Charlie Mike III
Honoring Those Who Served in World War II
August 3-4, 2011
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Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association NC 15-1 held Charlie Mike III (CMIII) on August 3-4 and rode 1,000 miles in 24 hours in honor of those who served in World War II. Charlie Mike is phonetic for the letters CM, which means “continue the mission.” CMIII started at the Harnett County Veterans Memorial in Lillington, then went to USS Yorktown (Charleston, SC), USS North Carolina (Wilmington, NC), USS Wisconsin (Norfolk, VA), a section of the WWII Memorial Highway in Richmond, and ended at the Airborne Special Operation Museum in Fayetteville. There are four bikers and a passenger who completed the three Charlie Mikes: QuietMan, Wizard, Brian Volk, my driver and me (the passenger). It was humid, but as long as we were rolling, it felt OK. We left Lillington at about 1030. We had fuel stops every 100 miles.

This ride qualified the bikers for the IronButt Association's Saddlesore 1,000. CVMA submits all of the documentation to the IronButt Association on behalf of the riders. This year, I think 22 bikes completed the ride. Last year, 42 bikes completed the ride (I think) and 14 bikes completed the first Charlie Mike in 2010.

Why is it called Charlie Mike? Charlie Mike is phonetic for the letters C and M. In military terms, it means "continue the mission."

When riding for 24 hours, some of us listen to our stereo or a MP3 (using ear buds). Listening to music that keeps you awake is helpful. My driver and I listen to Christian, Rock and Country, but we decided to use portions (intros and riffs) of multiple rock songs that we listened to during CMIII. I hope the song writers, bands, and labels are cool with this. CVMA is a non-profit organization, and proceeds go to activities related to the military and veterans.

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