Saturday March 25, 2017
Celebration of life service - Captain Alfred M. Peck, Jr., US Army Veteran - Adin, CA
On a "decent" early spring afternoon, 12 PGR members assembled at the Adin Community Hall in Adin, CA to show final respect and honors for U.S. Army Captain Alfred M. Peck Jr., his family & friends.
PGR members lined both sides of the building entrance for attendees to file through and received very positive comments while there. Once everyone was inside, PGR members reassembled along an inside wall to render their customary salutes. Of worthy mention was the young 4-H members who formed their own "Color Guard" and posted the colors at the beginning of the ceremony. These youngsters helped to demonstrate what our great country is all about: well done!
I would like to thank PGR members from Alturas, Susanville, Janesville and even the 2 Ride Captains who braved the elements from Reno & Carson City on their motorcycles! Thanks to the Big Valley VFW Post 7144 for providing the rifle team and special thanks to the Army team from NCVC Igo and Sgt. Wellborn who assembled that team on very short notice to provide the playing of "Taps" as well as the folding and presentation of the flag.
Al entered the Army on Sept 12, 1961 and was separated from active duty on Dec 28, 1968. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, attended OCS at Ft. Benning, Ga. and served with the 1/48 Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 3rd Armored Division at Gelnhausen, Germany. His medals & ribbons awarded include: NDSM, EIB, Parachute Badge, GCM (1st AWD) and SS Badge Rifle.
After his military service, Al worked as a firefighter for the City of Sacramento. In 2004 he "retired" to Adin, CA where he worked for Lassen County as a Veterans Peer Specialist, assisting local veterans & their families thru support meetings and VA paperwork. He was also a permanent employee of the Big Valley Ranger District, Modoc National Forest.
According to his wife, Al was "Very proud to be an American and extremely proud of being part of the Veterans' family." Because of his dedication to fellow veterans and service to his community, he will be missed by many.
Rest in Peace, Captain Peck, your mission is complete and your Earthly watch is stood.
Skip "Boonierider" Kelly, Modoc PGR
ARC: Blake "Burnout"
RC - Susanville, CA PGR