Honor Mission
Gary B Beikirch
Medal of Honor Recipient

U.S. Army - Vietnam Veteran
Hilton, NY - 01/07 & 08/2022
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 1, Region 2, Region 3
About the Mission:

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand for the life and service of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Gary Burnell Beikirch.

Sgt. Beikirch, the U.S. Army medic whose heroism one April morning in Vietnam made him one of Rochester's greatest military heroes of the 20th century, died Dec. 26 at age 74.  He was a resident of Greece, New York and was a husband, father and grandfather. He was also a Christian minister.

Sgt. Beikirch was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House on 15 October 1973.  The medal was presented to him by President Nixon, for action at Camp Dak Seang, Vietnam, on April 1, 1970. A Green Beret medic, serving with Bravo Company of the 1st Special Forces of the 5th Special Forces Group, Sergeant Beikirch was wounded repeatedly over several hours as he worked to defend the camp and tend to wounded American and Vietnamese soldiers. He carried more than one of these men to safety while administering immediate life-saving care to them, and while facing direct enemy rifle and mortar fire. Eventually, his injuries were so grievous as to paralyze his lower body, at which point he directed a Montagnard teen-ager – a beloved comrade named Deo – to carry and drag him to unmanned gun positions and to wounded soldiers needing his care.

Mr. Beikirch’s injuries required months of hospitalization and therapy, and he was never completely free of their impact upon his body. Decades later, while operating on him for cancer, surgeons were amazed at the wartime damage to his internal organs.

Mr. Beikirch recounted his war experiences, and the battle back to emotional stability afterword, in the acclaimed 2020 biography “Blaze of Light.” There and elsewhere he told of being a college student adrift, literally living in a cave in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It took love to get him out of that cave, he said, and he found that love in Loreen Wheeler, a young single mother who noticed him in town and left a note for him at the post office.
She became his battle buddy, his Lolly, inseparable over 46 years of marriage.

The above narrative was taken, in part, from his obituary in the Democrat & Chronical and can been viewed in its entirety by CLICKING HERE.  

Primary Staging Date: 01/07/2022
Primary Staging Time: 10:45
AM or PM: am
Staging Location:

First Bible Baptist Church
990 Manitou Road,
Hilton, NY 14468

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Lead Ride Captain: John McMullen
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:
Updated 25 May 2021
  • While in any outdoor setting, fully vaccinated PGR members will no longer be required to wear masks but are asked to act responsibly and respect your fellow members decision on this issue. For the protection of others, non-vaccinated members are asked to please wear a mask.
  • For the immediate future, all PGR members will continue to wear masks and social distance while indoors during a mission.
  • Masks will be worn at any other location where organizers, requestors or the Lead Ride Captain has determined that this be done.
  • Going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please respect the LRC’s decision on these matters.
  • Here is the link for the Current NYS rules: Current NYS Guidelines
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Current Guidelines
Special Information: This first portion of the Mission will be for the arrival of Gary Beikirch and his dignified transfer from hearse to the church.

Please arrive precisely on time for staging as the briefing will be at 10:55 am. Late arrivals may be prevented from entering the property by law enforcement due to strict traffic control. There are two main parking lots at this huge facility, please park in the Northern parking lot not the Southern one. Please watch the weather and dress accordingly.

Remember this is for a Medal of Honor Recipient, a clean flag is a must, strict adherence to flag line etiquette is also required.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? yes
Second Staging Date: 01/07/2022
Second Staging Time: 02:05
Second Stage - AM or PM: pm
Second Location:

First Bible Baptist Church
990 Manitou Road,
Hilton, NY 14468

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Second Lead Ride Captain: Nigel Heaton
Second LRC Email and Phone #: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Second Stage - Special Information: This second stage is for calling hours. Briefing will be at 2:15 pm there is a lot to cover including information for the service on Saturday so please if you will be available for the start of calling hours be prompt. I believe we will be primarily inside for our flag line, please be prepared with extra gear just in case we need to briefly rotate outside.

If you are able to devote the entire time to be there, the church has a coffee bar so you will be able to quietly leave the flag line and sit down in one of the rooms that are available. At no time during any of the 3 PGR Mission segments should you be taking pictures, flag line etiquette in this high profile public mission is a priority. In the event you wear any of your motorcycle gear that may have anything political or offensive please cover it.
Is there a Third Stage to this Mission? yes
Third Staging Date: 01/08/2022
Third Staging Time: 08:45
Third Stage - AM or PM: am
Third Location:

First Bible Baptist Church
990 Manitou Road,
Hilton, NY 14468

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Third Lead Ride Captain: Nigel Heaton
Third LRC Email and Phone #: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Third Stage - Special Information: Please stage in the Northern parking lot, Briefing to start at 8:55 am flag line to start at 9:30 am for the arrival of family, guest and the public. Service is to start at 10:00 am. Service is expected to be 1 1/2 hours and there are two large rooms off to the side of the church where we can sit and catch the service. We will not be in the main church room due to the fact most of us will be leaving about 15 minutes early to proceed to White Haven Cemetery to receive the hearse for dignified transfer.

Please if you have them, American Flags and PGR decals displayed on your vehicle is welcome. We will not be in the procession. I will select 4 or 5 dressed vehicles to go in the procession as that is all we will be allowed due to the large number of cars expected.
Submitted by: Nigel Heaton
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  dm  01/04


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