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Tilley will present the folded flag to members of the John Dean Armstrong family at his funeral in Hutchinson, KS on June 17th.
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:44:35 GMT
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R.I.P. Maax and PW.  ]]>
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:40:45 GMT
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We want you to know of the arrival of the remains of PW Atkinson on Monday, April 3rd at Dulles International Airport in DC, for dignified transfer to the funeral home prior to his service and burial in Martinsburg, WV.

He was in the care of Delta Airlines on the two flights from Honolulu, HI to Atlanta, GA and then to Dulles.

The photo provided by the Atkinson Family shows the U.S. Army Honors Team assembled to render honors to PWA and then transfer his remains to the hearse for the trip to WV.  An Army officer escorted PW all the way from Honolulu to the funeral home in WV.  The Courtesy Casualty Assistance Officer will take over duties of helping the Atkinson family with all of the preparations for the upcoming service and funeral.

The motorcycle bearing the American flag is that of Atkinson family member and Patriot Guard rider, Dennis Dupuis.

Well done all.....

U.S. Army......we thank you!!
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:14:26 GMT

Thank you, Amy, well done!

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:04:55 GMT
There will be a "Missing Man" formation flyover by the A-10s of the 74th Fighter Squadron/23rd Fighter Group/23rd Fighter Wing based at Moody AFB, GA.  These jets display the FT designation on their tails to signify their legacy from the AVG Flying Tigers.  The nose of the "Warthogs" sport the traditional shark-mouth of the AVG originally formulated by Charlie Bond & Erik Shilling on 15 Nov 1941 in Toungoo, Burma.  This famous symbol, known worldwide, was passed down from the AVG Flying Tigers to the 23rd Fighter Group (of the China Air Task Force), to the 14th Air Force and finally to the 23FG, whose airmen proudly maintain the legacy to today!

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:45:51 GMT
<![CDATA[3 Tigers Found!! 3 AVG in Toungoo could be coming Home!]]> We've had some luck in locating family members of some of the 12 missing AVG:

Neil G. Martin
Edward J. Leibolt
John E. "Pete" Petach
Arnold "Red" Shamblin
John Dean

We still need help locating and talking with family members of the following Lost AVG from the CBI Theater of WWII:

Robert J. Sandell
Frank W. Swartz
John E. Fauth

Thomas Jefferson Cole, Jr.
Robert Laing Little
Allen M. Wright
Einar I. Mickelson

Any assistance from members of the AVG Forum and AVG community would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:18:48 GMT
2.  Honors rendered to Maax's casket in ATL by Delta Honor Team and military personnel.

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:14:24 GMT
This is a new thread to share with you the return of the 3 Tigers to their families, thanks in large part to the efforts of Lt. Col. Kenneth E. Tilley, USAFR (Ret.), former Historian with JPAC, Mr. Michael Linnington, former Director DPAA, the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.

Maax C. Hammer, Jr. AVG of the 2nd Squadron traveled aboard Delta Airlines flights from Hawaii to Atlanta, and from Atlanta to St. Louis, MO.  He was accompanied by his military escort and arrived at the funeral home in Carbondale, IL this afternoon.  There will be a visitation on Monday 20 March from 4-6pm at the Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale, IL.  Burial will be in a private service with military honors.

We will keep you posted regarding the upcoming returns of Peter William Atkinson and John Dean Armstrong, honoring the wishes of the families.

Our Tigers are coming Home......!

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:10:47 GMT