The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to provide escort to Edward Jackfert, WWII USAAC Veteran/POW to his final rest on Saturday, 01 August. Edward went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL while under Hospice Care.

He served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He was sent to aircraft engineer’s school and completed the course to be assigned to the Philippine Islands with the 28th Bomb Squadron which later became a part of the 19th Bomb Group. He was at Clark Field, Philippine Islands, when the Japanese attacked it on December 8, 1941. Edward and the unit surrendered to the Japanese and became a Prisoner of War for three years and four months during the Bataan Death March. In May 1999, he was elected National Commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, a national veteran’s organization.

Staging Time: 1:00 PM

Chambers and James Funeral Home

1030 Main St.
Wellsburg, West Virginia 26070


Ride Captain:

WV RC Ed Gill (egillsdare@yahoo.com) is the RCIC.

Special Instructions:

Mission briefing at 1:15 PM.

We will escort Edward to a Public Graveside Service which will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg, WV, with Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, a flag line will be established and maintained for the duration of graveside services.

Early weather is for temperatures in the upper 80’s with an 80% chance of sunshine. Please dress and travel accordingly while keeping yourself hydrated.

Flags & Water:

Flags will not be provided

If you have large bike flags, please bring them.

Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Susan Whitlatch
Position: West Virginia Ride Captain