Honor Mission

COL Michael A. O'Dockerty, Retired

USA USAR - Vietnam

Fultonville, New York - 17 Mar 2017



The family of Colonel Michael Arthur O’Dockerty, USA/USAR (Ret.) has requested Patriot Guard Rider presence at his funeral services.

Colonel Michael Arthur O’Dockerty passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Col. O’Dockerty attended St. Johnsville Central School, graduating in 1959. He graduated from Cornell University in 1963 with a B.S. in Plant Science, and then went on to receive his M.S. degree in Botany from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1966.

With great love for his country, Col. O’Dockerty joined Army R.O.T.C at Cornell University and became a commissioned officer in 1963. He bravely and proudly served his country in Vietnam from 1966-1967 with the 446 Transportation Company, 7th Logistics Command where his primary concern was keeping the men in his charge safe. Following his active duty, Col. O’Dockerty continued to serve his country as a U.S. Army Reserves Officer with the 331st General Hospital in Utica, NY until his retirement in 1995; during that time, he was an active duty officer for over 10 years. For his service, Colonel O’Dockerty was awarded the US Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Col. O’Dockerty was a devout Catholic and member of St. Cecilia’s Church in Fonda, attending mass at the St. Kateri Shrine during the summer months. He was a member of the Fonda-Fultonville Retired Teachers Association, VFW Post 942 in Fonda, American Legion Post 168 in St. Johnsville, Pine Tree Rifle Club in Johnstown and a docent at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga.

The Patriot Guard Riders will stand proudly, rendering dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Colonel Michael A. O’Dockerty.

Ray Sestak
Assistant State Captain
Eastern Region, PGRNY


Primary Staging Time: 2:45 P.M.
Jackson & Betz Funeral Home
15 Main Street
Fultonville, New York - 12072
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
Staging at the funeral home at 2:45 PM for the arrival of family. Family requests honor guard post at the casket, as well as flag line during visitation from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Please dress for the weather. PGR presence is not requested at the church and interment will take place in the Spring.


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