Monday June 24, 2013
PGR Member - PVT Thomas I. Robinson, US Army Veteran - Susanville, CA
Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson served proudly in the US Army until he was injured in training and received a Honorable Discharge. After discharging from the US Army, PFC Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson became involved in veterans issues and joined the American Legion, rising through the ranks over the years and becoming the Post Commander for the Susanville American Legion Post 204. Tom later became the American Legion District 3 Commander in addition to his duties as the local Post Commander which he held until his untimely death. Once the Patriot Guard Riders started in the Susanville area, Tom was one of the first to join our ranks. Even with his motorized wheelchair, Tom would proudly show Honor and Respect at our Missions. While working daily at the Veterans Hall in Susanville, Tom would encourage any Veteran who came in to look into the Patriot Guard Riders to become members. Tom Robinson was well know and liked by all the local citizens of Susanville who would see him and his dog Angel motoring up the sidewalks of Susanville on his motorized chair with a big smile and wave to everyone he meet. Thomas Robinson was a true friend.
*** Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson was struck by a vehicle while in a cross walk in his wheelchair on the afternoon of June 5th, 2013 @ 3:22 pm and was Care Flighted to Reno, NV where he succumbed to his injuries the next day with his daughter by his side. ***
Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson was a proud US Army veteran. Because of his love of life, his sense of humor and his love for his family and fellow man, he will be missed by many.
The Patriot Guard Riders having been invited by the family of fallen Patriot Guard Rider - US Army Veteran, Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson, to stand and honor during his interment service at the Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA. The mission involved Patriot Guard Riders from all over Northern California and Northern Nevada and Blue Star Mom’s from Northern California and Northern Nevada gathering prior to Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson’s Interment Service, west of Susanville for an Honor and Remembrance ride through the City of Susanville and onto Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson’s Final Resting at Diamond Crest Cemetery. PGR Ride Captain Rick “Taildragger” Schultz obtained Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson cremains and personally escorted Tom on his final Mission during the Honor Ride.
On an overcast and light raining day, 18 motorcycles and 25 Cages gathered west of Susanville for Tom’s final Ride. The City of Susanville Police Department had two marked units provide escort with emergency lights flashing as they guided us from the staging area to Diamond Crest Cemetery. As we entered the City of Susanville, numerous citizens and business owners were lined on both sides of the highway with American flags and saluting as we road past showing their respect for Tom’s passing. Upon completion of the Honor Ride, a flag line was established at Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA for family and friends to pass through. A large gathering of friends and community members were present at the service. A total of 50 PGR members from Crescent City, NV – Reno, NV – Truckee, CA – Grass Valley, CA – Sacramento Valley – Chico, CA, - Redding, CA – and Alturas, CA along with 25+ Blue Star Mother members showed to present Honors for this true American Hero, where the PGR stood Honor Line at his final resting.
I would like to give a special thanks to all of our brothers and sisters from the Patriot Guard Riders who traveled from out of area to show Honor and Respect to one of our own and braved inclement weather on their motors to assist the Susanville PGR stand Honor Line with American Fags during this Mission. In addition I would like to thank all of the Blue Star Mom’s who stood beside the Patriot Guard Riders in their showing of Honor and Respect to our fallen brother. A heartfelt thanks to Chief Tom Downing – City of Susanville Police Department whose Officers provided a much appreciated escort through the city to Tom’s final resting place, and to the citizens of Susanville who stood in the cold overcast day to show their respect to a wonderful man.
Also present for our Mission in addition to our Patriot Guard Riders we had a great representation of many groups on this Mission.
U. S. Army Honor Guard – Team Six Redding, CA
Patriot Guard Riders
Blue Star Mom’s
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Marine Corps League
Lastly, but not the least, I am thankful to Pvt. Thomas I. Robinson, US Army Veteran – Patriot Guard Rider - American Hero and friend. 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
ARC - Blake "Burnout"