Honor Mission

George V. Ross
USMC, WWII Veteran and LEO

MULTI-CITY, New York - 13 Oct 2017


I am sad to report that we have lost yet another member of the “Greatest Generation” and friend of the PGR, Mr. George V. Ross. Many of us knew George by attending the breakfast events at the Homefront Café. In recent years George joined up with the local group of Iwo Jima Survivors, meeting regularly once a month and participating in many of their other adventures. The camaraderie among these Marines is immeasurable and George’s absence will forever be felt, not only by them, but by all who knew and loved him. George passed away peacefully on September 29, 2017 at the age of 91.

Born in Albany on September 21, 1926, George enlisted in the Marine Corps on his 17th birthday, September 21, 1943, following in the footsteps of his brother Edward Ross, Jr. Edward enlisted right after Pearl Harbor, and served with the 1st Marine Division. Even George’s father served in WWII. Edward Ross, Sr., then 42 years old, was drafted and spent a year as a welder for the Army Air Corps.

George was on Guam at 17 years old, and Iwo Jima at 18. His 3rd Division, which was being held in reserve, was called upon on February 23rd, once it was determined how fierce the Japanese opposition was on the island. It was on that day, while taking cover in a bomb crater with a fellow Marine, that George witnessed the second flag raising on top of Mt Suribachi. George was equipped with a Browning Automatic Rifle and was tasked with laying down cover fire for American flame thrower operators as they advanced on Japanese pillboxes. For his Honorable service, George was awarded the USMC Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. He was Honorably discharged on July 21, 1945 at the rank of Private First Class.

After the war, George returned to Albany and took a job as a police officer with the 1st Precinct in the South End. A few years later, he took a job with Central Dairy in Albany, retiring in 1995. In April of this year, George, along with three other area Iwo survivors, met with one of those 3rd Marine Division flame thrower operators that George protected 72 years ago… Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Mr. George V. Ross, proud united States Marine.

Primary Staging Time: 08:15 A.M.

Newcomer Funeral Home
343 New Karner Road
Colonie, New York - 12205

Ride Captain:

Bill Schaaf

Special Instructions:

There will be no service at the funeral home. PGR will provide lead escort for the procession to the church for a 10:00 AM service:

St. Edward's Church
569 Clifton Park Center Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065

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: 13 Oct, 2017
Staging #2 Time: 12:00 P.M.

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

Ride Captain:

Special Instructions:

Interment with military honors scheduled for 12:30 PM. For those staging directly at the cemetery, please be aware of any services already in progress. Please do not gather at the Visitor Center.

If a Ride Captain or senior PGR member is present, please arrange sentry detail at the entrance for the arrival of the procession.

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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