wx: High 62 deg. Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Chance of rain 80%.

Notes: Cage it if weather dictates. Following the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and standby to join a law enforcement escorted procession to Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen for the scheduled 11 am burial service. Upon arrival at the cemetery we will fall under the direction of the Centex PGR ride captain.

Ride Captain: Russ Miller,, (512) 636-9692
Flag Wrangler: TBD

Please attend to show honor and gratitude for this sailor's brave service to our nation.
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