FNG Story – Anastasia Kurilich

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My beloved Daddy was Killed in Action (KIA) on June 7, 1968 in Vietnam- thus, Memorial Day, June 7th, and Father’s Day always felt like a 1, 2,3, gut, heart, soul punch each year. I carefully avoided any Memorial Day events my entire life. Since June of 1968, I have recited the pledge of allegiance with my right hand over … Read More

FNG Story – Kristen Ranker

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I had the privilege of joining this run for the first time this year in 2016. The idea was planted in my mind in 2015 from a few gentlemen I had met during Rolling Thunder.  They had me traveling across the country with no idea what exactly I was about to get myself into. Only the promise that it was an adventure that … Read More

FNG Story – John Watson

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I’m an in-country Vietnam Veteran. I’ve owned motorcycles most of my life. Currently I own two. The 1989 Honda Goldwing I bought new in 1990 (last years model). Twenty-six years later and 90 some thousand miles later, I bought a 2011 Harley Electra Glide Classic with 21K on the clock. I hope to make this ride in 2017 with my … Read More

FNG Story – Hal “Grumpy” DePuy

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My name is Harold DePuy road name “Grumpy”.  I am a retired Army Sergeant First Class and VietNam veteran. It was a dream of mine to do Run For The Wall some day. Funds were always short and Patriot Guard missions were a priority. In 2013 I was told to get off the Harley due to health problems. So I … Read More

FNG Story – Elizabeth “Ducky” Picray

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I had heard about Run For The Wall from my fellow Legion Riders, but for nearly three years after leaving the Navy I could barely walk, much less ride any significant distance. In 2014, I followed my brother John “Opie” Picray, Paul “Bugle Boy” Hobbs and David “Duke” Bentley west, in my sedan with my civilian sister in the passenger … Read More

FNG Story – Charles (Chuck) Wright

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Name: Charles (Chuck) Wright E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: 205-999-2462 City: Odenville State: Alabama FNG Story: RFTW 2014 A Life Changing Experience For those of you who have never experienced the loss a spouse due to suicide, all I can say is that you are very fortunate. My loss came May 20, 2011. Six years after her retirement from teaching Seventh Grade … Read More

FNG Story – Steve Decker

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Name: Steve Decker E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: 706-818-1288 City: Athens State: Georgia FNG Story: Being a Viet nam vet, to join the Run for the Wall in Las Cruces, New Mexico. However, I had to take a job in Athens Georgia and move. Well finally in 2010, I was able to break free from work and join the ride. I had … Read More

FNG Story – Bryan Merritt

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Name: Bryan Merritt E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: 706-593-3958 City: Vine Grove State: KY FNG Story: While I was deployed to Afghanistan I had already made up my mind that I was buying a Harley. I finally decided on the Fatboy. I returned in September of 2009 and my bike arrived in October of 2009. While I was working at Fort Knox, … Read More

FNG Story – Ron Meadows

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Name: Ron Meadows E-Mail: [email protected] Your Phone: 618-447-6362 City: Moro State: Illinois FNG Story: In Feb of 2009 I purchased a 2001 Yamaha 650 V-Star. I wanted to do a part of the ride from Wentzville to Mt. Vernon. I met with the ride and remember it as one of the most emotional days of my life. I spent thirteen … Read More