Friday March 18, 2016
Arthur D. Kelly, Jr. US Navy WWII, Northern California Veterans Cemetery, Igo, CA
Skip Kelly, Ride Captain, Modoc County Patriot Guard Riders, requested the Shasta Veteran Escort and Northern California Patriot Guard Riders to provide honorary flag line services for his father, US Navy WWII Gunners Mate Arthur D. Kelly Jr. Seaman Kelly's active service 8-28-42 thru 10-19-45 included service in the US Navy aboard the battleship USS New Mexico during most of the Pacific battles as well as a short mission up to the Aleutian Islands off Alaska to backup American ground troops battling the Japanese invasion there. Skip's dad attained the rank of Gunners Mate 3rd class.
Click it, to read about the ship: USS New Mexico
On a very warm Springtime day, temp near 80, approximately 6 PGR Riders from Susanville, joined with Redding PGR to show Honor and Respect for our dear PGR Brother, friend, his family, and his Father.
with grateful feedback from Skip Kelly, one of "our own" - son of Arthur Kelly:
Just wanted to reiterate my own and my family's heart-felt thanks for putting the short notice mission together today for my father: it was very well received, indeed!
My mom wasn't even aware there were motorcycles present and was overwhelmed by all the flags and flag bearers. She told me that Dad would have been very happy with the service, and that meant a lot coming from someone who never liked motorcycles!
Skip "Boonierider" Kelly
RC, Modoc PGR
Thanks to all who participated to make this a memorable service performed with honors for this deserving WWII Navy Veteran.
Rest in Peace... Your Mission is complete...
Robert V. Prosser PGRNCASC
Blake "Burnout" Hutchinson