USAAC - WWII
Multi-City, NY - 12/28/2019
|Mission applies to the following Region(s):||Region 4, Region 5|
|About the Mission:||The family of Domenick Ercolano has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Domenick, 94, passed on December 21, 2019.
Born in Brooklyn, New York Domenick was always very proud of his Italian-Catholic heritage; he also inherited an ardent and lifelong patriotism for America. He was educated at Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades. In June of 1943, he was drafted into the US Army Air Corps., the forerunner of today’s U.S. Air Force. He trained at facilities in Great Bend, Nebraska; Rochester, New York; and Salinas, Kansas. Domenick never realized his dream of becoming a pilot but served as a Remote Control Turret Machine Gunner, or Top Gun, for the 435th Bomb Squad aboard a B-29 Superfortress. He served in the South Pacific from 1945-1946, including assignments to Kwajalein, Guam, Tinian and Okinawa. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in March of 1946.
Domenick was a member of the Sgt. John W. Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #395 in St. James, New York for many years, serving as Commander, Quartermaster and Chaplain. To benefit needy veterans, Domenick raised record-breaking funds through the VFW’s Buddy Poppy program, earning national recognition for his efforts. At the time of his death, he served as Chaplain for the Peter Andrews Memorial VFW Post #7337 in Castleton, New York. Domenick was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Portions of the above narrative are contained in Domenick's obituary, available for viewing online on the Ray Funeral Services website by clicking HERE
|Primary Staging Date:||12/28/2019|
|Primary Staging Time:||09:30|
|AM or PM:||am|
|Staging Location:||Historic St. Mary's Church
Lodge & Pine Sts
(One block below City Hall)
Albany, NY 12207
|Lead Ride Captain:||Bob Smith|
|Lead Ride Captain Phone #:|
|Special Information:||Staging at the church with a dignified flag line for the arrival of the hearse containing the veteran. Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 AM, followed by interment at New Sacred Heart Cemetery, 1713-1717 S. Old Post Rd, Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033. Click here for map
After the service, PGR cagers can follow the family in procession, or proceed on their own to the cemetery.
|Submitted by:||Ray Sestak|