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Monday Profile: Rayburn’s Triumph motorcycle

Posted June 29th, 2009

Hear the roar of a 1967 Triumph Tiger motorcycle owned by Patriot Guard Rider Tom Rayburn and hear how his life was affected by the vehicle. Read more of the story in the Mon., June 29 Kearney Hub print edition.

Hub Video by Mike Konz and Kent Lutt

Click here to view part of the Rayburn article. View the full story in Monday’s Hub print edition.

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Shawna S
June 29th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

What a great story about Tom!

Ilene Gotobed (Mrs. Kenneth)
June 29th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Feel sure Tom was a former neighbor and his parents very good friends. Proud that Tom is a Patriot Guard Rider.
Interested in hearing from Tom.

Sherrill Chaney(Plunkett)
June 29th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I rember Tom when I lived in Gibbon. Tom should be very proud of himself. If you ever come to Greenville S,C, look me up. Good video.

Kay Banner
June 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

We’ve ridden with Tom and his wife on several PGR missions. It is an honor to do so. Thank you Tom for what you are doing now and for your service. Welcome home!!!!!!!

Julie Murrish
June 29th, 2009 at 4:29 pm


You have always been a Hero in my eyes !

Mom and Dad you be so proud of you for being a Patriot Guard Rider!

Kay Banner
June 29th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

We have done many PGR missions with Tom and his wife Billy. We are very honored to do so. Thank you Tom for what you are doing now and for your service. Welcome Home Tom!!!!!!

Scott R.
June 29th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

That’s my Uncle!

June 29th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Thank you for sharing this story! This is very appropriate as we prepare to celebrate America’s birthday. The Patriot Guard’s awesome mission is to honor the fallen heroes of this land. I suggest that, on the Fourth of July, we all take time to honor the living veterans in our communities for their part in securing our sacred freedoms. All the men and women who have served or are currently serving this country have paid a dear price, some gave all. We owe every one of them our thanks and our respect.

Joyce (Spencer) Endecott
June 30th, 2009 at 7:17 am


Awesome tribute to our fallen heroes….Keep up the great work…I will look at the 4th of July differently this year.

Alisha Skelton
June 30th, 2009 at 8:47 am

How cool Tom! Love you guys!

Lee Ann
June 30th, 2009 at 10:19 am

So glad that you got the Triumph up and running for such a great cause…all veterans living & deceased deserve so much more than we can ever repay!! May we always keep them and their families in our prayers!! Have a great 4th of July!

Gary Bergstrom Jr.
June 30th, 2009 at 11:08 am

Way to go Tom! Great story.

Janell Wicht
June 30th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

You have always walked your walk, Tom. I admire you.
Congrats on this Triumph restoration. Thanks for your service and for taking the rides.

Your ‘67 GHS classmate.

Naomi Fritson
June 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

While I was too young at the time to do anything about it (vietnam era), I was aware and ashamed of how our veterans were being treated. I have had the privilege of standing with the Patriot Guard on several occasions and it is one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had. We can’t go back in time, but it’s not too late to say Thank You. So I say to this quiet, unassuming, and introspective man – Tom Rayburn – Thank you and welcome home. And I say to all veterans, young and old, THANK YOU!

July 1st, 2009 at 8:29 am

Great Job Tom! Thank you.

July 3rd, 2009 at 7:19 am

I think what the Patriot Guard does is a great thing for those families and friends who have lost a loved one, and I am proud that Tom & Billy and Kay & Dave are all part of it. What a very, very nice article and video the Hub did. Thank you, Tom, and all other Veterans for your service.

Gary W. Haxton
July 3rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Tom, Have not seen you since boot camp in
San Diego. Lookin good buddy. I still have my 1965 Kawasaki, maybe I should get it going so I can join you. I live in Corpus Christi Tx. come see me.

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