Rebuild Mikeys Memorial Truck

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40310012_1561955801198545_r.jpeg40310012_1561955869151937_r.jpeg40310012_1561955927961_r.jpeg40310012_1561956016313852_r.jpeg40310012_1561956069649371_r.jpeg40310012_1561956142235994_r.jpeg40310012_1561956183372411_r.jpeg40310012_1561956228206134_r.jpeg40310012_1561956299319305_r.jpeg40310012_1561956360186819_r.jpeg40310012_1561956424884234_r.jpeg40310012_1561956571605113_r.jpeg40310012_1561956655130135_r.jpeg40310012_1561956734130660_r.jpeg40310012_1561956828535244_r.jpeg40310012_1561956917197669_r.jpeg40310012_1561956967965621_r.jpeg40310012_1561957302261333_r.jpeg40310012_1561957341308120_r.jpegOn sept 18, 2008, 4 Chinook Helicopters left Kuwait heading for Iraq to start their 9 month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   At approximately 1150 pm on the 17th of Sept, one helicopter went down.  Red River 44 crashed for reasons unknown taking the lives of 4 Texas Soldiers, and 3 Oklahoma Soldiers.  My Son, US Army Cpl. Michael Eyre Thompson was the door gunner on that aircraft.  
I ended up with Mikeys pickup truck and had it airbrushed and painted up as a tribute to his service to this great nation.  On June 26th of 2019 the truck was stolen out of my driveway and involved in a rollover crash about 2 miles from our house.  It is a total loss rolling over into a sandstone ditch.  Thankfully, nobody was hurt.   I cannot let this truck end its life and service in this manner.  I have to try to get it back together in memory and tribute to Mikey.  I made the comment that it wpuld never be the same, and I know it won't .  BUT, it will continue with the help of the scores and scores of folks who are willing to pitch in and help male it happen so it will be a tribute to Michael, yes, but will also be a tribute to ALL who pitch in and help us make it whole again.  This pickup has in it's former glory escorted no less then 15 KIA's from the Iraq/Afganistan wars, but also scores and scores of WWII vets, Korean War Vets, and Viet Nam vets to their final resting place with the Oklahoma PGR.  Yes.  I hadn't done many missions in the last couple of years,  but these missions take an emotional toll on anyone who does them with any frequency.  
Please find it in your heart to help keep this truck and legacy alive.
Thank you all who chose to help.  Myself and my Family appreciate it.
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UPDATE, 8-10-19
Howdy everyone. Again, let me start by sincerely thanking all friends, family and Brothers and Sisters for all the support, financial or otherwise! It is greatly appreciated.
Well, as most of you know, I made a trip to Kentucky and picked up a "donor truck". Made it back home fine and unloaded it at the shop Donald and crew are working out of. Mikeys.truck is syill at Donalds house but he has been working on getting tires to hold air and metal out of the way so it can at least roll around and.can get towed to the shop. It is and will be a long process and i in no way want to hurry hurry, rush rush anything. I feel with 1000% confidence that Donald and his crew are the right ones to accomplish the job.
We did finally get an official estimate, and it was kind of eye opening but expected given the task at hand . Estimated at $19,400. WOW. What a number! I always thought probably 12k to 15k, and given that 5k was allotted for custom paint, i probably wasnt too far off. I guess one guy who I don't think really wanted to do it made the comment that he could buy 4 trucks like it for what it would cost to fix it. Well, he was about right too!! A little disheartened at the cost, I am thrilled and uplifted when talking with Donald. He assures me, we're gonna get it done, then worry about how guys get paid . I love that attitude and assured him, the guys will get paid, one way or another.
Ok, well thats about it for now. Work is very soon going to get started, and he estimated 3 months to completion. Will get pics and updates as things start happening!!!
Thanks again for all the support, please share and lets try to keep it going!!!!
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Update : 7/16/2019 4:20pm
Howdy all!!! Let me start by again thanking everybody for their donations and support.
We found a truck to can all the parts we need off of. Its in Cave City, Kentucky and as soon as the guy calls me back and confirms he has the motor out of it, Ill be heading to Kentucky to get it. Cost: $1000. My man Donald Dukes says we could spend way more than that trying to find individual parts. I'll pay the expense of driving out with my trailer and getting it, but will take the thousand out of the account to pay for it.
Appreciate everyone again!!! We're gonna make this happen!!!
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Update on the evening of 9 July.
Howdy everybody. No way we can thank everybody enough for their kindness and generosity in helping us thru this with Michaels Tribute Truck. We are totally gracious to everyone who has helped, shared, commented and especially donated.
The status of the truck itself hasnt changed since the last update. Multiple folks from across the city and state are making calls every day trying to find parts, another truck, or whatever they can think of to come up with a plan. Buy another truck we can take parts off of to rebuild Mikeys. Find a source for parts, mechanical or body to be able to rebuild, or what routt to take that would provide the best possible outcome. Thats our goal. The best path to give us the best outcome. Donald said origionally at least 2 weeks to come up with a workable estimate. We're still well within that timeframe, and will keep on keeping on til we get something to plan on.
Again, I ask your patience and continued support. We will make this happen, but realize these things take time, and should not be rushed into willy nilly. 100% of donated funds will go directly to the repair of the truck. 100%. Thats my word to all our friends, family, donors and supporters. More as things change. Thank you again.
Kory Michael Thompson
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Update, july 2.
Well, the truck has been delivered to the guy who is going to fix it. It happens to be the same guy who originally made all the necessary repairs, painted, redid the interior, and hired the custom painter. Who better to re-do it than him. He already has his team of guys brainstorming on the best way forward. Talk of finding suitable parts and pieces, even finding another truck with a bad motor that parts can be taken off of. Lots of options and its all in the works. He said he would within a couple of weeks get an official "estimate". Then when its all together, we can decide on paint, wrap, or whatever is most feasable.
This leaves me in a quandry. Yes, this is and will always be Michaels Memorial truck. Always. But somehow i also want ro honor and show appreciation of not only all Vets and Gold Star Families, but want to honor and show appreciation to YOU!! The donors, without yall, this could never have happened. This truck will ne a part of EVERY ONE OF YOU that jas found it in your heart to help. No way I could thank yall enough, or possibly show the appreciation my entire Family has for what yall have made possible.
So, what i would like to do is ask YALL, anyone who would like to have input. How can I do that in paint or wrap. What are your ideas and thoughts? Message me, email me, use the link on the go fund me to contact me and give me your ideas!!! The first person to post or email an idea I use will get one of Michaels HeroBracelets sent to you! I will post a pic with the rest of the pictures. I would love to be able to send EVERY one of you a bracelet, but sadly thats not really feasable.
Please contact me with your ideas on how to honor you, the donors.
Thank every one of you from the bottom of my heart!!!
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