Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
Sgt James A.Ayube II 3/2 ACR, Spc Kelly J. Mixon 3/2 ACR, Sgt David S. Robinson 2/2 ACR .
I belong to the Patriot Guard Riders and got this email a few mins ago I will be going to the airport and help escort LT HILDAGO to the funeral home.
This is a SHORT NOTICE - now CONFIRMED --The first part of this mission was posted in Wisconsin and the PGR was invited to participate by the father. We are currently awaiting formal invitation from the father and or the military CAO of Lt Hildago (who is also the Lt Hildago's brother).
1LTDaren M Hidalgo, 24, was killed in action February 20, 2011 while serving hiscountry in Afghanistan. He graduatedfrom the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009. He completed Infantry Officer Basic Course,Airborne, Ranger, Army Combatives, and Stryker LeaderCourse at Ft. Benning, GA. Daren was assigned to G Company, 2nd StrykerCavalry Regiment, Rose Barracks, Germany.
What we know so far:
Thursday: Mar 3rd - 1stLt Hildago to arrive by charter jet at Stewart AFB, Newburgh, NY, at approx 14:30. He will then be taken to the William F Hogan Funeral Home in Highland Falls. Calling hours at the funeral home will be from 18:00 to 21:00.
Friday: Mar 4th - Funeral services to be held at the Cadet Chapel, West Point - 10:00
Monday: Interment will be held at the West Point Cemetery - 13:30
As soon as I receive further information and confirmation you will be advised. Stay tuned for further e-mails from myself or the Lead Ride Captain that will be assigned this mission.
Thank you for standing by.
Patriot Guard Riders - Asst. State Captain
Senior Ride Captain - Region 5
VRP State Coordinator
Thank you for your service to this fallen trooper, Larry.
We have been scrambling to find a representative of the Regiment/Association to attend the services.
I found out that his father is a graduate of West Point class of 81 and he has another brother who is a Cpt in the Army and west point graduate also. I can't make it tomorrow but I will make the internment on Monday.
Thing is, Larry, we are looking for an official representative to present gold combat spurs and Regimental history to the family of Lt Hidalgo. The Sergeant Major that was supposed to do it had to pull out because of conflicting appointments. Been trying to get hold of Chris Golden to see if they found anybody but haven't gotten a reply.
The message from Bill Shaaf said Lt. Hidalgo's brother was the Casualty Assistance Officer. He is the Soldier who has to be contacted about anything to do with the memorial/funeral.
Just noticed you listed yourself among the fallen troopers. Careful brother...life is short enough!
I just recently found out that a friend and former Trooper from 3rd Sqdn 2nd ACR, (Amberg) passed away in January 2005.
Sp5 Willard Keith Alsip, Keith to his friends, was a Diesel Mechanic with Hq Trp, Sqdn Maint Sect in 1966-1969.
He was laid to rest in is Dress Greens at the Houston National Cemetery, Sect N3, Site 1284.
RIP Willard Keith Alsip, Thank you for your service Toujours Pret