Category Archives: Confirmed Missions

SHORT NOTICE – John Shernit, USA Veteran – Weirton, WV/Eldersville, PA – 31 Oct 14

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The family of US Army Veteran John George Shernit has requested that the Patriot Guard Rider stand in silent honor of their American Hero at his final services and then escort him to his final resting place. See his obituary here: http://www.steelandwolfe.com/obituaries.htm

Friday, 31 October 2014

Flag line/Funeral Service: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home
380 Penco Rd.
Weirton, WV 26062
https://goo.gl/maps/l8i39

Escort: Immediately following the funeral service to:
Bethel Ridge Cemetery
Bethel Ridge Road
Eldersville, PA (Avella) 15312
https://goo.gl/maps/3LhKY

Staging: 9:30 AM at the side parking lot of the funeral home.
Briefing:9:45 AM
Flag Lineup at 10:00 AM for family’s arrival.

The weather is forecast to be overcast and chilly (mid 40’s) so dress accordingly. HYDRATE.
Some family members will be riding with us so motorcycles are preferred but cages are certainly welcome.

Ride Captain: Aaron Zeff
412-491-3383
delta@cobweb.net

CONFIRMED – CPL Edwin C. Anderson, Jr., USA Korea Veteran – Charleston, WV – 2 Nov 14

Korea

 

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for CPL Edwin C. Anderson, Jr., during his final services on Sunday, 2 Nov 14. 

Edwin is the Father of WV PGR member Edwin “Bud” Anderson, III. 

Services will be at the First United Methodist Church, 905 Glendale Ave., S. Charleston, WV (http://tinyurl.com/m8fuxye) beginning at 1500. 

Interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Park, 4301 Maccorkle Ave., SW, S. Charleston, WV (http://tinyurl.com/ovhnvfd), a distance of less than 4 miles. 

West Virginia ASC-South, Buddy Palla (deaconbiker@yahoo.com) is the designated RCIC for this most honorable mission. 

Staging Location: Hardee’s Restaurant, 624 Maccorkle Ave., SW, S. Charleston, WV (http://tinyurl.com/l4gzlgq), Exit #56 on I-64. 

Staging time: 1300-1330. 

KSU: 1340. 

Flag line will be in place NLT 1400 and maintained until start of services. 

Weather forecast for Sunday is for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 40’s and a 10% of precipitation.  Please watch the weather closely and dress/travel accordingly. 

As this is a weekend, please make an effort to attend as we say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another Veteran of “The Forgotten War”.

Respects,

Joe

 

SHORT NOTICE – SPC John Edwards, Jr., USA Desert Storm/Desert Shield/OIF Veteran – Wheeling, WV – 28 Oct 14

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The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for SPC John Edwards, Jr., U.S. Army Veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  John went to be in Lord’s Army on Friday, 24 Oct, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

John is the cousin of WV District 6 RC Mike Whitlatch. 

Services will be held on Tuesday, 28 Oct, beginning at 1100 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV. 

For any who are able, there will be an unofficial flag line at the funeral home on Monday, 27 Oct, from 1800-2000. 

WV District 6 RC Mike Whitlatch (bumpnrun2462@aol.com) is the RCIC of this most honorable mission. 

Staging will be at Tractor Supply, 6 Elm Grove Plaza, Triadelphia, WV (http://tinyurl.com/lpamc9n). 

Staging time: 0915 

Mission brief: 0930 

KSU: 0940 for the short trip to the funeral home. 

Flag line will be in place NLT 1000 and maintained until start of services.  At the conclusion of services, flag line will be reset as John is moved to the hearse for his final journey. 

Escort will be provided to the Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, at which time flag line will be set and maintained during graveside services. 

Early weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies in the morning with a high of 77.  80% of afternoon thundeshowers. Please dress and travel accordingly. 

Understanding this is a work day for most, if at all possible, please make an effort to attend this most honorable mission as we say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another of our native sons.

Respects,

Joe

SHORT NOTICE – Charles M. Dooley, US Army, Cold War Veteran – Sissonville, WV – 25 Oct 14

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The family of Charles Dooley has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand in honor of their departed hero, this Saturday at the Long and Fisher Funeral Home in Sissonville, WV. Charles actually served in the Army twice; the first time was of his own choosing, the second was when he was drafted during the Cuban missile crisis.

There will not be an escort for this mission, as the burial will take place at the Floral Hills Memory Gardens which is adjacent to the funeral home. We will be standing a flag line at the funeral home one hour prior to the service, and another flag line for the graveside service (walking distance).

Food, fuel, restrooms are available and there are several other food establishments close by. The Go-mart is approx one mile from the funeral home. I have known this family for quite a few years and they attend my church…it will be an honor for me to stand for Charles, and I hope many of you will be able to attend this mission.

Staging location: Go-Mart, 6302 Sissonville Dr, Charleston, WV (it’s across Rt 21 from the Sissonville High School) http://tinyurl.com/pmq7nul

Staging time: Arrive when you wish, but the mission brief will take place at 0935, KSU at 0945.

Flag line in place: 1000-1100, the service begins at 1100
RCIC: Buddy Palla

The weather forecast for Saturday is sunny, with temps in the mid-upper 60s. Please dress appropriately.

Buddy Palla
WVPG ASC-South
304-610-1324

CONFIRMED – William H. Ferguson, Jr., US Army, Korean War Veteran – Beckley, WV – 23 Oct 14

Korea

 

The family of William Harvey Ferguson, Jr. has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand in honor of their loved one at his final services. Mr. Ferguson served our nation in the Korean War as a member of the US Army. The family has requested a flag line for the private visitation at the funeral home, and would also like us to provide escort to the cemetery where Mr. Ferguson will be interred with full military honors.

Staging time: 1230-1245, mission brief at 1250, flag line in place by 1300

Staging location: Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S Kanawha St, Beckley WV

http://tinyurl.com/nfrx7g2

Duration: flag line in place from 1300-1400

Escort to the cemetery: approx 1400, with interment service at 1430.

RCIC: Until final determination is made, contact Buddy Palla, 304-610-1324 with questions. 

If your bike/cage is equipped to safely fly flags for an escort, please come prepared to do so. 

Buddy Palla

WVPG ASC-South

CONFIRMED – PO1 Ernest Kroese, US Navy, Vietnam Veteran – Macfarlan, WV – 25 Oct 14

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The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for PO1 Ernest Martin Kroese, U.S. Navy, Vietnam Veteran, during his final services on Saturday, 25 Oct 14. Ernest went to be with the Lord on 11 Oct 14 and will be interred on the family property.
WV District 3 RC Carl Spade (ace_gunsmith@hotmail.com) is the designated RCIC of this most honorable mission.

Staging will be at the Exxon station located at the junction of WV Routes 16 and 47. If traveling West on 47, station will be on your right and if traveling East, station will be on your left. If traveling in on Route 16, turn Right at the junction of Route 47.

Staging time: 1315

Brief and KSU at 1330 for the short trip to the family property.

Flag line will be in place prior to the start of services at 1400 and maintained until the conclusion.

Property has a gravel driveway and hard-packed yard which should be conducive to 2-wheels, although cages are also welcome. There is NO escort associated with this mission.

Very early weather forecast is for temperatures in the mid-60’s with a minimal chance of precipitation. Please dress and travel according to conditions on that day.

As this is a weekend and a relatively remote part of West Virginia, if at all possible, please make an effort to attend as we say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another who so willingly answer our Nation’s call during a period of history when such service was frowned upon by many.
Respects,
Joe

CONFIRMED – MSG (RET) Michael R. Scully, WVARNG – Williamstown, WV – 17 Oct 19

Nat'l Guard

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for MSG (RET) Michael R. Scully, WVARNG, during his final services and tribute on Friday, 17 Oct 14, at the Williamstown Readiness Center in Williamstown, WV. MSG Scully went to be with the Lord on 11 Oct after losing his battle with cancer. 

MSG Scully was a longstanding member and employee of the WVARNG Aviation Community where he served in a variety of leadership and flight crew positions. Additionally during his last years he served and deployed with Special Operations in Africa. 

In addition to his long military career, he was also an avid Harley rider.  To honor his final request, the PGR will be present as he takes his final helo ride. 

Ride Captain assignment is currently pending. 

Staging will be at the Mini-Giant (BP) gas station located at the intersection of WV Routes 2 and 31. 

Staging time: 0815 

Mission brief: 0830.  Additional mission details will be given at that time. 

KSU: NLT 0845 for the short trip to the Readiness Center. 

A flag line will be established as he is moved into the Readiness Center and, again, as he is carried to the launch area for his final journey.  Our participation will end after the helo has taken off. 

Weather forecast for Friday is for temperatures in the high 60’s with a 20% chance of showers.  Please dress and travel accordingly. 

Understanding this is a work day for many, if at all possible, please make a concerted effort to attend this most honorable mission as we say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another of our Citizen Soldiers who so willingly gave their time to protect your freedom and liberties.

Respects,

Joe

CONFIRMED – Jackie L. “Jack” Mace, US Army Korean Era Veteran – Charleston, WV – 08 Oct 14

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The family of Jack Mace has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in honor of their loved one on Wednesday, October 8th, prior to his memorial service at Maranatha Baptist Church. After many months of declining health, Jack entered the gates of heaven this morning, and suffers no more. He and his wife are good friends and neighbors of mine, and when I asked her if she would like the Patriot Guard to honor Jack, her response was “absolutely”.

  This will be a flag-line only mission, no escort will be needed as Jack will be buried in a separate ceremony the following day; your mode of transportation is up to you (bike or cage). In the event of inclement weather, our flag line will be posted inside the church entrance. When the service begins at 1900, the mission will terminate.

Staging time: 1730-1745, with a mission brief at 1750, flag line in place by 1800 (6:00 pm)

Staging location: Maranatha Baptist Church, 1 Maranatha Acres, Charleston WV (the church is located just off the Tuppers Creek exit of I-77, exit 111)  http://tinyurl.com/oc33gfh

RCIC: Since I am so close to this family, I will be serving as the RC. 

Buddy Palla, WVPG

deaconbiker@yahoo.com 

 

CONFIRMED – Glenn Harrah, US Army, Little Hocking, OH, 26 SEP 14

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The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in honor of Glen Harrah at his final services on Friday, Sept 26th. The funeral service portion of this mission will take place in Ohio, and the burial will take place in West Virginia. WV leadership of this mission of honor has been fully coordinated with Bob Woods, OHPGR State Captain.

This mission will include flag lines at the church and cemetery, as well as an escort. If you plan to fly flags during the escort, please ensure they can withstand the escort speed and distance…the RC will provide escort details at the mission brief.

Staging time: 1115-1130, briefing at 1130, KSU when briefing is completed

Staging location: Park & Ride located at the intersection of Rt 339 & Rt 7 in OH.

Service location: Porterfield Baptist Church, 39 Hollywood Dr, Little Hocking, OH  http://tinyurl.com/mxvkqym

RCIC: Carl Spade, 304-549-4515 Please contact the RC with any/all questions.

Buddy Palla, WVPG ASC-South

Confirmed – CPL. Charles “Chuck” Kline, Sr. US Army Veteran, 25 SEP 14

Cpl. Charles Kline, Sr

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for CPL. Charles “Chuck” Kline, Sr., 82, US Army, Korean War Veteran who went to be with the Lord on 20 Sept 14.

The family has requested that the Patriot Guard be present at visitation on Thursday 25 Sept 2014 from 10:30 – 1:00, at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main St. Follansbee, WV

(http://mapq.st/1rfnAHs)

Funeral Services  will follow visitation at 1:00 WV District 6 RC Cheryl J Skinner, (proudusa@outlook.com) & Michael Whitlatch (bumpnrun2462@aol.com ) are the RC’s.

Staging: 10:15 @ the

James Funeral Home, 1245 Main St. Follansbee, WV

(http://mapq.st/1rfnAHs)

Flag line will be in place NLT 10:25 and maintained until start of services at 1:00 p.m.. At the conclusion of services, flag line will be reset as CPL. Charles Kline, Sr., is transferred to the hearse for his final journey. Please bring you 3×5 Flags.

Escort will be to Kadesh Chapel Cemetery, Beech Bottom, WV.  Flag line will be re-established and maintained until the conclusion of graveside services.