Yakima Combat Vet Looks For Help To Honor One Of Yakima’s Greatest Warriors
Ramon Dang is an active duty soldier of 30 years who rides with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association -- their motto is “Vets Helping Vets”. While researching a potential project Ramon came across information that caught his attention and set his course on its current path.
During his research he looked at all the Medal of Honor (MoH) recipients from the Northwest which lead to organizing a biker ride to cemeteries all over Washington/Oregon/Idaho to clean up those graves and pay respects for their ultimate sacrifice for the Nation.
Last year Dang rode 1200 miles in four days to maintain sites at four different Cemeteries where he found some were better kept than others. But when he went to Tahoma cemetery in Yakima, the site of Yakima's own hero, SSG Jack J. Pendleton, he was saddened and disappointed by what he discovered.
The simple grave maker and that of his mother buried next to him were lost in an overgrowth of grass. The vets cleaned up the grave site but took notice of the lack of a distinguished monument and the fact that the site was removed from the rest of the military side of the cemetery.
That was all the inspiration Ramon needed to jump into action. He's asking for the community's help to raise the funds to give back to this great hero that is buried in our community.
The goal is to get the work started about March 25 2018 which is the MoH Day nationwide and unveil it on Memorial weekend on May 28, 2018.
If he can’t get it done this year, he says he will try again the following year until the mission is complete and in the meantime, the Combat Vets will continue the Medal of Honor Ride every year to clean up and show their respects.
If you would like to help a loyal soldier complete his mission of honor, you can make a contribution to his Go Fund Me – Medal of Honor Head Stone page or make a donation to the Combat Vets account at the Navy Federal Credit Union.
We’ll check back in with Ramon Dang in about a month to check on his progress. Let’s show him what the KIT patriots are capable of doing…and Thanks.
Here’s his mission in his own words.