by Cheri Fisher and Su Phelps, Photos by Su Phelps
On July 12th, 2018 Gene Stephens, a resident at Atria Seville Senior Living Facility of Las Vegas,2000 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89128, the last living member of the original Military Police Corps (a branch of the Army dating back to 1941), serving during WWII celebrated his 100th birthday! With his love of country, and his service, he has vivid memories of riding his WWII Harley-Davidson motorcycle during many of his assignments. These included supporting General Dwight Eisenhower’s Bush convoy landings; Maj. Gen. George S. Patton’s troops as they prepared for the invasion of Sicily; nighttime motorcade escort for President Franklin D. Roosevelt in North Africa; escorted 800 wingless warplanes they were unloaded from ships in Oran and Algiers; among other assignments. He also trained a cadre of military police motorcycle riders.
Gene was born on July 13th, 1918 and 100 years marks a very special milestone in any life. As the last living member of the original military police, the motorcycle riders from Metro Police Dept., Southern Nevada Harley Davidson Owners Group arrived in style to surprise him and honored him for his service and brought back a smile with memories of riding his wartime motorcycle. Officer Ken Mancour and his bagpipe played as the tribute continued.
Jill Biondo and the Staff of Atria Seville planned the party with the help of Gene’s family. It was a great afternoon and Gene had a blast.