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Navy Chief
November 21, 2013, 10:31am Report to Moderator

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We received this request from WWR member Rooney2n for a Mug and Hug for his father.  Here is what Rooney2n has to say about his dad.

Mug and Hug for Edward C. Rooney, US Navy 62'-64'. He will be returning to Lower Bucks for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Lets give him the thanks he deserves and a huge reason to be truly thankful for this holiday. Ed will be staying with his oldest son, Bob, in Lower Makefield.

A little about my dad, Edward Rooney.
U.S. Navy September 1962 - January 1964.
He enlisted in 1962 and was assigned to the USS Thetis Bay, CVE 90, CVHA 1 (This was the first Assault Helicopter Carrier in the Navy), & LPH6 (final designation).
October 1962, duty during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Boarded and searched a Russian trawler.
March 1963, Picked up Kennedy's helicopters from the west coast of Costa Rica and ferried them through the Panama Canal to the coast off of Maryland. This was after Kennedy attended the Conference of Presidents of Central America.
June to July 1963, ferried Kennedy's "helos" to England for Kennedy's european tour. While there, a historic transatlantic helicopter flight landed on his ship.
September 1963, now aboard the USS Guadalcanal, LPH7, deployed to Hati to provide aid and relief to victims of Hurricane Flora.
Honorable discharge January 1964 as an E3, Aviation Bosuns Mate 3rd Class.

Ed is now in his 70's. About 10 years ago, diagnosed with prostate cancer. in remission.
Recently diagnosed with lung cancer in his left lung. He is fighting this the same way as the prostate cancer, with both barrels.
Ed is married to his wife of 48 years, Naomia. He has 2 sons, Robert and Christopher (both WWR members). He has 3 grandchildren, Dillon, Rachel, & Teagan. And 1 great grandson, Jayce (greatgrand daughter is due in Febuary).

Rally point - Brian's HD
Rally time - 1500 (3pm)
KSU - 1530 (3:30)
RC - Rooney2n (Ed's youngest son)



"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem"

Ronald Reagan
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J-Zee
November 21, 2013, 11:07am Report to Moderator

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thank you!! prayers going out for healing


always there in support of our HEROES!!
In honor of Steven Koch, kia 3/2008, 82 airborne, Ft Bragg
In honor of Lynn Koch, took her life, 5/2010

In honor of cousins
Michael hreha, in country vietnam
John Rayho, sandbox 2010
Anthony Pepe
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rooney2n
November 21, 2013, 7:28pm Report to Moderator

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Location: Southampton, Pa.
I will be doing the mission for Edward T. Sasinowski in the morning prior to my dad's mission.


Rooney2n
THANK YOU to all who have served and currently serve in all branches of our military, police, firefighters, & EMS.

Riding in memory of my cousin John P. Sammartino, Passenger, AA flight 77, 9/11/2001.
Cousin, Robert W. Rooney, USAF Master Sgt, (Ret) Born June 7, 1960, Taps August 20, 2012.
Uncle, James R. Rooney, USAF Master Sgt, (Ret) Born August 16, 1938, Taps December 1, 1990. Vietnam.

I will always Love and Miss you.
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Dutch2
November 21, 2013, 8:04pm Report to Moderator
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Standing by ...   ...   ...    
after the Sasinowski mission.
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November 22, 2013, 9:30am Report to Moderator

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Thank you for serving our country.
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NVR4GET
November 22, 2013, 9:44am Report to Moderator

The Cost of Freedom is Not Free,Let Us NVR4GET
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Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
Thank you for your service and dedication to this Great Nation!!  Prayers going up for a healing.


Riding:

In Memory of all those we lost on 9/11/2001

In honor of my son SSG US Army 173rd ABN, active duty 2 tours in Afghanistan

In honor of my father Cold War Vet. SGT US Army 8th Division 28th Infantry stationed in Germany.

In honor of all those who protect this great nation.
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Big Bill
November 22, 2013, 2:20pm Report to Moderator

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Thank You Edward for your service to this Great Nation, it's not forgotten, is recognized and appreciated.
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Rambone
November 22, 2013, 2:29pm Report to Moderator

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
Gazeebo Team
I ride for the mission
Posts: 5,322
Location: RIDE TILL I ROT !
standing by


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."
~Sonny Barger

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Goth
November 22, 2013, 5:13pm Report to Moderator

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Location: Levittown pa
Thank you for your service.  Standing by


I ride for my father Vietnam vet and for my brother still serving
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FUNGI
November 22, 2013, 7:49pm Report to Moderator

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Thank you for your service ED,  Standing by in  Bucks.


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berns
November 22, 2013, 11:39pm Report to Moderator

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Edward
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Lone Wolf
November 23, 2013, 11:24pm Report to Moderator
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Thank you Ed for your service and dedication............God bless


In honor of my father SGT James W. Simms US Army wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and my Marine sons, SGT Jason M. Simms USMC who received the Purple Heart in July 2004 while serving in Iraq and LCPL Nathan J. Simms USMC who was released from active duty in May 2011 after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia                                                                                                                                                                                
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Butch
November 24, 2013, 10:02am Report to Moderator

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Thank you for your service to our Great Country.


Wisdom & Freedom Wins,  Ride The Mission  

Hero's don't wear capes, They wear "Dog Tags"

US Army VietNam 68-69
1st Signal Brg
Airborne - 5th

Remembering Kat
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BigJohn
November 24, 2013, 11:03am Report to Moderator

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Location: Coatesville, PA
Thank you for your service and dedication to our nation. We are praying for healing and long life as you fight this latest battle.


Riding to honor my father (Army, Korean War), great-great grandfather, Hezekiah Ports (Union Army, Civil War), Uncle George (Marines, Pacific, WW II),my son-in-law, Sgt Kevin Russell, served in Iraq and Afghanistan (Army), my fiance's cousin, L Wade Martin (Desert Storm, killed in training accident at Ft Bragg, Army), her uncle Bill Feister, US Navy from 62-66 and spent time in Viet Nam aboard the USS Lexington, and my good friend, Terry Boyer, who served in Vietnam with the Air Force.
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Jester
November 24, 2013, 1:58pm Report to Moderator

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Location: Fox Chase
Thank you for your service, and wishes for healing


Riding in Honor of my Grandfather, a WWII vet, who I'm fortunate enough to still have with me today!
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wj26
November 25, 2013, 6:43pm Report to Moderator

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Thank you for your service Mr Rooney!!




POW*MIA
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN


All gave some, some gave all.
Never forget, FDNY 343


Riding in memory of Uncle's Tom, Leo, Bill, Army Europe WW2. Uncle Jimmy, Marines South Pacific WW2. Mario Barone, Army Big Red 1 WW2 German POW. Ed Riddlel, Marines South Pacific WW2. Norm Brown, Army South Pacific WW2.  Uncle Ed, Army and my Father in Law Steve Winnick, USN, Korean War era.
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Squared
November 25, 2013, 7:59pm Report to Moderator

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Standing by for my Dad, after the morning mission in Willow Grove.
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bikerider
November 25, 2013, 8:00pm Report to Moderator

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Standing by after the first mission.


In memory of my father James Story, USAF 1951-1971 (Thailand 1967),  uncle Wilbur Ott, USAF-Korea, uncle Wm. McNeil, Army-WWII, uncle Tom Myers, Army-WWII, uncle Frank Myers, Army-WWII, friend Wm. Cooke, Army-WWII, brother in law Dick Pfaff, Navy-WWII

I ride for those who can't.
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navy109
November 27, 2013, 7:32am Report to Moderator

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Thank you for your service, Mr Rooney!


Riding in memory of my wife and shipmate AZCS(AW) Virginia M. Tucholski, US Navy
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Hogrider
November 27, 2013, 11:56am Report to Moderator

R.I.P. Danny
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Posts: 1,792
Location: Northeast Philadelphia,Pa.
Thankyou for your service. Karen and I standing by Northeast Philadelphia


"You only need rain gear if you have to be some where".Dann Manela
"PROUD MEMBER OF KAT'S ARMY"


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Peeps
November 27, 2013, 12:43pm Report to Moderator

Proud to Serve!!!!
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Location: Cinnaminson, NJ
Thank You for Service and Sacrifice to this Great Country!!
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LEE C
November 27, 2013, 9:59pm Report to Moderator

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WELCOME HOME .STANDING BY
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Gpopss
November 29, 2013, 9:56pm Report to Moderator

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Location: Gilbertsville, Pa
Thank you for your service! Standing by in Gibertsville.


Proud Member of Kat's Army

Proud Parent of G!
Sgt. Gary Anoushian USMC
Marine Air Control Group 28 (MACS DEUCE)
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Cherry Point NC



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

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Maria
November 29, 2013, 10:02pm Report to Moderator

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Thank you for your service Ed! Welcome Home


Proud Member of Kat's Army

Marine Mom: I may look harmless, but I raised a Marine.
(two Marines actually)

Women Marines -- Fewer and Prouder

http://WWW.AHeros-welcome.org
"Ensuring that all Service Members get the Proper Welcome Home"
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NVR4GET
November 30, 2013, 7:58am Report to Moderator

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Standing by. It will be an Honor.


Riding:

In Memory of all those we lost on 9/11/2001

In honor of my son SSG US Army 173rd ABN, active duty 2 tours in Afghanistan

In honor of my father Cold War Vet. SGT US Army 8th Division 28th Infantry stationed in Germany.

In honor of all those who protect this great nation.
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throatpunch
November 30, 2013, 1:35pm Report to Moderator

Thank you for the freedoms i cherrish every day
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Welcome home and thank you for your service !!!!!
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NVR4GET
November 30, 2013, 4:44pm Report to Moderator

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A True Honor to be able to shake the hand of this American Hero.  As one person said today, you raised your boys to be great and honorable men (I am sure with a lot of help from your wife).  Rooney2n, great job as RC, and thanks to all the road guards for keeping us safe.  


Riding:

In Memory of all those we lost on 9/11/2001

In honor of my son SSG US Army 173rd ABN, active duty 2 tours in Afghanistan

In honor of my father Cold War Vet. SGT US Army 8th Division 28th Infantry stationed in Germany.

In honor of all those who protect this great nation.
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bikerider
November 30, 2013, 6:01pm Report to Moderator

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Ed, thank you for your service.  You are a true American Hero.  It was an honor to shake your hand.

Some photos and videos of the mission may be found at:

https://picasaweb.google.com/112272792475811391121/SEPA1130BMHFORUSNAVYVETEdwardRooney


In memory of my father James Story, USAF 1951-1971 (Thailand 1967),  uncle Wilbur Ott, USAF-Korea, uncle Wm. McNeil, Army-WWII, uncle Tom Myers, Army-WWII, uncle Frank Myers, Army-WWII, friend Wm. Cooke, Army-WWII, brother in law Dick Pfaff, Navy-WWII

I ride for those who can't.
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wj26
November 30, 2013, 6:49pm Report to Moderator

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Thank you for your service Mr Rooney, it was an honor to meet and shake your hand.
Click on the link to view the pictures from today.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1.....&feat=directlink




POW*MIA
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN


All gave some, some gave all.
Never forget, FDNY 343


Riding in memory of Uncle's Tom, Leo, Bill, Army Europe WW2. Uncle Jimmy, Marines South Pacific WW2. Mario Barone, Army Big Red 1 WW2 German POW. Ed Riddlel, Marines South Pacific WW2. Norm Brown, Army South Pacific WW2.  Uncle Ed, Army and my Father in Law Steve Winnick, USN, Korean War era.
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November 30, 2013, 8:30pm Report to Moderator

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Ed, thank you again for your service!  It was an honor and privilege to meet you.   You and your wife also did a great job raising your sons!  They way they told us about you, then how you all showed how much you love each other - true men!


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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rooney2n
December 1, 2013, 7:18am Report to Moderator

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Thank you to all of my brothers and sisters in the watch for making my first RC mission one I will never forget. My dad was truly floored that we did that for him. He was on the phone the rest of the night with his siblings and cousins telling them all about this great group of guys and gals that stopped by to shake his hand. You have no idea how much ammunition we just gave him to battle the enemy he is facing now. This was just what the doctor ordered to help him through the radiation and chemo. Thank you, especially, to our awesome road guards that kept us safe on the trip over, OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!


Rooney2n
THANK YOU to all who have served and currently serve in all branches of our military, police, firefighters, & EMS.

Riding in memory of my cousin John P. Sammartino, Passenger, AA flight 77, 9/11/2001.
Cousin, Robert W. Rooney, USAF Master Sgt, (Ret) Born June 7, 1960, Taps August 20, 2012.
Uncle, James R. Rooney, USAF Master Sgt, (Ret) Born August 16, 1938, Taps December 1, 1990. Vietnam.

I will always Love and Miss you.
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Big Bill
December 1, 2013, 8:31am Report to Moderator

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Location: Collegeville Pa
Happy to share this day with Ed and family with a Mug and Hug and show appreciation for his service
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Hogrider
December 1, 2013, 4:01pm Report to Moderator

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Chris and Bob aka"No start" what a great job you did. Hopefully we can count on you doing some more RCing.


"You only need rain gear if you have to be some where".Dann Manela
"PROUD MEMBER OF KAT'S ARMY"


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December 1, 2013, 10:39pm Report to Moderator

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God stuff. Great Mission!


Proud Member of Kat's Army

Proud Parent of G!
Sgt. Gary Anoushian USMC
Marine Air Control Group 28 (MACS DEUCE)
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Cherry Point NC



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

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rooney2n
December 4, 2013, 6:52pm Report to Moderator

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Copy of my ride report that I submitted.

"  11/30/2013, we had the chance to do a Mug and Hug for my father, US Navy veteran Ed Rooney. We rallied at Brian's Harley Davidson at 3:00 pm with depart time of 3:30. All total we had around 30 members riding and 4 cages in the line. RC Chris (Rooney 2n) and his brother Bob (Squared) led the way. It was a safe ride and a balmy 38 degrees on the way over.

    Ed and Naomia "Omie" Rooney were relaxing at the house when they heard a couple motorcycles in the neighborhood. They figured that it was their sons returning from a mission they were on. When we pulled up out front, the couple bikes they thought were coming in, turned out to be about 30. Ed told me he thought we "brought some of the guys over after the ride so he could see what we were about". While we were dismounting, he was taking pictures of everyone. That thought changed after Squared and I told him that "he was the mission". His face immediately changed from "this is cool", to an OH MY GOD look of surprise. Needless to say, the emotions got the best of him and a smile bathed in tears of joy and pride exploded on his face! When we all yelled "WELCOME HOME SAILOR" Ed snapped a salute to everyone. The members then lined up and shook his hand & hugged him. Ed was surprised to learn one of our members. "T", also served on the Guadalcanal. All the while, Omie was doing her best to take pictures through the tears. Rooney 2n presented his dad with a WWR coin and his Navy ring that Ed hasn't seen in over 10 years. He probably thought it was lost. Ed received a certificate from A Hero's Welcome, and his son Bob "Squared" Rooney, presented him the star from a retired American flag. Dutch presented the Honor Beads and explained the significance of each color. Ed took a minute to thank everyone for this honor and for coming out in the cold, knowing for some, it was the 2nd mission that day. He vowed to find a chapter near his home in Pittsburgh to join and continue the mission. We took some awesome group pictures with Ed surrounded by his family and his "new friends" in the watch. When everyone had gone, Bob and I could see that the spirit in his eyes was lifted. You see, Ed is currently battling lung cancer. This M&H was just what he needed to help him fight and ultimately defeat this terrible illness.

    Edward C. Rooney served in the Navy from September 1962 - January 1964. He enlisted in 1962 and was assigned to the USS Thetis Bay, CVE 90, CVHA 1 (This was the first Assault Helicopter Carrier in the Navy), & LPH6 (final designation). October 1962, duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Boarded and searched a Russian trawler. March 1963, Picked up Kennedy's helicopters from the west coast of Costa Rica and ferried them through the Panama Canal to the coast off of Maryland. This was after Kennedy attended the Conference of Presidents of Central America. June to July 1963, ferried Kennedy's "helos" to Europe for Kennedy's European tour. His ship was docked in Hamburg, Germany for a month. While there, a historic transatlantic helicopter flight landed on his ship. September 1963, now aboard the USS Guadalcanal, LPH7, deployed to Haiti to provide aid and relief to victims of Hurricane Flora. Honorable discharge January 1964 as an E3, Aviation Bosons Mate 3rd Class.

Submitted respectfully and with love,
Christopher "Rooney 2n" Rooney, RC


Rooney2n
THANK YOU to all who have served and currently serve in all branches of our military, police, firefighters, & EMS.

Riding in memory of my cousin John P. Sammartino, Passenger, AA flight 77, 9/11/2001.
Cousin, Robert W. Rooney, USAF Master Sgt, (Ret) Born June 7, 1960, Taps August 20, 2012.
Uncle, James R. Rooney, USAF Master Sgt, (Ret) Born August 16, 1938, Taps December 1, 1990. Vietnam.

I will always Love and Miss you.
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Gunny C
December 4, 2013, 8:18pm Report to Moderator

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Chris,  

Great job! It was an honor to hug your father.  What a great guy.  Prayers going out for a full recovery.  Glad we could find a "couple" of bikes to surprise him.  Sorry we scared the neighbor enough to call the Police on us (a first for me).
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