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Author Maj Bennett French, 84, Air Force, Ret, Vietnam Vet, DF Cross Rec, OF Ross, TX - Fri, 24 May 19

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Posted on 05/21/2019 22:06
Maj Bennett French, 84, US Air Force, Retired, Vietnam Veteran, Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient, OF Ross, TX

The family of Major Bennett French has requested the presence and participation of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Funeral and Committal Services of their Loved One.

While growing up, Bennett wondered how airplanes knew where to go. This curiosity drove his desire to become a navigator in the United States Air Force where he fulfilled his quest and served for twenty years until retiring in 1974. During his time of service to his country he received many commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, nine Air Medals and an Air Force Commendation Medal. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #121 in Elm Mott, and the Military Officers Association of America. His entire obituary may be found here:

Date: Fri, 24 May 19

Belton Staging Time: 0715

Belton Staging Location: McDonalds, 1601 East 6th Avenue, Belton, TX 76513 (

Belton Briefing: 0725

Belton KSU: 0730

West Staging Time: 0905

West Staging Location: St Mary's Catholic Church, 301 South Harrison Street, West, TX 76691 (

West Briefing: 0915

Flagline Establishment: 0925 +/- Once the Funeral Service begins; we will strike the flagline and prepare to depart quietly to St Mary’s Cemetery, Cemetery Road, West, TX 76691 (

WX: Partly sunny, with a high near 87. South southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


1. Be at stagingS ON TIME and TOPPED OFF.

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 Retired US Air Force Major, Vietnam Veteran, and Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient for his selfless service to our Great Nation.
Edited by Holls419 on 05/21/2019 22:08
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