Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chief Warrant Officer 3 George Mikuchonis, United States Army, Ret.

George Mikuchonis was born April 14, 1933 and passed away May 8, 2011 at his residence in Killeen, Texas at the age of 78.

George honorably and proudly served his country in the United States Army for 24 years, during which time he served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3. His military decorations and awards include two awards of the Bronze Star Medal.

Interment services, with full military honors, were held on May 16 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders, who formed a line of American flags around the shelter during the service.

A Catholic priest led the gathering in the graveside committal service.

A life long friend of George spoke to the family. She told how she knew George as a young man; that he was a hard worker; how he bought his first new car, a red Chevrolet. She said that George proposed marriage to her; but she said no, because, in her words, she was only eighteen and to young for marriage. She described how they went their separate ways, and of how decades later, after the death of her husband, she reestablished her friendship with George. Finally, she shared how George had found Christ in the 1980's and how much that meant to him.

Full military honors were then rendered by the Army Honor Guard. The detail of six rifles fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country. The Army bugler played taps. The flag that draped the casket was folded into the traditional triangle and passed to a Captain of the United States Army, who presented it to George’s son on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation as thanks for his many years of service to his country.

CWO3 George Mikuchonis was then laid to rest on the slope of the cemetery as the American flag flew at half-staff, in his honor, on the hill above.

Left to cherish his memory are three sons, his daughter, a sister, five grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

George’s dear wife, Marion, had predeceased him.

Peaceful Retreat

Down a narrow hidden path
Sought out by Wisdom's eye
A peaceful place of refuge calls
To come rest awhile beside

Listen to the waters
Falling over mountains steep
To gently flow for endless days
Through eternity's retreat

And on the far horizon
Of the never setting sun
The harvest of the whitened wheat
Is very nearly done

As work on earth comes to a close
Peace will be complete
Surrounded by the beauty
Of eternity's retreat

Sherrie Bradley Neal

With thanks to Citizen’s Voice for biographical information.

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