Thread subject: Austin Area Patriot Guard Riders :: LCpl Cody R. Stanley, 21, KIA, US Marine, Lockhart, TX

Posted by markwells on 10/30/2009 15:10

*Updated 04 November*

Riders, we have lost another Central Texas Marine to the fight in Afghanistan, and the PGR has been honored by an invitation from his family to attend his services.

Airport Recovery Portion

Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2009

Austin Staging Location: Empty lot at General Aviation Blvd and Firehouse Rd., Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA)
Directions: Traveling south on Hwy 183, continue 2.7 mi past the signs for Hwy 71 East/ABIA to Burleson Road. Turn left onto Burleson Road, travel east 1.3 miles to General Aviation Drive and turn left (north). Continue 1.5 mi. to open paved lot on right side of General Aviation Blvd. This lot is north of Signature Aviation and Atlantic Flight Support.

1045-1120 hrs staging (10:45-11:20 am)
1120 briefing.
1201 hrs scheduled arrival of Kalitta charter bearing LCpl Stanley

WX: High of 78 and sunny. Sunscreen recommended.

Notes: Arrive fed, fueled and hydrated. There will be no stops on the 24 mile ride to the funeral home in Lockhart, Texas. Bring water for you and one other. It is not known at this time the exact location of the flight arrival, but our staging area is within 2 mins of the 3 possibilities, so semper gumby.

Ride Captain: Andy "Andyman" Lough, 512-441-9297,
Final Itinerary - Funeral Service

Date/Time: Friday, 06 November 2009. Services scheduled to start at 10:00 am

Location: First Baptist Church, 300 Hudgins St., Smithville, TX. We will stage in the parking lot across the street from the Church.
Map link:

Austin Staging location: SW cornor of Hwy 71 & FM 973, gas & convienent store near ABIA.

07150740 Austin staging
0740 safety briefing
0750 KSU for Smithville, approx. 35 miles
0850 arrive at Smithville staging location.
0910 briefing
0915 flag line in place.

Wx: Clear, Lo 54, high 78. Please bring your own drinking water.

Please arrive fed, fueled, and hydrated. At the conclusion of the funeral service we will join the procession to the Clarks Chapel Cemetery at the intersection of FM 713 and Old McMahan Rd near Lockhart (approx. 35 miles) where we will establish a flag line for the interment service.

Ride Captain: Keith Longacre, , home phone 512-251-8955, cell 512-751-8955
Assist RC Sam Warren
Flag Wrangler: Mark Brittain

Please remember that our Mission is to honor this fallen Marine and pay respects to his family for his sacrifice on our behalf.

Edited by markwells on 11/04/2009 13:29

Posted by markwells on 10/30/2009 15:30

Here is a link to the Fox news report regarding LCpl Stanley's sacrifice.

Posted by marinemajor on 10/30/2009 20:46

Here is story that was on KVUE. http://www.kvue.c...vid=410729

Posted by scooterjr on 11/01/2009 10:20

Standing by to honor this hero...
May God bless this familly.

Posted by scooterjr on 11/01/2009 10:38

Sam Warren recieved this e-mail from a friend of LCpl Stanley, we wanted to share it with you, it is also be posted in the Letters of Appreciation.
Again, Thanks for all you do.

Sent: 10/30/2009 7:37:01 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Lcpl Stanley

Dear sir,

I know you dont know me, but i would like to personally thank you for your support to the millitary men and women, if it wasnt people like you out there we couldnt fight for our freedom,i knew Lcpl Cody Stanley,my mother and father taught him in school,we both came in the marine corps just bout the same time,he came in about a week ahead of me,and was a good hearted kid,but most of all i just wanted to thank you for everything.

Cpl Dickerson
aka Zane Dickerson

Edited by scooterjr on 11/02/2009 10:21

Posted by dragonwizard785 on 11/01/2009 16:09

We will be read to pay respect to this Hero
God bless his Family and all our solders

Posted by bonesdaddy on 11/01/2009 16:55

were always here

Posted by bonesdaddy on 11/01/2009 16:56

we love and respect

Posted by bonesdaddy on 11/02/2009 19:10

and yaw protect.we all cry when one has fallen and believe me when i say this bunch of guys and gals will always be and your friend are always in our hearts and much as every one that stands for their guys are true american heros,and dont ever forget that.

Edited by bonesdaddy on 11/01/2009 17:06

Posted by muddyduck on 11/03/2009 15:21

A lot of you know me (even though I'm listed as a 'new member'), but I need to know what are the staging arrangements for the funeral on Friday, so I know whether or not to take off the entire day or just part of it (end of six weeks on Friday and it takes a lot of planning to be off). LCPL Stanley was a student where I teach who I have previously met. He was very well liked and thought of by all of us here at Smithville.

FYI (in case you don't have the information already), here is an e-mail we received (the school staff) from the minister handling the memorial services in Smithville. Use it as you see fit:

The visitation at the funeral home is scheduled for Thursday, 4 pm to 8 pm at McCurdys in Lockhart.

The memorial service has been set for Friday at 10 am at the First Baptist Church in Smithville.After the service, we will proceed to the cemetery outside of Lockhart. We'd like everyone to come to the First Lockhart Baptist Church after the graveside service and have a meal with us.

They went to the First Lockhart National Bank and set up an account in Cody's name to benefit the Wounded Warrior organization.

The obituary will run in the Lockhart, Bastrop, Smithville, and Austin papers on Wednesday.

Edited by muddyduck on 11/03/2009 15:22

Posted by andyman on 11/03/2009 16:37

Muddy Duck, how the hell are you? And Mama Duck? Please give her my regards! Good to see/ hear/ read from you my old friend.

A notice will be soon coming, but the funeral in Smithville's set for 1000 hrs. on Friday.

For all Riders attending the ABIA portion tomorrow (4 Nov), the city of Lockhart is coming out in force to show their respects. The procession will participate in a small "parade" (FH's word, not mine) around the town square before parking at the McCurdy Funeral Home. Expect a lot of red, white and blue- and a lot of tears.

See y'all in the morning.

Edited by andyman on 11/03/2009 16:39

Posted by bonesdaddy on 11/03/2009 19:06

god be with yaw tomorrow,i will be there friday.

Posted by dragonwizard785 on 11/03/2009 22:15

We will be there in the morning and hopefuly friday also. I look forward to meeting you all, for all that you do for our solders of today, yesterday and always. Thank You and God bless

Posted by marine0321 on 11/03/2009 22:22

Will be there in the am....Semper Fi

Posted by honda_silver on 11/03/2009 23:32

Andyman wrote:
For all Riders attending the ABIA portion tomorrow (4 Nov), the city of Lockhart is coming out in force to show their respects. The procession will participate in a small "parade" (FH's word, not mine) around the town square before parking at the McCurdy Funeral Home. Expect a lot of red, white and blue- and a lot of tears.

See y'all in the morning.

I will be attending tomorrow ... but I may have to cut it close to the "1120 briefing".

If you move please be looking for me in my lime green jacket and light grey pants in my avatar.

Edited by honda_silver on 11/03/2009 23:32

Posted by muddyduck on 11/04/2009 07:22

Looking forward to seeing some of you. Mama Duck is doing great as am I (just getting more grey).
FYI: if you're looking for staging areas in Smithville, give me a call (Andyman and Mark). I know of a couple of good ones.

I'm making this ride as Cody is a former student here and the school is pretty broken up (staff and students). This is the third one we've lost.

No one likes the loss, but everyone should remember that freedom isn't free......for anyone in the world.

Semper Fi, Marine. God will take you in his arms.

Posted by medspec on 11/04/2009 13:30

cannot make recovery,but have taken day off to honor
this hero for his final journey ,medspec

Posted by andyman on 11/05/2009 11:03

Another tear jerker in small town, Texas. We had around 100 motorcycles today- I lost count at 59, many more arrived after I had that total. A channel 7 news guy who was on the side of 183 as we passed told me it took over 3 minutes for the procession to pass.

Edited to add: Among the 100 Riders were folks from as far away as Baytown (near Houston) and all over central and south Texas. We had over 20 first timers and one active duty among us. And in addition to to the 100 bikes, we had 3 cages. What a turnout!

The city of Lockhart was out in force. A couple of miles before we got into town, there were vehicles and people with flags lining the roadway. Folks were shoulder to shoulder and 5 deep around the town square as we lapped it en route to the Funeral Home.

It was a good, safe mission.

Many thanks to all who attended and helped make this happen. We made a positive difference in a family's time of horrible grief. We done good, y'all. I'm proud to have been with you on this day.

Edited by andyman on 11/05/2009 01:48

Posted by capndh on 11/05/2009 14:17

I will be honored to be there tomorrow for my first mission, but not my last. I will be pleased to meet you all. I will meet you at the church staging area.

IHS dave

Posted by GodsTxAngel on 11/05/2009 22:19

I am honored to be at the church tomorrow for my first, of hopefully many missions. I look forward to meeting you all at the church staging area. I spoke with my son, who is working out of town, and unable to attend the funeral service tomorrow. He said, "Thanks, Mom" He was one of Cody's friends. I want to send thanks to everyone who is able to attend the mission tomorrow.

Posted by keithlongacre on 11/06/2009 16:28

There r days in your life that make u proud & there r days that make u really proud. Today was one of those days. PGR & friends showed up in force. Roughly 70 bikes & several cages. A contingent of Leathernecks MC Confederation showed up & were given the honor to lead the main group of bikes after the family.

This PGR group was super gumby at it's finest. They moved when required w/o instruction & presented themselves at the church, processon & cemetery with the upmost respect & honor. When directions were given, they again responded w/o comment & just plain made me proud as hell to be a part of them.

We had one rider with a health issue & as God would have it, He provided an EMT and Nurse as part of the group to help. They managed to stableize him & convince him to call his wife & friend to come get him & his bike.

With L/Cpl Cody Stanley being a country boy, it was only fitting that instead of a hears, he was taken to his country final resting place in the back of HIS Dodge Ram P/U. Now that's Texas class.

The following, titled "What It Means To Be A Marine" is from the order of service & written by L/Cpl Cody Stanley.

To me, being a Marine means that you have taken the nation's burdens and put them on your back. The Marine Corps is the nation's reaction force and eveyone that has joined since 9/11 knows that this burden is now theirs to bear. Being a Marine also means that you put yourself in harm's way so that others can live the great life that prior Marines have set forth for the United States. Marines set themselves apart from everyone else by taking pride in the fact that they are Marines. Marines set the standards that differentiate them from the other military branches. People look at Marines diffenentlly because they have pride in their service... from our cammies, to the way we perform in combat, to kicking butt and taking names. This contributes how the American populace views us and it is every Marine's job to uphold and pass on these standards to their juniors.

Claiming the title of Marine also means that you "step up to the plate" when no one else will and go out of your way to help people. The other day, there was an older man stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. When I saw him, at least three or four cars had passed him by. When I stopped to render assistance, he told me that he was a former Marine and bad fought in Korea. He could not thank me enough for my hospitality. This is an example of what a Marine is all about...going out of your way to help others. You know if you have a Marine by your side that lacks intelligence or simply cannot get his crap done right, your take a little time out of your day to extend a helping hand.

As a Marine, you have so many chances to do great things in the world. Marines better themselves every day, whether by knowledge or by doing. We do this because"when the rubber meets the road, "a Marine needs to know what to do. You must be able to physically pull that Devil Dog out of a hummvee that has just been hit and them pull him to safety. The bottom line of being a Marine is, "taking care of yourself and others, do what you are told when you are told to the best of your ability, and then you will have 'being a Marine' down to an art".

Better said it could not be. "OORAH"

Thanks to all of you that attended today and thanks to all who were with us in spirit. It was a tremendous honor to serve with you for this family and Marine.

Edited by Samhwk on 11/06/2009 18:54

Posted by andyman on 11/06/2009 18:52

Nice write up, Keith. Great job today. I wish I could have been the 71st Rider there.

Thanks, Man.

Posted by Samhwk on 11/06/2009 19:15

I too would like to extend my gratitude to:
Mark Brittain for bringing and working the flag detail with me. You never know what flag wranglers do, until it's you.
The Austin, Centex, and San Antonio Ride Captains who pitched in and helped us with the flag line relief and keeping folks hydrated.
The members who stayed afterwards and helped me furl the remaining flags and get them loaded.
Colton, and Kent's personal nurse who attended our member with a medical problem and arranged his way home safely.
All the members who helped me get rid of all those donuts at staging (and Hunter).
The two veterans who just appeared and helped Mark and I set up all the flags at the cemetery.
Keith Longacre for stepping up and doing a great job as RC.
It was a pleasure to stand with you all.

Posted by Skid on 11/06/2009 20:25

Nice job Keith. I was fortunate enough to be there on Wednesday for the recovery and trip to Lockhart. I couldn't have been prouder of the group that accompanied LCpl Stanley to Lockhart. Today sounds like it was the ultimate statement for the purpose of the PGR. I'm very proud of ya'll and I wish I could have been there.

Posted by texas coyote on 11/07/2009 00:07

I just want to echo Keith's remarks. Today was a Special day. As we do PGR Mission after Mission you would think that we would eventually become hardened and "Immune" to anything that might bring tears to your eyes...Well...If that is so, I'm not there yet.
LCpl. Stanley was a true Hero and Texas "country boy". His casket was taken it's final few miles to the Cemetery in the back of his Dodge truck...I'm sure the way he would have wanted it...The kids at the Schools...and others all along the route from the time we left the Church to the cemetery.....The tractors in the fields with Flags and the "We Love You" and "We Will Miss You Cody" signs hanging from the elevated buckets....The elderly gentleman standing in his rural driveway leaning on a Walker...and the list goes on and on...all there to show their love and respect for this young Marine and his family....
"Mr. Macho" here Lost it less than 2 blocks from the Church....Proof positive that "I'm not there yet"....
Thank you to everyone there Person or in Spirit...
Keith, Sam, "Wrangler" Mark...and all the RC's involved...You did a great job today...


Edited by texas coyote on 11/07/2009 00:32

Posted by Outlaw on 11/07/2009 20:18

I agree with all of you, 1st class leadership in this group.Ive never been more proud to be an American. To TC: My eyes were watery behind my sunglasses too i'm a long way from being "there yet".


Edited by Outlaw on 11/16/2009 08:37

Posted by Samhwk on 11/08/2009 12:18

A thank you note from the Cody Stanley Mission.

Sent: 11/6/2009 10:24:02 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Well Done!

I am a cousin to LCpl Cody R. Stanley,whom your riders helped us lay to rest today in Lockhart,Texas.
I wanted to thank you all and tell you that they did a fantastic job.Well done.
My eternal thanks,
James Sites

Posted by Samhwk on 11/08/2009 19:55

A thank you note sent to Keith!

Hi Keith,

I found your information on the Patriot Guard Riders when I was trying to find funeral information for Cody Stanley. I am a Marine mom and my son is currently in Afghanistan. As I search the news each day, I obviously come across the fatalities and it always breaks my heart.

I just wanted to pass along my sincere thanks for how you support our military families. There are no words to explain how much your support means when our sons, husbands, brothers, etc. are sacrificing.

Thank you for taking time to honor our fallen.

Please pass my sincere thanks on to the others in your group.

God bless you!

Judy Bode
Magnolia, TX

Posted by medspec on 11/09/2009 19:00

Clearly this was a very emotional mission,reminded me why we were dark glasses
i eyes were wet as we took cody to his final resting place,I was thinking he was at home,a good country boy,returned to his home in a very peaceful setting.
by the way for all concerned i managed to get our fallen riders scooter back home and i got home at 900pm,again thank you for all that helped with our
ill rider............colton,medspec

Posted by Samhwk on 01/25/2010 14:45

National PGR furnishes a nice plaque to the familly of KIA's and usually arrives well after the funeral services are concluded.
Cody's plaque was hand delivered to his parents, Bob and Wendy Stanley, and his grandmother, Ann Stanley, yesterday in Lockhart
They were grateful to all who stood for their son / grandson and appreciated the sentiments extended to them by the plaque.
Thanks again for what you do.....