“Red River 44” Interment and Memorial Service
2 - 149th Aviation Regiment
Mission Date September 13, 2009
On September 17, 2008 seven soldiers from the 2-149th Aviation Task Force 34 were killed in a CH47 Chinook crash near Talil, Iraq. Killed were:
SSgt Luke Mason, 37, Springtown, Texas. He is survived by his wife and four daughters.
CW3 Brady Rudolf, 37, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife and three children.
CW2 Corry Edwards, 38, Kennedale, Texas. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
SGT Daniel Eshbaugh, 43, Norman, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife and three children.
CSM Julio Ordonez, 54, San Antonio, Texas. He is survived by his wife and four children.
CPT Robert Vallejo II, 28, Richland Hills, Texas. He is survived by his wife and a newborn son he never got to meet.
CPL Michael Thompson, 23, Harrah, Oklahoma. He is survived by his parents and sister.
Part 1 – Escort and Interment: Sunday, September 13, 2009; 2-149th Armory Grand Prairie, Texas to DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Staging – 7:15 AM; Briefing – 7:45 AM
Riders will stage on the side road adjacent to the armory. There will be a continental breakfast served in the armory at 0730. We will depart for DFW National Cemetery at 0830. We will be on a tight time line during this mission. The base is a secure federal area and no firearms are allowed.
Upon arriving at DFW National Cemetery we will form a flag line to honor the Heroes and Families of “Red River 44”, after which we will escort back to the armory for the Memorial Service.
Part 2 – Memorial Service: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 11:00 AM; 2-149th Armory Grand Prairie, Texas
After returning to the armory we will provide a flag line along the path from the armory to the hanger where the Memorial Service will be held. We will maintain the flag line during the Memorial Service to honor the families and children of the crew of “Red River 44”. The final part of the Memorial Service will be the dedication of a memorial park, specially constructed to the memory of the crew of Red River 44. You may remember that the North Texas PGR contributed a bench for the park during its construction.
Weather: 90 degrees, T- Storms less than 20% chance of precipitation
We will have a flag and water truck at both DFW National Cemetery for the interment and at the armory for the memorial service.
Iron horses if you can, big flags will be in demand and, we’re sure, quite appreciated for this mission as we honor the families of all seven Heroes of the crew of “Red River 44”.
Cages are always welcome and appreciated. All groups are welcome to ride with us as we honor these Heroes.
We have a very special bond with the 2-149th, as we sent them off to war. We buried their Heroes and we escorted them home as they returned to their families and loved ones. Please join us as we write a final chapter in the lives of the family and crew of “Red River 44”. Let us NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICE.
Randy “Coach” Roberts
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