Posted on May 13, 2014
Sgt Packy Flickinger
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Ok, my wife of two years has a grandfather, great grandfather to my daughter. His service is as follows, and I'm not embellishing:
Survived Pear Harbor, piloted a full complement of B-17 missions (only 2 "hard landings"), was in consideration for the one of the pilots to drop a nuclear bomb on Japan, was asked to be one of the initial pilots for B-52 training and if thats not enough was stationed at Roswell on a very famous day. Transferred the next to England.

Retired LtCol USAF, former Army Air Corps.

Anyway, he's 94. In pretty damned good shape for someone that old, yet he's still getting up there. She knows the honor and respect I have for his service, nobody else in the family understands. I told her, she will handle his affairs and I will handle his service. He rates a flyby from Luke AFB, confirmed, as well as a spot in Arlington, which he doesn't want. I told her I want it to be big. I want her family to walk out of the church after services to see hundreds of military men there.

When the time comes a long while from now, do you think if I contacted the local MEPS and base commands I could get a good number of Active there? Not to mention the Legion, VFW, Patriot guard riders, etc.

I got a new, slightly larger, uniform last year to attend my fathers honors. 54-57 USMC Jan 16, 2013 cancer. I told her I would only wear that uniform one more time. She doesn't really get it, I know all you reading this do.

How many of you would make time for such a treasured hero's services? I was unable to attend the one of my Dad's friend, Joe Foss, but I won't miss this one.
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MAJ Jim Woods
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As I buried my Father in the Phoenix area, I requested the funeral home make the appropriate arrangements. We got a full Burial Detail from Ft. Huachuca (Dad was an Army guy). They were excellent and I couldn't have been prouder. I took part in the Ceremony (I wore my Dress Blues, Tennis Shoes, and a light coat of gun oil) and received the folded Flag from the Sgt. of the Guard and presented it to my Mom.

I am so thankful for the recognition he received as he was a WW2, Korea, & Vietnam Veteran.
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I would MAKE the time. He sounds like a national treasure and should be treated as such. Your good man for wanting to recognize this great American!
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SSG(P) Matthew Bisbee
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When he does receive his final transfer orders, please post it on RP so we can try to make it and honor his service.
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Sgt Packy Flickinger
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I will. I want a big turnout. I told his family I'll handle the funeral. Call to MEPS, Luke, VFW, American legion and RP.
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