We Have Been asked by a Proud Mom and Dad to Welcome Home their Hero Son U.S. Army Specialist John Berle…so that is just what we will do!!!
Specialist Berle is returning from a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan, his 2nd, with his 1st being 1 year deployment to Iraq
Our Hero is 23 years old, a Graduate of Eastern High School
joined the Army in October 2009, Stationed with the 164th, Fort Stewart Georgia
**********Specialist Berle’s many medals also include a PURPLE HEART**********
When our Hero does find relaxing time he enjoys Boxing and working out…when finished with his Military committment Specialist Berle plans on going back to school
Joining in the celebration of his arrival home with his Parents Mom Jan and Dad John are his Sister Jessica and Brother Daniel
LETS COME OUT TO WISH THIS PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT HERO A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR ALONG WITH A BIG SPLASH WELCOME HOME WWR STYLE
Rally——–WaWa 421 S White Horse Pike Lindenwold
Rally time–1215 (12:15pm)
)Boy this day was cold, but 25 riders and six cagers showed up to Welcome Home John Berle. Our official PD assistance came via Officer Billingsley from The Gibbsboro PD . Officer Billingsley arrived for work 3 hours early to provide the sirens and lights to bring this hero home in style. Thank you, sir.
At the rally point, after meeting a couple new riders and going over all the safety tips, we rolled to go get our hero at a nearby eatery. Being that it was cold and even though we were about 40 strong, we went inside to find our man and make some noise. Which we did. Jan, our Hero’s mom, kept saying “oh my, there are some many of you. Thank you very much for all this.”
No ma’am thank you, for all your family has done for us.
A few minutes later John emerged from La Esperanze, at which time we made some more noise and thanked him again. Within a few minutes we were on are way to Gibbsboro where Operation Yellow Ribbon (OYR) was standing by. While en route to our Hero’s home there were people lined along the road way, waving flags and even holding signs saying Welcome Home John. One which was being held by a pretty little girl of about 10 years old, what a sight she was.
We made our way onto the Hero’s street and there we see the oh so great sight we all look forward to, yup all the American flags passed out by OYR, and the FD ladder truck flying a large American flag. It was then that I knew we had brought another Hero home to his family.
Thank you to everyone who came out, in the cold, to recognize John Berle’s service. Various MC’s were represented, Warriors’ Watch Riders, 2nd Brigade, American Legion Riders, amongst others. Sorry if I omitted anyone or group from this ride report, I assure you it was not intentional.
Submitted by Shawn “Trashman” Ewing