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Atkins, James, Lt Col.
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Home Town Camas
Last Address Vancouver, WA
Date of Passing Nov 04, 2009
Location of Interment Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates Not Specified
Last Known Activity REMEMBRANCE IN PROGRESS - SUBJECT TO CHANGE ------ From Patriot Guard Riders:
07 Nov 2009 2:35 AM
Ladies & Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard, we have been invited by the family of Lt. Col. James Atkins, USAF Retired to honor him at his service followed by a graveside service with full Military Honors. James served tours in WW II, Korea and Vietnam. James served with the Strategic Air Command as a navigator in B52?s.
Ride Captain: Steve Guild
Staging at Pendleton Woolen Mill Parking lot in Washougal, WA.
Staging time: 0820 hrs
Ride Brief: 0840 hrs
KSU: 0850 hrs
Flag line in place: 0900 hrs
Flag line dismiss when service starts approximately 1000 hrs
Flag line in place at Fisher?s Cemetery in Vancouver, WA. 1230 hrs
5 bike escort in place at church 1200 hrs
Graveside Service: 1300 hrs
If you are interested in riding in the 5 man missing man escort please contact me.
Clark County Ride Captain
-- Respectfully Serving You and the PGR, Cullen "Bluelight" Ritchie Washington State Captain
Other Comments: At 13 Nov 2009 6:03 PM
RE: Lt. Col. James Atkins, USAF (Ret.), WWII Korea and Vietnam, Washougal, WA, 13 NOV 09 by BornFree
Today we stood for James G. Atkins, Sr. Lt. Colonel USAF (ret.). Lt. Colonel Atkins served tours in four wars if you include the Cold War. He flew in B-29's during WW II in the South Pacific, he worked on the B-36 Project in the late 1940's and he flew in B-29's over North Korea. James flew in B-47's in the early Cold War mid 1950's before transitioning to the B-52's, with flights over the North Pole, the Cuban Missile Crisis and missions over Vietnam. We were honored to stand, ride and salute this veteran in the rain at his memorial service, the Escort to the cemetery and grave-side services. We had 12 PGR, 2 cages, 9 bikes, one long rider from Tacoma. The family was very thankful for our honors as we were honored to stand for this man that has stood for us. Thank you to all that showed, You made this a very easy yet Stand-Out mission.