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The design of bin Laden's compound may have ultimately contributed to his discovery. The CIA used a process called " red teaming " on the collected intelligence to independently review the circumstantial evidence and available facts of their case that bin Laden was living at the Abbottabad compound.

No other candidate fit the bill as well as bin Laden did. Despite what officials described as an extraordinarily concentrated collection effort leading up to the operation, no U. The official mission code name was Operation Neptune Spear.

Navy's Special Warfare insignia , with the three prongs of the trident representing the operational capacity of SEALs on sea, air and land. The Associated Press reported at the time two U. Brennan said after the raid: Obviously under the rules of engagement , if he in fact had thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn't appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But, they had full authority to kill him. McRaven said a commando raid would be fairly straightforward but he was concerned about the Pakistani response.

He assigned a captain from the U. In addition to a helicopter raid, planners considered attacking the compound with B-2 Spirit stealth bombers. They also considered a joint operation with Pakistani forces. Obama, however, decided that the Pakistani government and military could not be trusted to maintain operational security for the operation against bin Laden. Obama met with the National Security Council on March 14 to review the options; he was concerned that the mission would be exposed and wanted to proceed quickly.

For that reason he ruled out involving the Pakistanis. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other military officials expressed doubts as to whether bin Laden was in the compound, and whether a commando raid was worth the risk.

At the end of the meeting, the president seemed to be leaning toward a bombing mission. Air Force officers were tasked with exploring that option further. The CIA was unable to rule out the existence of an underground bunker below the compound. Estimates were that up to a dozen civilians would be killed in addition to those in the compound. Furthermore, it was unlikely there would be enough evidence remaining to prove that bin Laden was dead.

Presented with this information at the next Security Council meeting on March 29, Obama put the bombing plan on hold. Instead he directed Admiral McRaven to develop the plan for a helicopter raid. Red Squadron was coming home from Afghanistan and could be redirected without attracting attention. The team had language skills and experience with cross-border operations into Pakistan. Without being told the exact nature of their mission, the team performed rehearsals of the raid in two locations in the U.

The Nevada mock-up used chain-link fences to simulate the compound walls, which left the U. The helicopters to be used in the raid had been designed to be quiet and to have low radar visibility. If bin Laden surrendered, he would be held near Bagram Air Base.

He was worried that the plan for dealing with the Pakistanis was too uncertain, Obama asked Admiral McRaven to equip the team to fight its way out if necessary. To bolster the "fight your way out" scenario, Chinook helicopters with additional troops would be positioned nearby.

Most of the advisers in the meeting supported going forward with the raid. Only Vice President Biden completely opposed it. Gates advocated using the drone missile option, but changed his support the next day to the helicopter raid plan.

Obama said he wanted to speak directly to Admiral McRaven before he gave the order to proceed. The president asked if McRaven had learned anything since arriving in Afghanistan that caused him to lose confidence in the mission. McRaven told him the team was ready and that the next few nights would have little moonlight over Abbottabad, good conditions for a raid. On April 29 at 8: EDT , [63] Obama conferred with his advisers and gave the final go-ahead.

The raid would take place the following day. That evening the president was informed that the operation would be delayed one day due to cloudy weather. At one point, Meyers joked: They watched night-vision images taken from a Sentinel drone while Panetta, appearing in a corner of the screen from CIA headquarters, narrated what was happening.

In an adjoining office was the live drone feed presented on a laptop computer operated by Brigadier General Marshall Webb , assistant commander of JSOC. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was one of those in the Situation Room, and described it like this: All we could do was wait for an update from the team on the ground.

I looked at the President. Rarely have I been prouder to serve by his side as I was that day. The raid was carried out by approximately two dozen heliborne U. For legal reasons namely that the U. Other gear worn or carried by the operators included a variety of plate carriers , Ops Core FAST Maritime ballistic helmets , chemlights , hand grenades , breaching tools, and night-vision goggles. The particular night vision device used by the SEALs, the GPNVG, was unlike any standard night vision goggle offered to service personnel, and featured four-tubes for a much better field of view.

According to The New York Times , a total of "79 commandos and a dog" were involved in the raid. Army Special Operations Command unit known as the " Night Stalkers ", provided the two modified Black Hawk helicopters [77] that were used for the raid itself, as well as the much larger Chinook heavy-lift helicopters that were employed as backups.

The Black Hawks appear to have been never-before-publicly-seen "stealth" versions of the helicopter that fly more quietly while being harder to detect on radar than conventional models; [78] [79] due to the weight of the extra stealth equipment on the Black Hawks, cargo was "calculated to the ounce, with the weather factored in. The Chinooks were equipped with 7. Their mission was to interdict any Pakistani military attempts to interfere with the raid. The th SOAR helicopters were supported by multiple other aircraft, including fixed-wing fighter jets and drones.

The raid was scheduled for a time with little moonlight so the helicopters could enter Pakistan "low to the ground and undetected".

The flight from Jalalabad to Abbottabad took about 90 minutes. According to the mission plan, the first helicopter would hover over the compound's yard while its full team of SEALs fast-roped to the ground. At the same time, the second helicopter would fly to the northeast corner of the compound and deploy the interpreter, the dog and handler, and four SEALs to secure the perimeter. The team in the courtyard was to enter the house from the ground floor.

As they hovered above the target, however, the first helicopter experienced a hazardous airflow condition known as a vortex ring state. This was aggravated by higher than expected air temperature "a so-called 'hot and high' environment" [55] [74] and the high compound walls, which stopped the rotor downwash from diffusing.

The SEALs encountered the residents in the compound's guest house, in its main building on the first floor where two adult males lived, and on the second and third floors where bin Laden lived with his family. The second and third floors were the last section of the compound to be cleared. Osama bin Laden was killed in the raid [89] and initial versions said three other men and a woman were killed as well: Conflicting reports of an initial firefight exist. Owen's states that the team were in a "short firefight" before reaching bin Laden.

Bin Laden's young adult son is said to have encountered the SEALs on the staircase of the main house, and to have been shot and killed by the second team. Bin Laden peered through his bedroom door at the Americans advancing up the stairs, and then retreated into the room as the lead SEAL fired a shot or shots at him. Reports differ as to what happened next, though all agree eventually he was hit by shots to the body and head.

The initial shots either missed, hit him in the side, or hit him in the head. Seymour Hersh reports that, according to his sources, bin Laden was found cowering and shot dead. O'Neill states that bin Laden was standing behind a woman with his hands on her shoulders, pushing her forward. O'Neill immediately shot bin Laden twice in the forehead, then once more as bin Laden crumpled to the floor. The lead SEAL shot her in the leg, then grabbed both women and shoved them aside. The weapon used to kill bin Laden was an HK using 5.

In these reports, there were said to be two weapons near bin Laden in his room, including an AKSU carbine and a Russian-made Makarov pistol , but according to his wife Amal, he was shot before he could reach his AKSU.

As the SEALs encountered women and children during the raid, they restrained them with plastic handcuffs or zip ties. While bin Laden's body was taken by U. The raid was intended to take 40 minutes. The actual time between the team's entry in and exit from the compound was 38 minutes. Time in the compound was spent killing defenders, [88] "moving carefully through the compound, room to room, floor to floor" securing the women and children, clearing "weapons stashes and barricades" [85] including a false door, [] and searching the compound for information.

Since the helicopter that had made the emergency landing was damaged and unable to fly the team out, it was destroyed to safeguard its classified equipment, including an apparent stealth capability. Since the SEAL team was reduced to one operational helicopter, one of the two Chinooks held in reserve was dispatched to carry part of the team and bin Laden's body out of Pakistan.

While the official Department of Defense narrative did not mention the airbases used in the operation, [] later accounts indicated that the helicopters returned to Bagram Airfield. Preparations began at The body was washed, wrapped in a white sheet and placed in a weighted plastic bag. An officer read prepared religious remarks which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. Afterward, bin Laden's body was placed onto a flat board.

The board was tilted upward on one side and the body slid off into the sea. The body bag was placed on a white table at the rail of the ship, and the table was tipped to let the body bag slide into the sea, but the body bag did not slide and took the table with it. The table bobbed on the surface while the weighted body sank. According to Obama administration officials, U. According to the Pakistani foreign ministry, the operation was conducted entirely by the U.

DNA samples collected from his body were compared to a comprehensive DNA profile derived from bin Laden's large extended family. Based on that analysis, the DNA is unquestionably his.

The probability of a mistaken identity on the basis of this analysis is approximately one in One neighbor said, "I saw soldiers emerging from the helicopters and advancing towards the house. Some of them instructed us in chaste Pashto to turn off the lights and stay inside. The blast broke his bedroom window and left charred debris over a nearby field. One journalist concluded after interviewing several residents that it was a routine rolling blackout. ISI reported after questioning survivors of the raid that there were 17 to 18 people in the compound at the time of the attack and that the Americans took away one person still alive, possibly a bin Laden son.

The ISI said that survivors included a wife, a daughter and eight to nine other children, not apparently bin Laden's. An unnamed Pakistani security official was quoted as saying one of bin Laden's daughters told Pakistani investigators that bin Laden had been captured alive, then in front of family members was shot dead by U. Five were killed, including Osama bin Laden.

EDT , the White House announced that the president would be addressing the nation later in the evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who was responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children President Obama recalled the victims of the September 11 attacks.

He praised the nearly ten-year-old war against al-Qaeda, which he said had disrupted terrorist plots, strengthened homeland defenses, removed the Taliban government, and captured or killed scores of al-Qaeda operatives. Obama said that when he took office he made finding bin Laden the top priority of the war.

Bin Laden's death was the most significant blow to al-Qaeda so far but the war would continue. He reaffirmed that the U. He said Americans understood the cost of war but would not stand by while their security was threatened. In Dearborn, Michigan , where there is a large Muslim and Arab population, a small crowd gathered outside the City Hall in celebration, many of them being of Middle Eastern descent.

The deputy leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said that, with bin Laden dead, Western forces should now pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan ; authorities in Iran made similar comments. Mahmoud Abbas welcomed bin Laden's death, while Ismail Haniyeh , the head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip , condemned what he saw as the assassination of an "Arab holy warrior". If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.

Chidambaram said that bin Laden hiding "deep inside" Pakistan was a matter of grave concern for India and showed that "many of the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks , including the controllers and the handlers of the terrorists who actually carried out the attack, continue to be sheltered in Pakistan".

He also called on Pakistan to arrest them, [] amidst calls for similar strikes being conducted by India against Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim.

Although the Abbottabad raid has been described in great detail by U. Boasberg held that the Department of Defense was not required to release any evidence to the public. According to a draft report by the Pentagon's inspector general, Admiral William McRaven, the top special operations commander, ordered the Department of Defense to purge from its computer systems all files on the bin Laden raid after first sending them to the CIA.

What the transfer really did was ensure that the files would be placed in the CIA's operational records, a records system that—due to the CIA Operational Files exemption —is not subject to the FOIA and is a black hole for anyone trying to access the files within.

The move prevents the public from accessing the official record about the raid, and bypasses several important federal records keeping procedures in the process. The United States Defense Department can prevent the release of its own military files citing risks to national security, but that can be contested in court, and a judge can compel the Pentagon to turn over non-sensitive portions of records.

The CIA however has special authority to prevent the release of "operational files" in ways that cannot be challenged in federal court. The inspector general's draft report also described how former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta disclosed classified information to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty , including the unit that conducted the raid and the ground commander's name.

Following the attacks of September 11, , the U. Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists , which authorized the President to use "necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons" he determines were involved in the attacks. State Department 's senior lawyer during President George W. Bush 's second term, said the strike was a legitimate military action and did not run counter to the U.

The killing is not prohibited by the long-standing assassination prohibition in executive order [signed in ], because the action was a military action in the ongoing U. The assassination prohibition does not apply to killings in self-defense. State Department , said in that "under domestic law, the use of lawful weapons systems—consistent with the applicable laws of war—for precision targeting of specific high-level belligerent leaders when acting in self-defense or during an armed conflict is not unlawful, and hence does not constitute 'assassination'.

The object is not to literally summarily execute him if he's under indictment. If the Navy SEALs were instructed to kill bin Laden without trying first to capture him, it "may have violated American ideals if not international law.

In an address to the Pakistani parliament , Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani said, "Our people are rightly incensed on the issue of violation of sovereignty as typified by the covert U.

The Security Council, while exhorting UN member states to join their efforts against terrorism, has repeatedly emphasized that this be done in accordance with international law , human rights and humanitarian law. Pervez Musharraf denied a report in The Guardian that his government made a secret agreement permitting U. In testimony before the U. It's lawful to target an enemy commander in the field. Holder testified that bin Laden made no attempt to surrender, and "even if he had there would be a good basis on the part of those very brave Navy SEAL team members to do what they did in order to protect themselves and the other people who were in that building.

Former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz stated it was unclear if bin Laden's killing was justified self-defense or premeditated illegal assassination , [] and that "killing a captive who poses no immediate threat is a crime under military law as well as all other law," [] a view also held by legal scholar Philippe Sands. Under Islamic tradition, burial at sea is considered inappropriate when other, preferred forms of burial are available, and several prominent Islamic clerics criticized the decision.

A stated advantage of a burial at sea is that the site is not readily identified or accessed, thus preventing it from becoming a focus of attention or "terrorist shrine". Addressing the same concern, Egyptian Islamic analyst and lawyer Montasser el-Zayat said that if the Americans wished to avoid making a shrine to bin Laden, an unmarked grave on land would have accomplished the same goal.

The Guardian also quoted a U. If the family does not want him, it's really simple in Islam: Sea burials are permissible for Muslims in extraordinary circumstances. This is not one of them. Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society , explained that Islamic law does not prescribe ordinary funerals for those killed in battle, and pointed to controversy within the Muslim world over whether bin Laden was, as a "mass murderer of Muslims", entitled to the same respect as mainstream Muslims.

At the same time, he suggested that the burial could have been handled with more cultural sensitivity. Omar bin Laden , son of Osama bin Laden, published a complaint on May 10, , that the burial at sea deprived the family of a proper burial. After bin Laden's death, it was reported he had left a will written a short time after the September 11 attacks [] in which he urged his children not to join al-Qaeda and not to continue the Jihad.

CNN cited a senior U. Photos taken at an aircraft hangar in Afghanistan, described as the most recognizable and gruesome; photos taken from the burial at sea on the USS Carl Vinson before a shroud was placed around his body; and photos from the raid itself, which include shots of the interior of the compound as well as three of the others who died in the raid. A source told ABC News that the photos taken by the military servicemen on the scene depict the physical damage done by a high- caliber bullet.

It's very bloody and gory. Senator Jim Inhofe , who viewed the photos, stated that the photos taken of the body on the Carl Vinson , which showed bin Laden's face after much of the blood and material had been washed away, should be released to the public. A debate on whether the military photos should or should not be released to the public has taken place.

Those in opposition to a release of the photos expressed concern that the photos would inflame anti-American sentiment in the Middle East. Obama ultimately decided not to release the photos. We don't need to spike the football. That's not who we are. On May 11, selected members of Congress the congressional leadership and those who serve on the House and Senate intelligence, homeland security, judiciary, foreign relations, and armed forces committees were shown 15 bin Laden photos.

In an interview with Eliot Spitzer , Senator Jim Inhofe said that three of the photos were of bin Laden alive for identification reference. Three other photos were of the burial-at-sea ceremony. The group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain access to the photos in May , soon after the raid.

Boasberg of the U. Another memorable entry was how he saved us on a 4th of July ride when our ride leader planned on lunch at the Sawmill in Brent but it was closed. Jason said I know a place and took us to his favorite place From then on Jason was listed on almost every journal entry I have made to this date. Lori was with him the majority of the rides. I really got to know and be friends with him and Lori during the 11 months of planning the State rally. Those of you on the planning committee can testify how those two people added so much to the planning process.

It was hard work but ended up being so much fun. I remember when Jason said he was going to have to get a bigger bike and have commo before the State rally and by God he did! The day he showed up at Krispy kreme on that new bike he was beaming! On August the 16th our chapter nominated him to be our next 1st Officer and he accepted with a big hell yeah! He had confidence and was ready for the challenge. He immediately posted a ride for last Saturday.

I am glad we went. Lori, All of the brothers and sisters of SCRC will be with you in spirit as you deal with this difficult time. You can rest assured that we will be here for you and will do our best to make this time of grief bearable.

We will continue to pray for you and your family and know all you have to do is ask and we will be there for you. Claude passed away at the young age of She was our banker, and secretary.

Some of the older members will remember her. She rode with me across this country, and we were blessed enough to ride most of the lower 48 states.

She loved to get on the motorcycle with me, and just go for a ride. She confided in her son, a little while before she passed away, that the happiest days of her life were spent sitting behind me on the motorcycle, headed out on a new adventure.

Laura loved God, and her greatest desire had always been to be a missionary like her Grandfather had been. I know that she is with her Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ. She will be missed, as long as there are people that knew her, are still around. I can not ride anywhere with out remembering us covering some of those same miles together.

In Loving Memory of Laura Bryant. Until we meet again! How do you say goodbye to a dear friend and brother who you have known for the better part of 16 years? My heart aches and grieves for the loss we all have suffered at the passing of Capt. I heard that he left us on Saturday morning when I woke up. I have thought about what to say for 3 days. I have prayed about it and asked God why but I already knew the answer. Many of you knew Ron better than I and spent a lot more time with him than I was able to but I believe that we all shared the same love for him and I believe he also loved all of us.

His humor and dry wit endeared him to us all. I have seen the many pictures you all have shared on Facebook and I spent most of Saturday night looking for some from my archives. I found a ton of pictures of Ron and Patti and a lot of us together at different rides and rallies but none that were really worth posting. Ron and I had a running joke for a long time. If he came North then he would stop in West and buy some kolaches for me.

One night he had to go to a meeting in far North Texas as I recall and he spent the night at our home. We had a running gag about the California Raisins. Gypsie had a couple of pillows of them that had belonged to her daughter. Ron got to sleep with them when he was here.

I thought we would bust a gut laughing over that one. Way too many of them are gone from our sight but will remain in our hearts and memories forever. The main purpose of this post is not only to remember our dear friend Captain Ron and to say Vaya Con Dios mi Hermano, Hasta la Vista, but also to remind us all that we all are part of this wonderful family and that we need to remember to tell each other how much we love each other and cherish our brotherhood because we never know when the last time will be.

We are not promised tomorrow. With much love and respect, Stan "Carajo" Gwinn. Ron was a long time member of the SCRC. He will be sorely missed! Ronald Glen Trammell, 68 years old passed away unexpectedly on May 28, Ron was born on April 20, in Cheboygan, Michigan. Ron was a U. Coast Guard Veteran and was proud to be a member and support Vietnam Veterans of America in any way he possibly could. Ron retired from Krispy Kreme Doughnut Company after forty-three years of loyal and dedicated service and had many honors and accomplishments including carrying the Olympic Torch for the Olympics.

She opened her heart and home to animals in need of rescue, and would do anything she could to help friends or family in need. Many who knew Barbara or Bobbin, as she was called by family and friends as a child called her the strongest person they have ever known. She loved to cook, especially for her family.

She especially enjoyed the beach, hummingbirds, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, which is where her remains will be buried. Rodney was a valued member of our family who, even when he couldn't be with us physically, was always with us in Spirit. We thought a lot of him and always enjoyed his friendship and camaraderie when he was around. Souder retired from the Air Force and also from the University of Illinois as an aircraft mechanic and instructor.

He purchased a Can Am which he and his wife rode on our trips. He also did some riding in Sturgis and Washington DC. He loved to ride and enjoyed every minute of it. We will miss Roy on our rides. Jack was born on 23 November, in Chesnee SC.

His hobbies were motorcycling, and was very active in competitive black powder pistol and rifle shooting. He joined Chapter in February of , and remained active as a Safety Officer until his passing, accruing over , club miles. He attended many rallies and would go on most of our week long trips through the mountains of Carolina and the Ozarks. If there was a scheduled ride, along with the Wednesday "Geezer" gatherings, you could always count on Jack "having our backs".

He was a proud and staunch supporter of St. Jude's, and will be missed by all who knew him. May you rest in peace Jack. Sherry succumbed after a long battle with cancer. Sherry was a great lady. She was a very social person and always had friends and family around her. She loved to ride and be involved with the Lancaster Chapter I know she will be missed by all of us.

December 29, - October 25, In Tim was looking for something exciting for he and Kim to do so he bought a Honda motorcycle so they could enjoy time in the wind, he always liked the saying, "If you don't ride then you don't know. Tim wanted more than just to ride he wanted someone else to ride with so he talked to me Frank Stull Pappy a co-worker about Southern Cruisers Riding Club, after a few times talking he and Kim Sweet Pea became members on September 18 th of Southern Cruisers Riding Club Metro Valley chapter until about a year ago Tim and Kim were active members of the chapter with being at most meetings and functions riding whenever they could.

May God be with you Tim. RIP On October 25 th at around 3: On Oct 7th , member Kathy Lynn Narron passed away from cancer at the age of Clean , Lynn was the heart of our group.

She was so lively and always had such a positive outlook on life. Even as cancer wore her body down, she refused to let it stop her from participating in the club's activities. One goal that Tim and Lynn completed in life was to ride the motorcycle to all 48 contiguous United States. On many of these trips Tim would get into the "zone" and would ride on into all hours of the night.

If they got close to their destination Tim would often ask do you want to stop or do you want to keep going. One of Lynn's most popular responses would be "put the bitch into the wind!

When she couldn't walk, Tim got a pair of foldable crutches and would pick her up and set her on the pillion and strap the crutches to the back of the bike. Then off we would go with her flying in the wind!

We miss you Kathy Lynn but we are comforted in the knowledge that you are home and safe now, in Gods loving arms. Simmons was born August 7, in Ludowici, GA. Simmons was a Vietnam Veteran, collectively serving over 20 years in the Army as a military police officer and CID agent. He later retired from CID after 19 years of civil service. Jack loved riding his motorcycle; he was an active member of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club Chapter We lost Jack due to an encounter with a deer.

Johnie was co-owner of West Georgia Plumbing Supply. Many friendships were made throughout his years in the plumbing supply business. Beasley grew up in Wrens. She loved to ride motorcycles and was a member of the Amateur Pool Association where she placed in the top 10 national rankings. Beasley loved her sons and family and will be dearly missed. His favorite hobbies were riding motorcycles, Facebook, movies, music, computers, golf and fishing.

Mario will be remembered for his love of his family, sense of humor, as an easy going people person and his beaming smile. Scott was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Salem, New Hampshire.

Scott was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and was honorably discharged in In addition to his active charitable contributions as a Southern Cruisers member, Scott also served his community as a member of the South Florida Red Cross. In addition to riding his motorcycle, Scott also enjoyed fishing, skiing, and hiking. Scott served in the Fort Lauderdale Chapter as a tail gunner, road captain, and most recently as our 1st Officer. Scott was a very active member with over rides and some 36, miles in the 7 years that he was a member and a true friend to all he met.

He will be missed greatly and remembered for his friendship, love, and dedication to others in service. A true friend, his memory lives on in each of us. He traveled through every state except for Hawaii. He also took pride in serving his country at an early age. Coleman was an avid motorcyclist. He loved and cherished being on his bike. It was one of his prized possessions. He made sure it was always clean and shining. His son is going to ride in his place to the rally in honor of his father.

He did a lot for us and was a great asset to SCRC. He enjoyed his family, motorcycling, skiing and spending time with his animals. Sadly, we lost Barry to a motorcycle accident.

His obituary said, "Barry never met a stranger, gave the best hugs, and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed. Nic was born in Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota Academy. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Law. He taught at Jacksonville State University and retired from the Gadsden Police Department after 35 years as deputy chief.

Nic attended Brierwood Hills Baptist Church. He loved Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Robert Earl Maddux, Jr. He spent the day at church, and shared one of his favorite meals with his nephew, Cory Maddux, before he left this world. October 25, — April 20, A lifelong resident of Texas, Mike passed away suddenly while on assignment in Malaysia. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Janis; three children John, Sara, and Brian; three grandchildren Jesper, Gavin, and Annie; and his mother Bobbie.

Mike travelled the world while working in the oil field and combined his love of travel with his love of riding whenever he could.

He will be greatly missed by his family, and his many friends around the world. Carroll was retired from the N. Highway Patrol with 14 years of service and was a U. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Christian Chapel Church of Christ for many years, but later joined the Williamston Church of Christ where he served as an elder. Carroll loved bowling, golfing, spending time in the yard, riding his "scooter" with his biking buddies, and most of all spoiling his sweetheart, Hannah.

He was a loving father, son, uncle and friend. Predeceased by his father, Bill William Keachie, September 5, Born in Scotland, Norm came to Canada with his parents when he was two years old. He grew up and went to school in the east end of Toronto and had a successful career in the IT field. Norm loved to play hockey as a child and teen.

He also loved to play golf and baseball and ride his motorcycle, dreaming one day of owning a Harley. He spent many years coaching Girls Softball with his daughter as his number one student. His death leaves a giant void in many lives but he will be forever in our hearts. On March 18, Chris lost his battle with cancer, he never complained and fought a good fight. He will be greatly missed. June 19, - February 18, He loved riding his motorcycle and was one of the original members of Chapter Steinhatchee, Fl.

He was and avid fan of the older style country music. Playing his guitar and singing the older country song at the local restaurant on Monday evenings. He loved his BBQ as much as his music. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen Thompson. He was a member since June and will be sadly missed by his fellow brothers and sisters from the Montreal chapter Daniel was given the nickname of 'Rainman' because it seemed that whenever we were going to ride with him, it would start to rain but we used to laugh about it and have a good ride anyway.

Daniel was a good spirit and very good soul. We become the people that we are by the people that we know and the people that we have known over the course of our lives.

November 6, — November 30, He was a friend to many people, full of life and generous to a fault. Greg was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on his way from church. December 15, - March 9, After High School, Ray enlisted in the U. Army where he served for six years, with two years as a Drill Instructor. Next to his family, h is greatest passion and joy was as a Motor Officer. Joey Sprouse SCC Joey looked after his family, friends, SCRC brothers and sisters, and his chapter.

He was a long time member of Southern Cruisers and helped out in any way that he could. He wouldn't hesitate to hop on his bike and ride to meet up with other chapters and was an excellent example of what Southern Cruisers is all about. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bill's favorite saying was: He loved his bikes, his friends, life and the Southern Cruisers. Benjamin Franklin Carter, Jr. Suddenly on July 2, due to a tragic motorcycle accident in Cambridge, Ontario. He was a member of The Southern Crusiers, Chapter Beloved husband to Carol Ann Canniff.

John and I had many fun, and dare I say interesting, rides together. The memories, I will cherish for the rest of my life. I enjoyed every minute of those rides. John, my good man, may you rest in peace. We will meet again and ride together once more on that great highway in the sky. Until then I thank you for the good times we shared together.

Survived by his best friend of Susan. Beloved grandfather of Hannah Delano. Wayne was a teacher with the Niagara District School Board retiring in and was 39 years with the military retiring in He was a great guy and a loyal member of the SCRC and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Jeff was killed in a motorcycle accident August 23 on a trip to Alberta. Rest in Peace Brother. Wendy was one of Niagara's core members and had a great love for dogs.

She was just learning how to ride when she was taken from us suddenly. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Glen was one of the first members of the Polar Kap, Ontario chapter. He was an outdoorsman that loved fishing and hunting almost as much as he loved motorcycling. He was also the founding second officer of our chapter loved riding tail gunner and watching the line of bikes stretch out in front of him.

He will be missed by his life partner Cecile who Rides a HD Deuce and all the rest of our chapter. Glen was seen as both a friend and brother. He joined the Southern Cruisers Riding Club because he wanted to ride with his friends. He will be missed by his family and friends. Cline of Burt, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 11, at his home.

He was 57 years old. He was a graduate of Chesaning High School. Following graduation, he proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from — Virg worked and retired for the United States Postal Service.

Surviving are three daughters: Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Seattle East-Side Chapter Member since Owen passed away on Thursday the 16th of October, Owen had been fighting health issues for many years. Member of the North Moravian Chapter.

Eva with her husband Jiri have been members of the North Moravian Chapter, Czech republic since For thirteen years she has been an active member and has brightened the lives of all who knew her. Those that had the good fortune of knowing her can say that she was full of life and always had a positive outlook and always had a smile on her face no matter what the situation was.

She was always accompanied by her husband, Jiri, in all activities of SCRC and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Although she is no longer with us physically she will live on in the memories of those that had the fortune of calling her a friend, she will live on forever remembered and in our hearts.

Their family, together with the SCRC membership of Texas, took a double dose of loss when Gecko and Red both passed to cancer so close to each other. Gecko proudly served 21 years in the US Air Force and loved hopping on his bike with Red; riding alongside the best of friends down beautiful winding roads.

Gecko fought an unimaginably difficult battle for survival. Although his spirit was strong, his body just couldn't endure any more. Red was married to her best friend, Gecko, for 32 and a half years. Warm and welcoming, she always made you feel like you were part of her family. She was always staying positive no matter what the obstacle might be. Red lived her life with a passion for adventure and creativity. Together, Gecko and Red shared a mass of adventures out on the open road and in all things.

They are deeply missed by family and friends. Ruby was a sweet lady who fought hard and with dignity against her battle with cancer. She was one of the most gracious people and always smiling. She was a very active member of Conroe since joining in as a passenger, and eventually learned to ride her own.

Ruby you will be missed by many. Your SCRC family and friends have been touched by your smiles, company, and grace. Steve was a brick mason by trade, but the man could build anything, fix anything, second only to MacGyver. He loved riding his motorcycle with his friends and rode with the Southern Cruisers Riding Group which helped raise many dollars for the St.

Jude Hospital and he made the trip to Tennessee twice to give rides to the kids. Like that of no other, he was a man of extraordinary patience, integrity and love.

He said very few words, but when he did talk, you better listen! His BBQ ribs were mean, but we would never give him anything but 4th place-we did not want him to stop practicing! Steve was a father of two, but a father figure to many! Steve was loved dearly and will be missed by too many to count.

Joseph passed away due to injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident. He was a devoted husband, loving father and a local business owner of Metro Sound Pros. He lived life with passion and loved spending time with friends and family. Joseph is survived by his beloved wife Abygail and son Cole Joseph; his parents, Frank and Patricia; sister, Brooke as well as countless friends and family.

Joe tragically lost his life on his way home from a chapter ride with his Orange County Chapter of the Southern Cruisers. The memories we have during our time together will stay with us always, may you rest in peace dear friend. On April 5th the Central Florida Chapter was saddened by the sudden loss of a good member and friend.

Patrick McGuire always seemed in good spirits and I'm sure that was because he was riding his bike when he was with us. I hear he also enjoyed riding his bicycle and it was after a very long bicycle ride that he succumb to a heart attack at home.

We like to think that Patrick brought up our chapter's "nice ness" level, I hear Canadians can do that for you. Patrick is survived by his four daughters and girlfriend Debbie. After graduating, he moved to Texas where he lived until when he returned to Cross City to marry Linda. He spent 35 years driving an 18 wheel truck, hauling freight of various kinds. He was a general aviation pilot and enjoyed flying, riding his motorcycle, riding in his boat and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; twin sons, Michael and David and son Jason ; daughters, Teresa and Janelle; brother, Glen; eleven grandchildren and ten great- grandchildren. He was currently working in construction as a truck driver. We lost Kathy in a tragic accident which also threatened the life of her husband Buzzy. Craig, Gavin, and Madison Cooke; three brothers: She was a wife and mother-loved life to the fullest. Her pride and joy was her family. She had a multitude of friends that loved her very much.

She loved her extended family of the Southern Cruisers, and her extended camping families. She will be missed by many. Ken was a Marine and a combat veteran of Vietnam. He passed from complications caused by exposure to agent orange. He was a member for a little over a year and only had the opportunity to attend one event which was our Christmas picnic.

He was an instrumental member and supporter of the chapter and rarely missed a Wednesday "Geezer" ride.

He, and his wit, will be missed by all who knew or came in contact with him. Loving Father, grandpa, and very dear friend to all that knew him. Willie loved to ride, and ride he did ,most of the U.

Tragically, Willie passed away doing the very thing he love to do, riding his bike. Marvin was security guard for Georgia Pacific and unfortunately due to his hours, could not ride much with the chapter. He had a great laugh and was always smiling.

Steve spent some of his early years in California and moved to Powell, Oklahoma in where he attended and graduated from Kingston High School in They resided in Powell for 32 years before moving to Willis in where he lived the remainder of his life. Steve worked at Michelin for 30 years where he was the Membrane Shop Manager.

He loved fishing, traveling and scuba diving. Cherilyn passed away after her battle with cancer. While the cancer took Cherilyn from us, it never crippled her love for others or silenced her courage. It will also never take our memories of Cherilyn.

Her friends loved her, and everyone she met was instantly her friend. She had the love of her husband, Merle, and the many members of her family including her son, daughter, step-children, brother, sisters, thirteen grandchildren and great grandchild.

Cherilyn will be missed by her family and friends. Richard, a long-time member was the clubs safety officer and was continually reminding members to properly maintain their bikes for optimum riding. He, a US Army Retiree had one trademark: A big smile on his face.

He was the first to volunteer whenever a fellow member or rider needed help. He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles as well as working on and racing go-karts. He was most passionate about spending time with his family, especially coaching his grandchildren in Football. Jack was preceded in death by two siblings, Mike and Alva. His memory will forever be treasured by his beloved wife of forty-two years, Judy; parents, Jimmie and Doris; children, Juanita and Jennifer; grandchildren, Crystal, CJ, Dewayne and Jack; and great grandchild, Hannah.

Debby died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Survivors include her husband, George; daughter, Brandy; son, Tommy; mother, Marion; sister, Kim; brother, Bobby; step-son, Luke; step-daughter; and her beloved pugs, Norma Jean and Willie.

After Debby graduated from Lapeer High School in , she worked for the State of Michigan from to and retired after 33 years. She loved quilting, watercolor painting, cooking, gardening, teaching sewing classes and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending the winters in Florida with her husband George and mother Marion.

Like her father, she was an avid Tigers fan and watched each and every game of the season. Debby rarely put herself first and was always reaching out and doing things for other people, never expecting anything in return.

Her kind and gentle nature, wisdom, and generosity will forever be missed by those that loved her. Lucie was one of the victims of the terrible and tragic train derailment in Lac Megantic. Lucie has been described as a much loved daycare worker and a very active member in the Lac Megantic chapter.

One of the other members stated that Lucie had told them that she had said that she loved her bike and riding so much that she would sell her house before she would sell her bike. Born Aug 11, , the 3rd child of D. He was preceded in death by both parents and brother D. Boone was a member of Etowah River for many years, and was currently a Proud member of Lost Mountain Ken passed after battling Liver Cancer for more than a year. He leaves behind his loving wife Linda. He was a charter member of our chapter joining in and also a charter member of Rolling Thunder.

The Hill City Chapter of Lynchburg, Virginia lost a brother and a great member and a dear friend. Mourning her loss is her beloved husband, Ted. Cat was the loving mother of Kathie, Sean and Lori. She will be sadly missed by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, close family and friends.

Although her life ended much too soon, she lived life to its fullest. She believed in "Joie de Vivre" Joy of Life and lived everyday that way. She loved travelling all over the world, yachting, camping, motorcycling, reading and spending precious time with her 9 granddaughters. Cat and Ted enjoyed many great winters together, and shared many special moments with friends and family at their second home in Florida. She was a devoted teacher for many years and retired as a principal at Nesbitt Public School.

She was acknowledged for her commitment to volunteering by being bestowed with Greater Sudbury's Civic Award for Volunteerism in Crystal succumbed after a long battle with cancer. Crystal was a strong and determined person and when she decided to do something she did it.

She was a very social person and always had friends around her. She loved to ride and be involved with the biking community. I know she will be missed. Crystal is survived by her two sons, Chad and Casey and a Daughter Chelsea. Robert joined North Georgia chapter in January of Although only being a member only a short time he fit in quickly. He was active with the chapter making almost all rides and social events.

When a member had problems, Robert was first to jump in and help. He is a Brother that will surely be missed. Kenny Branson left us at age 53 after a fight with Cancer. If I wanted to destroy an enemy society, and had a long-term focus, wanted to do it stealthily, and effectively, to make the society destroy itself and the ability to defend itself, I would do the following:.

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