Rick "Phin" Phinney
AIR FORCE COMBAT ENGINEER, VIETNAM VET
Born and raised in 1947 in Monterey, California, I grew up next door to Fort Ord where over 1,500,000 soldiers took basic training and/or advanced infantry training. My father, who was a Captain in the Army, was stationed there and met and married my mom in Monterey while stationed there. This place holds special memories for so many who have served our country and, as a combat Viet Nam veteran, this epic ride gives me a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something special for them. Veterans from all over our country have spent time at Fort Ord and many would like to have it their forever resting place and home.
The three of us hope and pray for your support and donations to help make this happen.
Rick "Phin" Phinney
555TH Combat Engineers
Phu Cat, Viet Nam, 1968-1969
Rick "Shameless" De Arana
PROUD SON OF A WWII NAVY VETERAN
I have always believed that those who serve our country in uniform - so often directly in harm's way - deserve our utmost respect and recognition. The fact that I did not serve in our armed forces - but rather have benefited from the protection of our rights and way of life provided by others - makes me all the more determined to do my part now to honor our veterans. At the time of their passing, we are afforded our last, best time to show our appreciation for their service. As beautiful as the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery is, it will not be able to fulfill its charter to serve ALL veterans until in-ground burials are made available to those whose faith and deeply held beliefs require them.
This ride to raise funds for Phase Two is my way of helping to make sure this comes to pass.
Hy "Crash" Libby
PROUD SON OF A WWII MERCHANT MARINER
Very few things are more important to me than demonstrating in word and deed my support for our country's veterans. Too often our veterans are overlooked and forgotten after they have served - and especially as they age. At the time of their passing, we are given a final opportunity to show our respect and to lay them to rest in a dignified and honorable fashion.
My father passed away long before the Merchant Mariners were recognized as veterans for their service to the country. No one who wore the uniform of any of our service branches should be forced to forego the final honors of a military funeral.
I'm participating in the Epic Ride so that funding for in-ground burials can be achieved and all veterans will be afforded the opportunity to be interred in the beautiful California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery.