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An Amazing Story and Ride
submitted by Larry Hurt

An idea that started from a comment in one guy's garage became a dream motorcycle trip to Washington D.C. Five veterans that are members of N.E. Oklahoma Patriot Guard Riders put their heads together & made it happen. It was a trip filled with beautiful scenery & great memories shared with awesome friends.

The five of us left on our trip September 14, 2012 in the pouring rain. The rain followed us most of the first day. We rode through the beautiful mountains of West Virginia & Virginia before heading to the D.C. area.

It was an emotional experience for all of us seeing that it was our first time in D. C. seeing all of the memorials. A lot of smiles, tears & an unexpected meeting.

My cousin, Hugh Lee Harrington, was like a big brother to me and was killed in Vietnam in 1968. I found his name on the Vietnam wall and took an etching of it along with some pictures. I was just standing there by the panel thinking about our childhood days. A man and woman walked up beside me and stopped. The man says to the woman, I know this is the panel his name is on but I don't remember which line. They start to look and then the man says, there's Hugh Lee's name and pointed to it. I was in shock and asked him how he knew my cousin.

All the family had been told about Hugh Lee's death was that he was killed trying to save a fellow soldier. The man began to explain how Hugh Lee had saved his life in Vietnam. They were in a firefight and the man was shot and injured in the neck. Hugh Lee went in under fire to carry him back to safety. There was another soldier wounded and Hugh Lee went in to carry him to safety also, but was almost to safety, when Hugh Lee was shot and killed.

By the time he was finished telling me his story, we were both in tears. It was so amazing for us to run into each other at the wall. An experience that I will never forget.

After 9 days and almost 3000 miles, we made it home safe and sound with lots of wonderful memories. We have already started planning another trip together nexy year.

What better way to experience the awesome sights that all of our states have than with great friends and on Gold Wings?

I, Larry Hurt # 358810, ride a 2010 Gold Wing 1800 MotorTrike. The original color is a dark slate color, but I had wraps put on it honoring the Patriot Guard Riders, POW/KIA, and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice with the head stones in Arlington National Cemetery. Ron Moseley, rides a 2005 Gold Wing 1800 MotorTrike. It is dark maroon in color. David Priest, rides a 2001 Gold Wing 1800 MotorTrike. It is bright yellow in color.

 

Larry Hurt Colcord, Oklahoma 74338

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