Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2nd. Lt. Darryn Deen Andrews

2nd Lt. Darryn Deen Andrews was born at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah, on July 3, 1975. He died in Afghanistan on September 4, 2009, killed by a rifle propelled grenade, in the service of his country.

Lt. Andrews’ remains were returned to his home town, Cameron, Texas, on Friday, September 11, 2009. A chartered airplane delivered his casket to the Easterwood Airport, College Station, Texas. Over 30 Patriot Guard Riders were present to form a line of American flags as the casket was transferred from the aircraft to the waiting hearse. The Riders then road in the procession to the funeral home at Cameron, Texas

When the procession reached Cameron, it detoured and drove past the high school where Lt. Andrews graduated. Both sides of the street were lined with students. The town was out in full-force. People, police, firemen, EMTs, and their vehicles were out to honor a hero.

Funeral services were held for Lt. Andrews at the First Baptist Church, Cameron, on Saturday, September 12. Hundreds of people packed the church to say goodbye.

Over 25 Patriot Guard Riders stood along the entrance to the church holding American flags to honor this hero. At the conclusion of the service, the casket was taken from the church, placed in a hearse, and returned to the funeral home. The Riders stood in a flag line across the street during the transfer. Six Riders rode with the hearse back to the funeral home.

The Angels wept through out the services.

On September 14, 2009, Lt. Andrews’ remains were moved from Cameron to the Fort Sam Houston cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. Patriot Guard Riders rode in the procession. Upon arrival at the cemetery, Patriot Guard Riders from Central Texas, Austin and San Antonio formed flag lines at the interment shelter. They were joined by veterans of other veteran groups.

Lt. Andrews was laid to rest, with full military honors.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife and expectant daughter, two year old son, parents, brother, grandmother and many other relatives and friends

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1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful article .A fiend and Marine's widow Christine