Sunday, January 3, 2010

John Coleman Treuhardt, "J.C.", US Army Air Corps veteran

J.C. Treuhardt was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1926 in Holland, Texas and passed away on Christmas Day, 2009 at Georgetown, Texas.

J. C. enlisted in the Army Air Corps while a student at Texas A & M and was trained as a gunner on B-29 superfortress bombers.  He flew on many training flights in Texas, Florida, Colorado and Nebraska.  He was scheduled for deployment to the Pacific Theater, but World War II ended one week before his crew’s departure date.  He served out the remainder of his time as a member of an ambulance crew in Fort Worth.

After his military service, he married, raised a family and had a long career as a successful architect in Georgetown, Texas.

On December 29, 2009, more than thirty Patriot Guard Riders from the Austin and Central Texas Regions gathered at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown to honor this World War II veteran.  Lines of American flags were formed at the entrances to the Chapel to welcome  family and friends arriving for his funeral service.

At the conclusion of the service the Riders led the funeral procession to the nearby IOOF cemetery in Georgetown.  The Riders formed a line of American flags around the burial site as military honors were rendered by an Air Force Honor Guard.  An American flag was folded into a tight triangle and presented to J.C.’s surviving spouse.  Taps was played, and J.C. was laid to rest on a clear bright day under a clear blue sky, next to the grave of his beloved daughter, Tami, who had passed away in June, 2009.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Doris, a son, a brother and numerous other family and friends.

High Flight

Oh!  I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of -
Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.  Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….

                                                              John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

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