My name is Troy Elkins. Richie was my NCO while we were stationed in Naples, Italy. He was a friend, mentor, and a Marine looked after his brothers beyond the normal requirements.
I and still in shock and saddened by his loss. Unfortunately, due to time and distance, I cannot come and say my farewell. Four of my brothers from Naples will be there in our place.
I just wanted to say thank you to you and the other riders that will be on the escort detail. It is great comfort knowing his is travelling home surrounded by the people he loved most, his fellow service men.
Forever in your debt,