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Dietsche12762_Lady D
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Fellow Patriots,

The Virtual Warriors' Walk was originally intended as a memorial for an active duty military hero who died during Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

Then, our beloved JonD, Central Region Coordinator, Founding Leader of the WWR, passed away suddenly.

So, the WWR had to run a very tough Honor Mission for our friend... The normal transition after the mission is over, as Jon's was Sunday, would be to move the Mission to "Completed", and eventually the post would be archived...

As I thought about doing that, it did not seem right.. Jon's Mission is not "Complete" until we welcome that last warrior home...

So, it seemed appropriate for Jon to be be among his Warriors that he so loved..  The Virtual Warriors' Walk is viewable by the whole world, and members can add posts, forever.. It will be my honor to watch over JonD's Mission post, as I do for all our fallen heroes..

Ride In Peace, JonD

-matter

I never thought the day would come where I would be posting a mission for one of our own members, especially for Jon D.  It is with great sadness that I post this mission.  Jon, through tears of sadness, it is with great honor that we stand for you Sunday as you have stood for so many.  


Please know that the family of Jon D welcomes all groups to stand with the WWR for our brother Jon.  Jon D deserves the highest honors we can give him.

Pre-Stage at 0800, Departure 0815, Sunday 16 Aug 09 at:
The infamous "DC" (This is an old tradition started by Jon for all those in the Crystal Lake, Cary/Algonquin Area to meet up)
2454 IL Route 62
Algonquin, IL
(Link to above location http://tinyurl.com/JonDDC)

Staging at 0900, Sunday 16 Aug 09 at:
Chicago Jewish Funerals
195 North Buffalo Grove Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(Link to above location http://tinyurl.com/JonDStage)

We will escort JonD and his family at 0930 to:

Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
7801 West Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60706

Where there will be a graveside service and interment.
(Link to above location http://tinyurl.com/JonDService)

At the first Illinois WWR mission, JonD told the assembled riders that anyone who wanted to RC a mission could do so.  

While Coastie will coordinate some things for this mission, in JonD's memory -every single member of the WWR is appointed Ride Captain of this mission.

Shiva will follow the services-

Shiva is a period of mourning and occurs after a burial.  It's purpose is to try to bring some comfort to the grieving family.    It is customary to visit the shiva house and allow the family to talk while you listen.   It is very appropriate to have conversations about the person's life.  "The laws of mourning free the mourner from social norms and expectations, so that the mourner can focus on the memories of the deceased and begin to heal."  

Often times charitable donations are made in the memory of the deceased, and in this case, a request by the family is that contributions be made to the USO (see below).

The idea of charitable contributions is that it helps elevate the person's soul to a higher level.   It can be brought to the Shiva house.

Clergy:
Rabbi Marc Belgrad

Shiva:
Rubin-Lidawer Residence
366 North Deere Park Drive
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
847.926.8891

Memorial Contributions:
The USO - United Service Organizations
(in order to benefit our troops)
PO Box 96860
Washington, District of Columbia 20090-6860
http://www.uso.org

Also, it's also customary for all in attendance to put a shovel or 2 of dirt into the grave -- we'll take the lead from the rabbi on that one, but if they do, then it would be appropriate for all of Jon's friends to help.  


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I've gotten quite a few calls from people asking the same questions about tomorrow, so let me post some answers here:

Should everone go to the pre-stage area at the D-C?  Not necessary, and it's not that big.  The main staging area is at the funeral home at 0900.  A few people will go there early to help get bikes and cages lined up as they arrive.

What is the proper attire?  This is a WWR mission for our brother JonD.  Wash your bike, polish your boots, scrape the bugs off your vest, and bring your shades.

Order of procession:  LEO, hearse, family, bikes, cages.  We normally have the bikes lead the hearse, but this is JonD.  He will lead.

Are all groups invited to all aspects of this mission?  Yes.

Any other questions, please call my cell at 630-400-3055.  Coastie

Lisa Moran



(Sorry Denise, I used your main post to put this up so it looks like you did it)




Wisconsin Rally point info found here: http://tinyurl.com/m2fh56
http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-2rigcnCJ
Denise





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"It's about the mission... nothing else matters"



In Memory
JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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JonD A True Leader and Loved By All
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Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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I just dont know what to say, It hurts to much.






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Losing Jon D. will be tough to handle on so many levels.  He was a great friend. We all have to stand together in support of Yvette and his children now.  Thanks Denise and Wisconsin WWR and PGR for standing by.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR


[size=14]Riding in memory of all the Servicemen we have ridden missions for, all our Veterans,  all the Servicemen presently defending our great country and my buddy JonD.  Although he has been taken from us, he continues to provide the inspiration that will keep us dedicated to our mission. Although I only met him once, I will always remember sweet little Elijah, taken too soon.
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This is a great loss for for all of us that counted on him so much. He was much more than a friend. My heart goes out to Yvette and the kids.


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August 14, 2009, 4:13am Report to Moderator

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I have moved this thread here from the SC (green) forum where it origniated, to keep everything together. I will now lock this thread so that all condolences go into one thread. - LUTZ

Early last evening, we lost our friend Jon.  It was near Indy, IN. as far as I know at this point.  It was on an exit ramp.  No other info at this time.
Lutz or T,  give me a call please.


Robert L. Smith, Jr.

In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman-Drum Taps

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I am SO sorry to hear this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    I know you will keep us posted.  For those of us so far away, if the family wishes donations any place or need help themselves let us know!   They are in our hearts and prayers!


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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Motorcyclist injured in I-65 crash.

A motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on I-65 Thursday night.

http://www.wthr.com/global/story.asp?s=10928516

I know this area,  it's bad even in the day time.


Robert L. Smith, Jr.

In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman-Drum Taps

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No words can express my "disbelief".

Standing by.... advise what is needed.

Godspeed, JonD


WISCONSIN "Live Like You Mean It"
"It's about the mission... nothing else matters"



In Memory
JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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We are still in shock. A great friend and leader is gone in a heartbeat. Our thoughts and prayers are with Yvette, the family and also with all of you. Today We all have heavy hearts.
Good bye Jon and godspeed we will make you proud you will ride in our hearts forever.

Standing by........
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My thoughts and prayers are with all of my IL brothers and sisters.

I just can't wrap my mind around this yet!  

Please know my spirit will be with you all.  

JonD, thank you for your service to our great country, all you have done for WWR.

Rest assured you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

You may now ride with the Angels.  Watch over us down here.


Riding in Honor of my soul mate John W. Nelson, USMC
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There are no words for this truly sad news.

Al


"...'til the last fallen hero rests in peace...."
             Charlie Daniels

in memory...William "Stretch" Smaltz 11/28/39 - 4/18/08
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No words can express my "disbelief".

Standing by.... advise what is needed.

Godspeed, JonD


Lost a true Friend very SAD news.
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OMG!  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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Jon D may you rest in peace you and your family are in our prayers


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Pegs down for JonD, N.IL and WWR.

Thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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Terrible & sad news.  May the Lord grant him peace& rest, and his family strength & courage to endure this terrible loss.  JonD, you and your family are in our thoughts & prayers.  We greive with you Illinois.
Lou & Che


"What we do for ourselves alone,
dies with us...
what we do for others and the world,
remains and is immortal!"

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A time of deep saddness and grief, for the entire Dreymann family and their WWR family as well. Standing by.


To my kat  " until the twelth of never, I'll still be loving you"       
                                
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So. Illinois is deeply saddened by the loss of our brother and dear friend Jon. I personally looked up to him as an example of how dedicated a WWR member could and should be. I pray that the Lord be with his family and help them in this most trying of circumstances. So Illinois is standing by,      John Oliver
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This is not the sort of thing im waking up to , tell me its a bad dream
God Bless you JonD , you`ll be missed my brother
Please advise on any more info or what we can do
This is a very sad day in Delaware , we will ride with a black arm band today......
My condolences to Jon`s family our prayers are with you




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I heard about this late last night. My only consolation now is the thought that he has been promoted to a position where he can now do a world of good.

My deepest condolences to his wife, children, and WWR family.


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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" --George Santayana

"[T]he willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." --George Washington
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No words can convey what I am sure we all are feeling! I still cant believe that this is true. A good friend to many was lost last night. God speed JonD you will live forever in our hearts and minds!


Riding in Memory of my Grandfather PFC Henry Giermala USMC WWII.
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Our thoughts and prayers are also with his families - relatives and WW - and his friends.
If there is anything (donations/whatever) that we can do from this distance, we are standing by.

Please give his wife and children hugs and thanks for sharing him with us and the world.


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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"IN MEMORY OF JON D

DAVE D     ARMY  74 - 77


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my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of JonD


"NO BASTARD EVER WON A WAR BY DYING FOR HIS COUNTRY. YOU WIN THE WAR, BY MAKING THE OTHER POOR DUMB BASTARD DIE FOR HIS COUNTRY!"

GEN. GEORGE PATTON,JR.


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B. Co 1/160th SOAG/R  87-92
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We are so sad in Wisconsin with the lost of one of our finest! I will never forget his gentle voice and how soothing his voice was when we were in trouble. Thank you Jon D for being a big part of eveyones life you will be sadly missed.
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I can't believe this.  A good guy, a great leader.  A friend I will miss.


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This is not the sort of thing im waking up to , tell me its a bad dream
God Bless you JonD , you`ll be missed my brother
Please advise on any more info or what we can do
This is a very sad day in Delaware , we will ride with a black arm band today......
My condolences to Jon`s family our prayers are with you
GodSpeed Jon




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Rest in peace JonD.  My sincerest condolences to your family and friends.
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My sincerest condolences to Jon's family and loved ones. I am so sorry to hear this.


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

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Jon D you will be missed our prayers go out to the family


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August 14, 2009, 7:38am Report to Moderator

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My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of JonD.

JonD,
As you pass over to a better world please help and watch over them as you have here. Thank you for all you have done. You will be missed.


"NO BASTARD EVER WON A WAR BY DYING FOR HIS COUNTRY. YOU WIN THE WAR, BY MAKING THE OTHER POOR DUMB BASTARD DIE FOR HIS COUNTRY!"

GEN. GEORGE PATTON,JR.


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August 14, 2009, 7:43am Report to Moderator

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JonD you will be missed. RIP my Brother.
CameraNut you are in my Prayers as are the children and family. when I can stop Leaking  I will say more.





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Oh my...I am so sorry to here this, I don't know what to write.


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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We are so sad in Wisconsin with the lost of one of our finest! I will never forget his gentle voice and how soothing his voice was when we were in trouble. Thank you Jon D for being a big part of eveyones life you will be sadly missed.
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We have lost a great friend and true Hero. God Speed JonD. You ride with the Angles now and we here at home have your back. Our thoughts and prayers are also with his families - relatives and WW - and his friends.
What a SAD Day for All of US.
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August 14, 2009, 8:13am Report to Moderator

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Rest in peace JonD. Prayers and thoughts to the family. May God be with you all and bring you comfort through this hard time.


Riding in honor of my Pop:
David W. Schumacher Sr.
September 2, 1943 - May 31, 2004
US Army May 3, 1965 - May 3, 1971
SP5, 553rd Eng. Det., 2nd Battalion.
I can never fill your shoes, I can only hope that you are as proud of me as I am of you.
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August 14, 2009, 8:17am Report to Moderator

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Terrible news. Thoughts and prayers up for all.
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August 14, 2009, 8:20am Report to Moderator

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Wendy aka Twisterfan

    Sorry to hear about your loss. If there is anything that we can do for you, please advise. Not sure what happened this morning, but our Deputy did not see any of your people with the buses. Hopefully we can organize the next escort better and make sure we have people there on time.
    The Juneau County Sheriff's Office has your organization in their thoughts and prayers, and hope this tragic event only makes you stronger and more dedicated in your quest to Honor the people keeping our Nation free.




Professionally yours:

Craig H. Stuchlik
Undersheriff

Juneau County Sheriff's Office


Never Again will a Soldier Come home and NOT be thanked. "It's the right thing to do"!
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August 14, 2009, 8:46am Report to Moderator

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I feel like this is a dream since  last nights call. I can not tell you how much Jon D  missed. Jon Was the Calm in the Storm. I will miss his Norwegian Pokes at me and Uff I will miss his laugh.


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Losing Jon D. is like losing a brother. A brother not only in the biker sense, but a brother like a family member.  Jon worked tirelessly for our beloved WWR and it would be tough finding anyone who cared more deeply for our military members and families.  Although his loss will leave much emptiness in many of us who knew him, he would want us to focus on what we always do..........our mission. Jon D. I will never forget you and I will treasure the memories of our friendship forever.

Godspeed my friend.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR  


[size=14]Riding in memory of all the Servicemen we have ridden missions for, all our Veterans,  all the Servicemen presently defending our great country and my buddy JonD.  Although he has been taken from us, he continues to provide the inspiration that will keep us dedicated to our mission. Although I only met him once, I will always remember sweet little Elijah, taken too soon.
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Our sincerest condolences to family and friends .

R.I.P. Jon .  May GOD turn and smile upon your face .

                                                                     Paul & Carol


It does not take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a HERO to be one of those men to GO into battle.    SCHWARTZKOPF
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Losing Jon D. is like losing a brother. A brother not only in the biker sense, but a brother like a family member.  Jon worked tirelessly for our beloved WWR and it would be tough finding anyone who cared more deeply for our military members and families.  Although his loss will leave much emptiness in many of us who knew him, he would want us to focus on what we always do..........our mission. Jon D. I will never forget you and I will treasure the memories of our friendship forever.

Godspeed my friend.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR  


Amen Oscar.


Never Again will a Soldier Come home and NOT be thanked. "It's the right thing to do"!
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Stunned... and prayers to all.


Ride free Jon D ☼      Honoring our service men and women in Chicago, IL.               
♥ ♥ Proud parent of a LEO
  
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August 14, 2009, 9:12am Report to Moderator
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JonD, you will be missed.  Don't know what else to say.  Yvette, know that we will be there for you and your family whenever you need us.
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August 14, 2009, 9:26am Report to Moderator

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TERRIBLE NEWS FOR THE WHOLE WWR.
PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH JONS FAMILY AND FRIENDS


Pride, honor and integrity live here
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Jon D you may have Ditched us again. but you will never leave our hearts you always were for the Mission of the Soldier and Family. whether it been on Thanksgiving Holiday we had Turkey in a parking lot waiting for our soldier or making sure they were safe on the back of a bike.
it was always about the mission!! allot of us had to be reminded by his actions. How Proud you were to see a Soldier sitting on your bike and getting a picture taken. when they all had the same  dream of owning a bike like yours. I will never forget your infectious smile.

Jon thank you for your service to our country. you were part of the pride of what we do. you are an American Hero. thank you for providing your service to the US Amry. I LOVE YOU my Brother





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August 14, 2009, 9:45am Report to Moderator

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Rest in peace brother  JON never be forgotten


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August 14, 2009, 10:06am Report to Moderator

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Uncle Jon  I will miss you.
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August 14, 2009, 10:43am Report to Moderator

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Friday morning, 1030:

Yvette and her sister are on their way to Indianapolis to meet with the authorities.  When she has any information about bringing our brother home she will call and I'll pass it on.

This will obviously be a mission.  There will be 100 Ride Captains.

Stand by,


Coastie

"Hope is good - Freedom is better" - Coastie

A bit of everyone we do this for - rides with us forever-more.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jon's family.  God Bless you all.


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No words.

RIP JonD.
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Dear Mia,
Please know that many people will miss your Uncle Jon. He has touched so many by his deeds. If there is at least one way to judge a man, it's by his actions. Not only will he be missed by family and friends that knew him personally but, he will also be missed by those who never met him.
Take care Mia.

Country MIKE


RIGHT BEHIND YA!
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August 14, 2009, 11:19am Report to Moderator

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A Tribute to My Friend JonD 08/13/2009

Today, August 13, 2009, will never be forgotten because I lost a very dear friend tonight. It is more painful than I remembered a broken heart  to feel. The last time I felt like this was when my mother died. It is like reliving it all over again...sitting at the computer just starring
and crying. The emptiness the feeling of being hollow inside yet not really feeling. The waiting for some one to tell you the phone call was a big bad nasty joke, but no one is going to say that. It's real, it
hurts and I am going to miss this friend very very much.

I wish I had one recorded message so I can hear his voice again. So I can keep it and listen over and over again when I need the storm to be calmed.

He was the calm one. He never got excited and many times he should have according to normal standards of behavior, but he never did.

In mid storm he'd have you laughing, he had that kind of humor that always helped the situation and have you laughing. Oh how I wish you all could have known him...JonD as he was known.

JonD died tonight at...well I don't really remember the time of that horrible phone call, but I think it was around 9:30/10pm CST. He had made it to Indiana, that much I remember during that ugly phone call. It
was something like he went off a ramp into a ravine...and after "the" question and answer "yes", that is really all I remember of the conversation. I just remember thinking of Yvette and the kids and I knew
that they were facing what we never want to hear or face. HOW COULD THIS BE? If this was a joke it WAS NOT FUNNY! NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!!

I had talked to him earlier in the after noon. He was leaving today for a 10 day vacation. Heading out East on his bike. He was a biker. He was a Veteran. He was a father and the soul mate of Yvette. He was
the Regional State Coordinator for the Central Region of the Warriors' Watch Riders and he was my friend. Actually a friend to all that knew him. He just had that kind of personality that every body liked JonD. So this could not be true and I'm really going to be pissed at the one who thought it was a good get even prank!!

Pranks...yes he was a prankster as are many in our N. IL WWR. Some pranks so funny that they are still talked about all over. The picture that was posed of JD and Pebbles was the prank we pulled on him 2 weeks ago on a double mission. There is a story about Pebbles, but it is way too long to tell, but he thought it so funny. He was finally gotten and by 2 women. If I could only tell you all of how we got him and the
things that went on from there. It really tickled him and that made it all worth it. At the 2nd mission of the day, even the cops were in on it. It seems Pebbles needed neck surgery and the cops volunteered the
duct tape. LOL He only found that part out, about the cops in on it. recently while chatting with him on the phone reliving the prank. That really made him laugh to think the cops would help pull off a prank. So, if this call tonight was a get even prank it was not even close to funny...!
But you know what? I'd give anything to have it been a prank. No matter how ugly it sounded the fact of truth was uglier.

Who knew then those would be the last missions together, the last prank, and the last time we'd see him. Who knew???

JonD was a young man, honorably served our country,  has kids, his son serving now in the USAF, and perfect soul mate, Yvette, and now someone is telling you he is gone? It just can't be...no, it just can't be!! Inside you know differently and it makes you angry, confused, hollow, with out feeling yet the tears are flowing over your face as testament to knowing it is true.

You know, he may be gone and with the Lord now, but nobody is ever going to forget JonD. Nobody that ever met him will ever forget him...he was that kind of guy.

So JD, I know where you are as good guys should be. I also know heaven is full of laughter because you are there keeping that humor going. I just wanted to share you with some of my friends and family as a tribute to one hell of a guy, one hell of a warrior, one hell of a good father, one hell of a soul mate to Yvette, one hell of a good human being and one hell of a friend. I want them to know we lost one of the good guys tonight. I want them to know but a piece of who you were. I hope everyone has a JonD friend in their lives because then they are truly blessed.

I promise you we will be there for Yvette and help her as you would want. We will continue the "Missions" and continue to make you proud just as if you were here and the leader you were. We will think about you often and miss you more.

Your ride down here is over now, but I know you'll be riding up there with the wind blowing through your hair, the sun at your back and God at your side. As we say "It's all about the ride for cripes sake" so now we ride for you.

Til vi møtes igjen, hvile frisk meg venn.

Uff  

(I forgot to mention he spoke some Norwegian and he spoke it pretty well  


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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After the mourning and tears....We are left with the memory of our Brother JonD.

He will be remembered by many, because he touched the lives of everyone he could.

Rest In Peace Brother.

Peace and God Bless
Redbeard


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http://www.aheros-welcome.org http://www.njrunforthefallen.org

"For those who have fought for it , FREEDOM has a flavor the protected will never know"

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There are no words that can express our loss.


Godspeed JonD.  Ride in peace.



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August 14, 2009, 11:54am Report to Moderator
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Rest in Peace JonD,
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August 14, 2009, 11:57am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Hilsen
A Tribute to My Friend JonD 08/13/2009

Today, August 13, 2009, will never be forgotten because I lost a very dear friend tonight. It is more painful than I remembered a broken heart  to feel. The last time I felt like this was when my mother died. It is like reliving it all over again...sitting at the computer just starring
and crying. The emptiness the feeling of being hollow inside yet not really feeling. The waiting for some one to tell you the phone call was a big bad nasty joke, but no one is going to say that. It's real, it
hurts and I am going to miss this friend very very much.

I wish I had one recorded message so I can hear his voice again. So I can keep it and listen over and over again when I need the storm to be calmed.

He was the calm one. He never got excited and many times he should have according to normal standards of behavior, but he never did.

In mid storm he'd have you laughing, he had that kind of humor that always helped the situation and have you laughing. Oh how I wish you all could have known him...JonD as he was known.

JonD died tonight at...well I don't really remember the time of that horrible phone call, but I think it was around 9:30/10pm CST. He had made it to Indiana, that much I remember during that ugly phone call. It
was something like he went off a ramp into a ravine...and after "the" question and answer "yes", that is really all I remember of the conversation. I just remember thinking of Yvette and the kids and I knew
that they were facing what we never want to hear or face. HOW COULD THIS BE? If this was a joke it WAS NOT FUNNY! NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!!

I had talked to him earlier in the after noon. He was leaving today for a 10 day vacation. Heading out East on his bike. He was a biker. He was a Veteran. He was a father and the soul mate of Yvette. He was
the Regional State Coordinator for the Central Region of the Warriors' Watch Riders and he was my friend. Actually a friend to all that knew him. He just had that kind of personality that every body liked JonD. So this could not be true and I'm really going to be pissed at the one who thought it was a good get even prank!!

Pranks...yes he was a prankster as are many in our N. IL WWR. Some pranks so funny that they are still talked about all over. The picture that was posed of JD and Pebbles was the prank we pulled on him 2 weeks ago on a double mission. There is a story about Pebbles, but it is way too long to tell, but he thought it so funny. He was finally gotten and by 2 women. If I could only tell you all of how we got him and the
things that went on from there. It really tickled him and that made it all worth it. At the 2nd mission of the day, even the cops were in on it. It seems Pebbles needed neck surgery and the cops volunteered the
duct tape. LOL He only found that part out, about the cops in on it. recently while chatting with him on the phone reliving the prank. That really made him laugh to think the cops would help pull off a prank. So, if this call tonight was a get even prank it was not even close to funny...!
But you know what? I'd give anything to have it been a prank. No matter how ugly it sounded the fact of truth was uglier.

Who knew then those would be the last missions together, the last prank, and the last time we'd see him. Who knew???

JonD was a young man, honorably served our country,  has kids, his son serving now in the USAF, and perfect soul mate, Yvette, and now someone is telling you he is gone? It just can't be...no, it just can't be!! Inside you know differently and it makes you angry, confused, hollow, with out feeling yet the tears are flowing over your face as testament to knowing it is true.

You know, he may be gone and with the Lord now, but nobody is ever going to forget JonD. Nobody that ever met him will ever forget him...he was that kind of guy.

So JD, I know where you are as good guys should be. I also know heaven is full of laughter because you are there keeping that humor going. I just wanted to share you with some of my friends and family as a tribute to one hell of a guy, one hell of a warrior, one hell of a good father, one hell of a soul mate to Yvette, one hell of a good human being and one hell of a friend. I want them to know we lost one of the good guys tonight. I want them to know but a piece of who you were. I hope everyone has a JonD friend in their lives because then they are truly blessed.

I promise you we will be there for Yvette and help her as you would want. We will continue the "Missions" and continue to make you proud just as if you were here and the leader you were. We will think about you often and miss you more.

Your ride down here is over now, but I know you'll be riding up there with the wind blowing through your hair, the sun at your back and God at your side. As we say "It's all about the ride for cripes sake" so now we ride for you.

Til vi møtes igjen, hvile frisk meg venn.

Uff  

(I forgot to mention he spoke some Norwegian and he spoke it pretty well  


Thank you Hilsen for sharing your grief and stories about JonD. We all grieve with you and the family for this tragic loss.  Rest In Peace Brother, we will never forget you.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God's army just got  stronger.


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Whenever I picture Jon I picture that mischievous smile of his.  

[quote] " ...we lost one of the good guys tonight. " [/qoute]  Uffda, you are so right.


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Quoted from Chambo
Whenever I picture Jon I picture that mischievous smile of his.  

[quote] " ...we lost one of the good guys tonight. " [/qoute]  Uffda, you are so right.







Never Again will a Soldier Come home and NOT be thanked. "It's the right thing to do"!
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A fantastic friend, a great coworker, and an honorable man.  You will be missed, Jon, by your CDW "family".  My heart and support goes out to Yvette, Jessica, Josh, and the rest of your family.  Thank you for all you have done for so many, especially my family.

http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2008/10/26/news/local/doc48fc09c863a88149406693.txt

Missed but never forgotten.    
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August 14, 2009, 1:21pm Report to Moderator

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Standing By!


Riding in Memory of my Grandfather PFC Henry Giermala USMC WWII.
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August 14, 2009, 1:22pm Report to Moderator

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We are very sorry to hear this. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and all of our WWR family.

Rest in peace friend.


In loving memory of a great son, Sgt. Franklin D. Stephens Jr.
6-16-1986         12-05-2008
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August 14, 2009, 1:27pm Report to Moderator

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goodby jon you will ride forever in our hearts standing by
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August 14, 2009, 1:32pm Report to Moderator
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Godspeed JonD. Ride in Peace
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I was deeply saddened to read this news this morning. Rest in Peace, JonD.


"...'til the last fallen hero rests in peace...."
             Charlie Daniels

in memory...William "Stretch" Smaltz 11/28/39 - 4/18/08
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August 14, 2009, 2:00pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Chambo
Whenever I picture Jon I picture that mischievous smile of his.  

[quote] " ...we lost one of the good guys tonight. " [/qoute]  Uffda, you are so right.


You can say that again Chambeaux. That mischievous smile and infectious laugh will always live within us. No one can ever take that away nor all the good times we all spent together. Thank God for that.
(Can anyone imagine him up there with his mischievousness and laugh? I can and the Angels have their hands full and are loving it.)


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Rest In Peace  




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Quoted from Hilsen


You can say that again Chambeaux. That mischievous smile and infectious laugh will always live within us. No one can ever take that away nor all the good times we all spent together. Thank God for that.
(Can anyone imagine him up there with his mischievousness and laugh? I can and the Angels have their hands full and are loving it.)


I think I will miss that the most. And the calming in hs voice.
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August 14, 2009, 2:41pm Report to Moderator

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Where do I even begin.....

I met Jon & Yvette when we were all still wearing Y&B.  Jon led us all to the WWR and we were so glad that he did.  We have become a family.  Do we always get along, no.  But isn't that what family is about...agree to disagree at times, we are still family.

Jon was a brother to me, and Yvette a sister.  Not through blood but through friendship.  I don't think a day has gone by since the WWR started in N. IL where I haven't talked to, texted with or emailed with Jon D. and Yvette.  Jon was my voice of reason, of understanding, and knowledge.

We received the news from Yvette last night on our way to WI where we would be staying the night for an early morning two state mission this morning.  I wanted to turn around, to be there with Yvette.  Yvette said no, Jon would want you at the misson.  Yvette was right, Jon would want us at the mission.  Jon ALWAYS said, if he ever died and it was between standing a flag line for him or welcoming home a soldier, that we BETTER welcome home the soldier.  
With that in the back of my mind, we did continue on for the mission.  

We wore black arm bands, we hugged, we cried.  A WI officer played the bag pipes for us.  We than did what Jon would have wanted, we went on with the mission.  We escorted home 21 soldiers from a year long deployment in Afghanistan.  We hugged each soldier, we thanked each one for their service, and we escorted them the 300 some miles back to Illinois to be with their families all the while knowing our family will never be the same.  

Jon D always with a smile, always joking around, always making you smile and always there when you needed him.  Jon, we will take care of Yvette, Josh and Jessica, please know that.  We will not let you down as you were always there for us.  

Jon, my brother, my friend, my mentor, I love you Jon and will miss you.

Lisa

The photo on my avatar is Jon D FThursday morning as he left for work, bike packed up for his trip to NY.


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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It is what he would have wanted. Mission first.

He was one of the few people that called us by name rather than Reno's parents.


We now ride in honor of JonD and what he stood for.



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       JON,

   I LOVE YOU MAN  !!!!!!

    GONNA MISS YOU.  


Robert L. Smith, Jr.

In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

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I cant believe it…..I walk into my laundry room and see the cabinets he took the time on a Sunday to help me hang….I look at the rear of my bike where he replaced the back rubber deal that fell off…---On his back in the driveway of a soldier we were doing a welcome home for no less…
I remember the first time I met him….It was raining like hell for a KIA in Skokie—he drove his pick up and Marulli and I rode…Man did we give him shit..
I remember the time UGs showed up at a mission Coastie was running. Jon D took his bike over in font of the assholes and revved it so much I thought the damn thing would explode….luckily Coastie told him to knock it off before it did.
I remember how he loved doing parades and how his bike was usually heard above the rest….
I remember the arena football game where we rode out onto the field—Jon D with two cheerleaders on his bike….
And Yvette always with him taking pictures and being a part of whatever it took as well.
I remember how Jon was always ready to defuse a situation when necessary, or meet it head on when also necessary.
We rode in any weather, side by side…We drove when we had to
He was always ready to do whatever it took whenever it was called for.
But no matter what it was it was always for the troops and their families, and that dedication was always the driving force.
As my wife Mary said this is a hole that will never be filled…He was a good man
He was always the anchor and foundation of what it meant to show honor respect and support for our troops and their families.
He always took me for what I was, good, bad and sometimes ugly.
I will miss him always as I miss him now.

God be with you Jon D.

.


All gave some.
Some gave all.

Big Joe
U.S.Army
Military Police Joint Security Area Pan Mun Jom Korea 72-73
SETAF 73-74
Joe JR
U.S.Army
Big Red One 01-06
Iraq 04-05


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TREAD HEAD
August 14, 2009, 3:01pm Report to Moderator

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Yvette and the kids. It seems sureal to me right now. Jon, you were so many things to so many people. You always had the big picture in mind and kept your eye on the prize. You truley always knew what the Mission was. We will carry on and make you proud. Thanks for always keeping the Troops first and foremost ! Find peace my brother and rest. You're in good company now.    \ : (  (salute)


                                   U S Army
                       '78 - '80  2/77 Armor 9th Inf.
                       '80 - '82  3/32   3rd Armor

" Service and Sacrifice, that's what it's all about baby".........me
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From my last 2 emails to him before he left..

"Be safe!"

and

"We'll miss you...."

I did not know how much we could miss him.... Wish I didn't now know..........

JonD, my friend and mentor.... I am just wrecked...

Yvette, and all the rest of the WWR family..

I am standing by.. In ANY capacity.....

-matter


"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thomas Paine

Riding in Memory of JonD, Proud Parent (Deb), Mike, Irish, Kat, RCRON, Wheelmaster & Chicago Jim.
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August 14, 2009, 3:12pm Report to Moderator

HAVE A NICE DAY !!
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MY DEAR FRIEND JON

THIS IS ONE OF THE SADDEST DAY'S OF MY LIFE.

I'M GOING TO MISS YOU VERY MUCH

ONLY YOU AND I KNOW HOW MUCH WE LAUGHED
ON DIFFERENT TOPICS.    YES .....  OSCAR GAVE US
MANY ITEMS TO DISCUSS AND LAUGH ABOUT.

JON,  I'M A BETTER PERSON JUST FOR THE FACT THAT
I KNEW YOU.  

I LOVE YOU JON.


Robert L. Smith, Jr.

In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman-Drum Taps

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August 14, 2009, 3:15pm Report to Moderator

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Jon, my heart aches...I am so glad that I had the privledge to know you, to be your friend. I will cherish all the times we spent together. I keep playing our phone call yesterday over in my head and remember so many rides and meals and laughs! May you ride forever in peace - Love Ya, Kathleen


Kathleen (Kathy)

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

Ride free Bob, JonD, Jim, Deb, Mike, Irish, and Kat.
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August 14, 2009, 3:23pm Report to Moderator

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Jon,

I AM STANDING BY.
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August 14, 2009, 3:26pm Report to Moderator

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This is incredibly sad. Very hard to grasp. I will miss Jon very much.


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August 14, 2009, 3:28pm Report to Moderator

It's WHO we ride for!
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"JonD" - PATRIOT, FRIEND, LEADER

Rest in peace, your watch is over now let us carry on as you would have.
Thanks for showing me the way.......
And to Yvette and family, we feel your loss and pain. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

"BEADS"


Cheryl
Proud Blue Star Mom of a US Marine
2000- still active
Some heroes wear capes, ours wear dog tags and kevlar- so rest safely tonight, our sons and daughters are on duty.  

RIP JonD, Wheely, ChgoJim, Dubiquilts & Irish


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August 14, 2009, 3:32pm Report to Moderator

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Jon was a great friend and comarade, I miss him very much already.  He has touched many lives and honored many service members.  I am so glad for the fun time I spent with him last Sunday morning.  I remember all the rides together especially the night rides.  I remember when we put flags together and he loaded twenty five into my Jeep and told me to use them wherever I could to honor the troops active or fallen.  He was the force behind and front man for the WWR IL.  We have been able to accomplish so much good with his leadership and wisdom.  Even in times of bitterness he stayed positive and was a calming influence.  I will miss his smile.  Terry and I are praying for Evette and Jon's family.  My heart goes out to Yvette, one of the sweetest women I know.  I know we will honor Jon now and forever.
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August 14, 2009, 3:33pm Report to Moderator

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Thoughts and prayers going out to Jon's family and friends.

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August 14, 2009, 3:40pm Report to Moderator

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Of all the honor missions I have done and thought I would do I never expected this one.  It will be my honor to stand and ride for my friend Jon.


Keith Chambers
Thank and recognize those that protect us for our freedom comes at a high price.



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August 14, 2009, 3:46pm Report to Moderator

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Sincere condolences from the Hunt family.  May JonD forever rest in Peace.



There is not enough room here to list all my blessings so I will just say I work hard and play hard.  Life has been very good to me and I have many people I would like to call friend.  I would like nothing better than to be able to walk up to you as a friend with a smile and say great to see you.

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August 14, 2009, 3:49pm Report to Moderator

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Jon D I never thought I would be standing up for you..
Well it's damn fitting since you stood up for me so many times..


All gave some.
Some gave all.

Big Joe
U.S.Army
Military Police Joint Security Area Pan Mun Jom Korea 72-73
SETAF 73-74
Joe JR
U.S.Army
Big Red One 01-06
Iraq 04-05


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August 14, 2009, 3:54pm Report to Moderator
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Standing by,





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August 14, 2009, 3:57pm Report to Moderator

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See evryone Sunday am


                                   U S Army
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                       '80 - '82  3/32   3rd Armor

" Service and Sacrifice, that's what it's all about baby".........me
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August 14, 2009, 3:58pm Report to Moderator

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Our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with the families - through blood and WW - and friends of JonD.
Please share hugs from us and thank his family for sharing him with us.   With all the work you've done, this loss is being felt around the world.

If we can do anything, donations for the family or to a special cause, please share that news so we can feel we are doing something from so far away.                                   Ed and Jane


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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August 14, 2009, 4:01pm Report to Moderator

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with a heavy heart...standing by
Yvette whatever you need, whenever you need, just call


Kathleen (Kathy)

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

Ride free Bob, JonD, Jim, Deb, Mike, Irish, and Kat.
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August 14, 2009, 4:01pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Chambo
Of all the honor missions I have done and thought I would do I never expected this one.  It will be my honor to stand and ride for my friend Jon.


Me too. And I ,as you, will stand and ride in honor of our dear friend.  


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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ROADHOUSE
August 14, 2009, 4:09pm Report to Moderator

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THIS IS ONE OF SADEST DAYS I EVER HAD TO DEAL WITH, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYES GO OUT TO Jon'D FAMILY AND TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH THE WWR THAT KNEW JonD YOU KNOW WHAT A LOSS THIS IS. JON WAS NOT ONLY A LEADER BUT A TRUE FRIEND,
AND HE WILL BE MISSED GODSPEED JOND.


HE WHO STANDS WITH ME THIS DAY WILL FOREVER BE MY BROTHER,
LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE



DOUGLAS K. MACE 101'ST AIRBORNE VET .R.V.N.
PROUD PARENT OF A SOLDIER
RIDEING IN HONOR OF
SFC. KEITH MACE WW2 101'ST
SPEC.4 BARRY LAMBERT R.V.N.
SGT.KEN SEMONS R.V.N.
JonD RIDE FREE MY FRIEND
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August 14, 2009, 4:10pm Report to Moderator

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Prayers are going out to JonD's family. Rest in peace brother.......


"SNAP"
770-527-3358
Acworth, GA
"You ain't having fun unless you just a little scared"
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August 14, 2009, 4:12pm Report to Moderator
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From my family to yours we offer our Deepest Condolences.
I've never had the Honor of meeting JonD but after reading thru everyone of these heartfelt post I realize I missed meeting one of those Men that Really Made a Difference.

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August 14, 2009, 4:22pm Report to Moderator

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So very sad.  My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Jon D's family and friends.  


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August 14, 2009, 4:23pm Report to Moderator

JonD, Mike, Mark's Deb + Duke - God's WWR!!!
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Pat and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to all JonD closest friends and family including all of our WWR family who knew him as well.  His smiling jovial face and general good cheer will be one of just many parts of him that we'll miss.

This is a tragedy for anyone but hits home for all of us because he is one of us.

Regards,

Tom and Pat Smyth
McHenry IL


Tom & Pat Smyth
Pic us on Orange GL1800 Trike

SGT USA 70-72
3rd Infantry Division
Heart of the Marne
Wurzburg Germany

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August 14, 2009, 4:25pm Report to Moderator

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It saddens us immensely that we must ride again for another hero, this one hitting so close to home for all of us.



Godspeed JonD.  Ride in peace.



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August 14, 2009, 4:36pm Report to Moderator

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We have many fond memories of times spent with Jon.  Some laughing, some crying.  You will be greatly missed.  Rest in peace.

We love you, God Bless.


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August 14, 2009, 4:44pm Report to Moderator

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God bless you Jon. I sure am going to miss you. Until we meet again, I love you man.
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IT'S A VERY SAD DAY FOR US ALL, AND FOR OUR FRIEND AND LEADER'S FAMILY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL OF US, AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE ALL THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF OUR OTHER HEROS, THE SOLDIERS WE ALL HONOR. I HAVE HALF A MIND TO GET ON A PLANE AND FLY HOME FROM VACATION IN FLORIDA.
RIP JOND, AND, AS THE LITTLE LADY ONCE SAID, "IT'S THE RIDE, DAMMIT", AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO RIDE WITH OUR FRIEND.


My Dad-WWII-1928-1991
My Son-OIF-2004-Army MP
Dick Bowe-Viet Nam-1967-1969-Army
Steve Bowe-OIF-2003-Il.Army NG MP
Keith Nurnburg-OIF-2007-KIA
Major Anne Brophy-Afg. 2009
Friends JonD,Proud Parent,Mike,Deb & Bob-RIP
If you won't stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand infront of them.
The American Flag does not fly because the wind moves past-it flies from the last breath of each Soldier, Airman, Sailor and Marine who has died to protect our Freedoms
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August 14, 2009, 4:50pm Report to Moderator

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Jon D, I am truly at a loss for words right now. Yvette you know anything I and we can do we will!   My heart goes out to you!


To those who died, Honor and Eternal Rest
To those still in bondage,
Remembrance and Hope
To those who returned, Gratitude and Peace.
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August 14, 2009, 4:53pm Report to Moderator

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JOND R.I.P. YOU WILL BE MISSED AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU FAMILY AND FRIENDS GOD BLESS YOU JOND
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August 14, 2009, 5:06pm Report to Moderator

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Location: SE Wisconsin Region
I never thought the day would come where I would be posting a mission for one of our own members, especially for Jon D.  It is with great sadness that I post this mission.  
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At the first Illinois WWR mission, JonD told the assembled riders that anyone who wanted to RC a mission could do so.  

While Coastie will coordinate some things for this mission, in JonD's memory -every single member of the WWR is appointed Ride Captain of this mission.

Lisa Moran

(Sorry Denise, I used your main post to put this up so it looks like you did it)


I am honored.  

See you Sunday.








WISCONSIN "Live Like You Mean It"
"It's about the mission... nothing else matters"



In Memory
JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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August 14, 2009, 5:11pm Report to Moderator

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SADLY STANDING BY


HE WHO STANDS WITH ME THIS DAY WILL FOREVER BE MY BROTHER,
LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE



DOUGLAS K. MACE 101'ST AIRBORNE VET .R.V.N.
PROUD PARENT OF A SOLDIER
RIDEING IN HONOR OF
SFC. KEITH MACE WW2 101'ST
SPEC.4 BARRY LAMBERT R.V.N.
SGT.KEN SEMONS R.V.N.
JonD RIDE FREE MY FRIEND
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August 14, 2009, 5:25pm Report to Moderator

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Deep sorrow in the WWR family today.  To the Dreymann family, May our Lord rest his healing hands upon you during your time of need.

JonD, you will be missed brother but we will continue to carry your torch.  Take care of all of our Warrior Hero's because we know that you are with them now in our Father's special house for hero's.

Smely & Sue-Sue
Georgia WWR


I truly feel that I served in the United States Military to protect your freedom of speech.  I also feel this gives me the right to smack you square in the mouth for saying something stupid!

"Courage is being scared to death but saddeling up anyway." John Wayne
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August 14, 2009, 5:50pm Report to Moderator

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Deepest condolences to Jon D's family and friends on this terrible loss of a great man and a great leader of men.  I will continue my ride tomorrow from MS to GA in JD's honor.  Prayers going out this night that God will wrap JD's family in His blanket of love, strength and comfort.


Bobby Byrne
Marietta GA

Proud parents of
Sgt. Justin A. Schultz, USMC
OIF 08/06 - 05/07

Riding in honor of my dad,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
WWII Vet

"The will of God will never take you
where the Grace of God will not protect you."
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August 14, 2009, 6:01pm Report to Moderator

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To the family and friends of Jon D:

Like everyone I was stunned by the news. Even now it seems surreal.

We have read many heartfelt, wrenching expressions of grief from Jon’s friends in Illinois and Wisconsin. Having never experienced the honor of riding with Jon, I wish to address this from my own point of view – that of the founding of the Warriors’ Watch Riders:

I had always assumed, ignorantly, that one day I would ride with Jon. It was always my intention to go out there one day and rub elbows with the Warrior’s Watch members in the Chicago region, and like so many assumptions that we foolish humans make, it will now forever remain in the category of “good intentions.”

For anyone who may read this who is not familiar with the Warriors’ Watch, let me tell you that it isn’t just some club or activity, rather participation in it is a concrete way of expressing deep and abiding patriotism, love of country, and love of our troops. Jon became one of the key leaders in the development of the WWR from early on, and it was as if it were always intended to be.  The Warriors’ Watch isn’t something that you JOIN, or that you ARE so much as it is something that you DO. It's a selfless act of volunteerism that, in the long run, makes this nation a better place for all who live here, or who yearn to live here.

Jon “did” it as well as any and better than most. I am going to speak plainly here – and what I am about to say may offend some, but I won't let that possibility stop me from uttering Truth: Jon was very, very much like ME, and like Tony (T), and like about 100 others who I know personally, in that something that we did honorably, our participation in the PGR, was, we felt, wrenched away from us by cruelly dis-honorable people who put ego and self above mission. Something that gave us deep personal satisfaction, the PGR, was destroyed in front of our eyes by a few despicable people.

The Warriors’ Watch only exists because of that. I could not abide having this means of honoring our troops stripped away from me, so I set out to do the RIGHT thing under a different flag.

Jon joined me in this sacrilege so quickly, that I can only assume that had he thought of it first, he might very well have been the founder of the WWR or something similar. Jon was INSTRUMENTAL in the formation, growth and shaping of the WWR from almost the beginning. I think the WWR was, what – maybe 3 months old at most? When Jon came on board, and brought half of Illinois and Wisconsin with him.

The very fact that so many people followed Jon from the PGR to the WWR tells me (and I recognized it then) that he was a beloved leader. Leadership is not easy. Effective leadership – leadership that gets the job done while at the same time gaining the respect of those who “follow,” is EARNED, not awarded or in any way assumed. A leader who says “follow me” had damned well better be prepared to DEMONSTRATE that he is WORTHY to be followed – to demonstrate his own loyalty to and respect for his followers - if he hopes to lead. Jon did that, and it is a testament to his nobility, his courage, his character and indeed his humanity that he did it so well.

My last conversation with Jon, a few days ago, was when I contacted him to assure him that his very carefully expressed concern, “Evil eyes are watching,” was carefully noted and taken very seriously by me. I wanted to assure Jon, privately, that I was in full agreement with him. HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BRAND NEW GROUP THAT HE LOVED, THE WWR. He loved the WWR, and he worried about anything that might threaten it, or even just do damage to the reputation of the WWR.

To the family of Jon: I don’t know you but I am close to you nonetheless, because Jon was important to me. He was a “key player” in a venture that made this country a better place, that put smiles on the faces and warm memories in the hearts of countless deserving young men and women and THEIR families. Jon is missed by many because he touched many.

There is a lot of pain being expressed here in these forums today. But always remember that there can ONLY be pain where there was love. If there had not been love, there would be no pain, and for that reason we welcome the pain and embrace it as the cost, paid willingly, of our love.

God bless Jon’s family and friends. May he rest well now, and may you all take comfort in knowing that his life was lived heroically.

- Wayne


"The day will come when it will be recognized without doubt throughout the civilized world that the strangling of Bolshevism at birth would have been an untold blessing to the human race." - Winston Churchill

"A ghoul descending from a pile of skulls." - Winston Churchill
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August 14, 2009, 6:07pm Report to Moderator

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This is a shock.  We send our deepest condolances to JonD's family and friends.  


Caging/Standing In Memory Of:

Charles W. Walkington (WW I)
Ralph C. Smires (WW II/Korea)
Clifford L. Smires (WW II)
John Brady (father-in-law, WW II)
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August 14, 2009, 6:14pm Report to Moderator
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August 14, 2009, 6:20pm Report to Moderator

JonD A True Leader and Loved By All
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Thank you for saying EVERYTHING we all wanted to say about a MAN we all Love. Thank you for so eloquently HONORING OUR BELOVED JonD.  


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Pags
August 14, 2009, 6:21pm Report to Moderator
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Location: Grayslake Il.
What a SHOCK!  Jon  was a big man with a soft handshake.  He always knew a person when they came up to shake his hand.
He was always smiling and joking around.  My last memory of Jon was helping him hang the Pebbles doll on the back of a bike.
He got such a delight out of that.  

Jon D, please watch over the rest of us.  Keep us safe, and out of harms way!!!
I LOVE YOU BRO!

Pags.
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August 14, 2009, 6:44pm Report to Moderator

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"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the way you made them feel".  Maya Angelou
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Last year a group of us were talking about the importance of welcome homes and John said that if anything ever happend to him and there was a welcome home the same day as his funeral, he wants everyone to go to the welcome home.  That sums up the kind of man he was. Even in death he honors those that wear the uniform, the same uniform that he once proudly wore.  

We can all take comfort in two things.

1. Jon escorted many KIA in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana over the last few years and they will be waiting for him with a flagline and salute to thank him for bringing them home.
2.When it's our turn to leave this world, Jon will be in charge of our welcome homes and if you thought he did a good job here on Earth imagine what your welcome home will be like on the other side.

I cannot think of Jon and be sad.  He brought so much joy to so many people.  His goal was to make sure that every family that wanted a welcome home for their son or daughter would get one. It didn't matter if there was one bike or 200 bikes, the smile on the face of a soldier was always just as big and that's all that matters.

Stand down Jon, your mission is complete. Rest easy you earned it.

Mark, Austin, Ethan, Beth


"Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?"
— Eleanor Roosevelt


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Indiana is coming up. Will be there in the late afternoon Saturday.
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Rest in Peace Jon D. Our prayers and condolences are with Yveete and family... I can't attend every mission, but the ones I do I always bring family, friends & neighbors, Jon always took the time to thank each and every one that was there. Thank You Jon D. for being you . We have lost a great American Patriot and one hell of of a good guy.

Rick & Bonnie.

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JON D. YOU WILL BE MISSED ! MY DEEPEST CONDOLANCES TO JOND'S  FRIENDS AND FAMILY


"Wars may be fought with weopons,but they are won by men."       General George Patton Jr                               In Memory JonD, Founding Leader WWR ,DEB, IRISH MIKE M. CHICAGO JIM     GOD SPEED MY FRIENDS!
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August 14, 2009, 7:49pm Report to Moderator
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My most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of JonD.   We are all saddened by the loss of this hero.       If anyone needs accommodations for Saturday night I have room for a few people.

HaMakom yenacheim etchem betoch sha'ar aveiliei Tzion v'Yerushalayim" -- May the Almighty comfort you among those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem


Rider Coach Judy,
Chgo, IL

Riding in memory of Cpl. Albert Bitton, Amichai ben Eliyahu. 1988 - 2008, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airb

All over the world, there are people who are grateful to you, though they do not know your name, and they may not know your story. But they know what you represent to them, and therefore they are grateful.

In loving memory of JonD.  RIP my friend.
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August 14, 2009, 8:01pm Report to Moderator

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To Jon D family:  

I did not know Jon that well.  But the short time I spend with him, I can tell right away that he was a decent and caring person.  He always smiles and shows that he believes in what he was doing for the Warriors Watch.  He will be missed.  My condolence to his wife and children.
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August 14, 2009, 8:12pm Report to Moderator

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I just now read Wayne's words. He expressed his thought and feelings as only he can do.

This is not about  Wayne, it's about JonD, but Wayne made it about Jon so well...those of us who never met him, as Wayne never met him, wish we had something to say, that might have the meaning of Wayne's words. I can't.

To hear of the loss of someone who worked for our issues ...it takes a piece of my heart.

It doesn't take it away, but it takes it to somewhere I can not describe.

I only knew him through his words on this site...but that piece of my heart will ride with him now, and forever, as other pieces of my heart are riding with too many lost brothers and sisters.

Al


"...'til the last fallen hero rests in peace...."
             Charlie Daniels

in memory...William "Stretch" Smaltz 11/28/39 - 4/18/08
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REST IN PEACE JON D. OUR THOUGHT AND PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
                     CAROL AND TOM.
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August 14, 2009, 8:59pm Report to Moderator

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Rest in Peace Jon, and my deepest condolances to Yvette and Jon's kids.  I'm sorry I cannot attend the services at this time, but I will definitely be there in spirit.

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August 14, 2009, 9:02pm Report to Moderator

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There are no words but we feel your pain.  My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends. We will all hold his memory in our minds and hearts.  You all have drawn a wonderful portrait of this great man who gave of himself to show our troops how much we care. We've lost a member of our family, and it's so sad.
Condolences,

Cavalier


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my first mission with wwr was up in woodstock.i pulled in and immediatly a jolly large man with a big smile on his face came walking over. as soon as i demounted i rcv'ed a huge welcome and a big hug.you guessed it JON D.his ride breif was even better, ALL ARE WELCOME.
these words will never ever be forgotten.not only the wwr but the world has lost a great man.missions in the rain,missions in the snow,it didn't matter, JON D was always smiling. those rides will never be forgotten.i;m sorry for bad spelling or bad grammer but it's hard through the tears.godspeed to you sir and my deepest condolances to the family and freinds


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THEY WEAR DOG TAGS!!!!


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There aren't any words to express the sorrow in my heart - JonD was my friend.  We were of the same era in the Army, were both at Bragg the same time, had both drunk a few beers at the Flaming Mug to the same bands, and never met till riding for our troops 4 years ago.

I am sad for us.  Jon was such a good man and gave so much to the troops, I know he has found his place in paradise.  I am sad for Yvette and his kids.  I am sad for all the soldiers who won't have his smile welcoming them home from a tour in hell.  

I didn't know Jon as long or as well as some.  I didn't get to ride as many missions.  But his loss cuts me deeply.  I will never forget his kindness to my son and daughter-in-law, Mike had a great welcome home because of Warrior's Watch.  

Jon, buddy, I will treasure my memories of the missions we rode, the laughs, the tears.  Ride in Peace, Brother.  God Bless and keep you, always, until we ride again.

Yvette, know many, many hearts mourn with you.  I don't know what to say except I am so very sorry for your loss.

Jumper
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I was away from the WWR for a while because of my work & scouting committments but thankfully I attended a welcome home last month and had the chance to talk to you.  I didn't realize it would be the last time we would talk. After we escorted the solider home he invited me to breakfast in Woodstock, originally I said no but changed my mind after thinking about it.  I'm so glad I was able to go and talk.  

My heart is heavy, I just can't believe it.  My Harley is broke but I will be on my wife's Suzuki to say goodbye.
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August 14, 2009, 9:40pm Report to Moderator

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John D may you rest in pease our deepest condolenses to freinds and family.


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If you can not stand behind our troops, Then please stand in front of them!

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When Frank (yellowjacket) told me the news, I couldn't believe it. So young, so vibrant, and such a friend to everyone he met from the first minute . Always a smile on his face, always a hug ready, no matter the mission.

Frank will ride for both of us on Sunday - I know you'd get a chuckle out of Yellowjacket having to ride my "girly" turquoise bike. You'd give him a bunch of good-natured crap about it, I'm sure, but it would all be in good fun.

We'll miss you, Jon, more than you'll ever know.
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I'm so very sorry to hear this news, Jon and his family will be in our prayers.  I appreciate the danger you all put yourselves in everytime you ride your bikes, especially escorting our Heroes in all types of weather.  God Bless you all for what you do, Jon will truly be missed by Illinois,  Pa WWRiders and AHW members across the country.  
Thank you Jon for your service! God Speed.....


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(two Marines actually)

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Condolences to Jon's family and friends. Very sad. Rest in Peace Brother.


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God Bless Our Marine
Thank You to WWR for all of your support!

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August 14, 2009, 10:06pm Report to Moderator

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So sorry to hear this sad news, JonD, we didn't get to know you or your family but knowing you are a part of the WWR family we know you are something special.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to JonD's family.



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August 14, 2009, 10:08pm Report to Moderator

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JonD, May you Rest in Peace and may ..God.. embrace your family in the days ahead. ALL4114ALL Godspeed


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August 14, 2009, 10:19pm Report to Moderator
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On behalf of the Soldiers Guardian Angels we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jon D.   Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.  May Jon rest in peace.   We will miss this faithful and dedicated man.

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August 14, 2009, 10:38pm Report to Moderator
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Dear God I still can't believe what has happened.   I didn't believe it could possibly be OUR Jon until I made a call to Bob only to find that he was in process of bringing Jon home.   There are no words to express to Yvette and her family how much my heart aches for you all.   You are in my thoughts and prayers.    May Jon forever ride in complete safety now, surrounded by Angels and watching out for all of us.   I can't believe I'm typing these words!  Too surreal.  

I remember the first LONG conversation I ever had with Jon, picking his brain about the new  WWR and what EXACTLY it was and how EXACTLY it was going to work and then he said "Oh, you're THAT one!" when I told him about my group.   I didn't know how to take that at first but as the conversation went on I realized the sweet, good humor, good nature of this fine man.   After meeting him in person for the first time I thought his larger than life personality matched his physical body.   A body that needed to be big enough to contain the huge heart he had for everone and everything he did.   His endless dedication and tireless efforts for every mission he took on will be so sorely missed.   Never too busy to take a phone call or return one immediately even if it wasn't anything urgent.   I just can NOT take this in.   We will be there to see you off my friend as you were always there for me.

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August 14, 2009, 10:42pm Report to Moderator

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RIP JON D We all will miss you,
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August 14, 2009, 11:13pm Report to Moderator

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Jon was a good man. God Bless You!
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August 14, 2009, 11:17pm Report to Moderator

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I am so stunned by this loss of an American Patriot I called my brother.  His kind words, his voice of reason when things got out of control, his leadership and focus on our mission, yes, even his practical jokes  (It was MY trike he tied Pebbles to last week)....these were small windows into the soul of the man we called leader, friend, and brother.  He touched so many of us, and will be missed for a long time to come.

I owe JonD, and Yvette, so very much.  Their compassion, and encouragement guided me through a dark periord in my life, and got me riding again.  For that I will be forever grateful.  Yvette, it is now MY turn....anything at all you need, just call, and I'll handle it.

I pray that Jon's family is given the strength to deal with this tragedy, and know that they will always have my support.  May Jon watch over all of his WWR brothers and sisters as we continue our mission, now, and forever.  Amen.


Standing by  


Honoring my father - SSgt, Co. A, 5th Div, 134 Inf - Ardennes, Rhineland, Cent. Europe '43-'45

"A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, signed a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it. -- Author Unknown"
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August 14, 2009, 11:29pm Report to Moderator

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I just got home from bringing Jon home.  I've stood by at probably a hundred-plus funerals of all types, but this was the single hardest run I've been on, while wearing any set of colors.  JonD was one of the "good guys," and the world is a little darker for his absence.  I'm going to do everything I can to be there Sunday as well, its really the least I can do.

Godspeed, Jon.  We got your back here.
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August 14, 2009, 11:42pm Report to Moderator

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Jon D may you rest in peace you and your family are in our prayers


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Coastie
August 14, 2009, 11:44pm Report to Moderator

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Tonight, on less than two hours notice, 30 some riders braved Chicago rush hour traffic to meet at the Hinsdale Oasis to escort JonD to the funeral home in Buffalo Grove.  Not surprising really.

How many people in your life have you met that could call you at 10 pm and say "How about we get on our bikes before dawn tomorrow and ride 200 miles in freezing rain to honor someone we've never met, because it's the right thing to do", and get 50 people to do it?

You can't buy that kind of leadership.  You can't train someone to that level of leadership.  That kind of leadership comes from some mysterious place deep inside very special people.

We've lost one of those very special people.

We will pre-stage at the D-C at 0800 Sunday morning - details to follow.  That's the place JonD had us stage for dozens of missions, and it's the right thing to do.  We will ride to the funeral home to escort our brother to his resting place, because it's the right thing to do.  We will stand in his honor at the gravesite, because it's the right thing to do.

We will cry, because it's the only thing to do.

And then we will ride again for others, with pegs down for JonD, because it's the right thing to do.


Coastie

"Hope is good - Freedom is better" - Coastie

A bit of everyone we do this for - rides with us forever-more.
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August 14, 2009, 11:59pm Report to Moderator

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The D-C is a Phillips 66 service station located at the northwest corner of Rt 62 and Rt 25.  D-C stands for "dirty crapper".  This is not a place where you want to visit the rest room facilities.

Let's ride!


Coastie

"Hope is good - Freedom is better" - Coastie

A bit of everyone we do this for - rides with us forever-more.
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August 15, 2009, 12:22am Report to Moderator

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I am at a loss for words....there arent any that are worthy.We are all shocked and crushed by this sudden loss.A terrible tragedy.I am grateful to have been a friend of Jon's,and to have
had so many good rides with him.He has touched so many lives. He will NEVER be forgotten!
Godspeed,Brother! Our prayers go out for Yvette and his kids. May they heal quickly and have peace.......
Ken


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August 15, 2009, 12:29am Report to Moderator

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Some of you may or may not know why you have seen me with a Flava Flav clock around my kneck. Jon D decided that since I rode a Goldwing that was more like a rolling couch that I should ride in a suede jogging suit. He also thought that I needed some "bling" to go with it. Since I never did buy a suit Jon took it upon himself to supply me with the "bling".
We had some good laughs, as did some of the other members over this. From now on I won't be able to look at a clock without being a little sad and happy at the same time. I will always remember the day that he presented me with that and will wear it proudly from time to time when the moment is right. This will always remind me that anytime is the right time to honor our troops the way Jon would want us to. I am extremley proud and honored to have ridden with Jon both for the mission and for pleasure. I can truely say I will never forget him and will always miss him as will the WWR organization.
Rest in peace and God's speed my friend.
Wheelmaster P
OH YEAH ,,PULL MY THING





Bob Andereson
Riding in Memory of DAD
CPL. Robert Anderson
U.S. ARMY
Okinawa
45'-46'

R.I.P. Jon-Deb-Mike
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August 15, 2009, 1:01am Report to Moderator

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I and all the members of the Northern California chapter are deeply saddened to hear of this great tragedy.

Jon, I Thank you for your service to our country. and I Thank you for all you have done for WWR, the troops and their families. I know you will be greatly missed.

My prayers go out to Yvette and the children, and to all Warriors' Watch Riders everywhere.

RIP Jon


Sherry Wiggins

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August 15, 2009, 1:13am Report to Moderator
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To my WWR family,
After escorting my dear friend and his family tonight, I am tired but cannot sleep.  Through many tears, I have read all these beautiful messages and can't say anything that hasn't already been said.  All I know is that the many KIA and Honor missions I have been part of with PGR and now with WWR have all been difficult.  I am sure that all of you feel the same way I do that you never get used to the pain. There was much pain tonight, yet tonight , it was more intense.  Many will remember Greg Bowman's untimely death. Sadly, we have been down this road before.  When tragedy strikes one of our own, the grief is magnified.  My hope is that we  step back and give thanks that we are all a part of such a great family.  If one thing comes through loud and clear reading these posts from all over the country, it is that there is a lot of love within this fine organization.  Love for our soldiers and their families, love of country, love for our fellow members, love for (and from)  strangers we don't even know and love for our friend and leader Jon D.  I am so proud to be a member of WWR and to be associated with such fine people.  I know we will pay proper tribute to Jon on Sunday for his service to our great country and for his service to the soldiers he loved so much.  We will also honor him for his dedication to the Warriors Watch mission.  Then we will honor him by continuing to support the WWR mission as he would have wanted us to do. In an instant message sent to Jon yesterday morning, I wished him well on his trip and added "he was a good friend".  It was the last thing I would ever say to him.  In that spirit I would like to say that you are all good friends and I love all of you.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR

Oscar C. Blomgren, III  


[size=14]Riding in memory of all the Servicemen we have ridden missions for, all our Veterans,  all the Servicemen presently defending our great country and my buddy JonD.  Although he has been taken from us, he continues to provide the inspiration that will keep us dedicated to our mission. Although I only met him once, I will always remember sweet little Elijah, taken too soon.
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Quoted from RiderCoachJudy
My most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of JonD.   We are all saddened by the loss of this hero.       If anyone needs accommodations for Saturday night I have room for a few people.

HaMakom yenacheim etchem betoch sha'ar aveiliei Tzion v'Yerushalayim" -- May the Almighty comfort you among those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem


Icould also sqeeze acouple pople in.  QN Bed and a couch. Floor is out as the dog is off herdiet andbelieves in the no seconds rule. Meat of flesh touch the ground it belongs to her.
HM 847-854-0730
cell  815-236-0330


Bob Andereson
Riding in Memory of DAD
CPL. Robert Anderson
U.S. ARMY
Okinawa
45'-46'

R.I.P. Jon-Deb-Mike
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August 15, 2009, 2:17am Report to Moderator

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August 15, 2009, 2:24am Report to Moderator

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Mia,
Do ya see what JonD meant to us?  Someone that cared!

That's all there really is.

Country MIKE


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August 15, 2009, 5:04am Report to Moderator

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MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO JON'S D FAMILY,FRIENDS AND WWR FAMILY IN ILLINOIS DURING THIS TRUELY HARD TIME AND SORROW OVER JON PASSING. I AM IN TOTAL SHOCK AND TRUELY SADDENED OVER THE TRAGIC LOSS JON D. THANK YOU JON D FOR YOUR SERVICE AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.  
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August 15, 2009, 5:47am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from bratkiv
Last year a group of us were talking about the importance of welcome homes and John said that if anything ever happend to him and there was a welcome home the same day as his funeral, he wants everyone to go to the welcome home.  That sums up the kind of man he was. Even in death he honors those that wear the uniform, the same uniform that he once proudly wore.  

We can all take comfort in two things.

1. Jon escorted many KIA in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana over the last few years and they will be waiting for him with a flagline and salute to thank him for bringing them home.
2.When it's our turn to leave this world, Jon will be in charge of our welcome homes and if you thought he did a good job here on Earth imagine what your welcome home will be like on the other side.

I cannot think of Jon and be sad.  He brought so much joy to so many people.  His goal was to make sure that every family that wanted a welcome home for their son or daughter would get one. It didn't matter if there was one bike or 200 bikes, the smile on the face of a soldier was always just as big and that's all that matters.

Stand down Jon, your mission is complete. Rest easy you earned it.

Mark, Austin, Ethan, Beth


My Brother Mark said exactly what I was thinking, and maybe said it better.  
So with that; to Yvette, Josh, and Jessica,  anything, anytime, anywhere your whole WWR family is ready to deliver.

My Brother Jon: stand down, we have your back.  
fyrlieu and proud parent.    



FDNY 343 NEVER FORGET, DESPITE THE POLITICIANS WHO ALREADY HAVE.
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To my WWR family,
After escorting my dear friend and his family tonight, I am tired but cannot sleep.  Through many tears, I have read all these beautiful messages and can't say anything that hasn't already been said.  All I know is that the many KIA and Honor missions I have been part of with PGR and now with WWR have all been difficult.  I am sure that all of you feel the same way I do that you never get used to the pain. There was much pain tonight, yet tonight , it was more intense.  Many will remember Greg Bowman's untimely death. Sadly, we have been down this road before.  When tragedy strikes one of our own, the grief is magnified.  My hope is that we  step back and give thanks that we are all a part of such a great family.  If one thing comes through loud and clear reading these posts from all over the country, it is that there is a lot of love within this fine organization.  Love for our soldiers and their families, love of country, love for our fellow members, love for (and from)  strangers we don't even know and love for our friend and leader Jon D.  I am so proud to be a member of WWR and to be associated with such fine people.  I know we will pay proper tribute to Jon on Sunday for his service to our great country and for his service to the soldiers he loved so much.  We will also honor him for his dedication to the Warriors Watch mission.  Then we will honor him by continuing to support the WWR mission as he would have wanted us to do. In an instant message sent to Jon yesterday morning, I wished him well on his trip and added "he was a good friend".  It was the last thing I would ever say to him.  In that spirit I would like to say that you are all good friends and I love all of you.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR

Oscar C. Blomgren, III  


OSCAR,  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS.
I COULD NOT HAVE PUT THESE WORDS TOGETHER, LIKE YOU DID.

ONE THING FOR SURE.  THE WORD "LOVE" HAS BEEN SAID MORE IN THE
LAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS, THAN THE LAST TWENTY FOUR DAY'S.

WITH THAT BEING SAID,  "I LOVE ALL OF YOU"


Robert L. Smith, Jr.

In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman-Drum Taps

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Our sincere condolences go out to Jon's family and friends. Words can't express the sadness and sorrow for our fallen brother. The WWR will surely miss him. Rest in Peace dear friend. We will never forget you. May God receive you in his arms.


Thank you for your dedication to serve this great nation.
May God bless you for your act of selflessness.
You are truly a hero to us all.

Rich and Leanet

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

"Tough times never last, tough people do."
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Standing by Rain or Shine! Sun or clouds, Cold or Warm! Because it is the right thing to do. I didnt know Jon very well but his warm heart was open to me the very first time I met him he made me feel more welcome to a group then ever before. Thank you for everything Jon and It will be my Honor to ride this mission and every mission hear after with you in my thoughts.  


Riding in Memory of my Grandfather PFC Henry Giermala USMC WWII.
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Rest in Peace Jon D.  Thank you for your service and for supporting our troops.  Doing things right is important....... Doing the right things is how you Jon D will be remembered.

With Respect,


Tank


Tank

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Never forget September 11, 2001.

For those who serve, past and present. Thank you.
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Hi my family near and far,
I wanted to thank everyone for the phone calls, emails, hugs, and kisses ...although I did not read all of the replies yet, I will!  I know all of our hearts are hurting.    I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you and so did Jon D!

Love, Yvette

Proudly served in the US Army, Jon D '80 - '84





Yvette "Camera Nut"
http://www.warriorswatch.shutterfly.com

God Bless our Service Members, First Responders, and their Families.

Ride in peace JonD, Deb, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Tonight, on less than two hours notice, 30 some riders braved Chicago rush hour traffic to meet at the Hinsdale Oasis to escort JonD to the funeral home in Buffalo Grove.  Not surprising really.


Because it was the only thing to do.

Hardest ride of our life to date. Proud yet saddened to be there to participate.

I have no doubt that he still rides with us........no doubt it was JonD pulling the plug on our other Jonathan's bike last night as we rolled in.

Although we (myself, Susana) have lost a friend I feel deeply saddened for those of you that were even closer to him.

Many of you are far better expressing what the rest of us feel, at least far better than I.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts.



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   I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

Love, Yvette



Right click......save.


Thank you Yvette.



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Hi my family near and far,
I wanted to thank everyone for the phone calls, emails, hugs, and kisses ...although I did not read all of the replies yet, I will!  I know all of our hearts are hurting.    I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you and so did Jon D!

Love, Yvette

Proudly served in the US Army, Jon D '80 - '84


Thanks Yvette.

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JonD, I don't know the words to express how I feel, You will be missed
Yvette, In my heart always

Pops


Pops

In Memory of Jon D,

"I feel assured that no American will hesitate to rally round the standard of his insulted country in defense of that freedom and independence achieved by the wisdom of sages and consecrated by the blood of heroes." --Thomas Jefferson
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August 15, 2009, 9:28am Report to Moderator

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Rest In Peace John D. You have done a great service to your country and your brothers. You will be missed Brother but never forgotten. My heart and prayers go out to John's Family.

God Bless


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August 15, 2009, 9:41am Report to Moderator

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When Sandra let me know about Jon, I called his cell, it rang and rang until the voice message came on. I was still in disbelief. The last time my gut felt this way was when we lost Greg Bowman, another larger than life man who was at the forefront in supporting our Heroes.

A little over a year ago the phone calls and letter writing campaign was intense as many of you will remember. Nastiness and slander, revolution were in the air over misunderstandings, power trips and ignorance. But Jon was not about to let that stop him from doing the right thing, supporting our heroes, letting them know we do care, letting the families know that their loved ones are as important to us as they are to them. We had talked a great many times while I was writing my letters to the front office. I had already known what kind of man he was before these chats, but I really got to know him better after that.

The last time I saw him in person was at the send off in Rockford. I will Never Forger when Jon put on the chopper helmet, state of the art with sunscreen  that had target sighting, lol. When Jon first put it on he had it on backwards, it was funning as hell. I wished I had a pic of it to share, but it is stuck in my head. He was tickled pink when they let him and us sit in the Blackhawk.

As sad as I am about this whole damn thing I can not be to upset, because Jon always brought a smile to your face. I can not think of a time when he did not say or do something funny, even when things seemed a little dark, he would say something, many times using only a very few words that would lighten you up a bit.

I rode the welcome home yesterday with my pegs down, just in case Jon wanted to ride along. Anyone that knows Jon always knew mission first, period. No bullshit, no politics, just our warriors first, period the end.

I have had somewhat of a guilt complexe since last fall when I stopped attending missions. I have been out of work for over a year and went back to school, it seemed as though every mission was during class time or I was broke. Jon knew about and he always said it had to come first. It only makes since. Yesterdays mission was the first I was able to attend for 9 months. but this group of people are always in my thoughts, every day, right after our heroes who serve our country.

By the time I heard about bringing him home I had already had a few beers, I do not think it would have been the right thing to do, as much as I wanted to come and escort him, it was a little late for me to stop. the first was for Jon, the rest were for me.

I am done rambling, just had to say a few things.

Now I will wash my bike, polish my boots and find my best pair of jeans and tee shirt for Sunday.

STANDING BY FOR THE DC IN THE AM, TO ESCORT OUR BROTHER TO REST.

Rocky
in memory of Jon D.
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Thank you Yvette for sharing Jon with the rest of us. Last night was rough. But I sure didnt want to be anywhere else. Ok that's a lie, Id rather be anywhere else for a happier reason.




and right back at you Oscar, Love you all.
Dobbs
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August 15, 2009, 10:12am Report to Moderator

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Beautifully said. That was Our JonD and I thank God everyday that we all were priveleged to have had him in our lives. We are all better people for it.

Bless you little brother and I'll see you tomorrow. We all will know one another by the    but knowing he will be watching us and directing us from above.

And as I made myself a promise, I will never leave a post of email without saying;

I love you...I love you all.

Sandra aka Uff




Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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{{{Hugs}}} to you, Yvette, and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

I looked at the WWR photos on Shutterfly, and found this wonderful picture.



http://warriorswatch.shutterfly.com/8437


-Carla
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AMEN, Oscar! AMEN!
(As I promised myself I will never again omit the words I LOVE YOU for a single letter or post. And true to that promise;

I Love You...I Love Each and Everyone of You!



Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Quoted from Camera Nut
Hi my family near and far,
I wanted to thank everyone for the phone calls, emails, hugs, and kisses ...although I did not read all of the replies yet, I will!  I know all of our hearts are hurting.    I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you and so did Jon D!

Love, Yvette

Proudly served in the US Army, Jon D '80 - '84


Thank you Sweetie. Thank you for sharing. That's Our JonD, always with that wonderful smile that will live in our hearts and minds forever.  Not to mention the gazillion other things that made JonD, JonD.

But JonD was never without, or let anyone forget his love, so it was "JonD and Yvette." Or "Yvette and JonD." You were always a big part in JonD being who he was. You both are so loved and respected by more than you will ever know. That will never change. We know he will be copilot on every mission with you and that brings comfort to all of us.

We love you Yvette and always will. We will be there for you forever.



Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Yvette and Family,

My condolences to you durning this very sad time.  Jon will be missed by everyone who was part of his life.  I will miss his kind words and his smile.  As I stood with Mark, Lisa and Matt listening to the Dane CO. police officer playing Amazing Grace on the bag pipes I could not hold back my tears.  I looked around and I saw others were standing at attention but we did not.  We held each other and cried because it was all we could do as we honored Jon.

Love,
Debbi

תהא נפשו/ה צרורה בצרור החיים (t'hay nafsho tzrurah b'tzror hachaim), May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.


Proud Parent - Debbi
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August 15, 2009, 11:31am Report to Moderator

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DC tomorrow 0800 KSU 0815----Damn I don’t know how many times we set that stage with Jon D over the last 3 years---It will kick my ass not to see him pulling up in that VTX with pipes screaming……
Damn I woke up this morning and in that few moment span where none of the bad stuff creeps in I forgot about Jon's passing---but then it hit that there would be no phone call bugging him about what missions are where and when..
He never caught on that it was just an excuse to talk to him and shot the shit---but I think he always knew..
God bless you Jon..
I will cherish the time we spent saying goodbye last night.


All gave some.
Some gave all.

Big Joe
U.S.Army
Military Police Joint Security Area Pan Mun Jom Korea 72-73
SETAF 73-74
Joe JR
U.S.Army
Big Red One 01-06
Iraq 04-05


Take America Back!
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R.I.P JOHN D
Prayers & condolences to his wife, children & family, friends and anyone who knew him or rode with JON D....
GODSPEED BROTHER!!!!!


Son of US Navy veteran & Pearl Harbor Survivor-R.I.P. DAD
Brother of US Navy veteran- R.I.P. BILLY
Son-in-law of US Air Force veteran WWII, KOREA, VIET NAM &
POW WWII STALAG 17-B    R.I.P.- POP
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I have been sadly absent from WWR activities for some time due to family issues.  I have many memories of JonD at various rides.  As long as I don't get held over at work tonight, I will ride Sunday in honor and memory of him and see some old friends again.  Northern
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August 15, 2009, 12:18pm Report to Moderator


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Top post has been updated with maps to locations.. Even the infamous DC for those coming from near where Jon lived....

It was very hard for me  to type that last word above.....

-matter


"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thomas Paine

Riding in Memory of JonD, Proud Parent (Deb), Mike, Irish, Kat, RCRON, Wheelmaster & Chicago Jim.
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August 15, 2009, 12:33pm Report to Moderator
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I considered Jon a friend and I still do;  and I miss him already!
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with heavy hearts, puffy eyes and smiles of memories...

steve n cheryl are standing by


Cheryl
Proud Blue Star Mom of a US Marine
2000- still active
Some heroes wear capes, ours wear dog tags and kevlar- so rest safely tonight, our sons and daughters are on duty.  

RIP JonD, Wheely, ChgoJim, Dubiquilts & Irish


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August 15, 2009, 2:37pm Report to Moderator

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Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to family and friends of Jon D. May he rest in peace. May our loving God give Yvette and the children the strength and comfort they will need during these emotional time. To the WWR family this is also a hard time for all, but remember that Jon will still be with us, and watching over us all. To Jon thank you sir for your service to our great country and her people, and for make sure the right thing was done for our Warriors. Rest easy Jon D you will not be forgotten.

Shelley, Tristyn, and Johnny


It is not about us, it is about our Warriors, their Families, and the Mission.

HERO DOWN / KICKSTANDS UP

Firefighters don't choose the fires;
The Armed Forces don't choose the wars.
The alarm sounds: we go.

Johnny Bradford
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August 15, 2009, 2:57pm Report to Moderator

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My thoughts and prayers are will all of you during this time of tragic loss.  I will be there in spirit.


Caging/Standing In Memory Of:

Charles W. Walkington (WW I)
Ralph C. Smires (WW II/Korea)
Clifford L. Smires (WW II)
John Brady (father-in-law, WW II)
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Standing by


"IN MEMORY OF JON D

DAVE D     ARMY  74 - 77


Proud Parent of a L E O





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August 15, 2009, 4:13pm Report to Moderator

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Rest In Peace Jon D. Condolences to the family and all whom were blessed to call him brother.
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Disbelief is the only thing we can say. Yvette, we wish there were words that could ease your
pain. Please know that Jon will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.

Love,
Jeff & Eve Clauss
PGR
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RIP JonD. We only spoke a few words but they were all kind. You'll be missed by all, mostly by the troops you welcomed home. Now you can welcome the troops that didn't make it home.  
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My thought and prayers are with everyone right now.
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August 15, 2009, 9:21pm Report to Moderator

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Never Again will a Soldier Come home and NOT be thanked. "It's the right thing to do"!
Take One Minute A Day To Say A Prayer For Our Soldiers
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Jon, we will miss you bro!  You were a true friend and inspiration to me, my family, and many others!

I've only lived near Chicago for a few years, and it's been my honor to call him a friend during that time.

Any time... day or night... rain or shine...  I could call Jon for help.  He would help without question.  Any time I just wanted to call and chat for...   oh... an hour or so...  Jon would answer.  I can't count the amount of hours spent riding alongside...  or just killin' time during a long commute...

I have so many words that I can't seem to type right now...

Your dedication and commitment to your friends, the troops and "doing the right thing" leaves inspiration for us all.


You will be surely missed.

Jon... 'til we meet again...   You take care of yourself, and we'll see you again.


-Jonathan
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JonD.

I am thankful for the time we had together. I have so many fond memories that I KNOW they will help overcome the sadness I feel right now. At least that is what I keep telling myself. I know you would say, shut up already, get on your bike, and go support some warrior somewhere...

Well, I will do that.. Every chance I can..

People not familiar with troops support groups like ours always want me to explain why we do what we do.. They are especially curious about me, as I have never served my country in uniform.. I give various answers, but I will type it up for the first time.. I've told only a few, including Dad Bowman last time I saw him...

I was out joy riding one day, saw a HUGE procession of motorcycles.. Spotted a PGR flag and thought.. Oh yeah, I heard about those guys.. I wonder if or how I could get involved? Next vehicle went by with the PGR website on it.. I thought , WOW! Ask and ye shall receive..  

I found it that night, read and cried for days.. That procession was for Greg Bowman.. I never met him, but wished I had.. I told Dad Bowman that I believe Greg somehow himself recruited me that day.

I can no longer count how many times I've hugged a warrior, or family of a warrior with tears in my eyes.. Both the happy and not happy tears.. In my mind,  I have always credited Greg for allowing me to show my support in the way that we do.. I told all this to Dad Bowman and once again cried for a man I never met while hugging his father..

Well, now I have someone else to credit... And this time, I will have the sad honor of taking a small part in what I saw that fateful day, but this time it is for a friend..
  
JonD...

There was a need being unfilled for a point in time. There were warriors not getting welcome homes, or send offs, when there were people willing to do it..  JonD found a way to again allow us to do these missions that we love, in addition to the ones we must.. Under JonD's leadership, he took a small group of like minded patriots and helped to refine us into a fine tuned welcome home machine over 400 strong in Northern Illinois alone!

In the last few months, I have been helping with the "work" of the WWR.. I always was thankful for every person who does this kind of work.. I could only imagine how much time, effort and responsibility is involved.. Now I have a better idea.. I have not thanked all who do this, and have been doing this for so long,  near enough. I don't really know if I can..

JonD, THANK YOU for allowing us to continue the mission.. And we will continue the mission... Every mission that we run,we  will carry with it a little of your spirit. You live on in our hearts. Maybe that is the only way I can thank you and all who strive so hard to make sure that EVERY warrior knows that he or she is appreciated..

I have said many times, I am so humbled and honored to simply be allowed to associate with such people.. One of the persons I always had in mind when saying that was JonD. But I extend that also to everyone who has stood a flag line, or stopped a lonesome warrior in an airport and thanked him for his service, or even the citizens who stop, get out of their car, and put their hands over their hearts when we pass with flags flying...

I never would have been able to show my support or see these things, were it not for people like Greg and Jon....

Jon...

I love you brother.. I will miss you, but will continue the mission and always remember you..

Yvette, and ALL who knew and loved Jon..

I can only imagine the pain you are feeling now.. I only knew him for 2 years and am wrecked... I can only hope that your fond memories of Jon will ease that pain somewhat... Know that we are there for you tomorrow and whenever you need us....

Standing By

-matter


"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thomas Paine

Riding in Memory of JonD, Proud Parent (Deb), Mike, Irish, Kat, RCRON, Wheelmaster & Chicago Jim.
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Coastie
August 15, 2009, 10:02pm Report to Moderator

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Warriors Watch Riders:  It's 10 pm Saturday night and we have a huge job in front of us tomorrow.  We need to take our brother home, and we need to do it "proper".  Get what rest you can, think about the man, re-live the memories, say your prayers, hug your spouse and kiss your kids.  Tomorrow we ride tall.

The planning is done,
The stage is set,
We travel now to honor our best.
With broken hearts, but filled with pride,
Light 'em Up, Warriors Watch, It's Time to Ride!


Coastie

"Hope is good - Freedom is better" - Coastie

A bit of everyone we do this for - rides with us forever-more.
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August 15, 2009, 10:26pm Report to Moderator

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Thanks Coastie,thats awsome but I was in the middle of writing this and had to post it. Now I will take your advice. Goodnight Family
  I would like to say that I hope Jon D was proud today of the group he nurtured. With heavy hearts a good number of members staged at the DC to say hello and good luck to a young Marine just out of boot camp. We laughed a little and cried a little and spoke of the fact that we had a mission to ride and did just that. Not with somberness but with gratitude,respect and love for a young warrior who may soon be asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. We did it the way the "BOSS" would have wanted us to. To those that made it out for pizza afterwords THANK YOU for making the rest of the day a good day. Speaking for Kath and myself I can tell you that going out was very helpfull. Also thanks to Steve (tourrider) who came up from Indy and was able to join us for dinner. Tomorrow we will gather to lay to rest our Freind and Brother and then back to work we go with another welcome home in Jon D's back yard. I can think of no better way than that to pay our respects to a true Patriot. I am so proud of all of you guys and honored to be a part of this family. Jon D was the glue that held us together and the foundation he built in this region is strong and unyeilding. We will cry tommorow , then we will get about the business of honoring the rest of our HEROS. I guess what I'm trying to say is Jon ya did good-real good and we are gonna get through this because thats the way its gonna be. Till we ride again may the sun always be at your back,the breeze in your face warm and the road in front of you open. God Bless you and thank you for letting me be a part of your life.


Bob Andereson
Riding in Memory of DAD
CPL. Robert Anderson
U.S. ARMY
Okinawa
45'-46'

R.I.P. Jon-Deb-Mike
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JonD, I will miss you brother. I am a man of few words. But if I could just get all my thoughts out in writing I would be here for awhile. You will ride forever in our hearts and on every mission we do. Thank you for putting together a family I am very proud to say I am a part of. We will make you proud!
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August 16, 2009, 12:28am Report to Moderator
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Its after midnight, time to try and get some sleep.




Ride Safe everyone, See you in a few hours.
Dobbs
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August 16, 2009, 1:26am Report to Moderator
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I'm sad I never got a chance to meet or have words with JonD,My heart is sad and heavy.Being
new to the WW family,may the Angels carry our brother to his new mission and watch and comfort his family.
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August 16, 2009, 3:04am Report to Moderator

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WE will all miss you, JonD.  Your "leadership" skills were needed much 'higher up".

"Thanks" would never be enough.

Nuf said....






WISCONSIN "Live Like You Mean It"
"It's about the mission... nothing else matters"



In Memory
JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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August 16, 2009, 3:34am Report to Moderator

HAVE A NICE DAY !!
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Location: Rolling Meadows, Illinois
THIS WILL BE MY LAST POST ON JON D UNTIL AFTER THE SERVICES THIS
MORNING.

I DIDN'T KNOW I COULD CRY AS MUCH AS I HAVE.    THIS CAN ONLY BE,
BECAUSE OF MY LOVE FOR JON.   ONE THING FOR SURE IN MY HEART THERE
IS AN EMPTY SPOT THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY.

AS EVERYONE IS SLEEPING,  I'M SITTING HERE WITH MY LAPTOP READING ALL OF
THE POSTS.  YOUR ALL SUCH GOOD PEOPLE.  THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN I GET TO
SEE MY "SPOOK MAN" AGAIN.

FOR ALL OF YOU THAT ARE SENDING YOUR REGRETS, I KNOW YOUR PAIN.   WE'LL
GET THROUGH THIS AND MOVE ON.   BUT, NOT WITHOUT THE THOUGHT OF JON D.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, I CAN'T GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN.  

JON/LOVE


Robert L. Smith, Jr.

In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman-Drum Taps

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August 16, 2009, 5:10am Report to Moderator

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It's is now 5:01 AM and soon we will be heading to the DC then on to Honor JonD. It is with a heavy Heart and tear filled eyes that this mission will be carried out. I dont think that any of us will be able to bring another soldier home without thinking of if not talking about Jon. Seeing all the posts is a testament to what kind of person Jon was. He loved life and he loved the WWR and all its members. Lets pull this together and give Jon the Honor and respect that he not just deserves but that he has earned by opening his heart to all of us and all the soldiers we have welcomed home. R.I.P. JonD you will always be in our hearts and in our minds. Ride Safe Everyone.


Riding in Memory of my Grandfather PFC Henry Giermala USMC WWII.
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T
August 16, 2009, 6:29am Report to Moderator

IGNORE THE FLAK, FLY THE MISSION
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To our ILL members, I know you have a tough mission today. But, reading through these post shows you that even in passing, JonD is building a stronger WWR. Look at the post, members with 1 post, some with  as few as 1 mission, knew of Jond 's dedication, not so much to WWR as to our troops , as it should be. His dedication to our troops was second to none. Now, we pay tribute to a great man.Ride with pride, I know it will be with a heavy heart, and tears in your eyes. But have strength knowing you are now carrying on JonD ' s mission. So, ride with pride, and glance up, cause he's watching, with a smile on his face. Crack that throttle, let him hear your pipes sing a song that he loved. So, with all respect I say, GET UP GET UP GET OUTTA "DA RACK, PEOPLE, YOU GOT WORK TO DO TODAY. GET YER FEET ON THE FLOOR, AND YER ASS OUT THE DOOR. SHOW OUR BROTHER WHAT WE FEEL. Ride safe people, and know I am with you in spirit. May God bless you Jon and welcome you with open arms, on your last mission. Welcome Home Jon, its been a long but worth while ride. A very sad T ( and Kat)


To my kat  " until the twelth of never, I'll still be loving you"       
                                
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August 16, 2009, 6:31am Report to Moderator

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My thoughts and prayers are with JonD's family


For my grandfather Marvin Turner who was a helicopter pilot in vietnam and who passed away before I really understood what his service to our great country meant.  I want to say Thank You and I miss you

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood
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August 16, 2009, 6:44am Report to Moderator

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Getting ready to head out the door,  tears in my eyes, emptiness in my heart but we will stand tall for you Jon D as you deserve the best.  Until we meet again....


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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August 16, 2009, 6:44am Report to Moderator

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I would like to express my deepest sympathies to John D's family and friends.  May the comfort of God see you this this very difficult and painful time.  John D will never be forgotten, for his memory and committment will live long in the hearts and minds of so many whose lives he has touched.


Gone From Our Sight, But Never Our Memories;
Gone From Our Touch, But Never Our Hearts.
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August 16, 2009, 6:49am Report to Moderator

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  I have sat here and read all the posts and could not speak. The tears continue to fall, the sobs that make your entire body shake, and I could not speak. Miss you so much my dear friend. You are still in my heart and will never leave, but why does it feel like there is a hole in it? Maybe that is how it is supposed to be, empty yet my brain keeps repeating all the years, all the things, all the laughter, that devilish smile, that warm smile, especially when you met out hero. I don't know anymore. I don't think I will ever have "the" answer, but one thing I do know. You had an impact on every single person you ever met. You left people feeling good, you lead with honor and commitment. You lead with calmness in the storm, with interjecting laughter while the other was a raving on. You turned everything into a positive and you led with love. I was blessed from the day I met you and that was many moons ago. I thank God for him bringing you to us for you have made better people out of us. I will miss you so much, but I know you are with us at every mission and in all the wonderful times we have had. I know you are in a better place, but I wish God would have let us keep you a while longer.
I love you JonD and I wish I would have told you that more times than I did. Today we send you home but in our hearts you will live forever.

Farvel min venn, til vi møte ijgen


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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August 16, 2009, 7:16am Report to Moderator

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Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you.  There is no doubt you will ride tall and proud.
Be safe!


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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August 16, 2009, 7:17am Report to Moderator

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Rolling


Bob Andereson
Riding in Memory of DAD
CPL. Robert Anderson
U.S. ARMY
Okinawa
45'-46'

R.I.P. Jon-Deb-Mike
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August 16, 2009, 7:46am Report to Moderator

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Ride safe all.


It is not about us, it is about our Warriors, their Families, and the Mission.

HERO DOWN / KICKSTANDS UP

Firefighters don't choose the fires;
The Armed Forces don't choose the wars.
The alarm sounds: we go.

Johnny Bradford
Greywolf
Warriors Watch Riders
Trenton, GA.
greywolfx2000@aol.com
770-276-1875
http://www.bradfordbrood.blogspot.com
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Skeet
August 16, 2009, 10:29am Report to Moderator

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I feel as if I "missed the boat" in the fact that I never met JonD.  But  I have come to know a GREAT MAN though all of your posts.  Thank You!

My only thoughts now are RIDE SAFE ALL OF YOU!!  My spirit will be right there with you.

God Bless each and every one of you and may He KEEP YOU SAFE!

Skeet


(site went off early!)


Riding in Honor of my soul mate John W. Nelson, USMC
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August 16, 2009, 10:48am Report to Moderator

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Ride safe, and God bless JonD and his family. That includes us.
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August 16, 2009, 12:55pm Report to Moderator
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I'd like to thank all the members of all organizations who showed up for JonD. We were all there for a great friend. I thank you.

Yvette, just needed to add this.  Jon and you not only have made a difference in our lives, but also that of our families.  Amanda still remembers when we were escorting the buses back to Wisconsin and you went asking if someone could take her on their bike.  Also when you, Jon and a few others came by for her graduation party and Jon took her on his bike for a ride.  The streets by me all curve and she said Jon is asking which way to go and she told him to this way or that way as she loved the ride...especially with the loud pipes.  The ride made her graduation party all that more special for her.  Anytime I'd go on a mission she would always ask if I saw you and Jon there.  She was there with me today and wanted to pass along her condolences but didn't want to interfere with all the family there.

Ron,(Pags), I couldn't find you after the service to give you back your riding partner and case. Call me 630-640-8651. Thanks for taking my daughter on your bike.

Rick
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August 16, 2009, 12:58pm Report to Moderator
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Home from Todays Mission, For a friend and Brother.





You will always be with us JonD,
Dobbs
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August 16, 2009, 1:08pm Report to Moderator
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Yvette,

With heavy heart, I send you my most sincere condolences.

To all of JonD's family and friends, my deepest sympathy.


JonD, you are truly a special person, and it has been my honor to know you.
I will always treasure my memories of you.


Respects,
Scoot



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Tatonka69
August 16, 2009, 1:21pm Report to Moderator
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To my friend Jon,

We've ridden a few miles together, I don't really know how many, but I'm thankful for every one of them.  I do know that a couple of hours ago, with tears in my eyes, I rode the last mile we will ever ride together. I had the honor of riding with your beautiful daughter Jesse behind me. I also had the sad honor of helping to carry you to your final rest.

I thank you for being my friend, my brother, a mentor and all the things you were to me and to our WWR Brothers and Sisters. I thank you for building the WWR into the organization it is today.  You would have been proud today.  As a matter of fact, you were out in front of the escort today, just like you were so many times for other soldiers.  We will all miss you but we will carry on even with heavy hearts. I promise that every mission I ride from now on, the footpegs will be down and I will remember you always.

Oscar  


[size=14]Riding in memory of all the Servicemen we have ridden missions for, all our Veterans,  all the Servicemen presently defending our great country and my buddy JonD.  Although he has been taken from us, he continues to provide the inspiration that will keep us dedicated to our mission. Although I only met him once, I will always remember sweet little Elijah, taken too soon.
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August 16, 2009, 1:32pm Report to Moderator

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To Illinois:

I want you to know that for the two hours that the funeral was taking place, the forums were down and anyone going to the WWR website found this instead (again, for two hours approximately, depending on propagation):

http://www.warriorswatch.org/jon.html (This link is now permenant)


"The day will come when it will be recognized without doubt throughout the civilized world that the strangling of Bolshevism at birth would have been an untold blessing to the human race." - Winston Churchill

"A ghoul descending from a pile of skulls." - Winston Churchill
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August 16, 2009, 1:57pm Report to Moderator

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First Sergeant
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Location: PA
Jon D,
         Rest in peace brother for you will allways be in our hearts


Kevin Atwell

Riding in Honor of my
USN Michael D'Imperio My uncle... Retired
Cousin Tim Lindsay USMC - Active
Robert Hinclky Jr USMC - Active
XO  Robert D. Hincley - Active ,Reserve

God Bless all our Men and Women here and abroad, know that we will always be with you.

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August 16, 2009, 2:16pm Report to Moderator

FREEDOM ISN'T FREE
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JonD. MENTER,LEADERAND MOST OF ALL MY FRIEND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN YOU ARE MISSED, RIDE FREE MY BROTHER
GODSPEED


HE WHO STANDS WITH ME THIS DAY WILL FOREVER BE MY BROTHER,
LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE



DOUGLAS K. MACE 101'ST AIRBORNE VET .R.V.N.
PROUD PARENT OF A SOLDIER
RIDEING IN HONOR OF
SFC. KEITH MACE WW2 101'ST
SPEC.4 BARRY LAMBERT R.V.N.
SGT.KEN SEMONS R.V.N.
JonD RIDE FREE MY FRIEND
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August 16, 2009, 3:29pm Report to Moderator

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Well Jon D you got the high speed escort you asked for……….No LEOs and you got the best road blocking I have ever seen….I know you would have dug the shit out of it.
It was the best…Your daughter was having a nice reprieve from her grief as she was waving and giving thumbs up..
You owned the highway my friend…as our heroes have before you……..
I know a lot of what went on was a little out of tradition in the 14 tribe sense, but no one seemed to care….Nice touch with Free Bird…
Coastie Tom and I did a little more than the traditional two shovels full, but we thought you wouldn’t mind….I had to do something with my hands…
I also met your friends from CDW---they loved you too….
…..BTW we got a Chicago PD escort to the highway---they probably wanted to get us the hell out of town but it was cool none the less.
Rest in peace my friend…..Rest in peace……
You know we were talking—they probably needed someone to do welcome homes in heaven, and they couldn’t have a better coordinator…..Don’t raise too much hell and I’ll do the same and we’ll see each other again.
God bless you my friend as you have blessed us…
Gotta go ----we have a welcome home....You wouldn’t want us doing anything else.





All gave some.
Some gave all.

Big Joe
U.S.Army
Military Police Joint Security Area Pan Mun Jom Korea 72-73
SETAF 73-74
Joe JR
U.S.Army
Big Red One 01-06
Iraq 04-05


Take America Back!
Join The Sons Of Liberty
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August 16, 2009, 4:22pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from BIG JOE
Well Jon D you got the high speed escort you asked for……….No LEOs and you got the best road blocking I have ever seen….I know you would have dug the shit out of it.
It was the best…Your daughter was having a nice reprieve from her grief as she was waving and giving thumbs up..
You owned the highway my friend…as our heroes have before you……..
I know a lot of what went on was a little out of tradition in the 14 tribe sense, but no one seemed to care….Nice touch with Free Bird…
Coastie Tom and I did a little more than the traditional two shovels full, but we thought you wouldn’t mind….I had to do something with my hands…
I also met your friends from CDW---they loved you too….
…..BTW we got a Chicago PD escort to the highway---they probably wanted to get us the hell out of town but it was cool none the less.
Rest in peace my friend…..Rest in peace……
You know we were talking—they probably needed someone to do welcome homes in heaven, and they couldn’t have a better coordinator…..Don’t raise too much hell and I’ll do the same and we’ll see each other again.
God bless you my friend as you have blessed us…
Gotta go ----we have a welcome home....You wouldn’t want us doing anything else.





........ ABSOLUTLY FANTASTIC READ!!!!!!  
   a Biker SEND OFF !!!!!!
The Entire East Coast Family was there in Spirit.

RIP Jon D




http://www.operationyellowribbonsouthjersey.org http://www.goldstarmoms.com
http://www.aheros-welcome.org http://www.njrunforthefallen.org

"For those who have fought for it , FREEDOM has a flavor the protected will never know"

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August 16, 2009, 4:33pm Report to Moderator

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Godspeed JonD  


In Honor of Kathryn M. Fialkowski,

In Honor of  My Father, C. E. Stilwell
Chief US Navy Retired RIP  
WWII, Korea, Cold War Veteran

In Honor of my Brother Thomas E. Stilwell
FA US Navy Vet RIP
Viet Nam Era Veteran

In Horor of My Sister in Law
SFC Sara E. Stilwell
US Army Vet RIP
Cold War Veteran

In Honor of the 343 FDNY "Smoke Eaters"
RIP Brothers
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August 16, 2009, 4:49pm Report to Moderator

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
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Quoted from BIG JOE
Well Jon D you got the high speed escort you asked for……….No LEOs and you got the best road blocking I have ever seen….I know you would have dug the shit out of it.
It was the best…Your daughter was having a nice reprieve from her grief as she was waving and giving thumbs up..
You owned the highway my friend…as our heroes have before you……..
I know a lot of what went on was a little out of tradition in the 14 tribe sense, but no one seemed to care….Nice touch with Free Bird…
Coastie Tom and I did a little more than the traditional two shovels full, but we thought you wouldn’t mind….I had to do something with my hands…
I also met your friends from CDW---they loved you too….
…..BTW we got a Chicago PD escort to the highway---they probably wanted to get us the hell out of town but it was cool none the less.
Rest in peace my friend…..Rest in peace……
You know we were talking—they probably needed someone to do welcome homes in heaven, and they couldn’t have a better coordinator…..Don’t raise too much hell and I’ll do the same and we’ll see each other again.
God bless you my friend as you have blessed us…
Gotta go ----we have a welcome home....You wouldn’t want us doing anything else.



Very nice indeed. Farewell Jon, you will not be forgotten.






An American Soldier is someone who, at some point in their life, wrote out a check, payable"to the United States of America" for the sum total of up to and including my life." We as citizens of those same United States owe them no less than unconditional support.


"Love is the feelin you get when you like something as much as your motorcycle."
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August 16, 2009, 5:06pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from BIG JOE
Well Jon D you got the high speed escort you asked for……….No LEOs and you got the best road blocking I have ever seen….I know you would have dug the shit out of it.


Yup, it was indeed spectacular. One helluva ride!

Thanks JonD................for everything.




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August 16, 2009, 5:35pm Report to Moderator

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WELL SAID BIG JOE-AMEN, AND RIP JON....................


My Dad-WWII-1928-1991
My Son-OIF-2004-Army MP
Dick Bowe-Viet Nam-1967-1969-Army
Steve Bowe-OIF-2003-Il.Army NG MP
Keith Nurnburg-OIF-2007-KIA
Major Anne Brophy-Afg. 2009
Friends JonD,Proud Parent,Mike,Deb & Bob-RIP
If you won't stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand infront of them.
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Glad to hear all went well today...
Godspeed Jon...
LJ


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
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Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Well JonD we sent you off just as you always wanted. Talk about fly...well we did. Talk about everyone covering the exit ramps and entrance ramps well it was like we did every mission like this. No rehearsals but you would have thought so because it was so well choreographed. Team work, AT IT'S BEST Sweetie! I know you know 'cuz you were there. We felt you with us all the way. Of course because you lead the way.

As for Coastie, I tell you Jon you would have presented him with the Challenge Coin. It was Flawless and Perfection. God Bless him, 'cuz we know it was so hard for him to do for you, his brother and dear friend. But I know you know this too, because you were there.

Jon, I know you saw how many wanted to be there for you. How many respected and loved you, but did you ever really think there would be that many? DJ (Crow from WI), Rocky (with broken foot and crushed knee), Kevin (Kontractor with WWR signs on the back of his truck), Denise, Steve SC of IN. and every member of the WWR that had that day free and many of the PGR brothers and sisters; Rick/Freebird, Ro, and so many more. But you also know that, because you were there.

Jon, we did not mean to make the WWII vetearn cry when we presented him the Challenge Coin for his service...but we also know they were tears of joy because he said "No one ever thanked me before." I am not sure who was driving him, but he later got a hold of Oopsie and told her how much that coin meant to him and how he blurted out "Thank You Jon for leading such a wonderful group of selfless people." Oopsie was told he would not leave go of that coin, but then again you knew that because you were there.

I know you also knew of the Welcome Home this same day in Algonquin that Doug Mace was RC'ing. So you know why some of us could not make it the the Shiva. Well we did make it there on time to Welcome Home Matt Harman. I tell you he was so surprised and excited it made all of us with heavy hearts feel good all over again. Yes JonD, it is all about the mission. Our men and women in the military and for all they sacrifice for our freedoms. Sure there were tears shed at the briefing, but by the time we formed the escort everyone put on that smile and filled out hearts with Welcoming this soldier as he should be welcomed home. But then again, you knew that too because you were there.

You'll never leave us JonD and we know that. We feed off of that we need that because being without you is like...well I don't have the words for that thought. You are there, will always will be there and so will we be there. That is they way you wanted it, the way taught us and you made us better people because of who you are.

Well Jon, I could tell you so much more about today and these past 4 days but I know you know because you were there.

With All Our LOVE and RESPECT


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Godspeed Jon.  Thank You for getting us involved in the WWR.  We were honored to send you off in the WWR style.  The LEO from Buffalo Grove that led you out was our son Dan, and he was happy to help you on your way today.  Rest in peace and get that welcome home going in heaven for us will you?  Barb and Dave


Ride free Jon D ☼      Honoring our service men and women in Chicago, IL.               
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At the first Illinois WWR mission, JonD told the assembled riders that anyone who wanted to be a Ride Captain in the WWR could do so at any time by simply volunteering to lead a mission.  As stated in earlier posts on this thread, every WWR member was appointed Ride Captain of this mission for JonD.

One of the responsibilities of R/C's is to post a ride report when the mission is completed.  There is no way on God's Green Earth that I am going to try to summarize what happened today without the help and input from the 100-plus Ride Captains that actively participated in sending off our brother.  I realize this is breaking a rule, but I think Jon would appreciate that.

So how about I start, and anyone who wants to add something, please do so.  Please include pictures if you have them.  Then someone with better computer skills than me (which pretty much includes most 9-year-olds) can consolidate the notes to make a ride report for submission.

Ride Report for JonD's Honor Mission, Northern Illinois, 16 Aug 2009:


On this beautiful Sunday morning, riders from at least three states began assembling at pre-staging areas in and around Illinois to take our brother and leader JonD to his resting place.  A large number of riders assembled at the D-C.  That's the "dirty crapper" Phillips 66 station east of Algonquin where JonD often staged riders for welcome homes, send-offs, or KIA missions.  We hugged, we cried, and we got ready to ride.

On the way to the funeral home we passed a horse farm where a couple dozen horses and colts where running through a green field, running free in the wind, manes flying, in the early morning sunlight.  That was the first of many times I lost it today, and I'm just glad Big Joe was on my left, who swerved to avoid my weaving on the narrow road.

When we got to the funeral home there were over fifty bikes already lined up.  Matter, Bob, Skip, and the Wisconsin gang had arrived early to make sure riders and cagers got situated in the parking lot.  Buffalo Grove PD had three squads standing by to get us out safely.  Someone told me they had counted 103 bikes at one point, but I think more came after that.  Many people wore arm bands made by Dave and Joan, who stayed up all night making them.  Others wore pinbacks made by Jeff and Susana.

We had an opportunity to pay our respects to Jon before holding our ride brief.  Ridercoach Judy explained what we could expect at the graveside service, which was a big help to those of us ignorant of the customs and traditions of the 14 tribes.  Pastor John said a prayer for JonD and all of us.  Pastor John led a lot of prayers for us this week, which was a huge help and very much appreciated.  We then carefully loaded our brother into the hearse for his final ride.

We mounted up as the hearse and immediate family lined up at the parking lot exit, but stayed "cold iron" (engines off, total silence).  On signal, well over 100 bikes lit up as one, likely causing some poor seismologist somewhere to jump out of his chair as the earth shook in Northern Illinois.

Yvette rode passenger on JonD's mission bike up front, piloted by Monster.  I can't imagine a safer place for her to be.  God help the poor bugger who might have gotten in Monster's path on that ride.

The escort ride to the cemetery was fast, the way JonD would want it, and was helped along by expert road guarding by our best riders.  Road guarding, done properly, is a thing of beauty to behold.  You guys performed a mechanical ballet, and I thank you.

I'm going to leave off here and ask others to add more detail and their thoughts about the service or anything else.  I'll never forget this day and all the people who threw their hearts into this mission for our brother.  It was the hardest mission ever, but also the easiest, as 100-plus Ride Captains took charge and got it done - proper.

It's about the troops,
It's always about the troops,
It's only about the troops.


I miss you my brother,

Coastie


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I would like to express my deepest sympathy to John D's family, friends, and N.IL WWR... RIP John D...
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Man so many things going through my head today at Jon's service---I was thinking about what kicked off the split from the moon bats back in June 07---The time we did the counter protest---Coastie you remember where we couldn’t do it because even though we were going to have  no patches or anything to affiliate us with a unnamed group, someone in a grand show of stupidity said we would be recognized.
That’s when Jon D hatched his grand  Black Ops mission. He came dressed like what looked to be a cross between a night SF get up and ninja…..Man the people driving bye loved us—they were so sick of seeing those asshole protestors out there every Thursday that the sight of us with American flags and support our troops signs was something they obviously were dying the see…
All that and our Black Ops leader----I think he even had the ninja do rag on…..Afterward we went into King Wok for dinner and one of the patrons bought us all dinner—We must have had 30 of us at the table----The guy said he was damn proud we came out and ran those bastards off.
I’ll never get that image of Jon D in his black Ops outfit outta my head….I stil cuckle thinking of it….Damn I miss him----


All gave some.
Some gave all.

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While I was roadblocking Jenny was able to record this.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSwDtiutysg

And a couple of pics.





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Ya gotta luv road blocking.....Great pics and video--anymore?


All gave some.
Some gave all.

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Ahhh, you played the PIPES for Jon. That was his favorite song . My God what a tribute. T


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Chambeaux, thanks for the video.  I keep playing it with the speakers and sub-woofer on high, and it gives me chills.

Coastie


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I knew JonD through the VTX riders board. He was a friend. I too, am very saddened by his untimely passing.

I want to thank the members here for posting the vids and the pics of the ceremony today. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but I know that Jon understands.

I am searching my feelings about what Jon stood for and have been deciding that I should be involved with the WWR here in WI and northern IL. AS my schedule allows, I will ride in honor of JonD and welcome fellow veterans and Soldiers home.

I will follow the WWR in Jond's HONOR.

Godspeed my friend.


RIP Skinny and Kerri 7-3-2005
RIP JonD 8-13-2009
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There are many things I wont forget from today, But here is a couple things I will never be able to forget,

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department lined up along Lake-Cook Road with a Salute as we all passed by. JonD was not a Firefighter or Police Officer (That I know of) And to see those folks out there, Lined up for our Hero.


Or I stayed towards the Rear of the entire Escort, At no Time did I ever see the bikes ahead. There were just so many people that the only time I did see a bike was if they were at an intersection keeping us safe and together.


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this is only the last 1/2 of bikes. were were the 1st cage





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If we can measure the greatness of a person by their send-off, JonD was, by all measures a great man.

It was an honor to be a part of his escort today, yet - I'm sure for all of us, it was bittersweet- it was our last ride with Jon.  

Yvette, please don't forget you are such an important part of "the family" - it is the craziest kind of family, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Coastie - everything went so well today - thanks for all of your hard work.

Joe & Mary - thanks again for your hospitality.

God Bless all of you,
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Buffalo Grove FD


Actually... Northbrook Fire Dept. - Enigine & Ambulance 10

I am a firefighter in Northbrook and mentioned to my brothers there that we would be passing thru town this morning.  Every one of the guys there jumped at the opportunity to come out and pay their respects.

None of them knew Jon personally, but they all had heard of the WWR, largely, I'm sure, due to Jon's hard work with the great bunch of guys & gals that are the WWR.
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Thanks for clearing up what town that was, I just figured because the town we started in.


Let your Brothers know we thank them for their service and what they did this Morning.



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Actually... Northbrook Fire Dept.

I am a firefighter in Northbrook and mentioned to my brothers there that we would be passing thru town this morning.  Every one of the guys there jumped at the opportunity to come out and pay their respects.

None of them knew Jon personally, but they all had heard of the WWR, largely, I'm sure, due to Jon's hard work with the great bunch of guys & gals that are the WWR.



Thank you for that respectful salute to Jon.
We all appreciated it.



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Well Jon D you got the high speed escort you asked for……….No LEOs and you got the best road blocking I have ever seen….I know you would have dug the shit out of it.
It was the best…Your daughter was having a nice reprieve from her grief as she was waving and giving thumbs up..
You owned the highway my friend…as our heroes have before you……..
I know a lot of what went on was a little out of tradition in the 14 tribe sense, but no one seemed to care….Nice touch with Free Bird…
Coastie Tom and I did a little more than the traditional two shovels full, but we thought you wouldn’t mind….I had to do something with my hands…
I also met your friends from CDW---they loved you too….
…..BTW we got a Chicago PD escort to the highway---they probably wanted to get us the hell out of town but it was cool none the less.
Rest in peace my friend…..Rest in peace……
You know we were talking—they probably needed someone to do welcome homes in heaven, and they couldn’t have a better coordinator…..Don’t raise too much hell and I’ll do the same and we’ll see each other again.
God bless you my friend as you have blessed us…
Gotta go ----we have a welcome home....You wouldn’t want us doing anything else.




GODSPEED JON D


"Wars may be fought with weopons,but they are won by men."       General George Patton Jr                               In Memory JonD, Founding Leader WWR ,DEB, IRISH MIKE M. CHICAGO JIM     GOD SPEED MY FRIENDS!
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With all that has been said there isn't much that I can add.

The Rabi and our very own rolling Preacher told us more than once today to " Remember the good times, good acts that Jon has done." Lets also remember the jokes and quick little quips he would pop off from time to time.

    When I was coming through the red light at the DC, I had this dumb idea pop into my head. I figured I would go in with pipes a blazing, I damn near missed the second entrance, some idea. There were at least 25 bikes in the lot before me. The main group left for Buffalo Grove and seven bikes and couple of cages waited for the family to arrive at the DC and escort them in.
    
    When we arrived at our destination all I could think of is WOW!!!! To see the shear number of cages and bikes was well, just sent shivers. it just goes to show you what kind of man Jon D was. As one of the road guards I can tell you it was nothing short of awesome to see all the bikes from behind as well as in the rear view.  Sorry no pics, I can only text while riding, I have not figured out how to take good pics, yet. But I don't think Jon D would approve.

I had the honor of meeting Jon and Yvette's families for the first time. I also had to honor of walking with Yvette's grandma, Wow what a whip per snapper, and a very quick witted lady. We had her husband a WW2 veteran, it would be nice, to have been able to sit and talk with him a while.

This day was like many other missions, somber, yet funny, tears mixed with laughter, hello hugs and I'll never forget you hugs and hugs that said I am here for you and you for me. There were not very many handshakes today, this as is it should be with family. I met many members of our family for the first time today, but not the last. Many parts of today we can not forget, many we may not remember for a day or two but all we will hold in our hearts.

I had never seen the candy thing before, but it does give me an idea or two for when my time comes around, but I will have to figure out how to get my wife to agree to it.

As all of you I wished this could have been a welcome home from NY rather than an honor mission. I still find it a little unbelievable, I know I am not alone with this thought.

After we laid Jon D to rest, I started to ride as fast as I could home, only to have the rain slow me down. It made me think about how much I was missing by riding so fast. I left the highway for the long two lanes. Somehow today, the rain made the ride more worth while than the sun could have, the smells were different as were the colors. It was well worth the extra time and distance. These rides give you time to reflect on the days events, the friends, family and those who helped make this a successful mission. Coastie, job well done.

I will close with it was an honor to stand with all of you today to for our friend, mentor, leader and fellow rider.

RTL-LTR    
Rocky

BTW, any one with pics, if you could post them or a link it would be great.
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Page 36 of  the Chicago Sun-Times has a nice obituary for Jon.


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"We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again."


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Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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I knew JonD through the VTX riders board. He was a friend. I too, am very saddened by his untimely passing.

I want to thank the members here for posting the vids and the pics of the ceremony today. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but I know that Jon understands.

I am searching my feelings about what Jon stood for and have been deciding that I should be involved with the WWR here in WI and northern IL. AS my schedule allows, I will ride in honor of JonD and welcome fellow veterans and Soldiers home.

I will follow the WWR in Jond's HONOR.

Godspeed my friend.


Sam,

You are definitely my 'brother from another mother'... we were both moved the same way by Jon's passing.  After meeting Jon through VTXOA I joined PGR, but really didn't attend as many missions as I should have over the past 3 or 4 years.  I realized yesterday at Jon's funeral that he touched SO MANY lives through his actions, and I was reminded by the WWR folks and Jon's rabbi to honor him through my actions.  I too made a commitment that though my time is very limited, I will join the WWR and honor our troops with renewed vigor, as Jon would want me to.  I was then lucky enough to attend the welcome home for MSGT. Matt Harman in Algonquin yesterday, which was a great recognition of his service and celebration with his family.  

I'm grateful to have know Jon for the past few years, and I will miss him.  I pray for all that loved him, that they can overcome their grief and always remember the good times they had with him.  I also want to give a shout out to the WWR team that did an AWESOME job yesterday honoring Jon, and our very own Monster who detailed and brought Jon's VTX to the mission, then rode it in the procession with Yvette on back.  It was a great tribute to Jon.  And finally I want thank JonD for reminding me of what's really important in life.

Jim


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JONATHAN L. DREYMANN

August 17, 2009
BY MARY WISNIEWSKI Staff Reporter/mwisniewski@suntimes.com

Jonathan L. Dreymann, the Midwest coordinator for a motorcycle group dedicated to welcoming home servicemen and women, died Thursday after a motorcycle accident in Indiana. He was 47.

"Jon D.," as he was known to his friends, was a founding member of the Illinois chapter of the Warriors' Watch Riders, which provides motorcycle escorts for returning and deploying soldiers.

"He wanted to treat these guys like a rock star for a couple of hours," said John Kopeck, Mr. Dreymann's friend and fellow ride captain. "He wanted to show respect and give thanks for those who put their hides on the line."

Warriors' Watch is a spin-off of the Patriot Guard Riders, an activist group formed to protect funerals of servicemen and women. Patriot Guard Riders act as human shields between service members' families and protesters from Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas congregation that pickets military funerals with signs that say "God hates fags."

The Patriot Guard Riders also used to do "welcome homes" for returning veterans, but had discontinued them. Mr. Dreymann thought soldiers who returned home alive should be honored, too, so he found a group in Pennsylvania that was still doing welcome escorts, and helped found an Illinois chapter last year, Kopeck said. The escorts are done at the request of families. There are more than 250 Warriors' Watch Riders members in Illinois, and 3,000 nationwide.

Mr. Dreymann, of Algonquin, served in the Army in the early 1980s, stationed in Germany, Kopeck said. His son Joshua Dreymann is in the Air Force.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times last spring, Mr. Dreymann said servicemen and women deserved "a hero's welcome." He added that doing the volunteer work brought joy to the bikers who participated. "It's on a par with seeing the birth of your child," Mr. Dreymann said.

Lisa Moran, northern Illinois state coordinator for WWR, said Mr. Dreymann was the contact person for the group and made sure missions were carried out. "He was calm and always put things into perspective," Moran said.

Mr. Dreymann, who worked for the CDW company, had been riding through Indiana Thursday evening on the first leg of a 10-day vacation. The crash occurred on I-65 near I-465. Mr. Dreymann's bike drifted across several lanes of traffic and went over the edge into a creek bed, according to a state police account.

Moran said a witness reported that Mr. Dreymann's eyes were closed as he began to drift, so he may have passed out for some reason. He did not drink and was known as an extremely safe rider. No other vehicles were involved.

What made Mr. Dreymann so amazing is that he could get people to do tough things without seeming to ask them, Kopeck said.

"He'd say, 'I know it's 10 o'clock at night. but I think we should get up at dawn and jump on our bikes to drive 200 miles in the freezing rain to honor someone we've never met,' and he'd get 50 people to do it," said Kopeck.

Mr. Dreymann received a motorcycle escort to a graveside service Sunday at Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum.

He is survived by his fiance, Yvette Cano, his children Jessica and Joshua, his father, Shlomo Dreymann, and sisters Sharona Dreymann and Bonnie Wilson.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/1719282,CST-NWS-xdreymann17.article


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R.I,P. Jon, Your legend will live on through all of us. My thought and condolences to all of your family and friends.
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Actually... Northbrook Fire Dept. - Enigine & Ambulance 10

I am a firefighter in Northbrook and mentioned to my brothers there that we would be passing thru town this morning.  Every one of the guys there jumped at the opportunity to come out and pay their respects.

None of them knew Jon personally, but they all had heard of the WWR, largely, I'm sure, due to Jon's hard work with the great bunch of guys & gals that are the WWR.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL! We are so happy you corrected the Fire Department who stood so honorably for our beloved JonD. It was so moving to see you there saluting I can only thank God the picture turned out like it did. (We were clipping along and I do not have the fastest camera.)

That sight will forever be embedded in our hearts and minds.
Thank you...Thank you Northbrook FD. You're our Heroes, We love you and You will never be forgotten!



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Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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A great friend, leader and brother. You were greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
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On behalf of our family, I can not thank all of you enough for your kind words and fabulous pictures!
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Coastie,I hope to have some thoughts to add to this report before it comes down but am still trying to process yesterday and have too dress for a Welcome and then off to work. One thing I can say is that at Matt Harmons welcome home party more than 1 guest told me that they were impressed by the obvious love the WWR members had for each other and our troops. I think all who joined the Harmon family and friends handed out all our business cards. Yes they already knew of Jon D starting his new journey because we showed up with smiles and much fanfair? We did not let the BOSS down in this regard and it was this,I believe that impressed. As the guests were told, with JON D it was always mission first and we followed that lead. Even still though there was an undeniable presence with us that allowed all present to focus on the positive. It was a perfect way to end a VERY TUFF weekend. A WH a half mile from Jon Ds house. We had laughter and tears,we had sun and clouds and rain and wind. We had a high speed balls to the wall escort and several WH runs that didnt get out of 3rd gear. We were a family that went from the best of times to the worst of times and back again all in 72 hours. If not for the dull ache in my head and my gut and my Heart  I would say this was the greatest weekend ever. But as I rush through this to go jump on the bike I cant help but think that our leader just may be looking down on us all and saying "This was one of the best weekends ever". I am now gonna get back on I90 in the rain like yesterday and perhaps more of my tears will be mixed with those from heaven just like yesterday. That rain mixed with my tears and washed off me onto the road were it will always be. Everytime we run a mission down that road I will know this. Sorry starten to ramble and I gotta go. Ride safe all and I will see some of you at the Oasis shortly.


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CPL. Robert Anderson
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We had to say goodbye with tears in our eyes but with all of the hugs and the people oh my how could anyone feel anything but the love. You will be missed but you will always have a special place in all of our hearts. The escort was unbelieveable the traffic was scary. The blocking was crazy but kept us together. And then there was Cheryl who yelled at a car for cutting into the line I don't think he will do that again (thanks Cheryl).
But we were all there for one reason the love of a man and to show his family that they would not be forgotten. Jon showed us that you never leave anyone behind there is enough room for everyone.
Then there was the welcome home those of us who went shed some tears at the staging but when mount up was called the tears turned to smiles and we were off.
Oh my god the people were so happy and the kids were dancing around, people cheered us on as we were cheering for the soldier who was so suprised. We laughed with them like we never stopped but not forgetting the morning and what we had gone through. I think when we thanked them we were also thanking them for showing us that it will happen again we will laugh. And Bob what can I say about you you are a light at the end of a tunnel you always can make us laugh. It went from a morning filled with sorrow to an evening filled with laughter.
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Lisa and all at Warriors' Watch,

I send this with so much sadnes for you and the Warriors' Watch.  I had the honor to meet Jon at the Welcome Home for Lcpl Joshua Edgeworth...the one where you so graciously escorted him to his home with the sign in the front yard on the gravel road in our cornfields of Wilmington!  The look on your face was soooo cute as you asked how to get back to the Expressway!

Jon was pacing and anxious for all to be the best for this young Marine as the WW Riders gathered in the dark of night, in the shadows of O'Hare Field.  I can still see him as they hopped on the Bench with the WW Welcome Home Sign, and started clapping...and what that did for Joshua, he will never forget!  Jon's legacy will live through WW and the hearts of many who knew or met him, even if only for a brief moment.  

The blessings of many pass through Angels...Jon was one as are each who carry their cause deep in their heart.  He is watching over, fluttering on your shoulder with smiles and pride!  

Our deepest Sympathy from all at OPERATION:  MOMS to you and all at Warriors Watch on the loss of your friend, your brother and a friend to the many whom wear the Uniform, past and present.


Debbie Trippiedi
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Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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Actually... Northbrook Fire Dept. - Enigine & Ambulance 10

I am a firefighter in Northbrook and mentioned to my brothers there that we would be passing thru town this morning.  Every one of the guys there jumped at the opportunity to come out and pay their respects.

None of them knew Jon personally, but they all had heard of the WWR, largely, I'm sure, due to Jon's hard work with the great bunch of guys & gals that are the WWR.


I knew better then to listen to Dobbs. Jon has told me many times DON'T listen to Dobbs. I did and look what happen. Sorry Northbrook FD


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On behalf of our family, I can not thank all of you enough for your kind words and fabulous pictures!


There is no need to thank us.  We also consider Jon and Yvette as members of "our" family and we are honored to do anything we can for Jon and your family.  


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Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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That was 1-800- COOL-----got anything else?


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Damn---I was thinking about the time Jon D was a big part of sending 145 cases of  Girl Scout cookies to 82nd Airborne Chad in Afghanistan.....We had all these donated cookies and no idea how to get them to Afghanistan…POST OFFICE here we came….Probably 2500 LBS worth on two skids…after a bit of fund raising..

Then he gets this Soccer ball idea with the Chicago Fire Soccer team..
He gets the Chicago Fire to donate all their old soccer stuff so we can send it all to a soldier in Iraq who said he wants to help the kids play soccer.

Once again a massive packing exercise and a little fund raising and back to the post office..


Then the time we had the candy donations at the dentist office on Halloween…1500lbs of Candy to Iraq….

It’s a wonder any of our combat troops have any teeth at all..

Damn I miss you Jon D..


All gave some.
Some gave all.

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Rest in peace Jon. Mission accomplished. We will miss your friendship. God must have had a mission that was so important he needed you to lead it. May God Bless you.


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Proud Father of Captain Matthew Blocker USAFOSI.
Proud Father of 1st Lt. Ryan Blocker US Army.

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Great photo of Josh and the patriot bike..








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Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
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Great photo of Josh and the patriot bike..





Maybe one day Josh will join us on missions riding Jons Patriot Bike! Im sure I am not the only one that would be filled with tears and pride that day!


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We made it within a mile of home yesterday before the skies opened up and we got soaked.
It came down as hard as I have ever seen.

For the first time ever I LOVED riding in  the rain.






It hid my tears.



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Daily herald and Northwest herald will have something about Jon D on Tuesday, the 18th in obituary section.


L. Moran

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Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
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I dont want to talk about the service, it was very hard, I havent lost a member of my unit since the army. I want to talk about the welcome home that afternoon. When I got home, I was wiped out and really wanted to goto sleep, I came here and read a bit on the board, and then decited I had to go. I know what Jon said and although I didnt know if it would go well, I figured he knew best. When I got to the school for staging, there was FD there and a group of brothers and sisters quietly talking, very somber. Then something began to happen.... we just kind of got it together, slowly, but it happened. By the time Matter removed his raingear.......... we were ready. We had a moment of silence durring the brief and we went, Fire trucks Screaming, Pipes roaring to the church where they were having a party for our Soldier. when we pulled in something magical happened. The ground shook, the people (there were lots of people) stood and cheered, and our soldier was in shock. It was the loudest, grandest enterance ever! Then we got ahold of our Soldier. No handshakes today, no sir. It was all hugs, and not the little pat on the shoulder hug, the "I havent seen you in forever, I really missed you" hug. By the end of the line, our solder was very nearly moved to tears by the love and appreciation we showed him, and many in the crowd were moved to tears. The FD stood in amazment, Then it was applause for them! Although the Soldier probably felt like we were the most intense people on the planet, he definately felt welcomed, and then it was picture time. Pictures with the kids, pictures with Duke, pictures with the bikes, pictures with the banner. The soldier said that several of his troops were returning home soon, and we assured him that we had their back. As I was leaving I thought "That was JonDs honor mission", exactly the way he would have wanted it.
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Just a note. Matter and I, after some hugging, petting, and playful head butting, discovered the Great Dane in the picture was in fact NOT Duke....... Thankfully he was friendly...........
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ugh.

I just went to PM Falcon about the pictures and there was a PM conversation I had with JonD about the Maza mission back in October.  I'd forgotten all about that, seeing it again now was a real kick in the nuts
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God speed Jon! My sorrow joins all the others here. I never met Jon but he was a brother none the less. I know there are no words that I can say that will make this any easier for his family and friends but I hope that all will remember him in their hearts.
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Falcon incredible pictures.  Idchafee great team effort.


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"It's about the mission... nothing else matters"



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JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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I dont want to talk about the service, it was very hard, I havent lost a member of my unit since the army. I want to talk about the welcome home that afternoon. When I got home, I was wiped out and really wanted to goto sleep, I came here and read a bit on the board, and then decited I had to go. I know what Jon said and although I didnt know if it would go well, I figured he knew best. When I got to the school for staging, there was FD there and a group of brothers and sisters quietly talking, very somber. Then something began to happen.... we just kind of got it together, slowly, but it happened. By the time Matter removed his raingear.......... we were ready. We had a moment of silence durring the brief and we went, Fire trucks Screaming, Pipes roaring to the church where they were having a party for our Soldier. when we pulled in something magical happened. The ground shook, the people (there were lots of people) stood and cheered, and our soldier was in shock. It was the loudest, grandest enterance ever! Then we got ahold of our Soldier. No handshakes today, no sir. It was all hugs, and not the little pat on the shoulder hug, the "I havent seen you in forever, I really missed you" hug. By the end of the line, our solder was very nearly moved to tears by the love and appreciation we showed him, and many in the crowd were moved to tears. The FD stood in amazment, Then it was applause for them! Although the Soldier probably felt like we were the most intense people on the planet, he definately felt welcomed, and then it was picture time. Pictures with the kids, pictures with Duke, pictures with the bikes, pictures with the banner. The soldier said that several of his troops were returning home soon, and we assured him that we had their back. As I was leaving I thought "That was JonDs honor mission", exactly the way he would have wanted it.


Thank you for describing the look on Matt's face. I will never forget that shocked yet so happy look. It was so worth it....and Amen, "that is exactly the way JonD would have wanted it."



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Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Great photos Falcon, Thank you for sharing with us all.




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Great pictures!!  You folks done JonD very proud!  Thanks for sharing.

[I want to see how Duke (or whoever that dog was) rides on the bike!]


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

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--- Copied from Top of the Thread ---

Fellow Patriots,

The Virtual Warriors' Walk was originally intended as a memorial for an active duty military hero who died during Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

Then, our beloved JonD, Central Region Coordinator, Founding Leader of the WWR, passed away suddenly.

So, the WWR had to run a very tough Honor Mission for our friend... The normal transition after the mission is over, as Jon's was Sunday, would be to move the Mission to "Completed", and eventually the post would be archived...

As I thought about doing that, it did not seem right.. Jon's Mission is not "Complete" until we welcome that last warrior home...

So, it seemed appropriate for Jon to be be among his Warriors that he so loved..  The Virtual Warriors' Walk is viewable by the whole world, and members can add posts, forever.. It will be my honor to watch over JonD's Mission post, as I do for all our fallen heroes..

Ride In Peace, JonD

-matter


"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thomas Paine

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I met Jon D through Lisa who works with my mom. My mom was doing a surprise welcome home for my husband who had gotten back from a deployment last year. Keeping a secret from my husband was very difficult and for a man who doesnt like suprises let me tell you he was very happy afterwards. We got into a few small arguements but to think if I spilled the beans my mom would have my butt and to think that my mom would spank my butt at the age of 27 would have been funny. This was on September 1, 2008, We were driving from Camp Pendleton, CA to Lake In The Hiils, Illinois; let me tell you that was a long drive with a 4 year old, 60lb dog and a 5lb dog....I was thinking that we were going to get there early in the mornig but the stupid GPS didnt add the time change so we ended up arriving late morning. Breakfast was on Lisa that morning cause the people who showed up was expecting an early arrival time. Sorry guys. At the meeting spot we meet everybody and Jon D was so excited it was like he was a little boy in a toy store. Very warm and very pleasent person to be around. His personality was very caring and proud of what he was doing and what he was doing it for. To have been able to have met such a great person who had that much care for other people that he didnt no but for what they did for our country is an honor to meet him. He will be missed and the family and friends who have lost a great man you all will be in our paryers and hearts. My husband is deployed AGAIN and I will let him no by email what happened. Im sure that he will say thank you to Jon D for what he did and for helping out with the welcome home ride for him. Thank you Jon D for giving myself and my family a chance to meet you and your family of riders. Each ride that is going out to welecome home another member of our military families he will be with us and he will be riding along with his angel wings on his back. Jon D please watch over all of us and guide our men and women back home safely. RIP to a great hero and a great person we have all lost.

With warmest sympathy,

Nina, Ivan, & Izaiah Mejia

Jon D you are our angel watching over us in the past, present, and future.  
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JonD was called by God for a higher mission, one that needed his leadership skills and personal touch.  He accepted that call without reservation, and left us suddenly, before the bike ever left the road.

He left behind a large family of friends who now grieve.  We see his face when we close our eyes, and we hear his voice when it's quiet.  That will continue, as it should.

We will continue the mission, ride a bit taller, be a bit stronger, be a bit prouder.

But even knowiing all that, losing Jon just sucks.

Coastie
JonD rides with me!


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"Hope is good - Freedom is better" - Coastie

A bit of everyone we do this for - rides with us forever-more.
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It apears that the the good lord found out what the WWR does down here. It inspired him so much that he desided to start his own chapter to escort our fallen heros. He recruited one of the best to be his golden gate coordinator. Jon D ride on brother remember its all about the mission.


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Jon D,

Though I had never met you, you are still my brother.  You talked to my older brother Steve (TOURRIDER1) when he became Indiana State Coordinator and I thank you from helping him get the Hoosier State up and running.

You were Loved by many brother and are missed by many.  Ride Forever on the Street's of Gold and we will ride together when my ride here on earth is over.

Forever in Our Heart's


In Honor of Kathryn M. Fialkowski,

In Honor of  My Father, C. E. Stilwell
Chief US Navy Retired RIP  
WWII, Korea, Cold War Veteran

In Honor of my Brother Thomas E. Stilwell
FA US Navy Vet RIP
Viet Nam Era Veteran

In Horor of My Sister in Law
SFC Sara E. Stilwell
US Army Vet RIP
Cold War Veteran

In Honor of the 343 FDNY "Smoke Eaters"
RIP Brothers
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WELL, IT'S BEEN A WEEK NOW AND I STILL CAN'T GET
OVER IT.  NOT THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD, BUT, IT'S STILL
A DREAM AND I'M SURE I'LL WAKE UP TO FIND JON D AT THE
NEXT WELCOME HOME.

THE FIRST THING I'M GOING TO DO IS TO RUN UP TO HIM
AND GIVE THE HARDEST HUG I CAN AND THEN TELL HIM HOW
MUCH HE MEANS TO ME AS A FRIEND.


Robert L. Smith, Jr.

In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman-Drum Taps

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I know Bob, the weeks seemed to pass in a flash and it is still hard to believe...I miss you Jon D, I miss our daily talks...your calm voice, your friendship.


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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JonD Will be missed by all, his ideals passed on to many. Ride in peace.



It's all about the Mission, Honor and Respect, and the Ride!
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Jon I sure do miss you. I need to talk to you but don't have your forwarding number.   I talk you you but never get a answer. and this has only been a week since I last talked to you.
Man I miss you.


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O M F G !!!!    I did have the honor of meeting John on my first and only mission in Illinois.  He was the person I talked with to find out when the rally was and was so helpful and patient with my constant questions hoping to avoid getting lost in unknown territory.   John was so helpful,  polite,  and welcoming.  When we met he greeted me like I was a long lost brother,  made me feel welcome and at home,  and took special care in making sure to introduce me to the rest of the family.   Had i paid more attention to the forums I would have made the trip back again just to be part of this escort.   I am so surprised and shocked,  John you are and will be missed and remembered!!    Once more,  our friend and brother goes ahead of us to lead the way for those of us who will follow him when it is our time.
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this past week has been a blur. Remembering all of the rides, that last lunch at Nicks, wishing I had a recording of your soft calm voice, watching the wind blowing in the trees thinking of you and wishing you were still hear with us. I know in time it gets better. Ride in peace


Kathleen (Kathy)

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

Ride free Bob, JonD, Jim, Deb, Mike, Irish, and Kat.
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I too will miss JonD he was an inspiration to me, from the PGR days to the WWR days.
I love ya man.....



Wolfman


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MSU Graduate 2006 Police Motorcycle Training Tailored for the Civilian Rider
Accident Scene Management Advanced Bystander Assistance Program
Riding in Memory of my father
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Ride in Peace Jon





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Not a day has gone by that I didn't think about you or talk to someone about you. They say time heals but I think for this family it's going to take a long time. We love you and miss you. Take care of our soldiers that are with you and show them the love you showed all of us.
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May God Bless and send his Angels to comfort and give peace to the DREYMANN Family.......I am so sorry for your loss...for our loss....In Jesus Name I Pray Amen




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Here is a link to an article from Joe Cantafio
http://blog.joecantafio.com/20.....amilies.aspx?ref=rss


Kathleen (Kathy)

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

Ride free Bob, JonD, Jim, Deb, Mike, Irish, and Kat.
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Hey everybody.  This is Yvette's sister, Tracy.  I just wanted to try and take a moment to thank you all for everything.  Thank you for being able to bring Jon home on Friday night with such little notice.  Thank you for the amazing outpouring of love on Sunday - not only could we see it but we could feel it. Thank you to all of you for the calls to Yvette to check in on her, Josh, and Jessi.  And just being here for her.  Jon was a truly amazing person that not only his families have lost but the world has lost. The kind of person we just don't have enough of.  You are all wonderful people - but Jon would of only surrounded himself with the best.  Thank you all.  I do have pictures if I can figure out how to post them for you all.

much love to you all for being here for my sister in a way that none of us can.
Tracy


Tracy, Courtney, & Madelyn
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August 20, 2009, 5:43pm Report to Moderator
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Thank you Tracy Yvette and everyone in and around the Dreyman Family, for sharing him with all of us,





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Thank you Tracy but we thank you all for allowing us to mourn with your families. Jon was Special in all of our hearts. we have lost him but have not lost our memories.
I would love to see some pictures.
I will help post them for you


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Thank you Tracy Yvette and everyone in and around the Dreyman Family, for sharing him with all of us,





Dobbs


amen to that Dobbs.

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August 20, 2009, 9:21pm Report to Moderator
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To all of the Warrior's Watch Family
  I'am Yvette's dad and I can't tell you how much it hurts to lose Jon so early in his life. I have been reading all of the posts that so many of you have written and it makes me feel better to know Jon was loved by so many. The family that Jon & Yvette were a big part of was the Warrior's Watch family, I could not ask for her to have a better extended family. When Yvette would tell me about the honor missions or the welcome home missions I could only picture it in my mind. I was always a little worried about my little girl (dads do that) on the back of Jon's bike trying to get the perfect picture. I always knew that Jon would never let anything happen to her. Now my daughter's protector has gone to Heaven and can't put his arms around her anymore. Now their are new arms around her to protect & love her.  Those are the arms of each and every one of the Warrior's Watch family. I will not worry as much now knowing that you are there. I will miss Jon and his laughter, stories & smile. I couldn't have asked God to send her a better man. To all the Warrior Watch family may God hold all of you in the palm of His Hands.  Many thanks to all of you, especially Lisa, Oscar, and Coastie you have done a tribute mission for Jon. Keep my baby safe
   May God Bless, Vet's Dad


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To Yvette's family-There is no need to thank us.  Though it broke our hearts, it was also a very high honor to be there to escort Jon and bring him home. We will take care of Yvette and always be there for her.  She is our "sister" and Jon was our "brother".  We will never let Yvette down.   Whatever she needs, whenever she needs it, we will be there.    


Lisa


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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To Yvette's family-There is no need to thank us.  Though it broke our hearts, it was also a very high honor to be there to escort Jon and bring him home. We will take care of Yvette and always be there for her.  She is our "sister" and Jon was our "brother".  We will never let Yvette down.   Whatever she needs, whenever she needs it, we will be there.    


Lisa


You said it Lisa. Yvette will be well taken care of and we will never let her down. We love her as we love JonD.

With Love from all of us in the WWR family,
Uffda


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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To Yvette's family-There is no need to thank us.  Though it broke our hearts, it was also a very high honor to be there to escort Jon and bring him home. We will take care of Yvette and always be there for her.  She is our "sister" and Jon was our "brother".  We will never let Yvette down.   Whatever she needs, whenever she needs it, we will be there.    


Lisa


Lisa has said it all I feel we have lost Jon but or WWR family has grown with all of you.


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It is one week ago at this time we receive "the" call. I could not believe it then and I cannot believe it now. It is different now. Now I don't hear him on the phone or talk to him on the net or phone. Now I hear him in a different way, thoughts. So as long as I have those thoughts I will always hear him and he will always be with me.
I miss you sweetie and we are taking care of Yvette. But I didn't have to tell you that...you already know.


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Thank you to Patti for helping me with the pictures.  Here's some of the pictures we took(keep in mind - we're no Yvette)


Here's 2 pictures from Friday night.  One at the Oasis waiting for Jon and the next one after we arrived at the Chicago Jewish Funeral Home.





Tracy, Courtney, & Madelyn
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Staging at Chicago Jewish Funeral Home and Leaving the funeral home





Tracy, Courtney, & Madelyn
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August 20, 2009, 10:11pm Report to Moderator
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Some from the Highway.  A picture of Jon's bike at Chicago Jewish Funeral Home.  A picture of Josh on Jon's bike.





Tracy, Courtney, & Madelyn
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Here's 2 pictures of the flag folding ceremony(I have no military experience so I'm not sure if this is a proper name for it.  I'm sorry if I'm incorrect in this.)  And the last picture is of Jon's bike leaving the serivces.





Tracy, Courtney, & Madelyn
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I tried to give a mixture of pictures.  If there is anything else you want or if anyone would like more I can try to get them to you.  Thank you again Patti for helping me.


Tracy


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Quoted from Hansonfamily
I tried to give a mixture of pictures.  If there is anything else you want or if anyone would like more I can try to get them to you.  Thank you again Patti for helping me.


Tracy


No thanks are needed Tracy we are all here to help. I just happen to be the one who stepped up and waved my hands.
thanks for the Pictures there were AWESOME




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Tracy thank you for sharing the photos.  A sendoff for a true Hero and Leader.   It is an honor to have met all of you, and we hope to see all of you more often.  


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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JonD, YOU ARE TRULY ,MISSED MY FRIEND I THINK OF YOU EVERY DAY I STILL CAN'T BELIVE THIS,
UNTIL WE RIDE AGAIN LOVE YOU MAN GODSPEED


HE WHO STANDS WITH ME THIS DAY WILL FOREVER BE MY BROTHER,
LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE



DOUGLAS K. MACE 101'ST AIRBORNE VET .R.V.N.
PROUD PARENT OF A SOLDIER
RIDEING IN HONOR OF
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JonD RIDE FREE MY FRIEND
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Thank you Tracy Yvette and everyone in and around the Dreyman Family, for sharing him with all of us,





Dobbs


Tracy Indiana wants to Thank You and Yvette as wellas your whole Family for Sharing Jon with all of US amen to Dobbs as well. Thank You and all of you are in our paryers and Wishes Tourrider1
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     I've started this so many times only to delete my thoughts or shed tears and feel I couldn't say enough! Jon you made everyone a part of the mission and made us feel like we had known you for years. That is one of my biggest regrets is I only knew you for a year and will miss you dearly. We had fun and I wouldn't trade one moment of your time with me for anything... I love you brother and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers!
     They say us Marines when we pass and if we make it to Heaven we guard the gates. Well Jon I am sure you're there recruiting members for the new WWR chapter as they enter through those gates. God bless and watch over us as we ride and complete the missions. We have your back at home and will take care of Yvette and the rest of your family.
     Semper Fi brother and ride on!!!


To those who died, Honor and Eternal Rest
To those still in bondage,
Remembrance and Hope
To those who returned, Gratitude and Peace.
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Thank you for making this but, not for the  


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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JonD, there will never come a day that I don't think of you when I see a soldier passing by.  There will never come a day that I won't be at a welcome home for a soldier where I think if only Jon were here.  You were the one that helped bring our son home and as we ride in our welcome home for him prior to his deployment to Iraq this fall I will think of you and all you meant to us.  As we let you go know that we are still with you and we know that you are with us.  We will remain strong and bring home every soldier as if you were standing next to us.
We will miss you now and always ...

Russ and Cindy Hyatt
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Beautiful....



"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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BREAKFAST WITH JON

Jon had a huge heart and always did his best to make people feel welcome in the WWR family.
For example-
Few weeks ago we did a Welcome Home for TJ. Jon thought it would be a great idea for everyone to go out for a "BREAKFAST WITH ADAM"... only Adam didn't know that it was for him!!!!  hahaha.
Rather, I had to pick up my son.
I told Jon I'd give him a Rain Check an buy him bfast later. Still, NOT knowing that everyone was "Going to Breakfast with Adam"

Man am I going to miss him!

Another Great time was when he commented on my DESERT PANTS.  Said that he had a pair somewhere.   Sure enough, next time I saw him, Jon had managed to squeeze into his old pair of DCUs.
Great Guy!!!


God Bless This Nation
God Bless The Soldier
God Bless YOU

Adam Laurich
1LT ARNG EN
05-06 OEF Chinook Door Gunner/Crew Chief
815-342-2838
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BREAKFAST WITH JON

Jon had a huge heart and always did his best to make people feel welcome in the WWR family.
For example-
Few weeks ago we did a Welcome Home for TJ. Jon thought it would be a great idea for everyone to go out for a "BREAKFAST WITH ADAM"... only Adam didn't know that it was for him!!!!  hahaha.
Rather, I had to pick up my son.
I told Jon I'd give him a Rain Check an buy him bfast later. Still, NOT knowing that everyone was "Going to Breakfast with Adam"

Man am I going to miss him!

Another Great time was when he commented on my DESERT PANTS.  Said that he had a pair somewhere.   Sure enough, next time I saw him, Jon had managed to squeeze into his old pair of DCUs.
Great Guy!!!







Never Again will a Soldier Come home and NOT be thanked. "It's the right thing to do"!
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MY PRAYERS TO JOHN D'S FAMILY. HE WILL BE TRULY MISS.


THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

LADYJOANNE AND H_D TOM








WE WILL NEVER FORGET  911

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Chambeaux,

Watched video . . . went to garage . . . lit up bike and revved the crap out of it . . . cried . . . came back in and watched video again.

Thank you brother for putting this together.

Yvette's dad - we have the watch, sir.

Coastie


Coastie

"Hope is good - Freedom is better" - Coastie

A bit of everyone we do this for - rides with us forever-more.
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I never had the opportunity to meet Jon and I sure would have loved to.  How do you thank a man you never met and let him know how grateful for all he has done.  It is almost impossible! Jon I know  God has a special place for you in heaven..right at the front gates welcoming home all our Warriors.  Please hug each one for us and let them know how much we appreciate what they have done for this Country.  Let them know they will never be forgotten as you never will be either.  God Bless you my friend.
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Chambeaux,
Great Video!
Thank you brother.


Pops

In Memory of Jon D,

"I feel assured that no American will hesitate to rally round the standard of his insulted country in defense of that freedom and independence achieved by the wisdom of sages and consecrated by the blood of heroes." --Thomas Jefferson
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