Short Notice
Honor Mission

John Ponce

USMC - Vietnam Veteran

Buffalo, New York - 08-10-18


The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to stand in honor of the Vietnam War service of John Ponce, who passed away on 6 August 2018.

Mr. Ponce was a proud combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, having served active duty for 2 years, 9 months from 1968-1970. With an MOS of 0351-Anti-Tank Assaultman, Mr. Ponce served 18 months in Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (3/5 - "Darkhorse").

Mr. Ponce was honorably discharged from active duty on 13 November 1970 with the rank of Sergeant (E-5), and was awarded the following for his service: Combat Action Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star; RVN Cross of Gallantry Medal w/Palm & Frame; Vietnam Campaign Medal; ; Rifle marksman Badge.

Following his USMC service, Mr. Ponce served with Company B, 1st Battalion, 174th Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard of NY, and was honorably discharged on 13 October 1978 with the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6.)


Staging Time:
08:00 a.m.

Holy Cross RC Church
345 7th Street at Maryland Street
Buffalo, NY 14201

Ride Captain:

Don Becker

Special Instructions:

Flag line for arrival of family and friends, followed by wake from 9:00 - 10:00 AM.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM, followed by dignified transfer and escort to Mt. Olivet Cemetery for burial with military honors.

Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American flag, USMC flag, or US Army flag. Dress for the weather, and ensure your large flags are properly placed and securely attached.
Please consider helping to honor the Vietnam War service of John Ponce, and to support his loving and grieving family.

Flags & Water:

Flags will not be provided  
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.


Submitted By: Don Higgins
Position: Senior Ride Captain, Region 1


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