Honor Mission
Daniel J. Trzepacz
U.S. Navy - Korean War Veteran

Multi-City, NY - 07/28/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 1, Region 2
About the Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to stand in honor of the life and service of Daniel J. Trzepacz of Lake View, who passed away on 21 July 2020.

Mr. Trzepacz served our Nation in the US Navy for almost 4 years from 1950-1954, with a rating of Machinist's Mate. He served for over 38 months aboard the USS James C. Owens (DD-776), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, performing blockade and interdiction patrols along the Korean coast.

While operating off Songjin on 7 May 1952, the destroyer engaged enemy shore batteries and silenced several of them, but sustained six direct hits. The following is from Mr. Trzepacz's great nephew: "Notably he shared with me on his Honor Flight last October that while being attacked off the coast of Korea his ship went to battle stations. While running across the deck an enemy shell landed at his feet. He proceeded to pick the shell up and throw it overboard. It exploded as he threw it and he suffered shrapnel injuries which remained in both his wrists until his death. He never sought any medical care outside of the corpsman on the ship or reported being injured when he returned to port as he felt he was just blessed to have survived when so many died."

Mr. Trzepacz was honorably discharged with the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5), and earned the following awards: National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal w/1 Battle Star; Navy Occupation Medal; and United Nations Service Medal.

His obituary may be viewed online by clicking HERE
Primary Staging Date: 07/28/2020
Primary Staging Time: 09:00
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
4199 Lake Shore Road
(Corner Camp Rd. & Rt. 5)
Hamburg, NY 14075
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Lead Ride Captain: Bob Woodward
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Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 6 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking, fist-bumping, hugs, cheek kissing or any other physical contact.
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • * ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade facemask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others, but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
Special Information: Flag Line for arrival of family.  Escort to St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lake View Road, Hamburg will follow.  Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM followed by escort to St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Eden for Interment with military honors.

Please be prepared with a clean 3x5 American or US Navy flag, dress for the weather, and ensure your large flags are attached securely.

Please be prepared to abide by all Erie County and PGRNY social distancing and face covering requirements.

Thank you for your efforts to help Honor the Korean War service of Daniel J. Trzepacz, and to support his proud and loving family.
Submitted by: Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1
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