Honor Mission
Edward H. Kaczmarek
US Army Air Forces
WWII Veteran
Multi-City, NY - 01/07/2022
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 another WWII Hero. Edward H. Kaczmarek of Depew, NY passed away on 31 December 2021 at the age of 100-1/2 years old.

Mr. Kaczmarek served in the US Army Air Forces from 1942-1945, and was assigned to the 726th Bombardment Squadron, 451st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Fifteenth Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. Serving as a Radio Operator and Tail Gunner on the B-24 Liberator "Old Tub", Mr. Kaczmarek's bomber was involved in 51 missions during 13 European Campaigns.

He was Honorably Discharged on 8 November 1945 with the rank of Technical Sergeant (E-6), and his awards included: Air Medal; Distinguished Unit Citation (3 Awards); Army Good Conduct Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/2 Silver & 3 Bronze Campaign Stars (13 Awards); and WW-II Victory Medal.

Mr. Kaczmarek was a proud participant on Honor Flight Buffalo in May 2015.

His full obituary may be viewed online by CLICKING HERE
Primary Staging Date: 01/07/2022
Primary Staging Time: 09:00
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Church
496 Terrace Blvd.
Depew, NY 14043
Click here for map
Lead Ride Captain: Bob Woodward
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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: PGR will stand a respectful flag line for arrival of the family and friends.  The Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00 AM. Following the Mass and dignified transfer, PGR will provide an escort to St Adalbert's Cemetery, 6200 Broadway (Rt. 20), Lancaster, NY 14086 for interment with Military Honors.  Click here for map

Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American, US Army or US Air Force flag, dress for the weather, and ensure your large flags are securely attached.

Thank you for taking time to help honor WWII Hero Edward H. Kaczmarek, and to support his very loving and proud family.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? no
Submitted by: Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1
Email of Submitter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  rs 01/04


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