Escorting PFC Brandenburg

From his obituary:

PFC William Edward Brandenburg, age 17 of New Miami, was Killed In Action on Monday, November 22, 1943 in Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands in the Pacific Ocean. He was born in New Miami, Ohio on January 3, 1926 the son of Robert and Mattie (Rice) Brandenburg. William enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on November 27, 1942

From other sources I learned that he was killed in the invasion of the island of Betio, the largest in the atoll, two days after landing along with about 1000 other service men.  His remains were there on the island until recently being returned to the US and having been identified with a DNA match with family members.

I, along with many other Patriot Guard members were honored to escort him to his final resting place.  Welcome home Marine.  Thank you for your service.

PGR Escort Video

If you didn’t ride along in yesterday’s Patriot Guard escort, here’s your chance to get a glimpse of what you missed. Extra kudos goes to the CVG Airport Police, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, The Ohio State Patrol, The Cincinnati Police Department and the Mariemont Police Department.

THAT is how you escort a fallen soldier home. The route included 275, 471, Columbia Parkway, Mariemont, Mount Lookout and Hyde Park. At RUSH HOUR.

They had EVERY intersection shut down and we had the expressway to ourselves. To a man, they exited their cruisers at the intersections, stood and saluted.

Kudos also to Mariemont Fire and EMS who made a full showing of apparatus and colors and also helped with some of the intersections.

Again. THAT is how you escort a fallen soldier home. Thank you to all the men and women that assisted. It made what could have been a dangerous escort much, much safer.

Here’s a 4ish minute video I put together of what I could capture. I’m sorry I don’t have any of Mariemont. I had to shoot by hand, and once we got on to Columbia Parkway I felt it best to have both hands on the bars.

Rest in Peace Captain. It’s our honor to escort you.