Cruising down I- 75 this past Tuesday motorists gave a doubletake as they witnessed Hoss Cartwright breezing down the Interstate on his POW MIA Harley trike with a shower chair strapped to the passenger seat. Hoss, a highly decorated VietNam Vet and member of the VietNam Vets Motorcycle Club( VNVMC) was escorted by Ed Peirce, also a VietNam Vet, and member of the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club (SBMC) and Joanne Hunter a Marine Corps Nurse Vet. They are headed to Berea to offer aid to a veteran brother with a broken leg. The VNVMC and the SBMC may be a scarey looking, loud motorcycle gang to some, but, to those in the know, these brothers are the ones that offered up their lives for all of our Freedom. The SBMC was formed as a brotherhood in 1999 and was established with the help of the VNVMC as an MC in 2004. The SBMC are the sons, cousins, uncles, grandsons, nephews and friends of those heroic Vietnam vets that fought so bravely in the past for all of us. Their mission statement is to support all veterans especially the VietNam veterans. As our beloved VietNam vets grow older, the SBMC will help carry the torch to make sure they are never forgotten. There are a lot of veterans in the SBMC. Although it is not a requirement, having a heart to serve and the love to ride is!
A lot of our members have been awarded many honors for patriotism. Including Chris “MANCHU” Hill of the SBMC who recently received the Patriot of the Year award by the POW MIA National committee. When ask, “Manchu” remains very humble. I simply accepted the award. It is the work and service of all of us that deserves the honor. Eldern “EL” Riley SBMC a retired US ARMY Major and president of the local SBMC Chapter H views the work he and the SBMC does as part of the Lords work. We raised over $1700.00 for the Lawrenceburg food pantry just a few weeks ago and it is an honor to help with the motorcycle escort of the traveling VietNam Veterans Wall August 29th. We all have a lot of things in common, we love to ride motorcycles and we all love, appreciate and support our veterans. When it comes to patriotism, it is not done with just words, it is done with deeds. So the next time you see a scruffy looking loud group of bikers wareing the RED & BLACK of the SBMC don’t hesitate to come up introduce yourself and say “thanks” you may be surprised when you get your response, normally a handshake, a hug and a thank you back with the words “It is an Honor to serve and support those that did”