Honor Mission
Laurence J. McCormick
US Marine Corps GWoT Veteran

First Responder
US Forest Service
Canisteo, NY - 07/24/2020
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 exemplary Military and 1st Responder service of Laurence J. McCormick "Gunny Mac", of Alfred, who passed away on 18 July 2020.

From the H.P. Smith & Son Obituary:
"He was a graduate of Lehigh Catholic School and had attended SUNY at Alfred where he received an Agronomy Associates Degree in applied science. Mac was a veteran of the US Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as an E-7 Gunnery Sergeant. He was very proud of his service to his country. Mac had six tours in the Middle East theater of operations, three of which were in Iraq. His first tour of duty was during operation Desert Shield which later became known as Desert Storm.

Mac had been employed as the superintendent/property manager for the Rose Apartments in Alfred. He was a very active member of the A.E. Crandall Hook & Ladder Co. in Alfred where he held the office of Captain of the ladder truck. He was also an EMT and served on various company committees, one in particular was the committee on purchasing the new ladder truck. He was also enthusiastic in training members, new recruits and youth in many aspects of fire practices. In 2013 he was awarded the fireman of the year by the dept. Mac was a very valued member of the Alfred Fire Dept. community and will be sorely missed.

Mac was also a U.S. Forest Service Wildland fire fighter and served as one of the “Hotshots” on the team. He had over 100 parachute jumps to his credit. Mac also worked at Jones Memorial Hospital as a Unit secretary in the ER and a PCT on second floor. He also worked as a Pharmacy Technician at JMH. Mac also donated a kidney to his sister when he was in the Marines."

Gunny Mac served a combined total of over 12 years of active duty during the period 1989-2007, with many years of reserve duty in between. His MOS was 0861-Fire Support Chief, and he experienced several years of combat in the Middle East. He was Honorably Discharged on 30 April 2007, and earned the following awards:
Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards); Combat Action Ribbon (2 Awards); Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (2 Awards); Select Marine Corps Reserve Medal (2 Awards), Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal (2 Awards); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Awards); Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6 Awards); United Nations Medal; Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, and US Marine Corps Jump Wings.

Full H.P. Smith & Son Obituary, click HERE.
Primary Staging Date: 07/24/2020
Primary Staging Time: 03:00
AM or PM: pm
Staging Location: H.P. Smith & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
29 East Main Street (Rt. 36)
Canisteo, NY 14823
Lead Ride Captain: Don Higgins
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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 and friends.
Visitation from 4:00-6:00 PM.
Funeral Service at the FH from 6:00-7:00 PM, followed by Military Honors.
The A.E. Crandall Hook & Ladder Company of Alfred will be involved in honoring Gunny Mac.
There is no escort, Interment will take place at Bath National Cemetery at a later date.
Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American or USMC flag, and dress for what is expected to be very hot weather (FH will provide water.)
Please be prepared to abide by all local and PGRNY requirements for social distancing and face covering.
If you're unable to participate for the full Mission, please consider contributing whatever time you're able.
Thank you for your efforts to help Honor American Hero Laurence J. McCormick, and to support his loving friends and family.
Submitted by: Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1
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