Monday May 6, 2013
Cpl Willard W. Means, US Army Air Force - WWII Veteran, Susanville, CA
Fallen US Army Air Force - World War II Veteran, Cpl Willard W. Means, to stand and honor during his Interment service at the Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA. Cpl Willard W. Means served his country proudly from 23 Jan 1943 to 21 Oct 1945.
Cpl Willard W. Means was decorated with the following Decorations and Citations – Air Offensive Medal – Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe – Distinguished Unit Badge – EMAE Ribbon – Good Conduct Medal.
Cpl Willard W. Means left the US Army Air Force and settled in Lassen County working at the Sierra Army Depot until his retirement in 1982. After his retirement he worked as a janitor for the Sacred Heart Church.
Cpl Willard W. Means was a proud US Army Air Force veteran. Because of his love of life, his sense of humor and his love for his family, he will be missed by many.
The Patriot Guard Riders having been invited by the family of fallen US Army Air Force- WWII Veteran, Cpl Willard Means, to stand and honor during his interment service at the Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA.. The mission involved a flag line at the Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA for family and friends to pass through. On an overcast Spring day, 12 PGR members showed to present Honors for this true American Hero and last of a great generation, where the PGR stood Honor Line at his final resting.
I would like to give a special thanks to Reno Nevada PGR Dean Shuff and his contingent who traveled to assist the Susanville PGR stand Honor Line with American Fags during this Mission. Also present with our Patriot Guard Riders we had a great representation of many groups on this Mission.
They include :
U. S. Army Honor Guard
Patriot Guard Riders
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Marine Corps League
Lastly, but not the least, I am thankful to US Army Air Force - WWII Veteran, Cpl Willard Means, an American Hero and last of a great generation, and his family. Your watch has been stood, your duty to protect this nation is complete, and you’ve earned the right to be called a true American Hero. Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Rest in Peace, your Mission is complete.
RC– Rick “Taildragger” Schultz