Honor Mission
Roger J. Grazioplene, Sr.
US Army - Vietnam Veteran
Batavia, NY - 11/12/2020
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 Roger J. Grazioplene of Batavia, who passed away on 6 November 2020.

Mr. Grazioplene served our Nation for 2 years on active duty in the US Army Infantry from 1968-1970, including 12 months in Vietnam. His MOS was 11B40-Light Weapons Infantry, and he was attached to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade. Mr. Grazioplene was injured under enemy fire, and he was Honorably Discharged on 3 April 1970 with the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6). SSG Grazoplene earned the following awards: Purple Heart Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; and M-14 Rifle Expert Qualification Badge. Mr. Grazioplene was a member of the VFW Vaness-Strolo Post 1602, the Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post 332, and the Disabled Veterans of America.

A portion of this narrative was obtained from the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company obituary. Read the full obituary here.

Primary Staging Date: 11/12/2020
Primary Staging Time: 08:30
AM or PM: am
Staging Location:

Resurrection Parish
303 East Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020

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Lead Ride Captain: Joe Joyce
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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.
Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM.
Followed by dignified transfer and escort to St. Joseph's Mausoleum for entombment with Military Honors.
Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American or US Army flag, and dress for the weather.
Please consider taking time to help Honor Vietnam War Hero Roger J. Grazioplene, and to support his very loving family.
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.

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