Honor Mission

Richard J. Gibbons, Veteran
USA - WWII
MULTI-CITY, New York - 30 Apr 2018


ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the military honors funeral services of Mr. Richard J. Gibbons. Mr. Gibbons, 92, passed on January 31, 2018.

Richard attended Scotia schools and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1943. Accepted into the aviation cadet program, he was sent to flight school, and was graduated and classified in the P-40 fighter plane. He received a commission as a 2nd Lt. However, the need for bomber crews proved greater, and Richard was transferred to B-24s.  He was assigned as a ball turret gunner in the 4th Air Force based in March Field California. The task of the 4th Air Force was anti submarine missions from March Field to the Panama Canal. These crews faced extreme danger on their patrolling missions, because they always had to load a full bomb bay! At the end of the war in 1945, Richard volunteered and was accepted as part of the Flying Tiger in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations, and was contracted as a P-51 pilot to aid the Chinese Nationalists in the fight against the Chinese Communists. As Richard made his way overseas, the Flying Tigers base was overrun by communist forces, stranding Richard on Okinawa.  Returning to civilian life in '45 he attended RPI and became a Mechanical Engineer with the Federal Government. 

Details of the above narrative were provided by the family.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 30 Apr 2018
Primary Staging Time: 12:15 P.M.

The Scotia Diner
114 Mohawk Ave.
Scotia, New York - 12302


Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak
rayspgrny@gmail.com
518-669-3358


Special Instructions:

Staging at the Scotia Diner parking lot with KSU of 12:30. Riders will proceed to private residence to join with motorcade of WWII vehicles that will lead escort to Saratoga National Cemetery.


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.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 30 Apr, 2018
Staging #2 Time: 2:00 P.M.

Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York - 12871


Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak
rayspgrny@gmail.com
518-669-3358


Special Instructions:

Interment with full military honors scheduled for 2:30 PM. Please stage quietly and be aware of any services already in progress. Please do not gather at the Visitors Center.

Any RC available at the cemetery, please organize as many members as possible for flag line at the entrance for the arrival of the motorcade.


Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.




Submitted By: Ray Sestak
Position: Assistant State Captain

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