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Patriot Guard Riders Centex Region | Ride Information | Completed CenTex Missions
Author SFC Merle Lapointe, 87, Army, Retired, Vietnam Vet, Bz Star Rec, of Belton, TX - Tue, 14 Nov 23

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Posted on 11/12/2023 07:36
SFC Merle Lapointe, 87, US Army, Retired, Vietnam Veteran, Bronze Star Recipient, of Belton, TX

The family of Sergeant First Class Merle Lapointe has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Committal Service of their Loved One.

Merle served his country with honor and dedication for twenty years before retiring from the United States Army in 1974. Throughout his military career, Merle demonstrated exemplary service and received numerous decorations including the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Drivers Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Sharp Shooter Medal. His unwavering commitment to his duties inspired those around him and left an indelible mark on those who served alongside him. He was also a member of Temple VFW 1820. His entire obituary may be found here:

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 23

Staging Time: 0905

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: Partly sunny, with a high near 65. North wind around 10 mph.


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: Sherry “8 Toes” Hering; 254.681.4971;

Please join us in honoring this Retired US Army Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star Recipient for his selfless service to our Great Nation.

We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.
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