The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to provide escort then stand in silent Honor and Respect for 1SG Chester Howard West, US Army, WWI MOH recipient as he is laid to rest in the Donel C. Kinnard Veteran’s Cemetery in Dunbar, WV on Saturday, 12 May 18.

His citation reads:

“The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Sergeant Chester Howard West, (ASN: 2263711) United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 26 September 1918, while serving with Company D, 91st Division, in action at Bois-de-Cheppy, France. While making his way through a thick fog with his automatic rifle section, his advance was halted by direct and unusual machine gun fire from 2 guns. Without aid, he at once dashed through the fire and, attacking the nest, killed 2 of the gunners, 1 of whom was an officer. This prompt and decisive hand-to-hand encounter on his part enabled his company to advance farther without the loss of a man.”

Primary Staging Time: 1100 A.M.

Reger Funeral Home
1242 Adams Ave.
Huntington, West Virginia –

Ride Captain:

Gregg Hicks (duckswv@yahoo.com) is the RCIC of this most Honorable mission.

Special Instructions:

Mission brief 1115.

Anticipate departing the funeral at 1130 for the trip to the cemetery. LEOs will provide escort.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, we will establish our flag line prior to the start of services at 1400. Flag line will be maintained until the conclusion of services at 1515.

Long range weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the high 70’s. Please dress and travel according to conditions on that day, ensuring you keep yourself properly hydrated.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Joe Cumblidge
Position: State Captain