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Lt. Enoch also is remembered by the Patriot Guard, a nationwide organization of motorcyclists who have accompanied funeral processions of Iraq casualties as a gesture of honor since 2005. An online site devoted to the memory of the fallen pilot was filling with messages Wednesday.

“You were never forgotten by your loved ones or a grateful nation. Welcome home,” said one missive.

“Rest in peace, solider/airman. Your mission is complete,” said another.