Sgt David J. Smith, 25, Frederick, MD 8/9 Feb

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. David J. Smith, 25, of Frederick, Md., died Jan. 26 from wounds received Jan. 23 while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

National Mission Thread

SGT David Smith, USMCR, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Company B., died of injuries suffered in an attack last week in Afghanistan. The 25-year-old Marine died Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 after evac to Germany. Military
officials related SGT Smith was wounded in a bombing Saturday in Helmand province that killed at least two others from his company.

This young hero's family has reached out to the Patriot Guard Riders and asked us to honor his service and sacrifice. It will be an honor to show our respect. Funeral Services will be in Frederick Maryland and interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

Our most heartfelt condolences to the family of this young Warrior. He was only a month shy of his 26th birthday and by all accounts loved his family, his community and his Corps. Our Nation, State and local communities are poorer with his loss.

Please watch this space & the National Thread for updates with Ride Captain information and Rally details.

Stand by Riders. Honoring this Hero is what we do.

Patriot Guard Riders!

This is the final itinerary for the Patriot Guard Rider Mission to honor Sgt David J. Smith, Frederick, MD., who gave all on 26 Jan 2010, supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The mission is a go.  All contacts have been made.

Your Ride Captains for this Mission: Sandy Hohne - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 410-259-5791 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            410-259-5791      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Mark McCarter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 240-313-0422 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            240-313-0422      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

For those who are very local to Frederick County, there will be a brief Flag Line for the arrival of this young hero from Dover AFB.  This flag line will take place at Stauffer Funeral Home at approximately noon on 3 Feb 2010.  Please email the RCs if you plan to attend.  The time will be fluid based on the Frederick County Police and Maryland State Police escort's pace across Maryland from Dover.  There will be no PGR in this escort from Dover as it is our State & County Law Enforcement Agency's opportunity to show their respect.

Mission Details:

Monday 8 Feb 2010 - Escort and Visitation
Rally Time: 0900-0915 hrs
Rally Location:  Stauffer Funeral Homes, P.A.,  1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
KSU: 0930 for Escort to the Lynfield Event Complex.

After the escort we will reform for the Visitation Flag Line at 1130 hrs.  This is a NINE (9) hour visitation (Noon until 2100 hrs) at the Lynfield Event Complex.  We would really appreciate as many Riders as possible, taking a few hours out of their day and joining the flag line.  We do not expect anyone to stand the entire 9 hours.  Please email the RCs to let them know when you will be able to arrive.  For those within a relative close proximity to Frederick, we are really counting on you! 

Tuesday, 09 Feb 2010 - Funeral Services and Interment
Rally Time: 0800-0820 hrs
Rally Location:  Lynfield Event Complex, 10142 Hansonville Road, Frederick, MD 21702-1919

0830 hrs: We will form a flag line during the Funeral Service scheduled at 0900 hrs.  Following the services at approximately 1200 hrs, the procession will proceed to ANC where we will render honors during graveside services at 1500 hrs.  This will be a police escorted 56 mile procession.  Please be fully fueled and ready to roll upon arrival.  Only extremely secure bike/cage mounted flags should be flown for the procession.  Ride Captains will be inspecting large flag mounts prior to departure for ANC.  If you are asked to furl your flag due to safety concerns, please comply. 

The weather for Monday is expected to be in the mid 40’s, but will probably become much colder after dark.  Tuesday morning will be in the low 30’s so please dress accordingly.  Bikes and cages are both welcome.  Keep an eye on the forecast and let safety dictate a cage if the weather is not conducive to 2 wheels.  We wish to honor this young Marine's sacrifice, not have our own incident.

Please bring 3x5 flags and don't forget bottled water and snacks - these will both be very long days.

Thanks for all you do!

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