Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CSM Paul David East, United States Army, Ret.

Paul David East was born May 2, 1948 and passed away November 17, 2011, at the age of 63, at Scott and White Continuing Care.

Paul proudly served his country in the United States Army for over 26 years, during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. He retired with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Among his many awards and decorations were the Bronze Star Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Funeral services were held on November 22, 2011 at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance of the funeral home to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After the service, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, just south of Killeen. At the cemetery, the procession was welcomed by fifty American flags flying briskly in the cold northerly wind.

On hand was the United States Army Honor Guard, who moved the flag draped casket from the hearse to the committal shelter. The Riders formed a line of flags around the shelter as final prayers were said.

The Army Honor Guard rendered full military honors. The detail of five 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 a tight triangle and ceremoniously passed to an Army Non-Commissioned Officer. He presented the flag to Paul's dearly beloved wife, Catarina, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for Paul's honorable and faithful service.

Command Sergeant Major Paul David East was then laid to rest as the American flag flew at half-staff on the hill above.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a son, two step-daughters, a step-son, two sisters and a host of other dear family and friends.

With thanks to Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home for biographical information and additional photo.

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