Staff Sergeant Jonathan Turner served 7 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and he died recently from combat-connected injuries in California.
Jonathan’s mother was not able to make the trip for the funeral from Georgia to California and the Marine Corps decided to handle all of the funeral arrangements – including the shipping Staff Sergeant ashes back at home.
That didn’t sit well with the Patriot Guard bikers, so they decided to create a caravan and personally to escort the remains of SSgt Turner all the way across the country.
Asha Lamy said that he got on the road on Friday at 6 o’clock night out of Huntsville, Alabama, and he rode over to Oklahoma. He need the family to know that they are not alone and that they care.
Each time when Turner’s remains were turned over to another group of bikers, they hold a ceremony to pay their respects.
David Noble, Oklahoma Patriot Guard Riders Capt. Said that they did this basically because his mother was not able to attend the services, so the fallen warrior had been cremated and they didn’t want him to come home packed in a FedEx box.
According to the Patriot Guard website, Turner was an amazing leader who inspired his friends Marines, both in daily life and in the Corps. If you know him, for 5 minutes or 5 years, you were his friend. That man would give you the shirt off his back.