Ride Report for Ride Captain HowardK

On Saturday evening February 4th Cpl. Diane Tickell USMC was recognized for her dedicated service to our country by WWR, AHW and many friends and extended family at Barnaby’s of America in Havertown, Pa.

Diane was born on the small island of Pohnpei in Micronesia on March 26, 1986. Diane has two sisters, Julia and Olivia as well as two brothers, Mark Jr. and Tommy. She is the daughter of Esther and Mark Tickell. Diane graduated high school in 2004 and was a member of the honor society. She then pursued a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the College of Micronesia where she graduated with honors.

Diane joined the United States Marine Corps. in 2008 and is currently stationed at New River Air Station NC as a helicopter mechanic. She has also been assigned as a General’s aid at Camp LeJune. Diane was deployed to Iraq in August, 2009 and returned December, 2009.

Warriors Watch Riders were invited to INTERRUPT a scheduled birthday gathering for recently returned Afghanistan veteran TJ Procaccio to celebrate and recognize Diane’s service to our country by Christine Procaccio, proud mother of TJ.  WWR and A Hero’s Welcome rallied at the Manoa Shopping Center and at 9:15 proceeded to  Barnaby’s of America a short distance away. The procession of big flagged bikes followed many more motorcycles and quite a few cars and trucks entered Barnaby’s parking lot, circled the building with lights flashing and horns honking, and parked in front of the main entrance. There we were greeted by a tall, stunningly beautiful Marine Corporal dressed in a formal red coat, standing by the front door. USMC Corporal Diane Tickell was surrounded by a large group of friends and celebrants.

WWR thanked Cpl. Diane Tickell for her service, sacrifice and dedication to keeping us all free and safe here at home and presented her with our Warrior’s Watch Honor coin. She then received a certificate recognizing her service to our country, and a thank you from a grateful nation presented by A Hero’s Welcome. Cpl. Tickell was then joined by the WWR and AHW contingent for our traditional mugs and hugs which were also filmed by CBS TV 3 Philadelphia. After a few more hugs, and a lot more mugs we departed to allow the party to continue.

WWR would like to thank Christine Procaccio and the Procaccio family for inviting us to participate in this very well deserved celebration for Diane. Warriors Watch Riders also extend our sincere thanks to Bill Hendricks, General Manager of Barnaby’s, for his assistance in arranging this surprise recognition ceremony.

Semper Fi

Respectfully submitted by RC HowardK

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