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Mustang Escorts Fallen Marine To Arlington Cemetery

May 26, 2013

Memorial Day weekend is more than a time for grilling and sales, a kick off to summer. May we never forget the MEMORIAL – the reason for this three day weekend. It’s to remember those who paid the biggest sacrifice – those like Troy Nealey and Ron Payne. Here’s a look from a different view – a US mustang now escorting US service members who paid that price to Arlington, their final resting place.

Simply Marvelous Horse World

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His name was Marine Sgt. Trevor Johnson, a young Marine who was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

He was a fifth-generation boy from Montana who grew up riding horses, herding cattle and mending fences.

When the young soldier was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on a cold winter day, a symbol of the fallen soldier’s ranching roots helped to escort him there.

Lonesome, a horse donated to The Old Guard’s caisson platoon from the Montana Bureau of Land Management lead the caisson that carried Johnson’s casket.

Lonesome was born at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Butte, Montana on Oct.12, 1995. As a young foal, he was freeze marked, a white identity mark that is clearly seen, today.

Lonesome was eventually adopted by Mark Sant, a BLM Archeologist.  Sant soon learned that Lonesome was exceptional in many…

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