US Army


Honor Mission

Dr. Joel R. Howard

US Army
Vietnam Veteran
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Multi-City, NY - 12/06/2022


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 4, Region 5

About the Mission:

Patriot Guard Riders has been requested by the family of Dr. Joel R. Howard to participate in his military honors funeral services. Dr. Howard passed on November 3, 2022.

A 1964 graduate of Saratoga Springs Senior High School, Joel began the initial stages of his professional career by attending and graduating from the New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, NY with a Certificate in the Practice of Forestry. Almost immediately after obtaining a position as a field surveyor with O’Brien & Gere in Syracuse, NY, Joel received his draft notice, and spent the next four years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence specialist, part of which was with the 4th Infantry Division based in Pleiku, Vietnam from 1967 to 1969.

Released from active duty in 1970, Joel committed to furthering his education and narrowing his professional direction in the field of forestry. Achieving the required transfer credits at SUNY Adirondack (1970-1971), Joel enrolled in the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF), Bachelor of Science (BS) study in Resource Management, graduating in 1973. At that juncture it was apparent that Joel had a “knack” for effective teaching, and he set a personal objective of following a circuitous path that would culminate with becoming a college-level professor of Forestry and Forest Ecology.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Dr. Howard's obituary, available for viewing online by clickig here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

12/06/2022 at 11:30am

Staging Location:

Burke Funeral Home
628 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Bruce Barger - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, 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 ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

We will stage our flag line at the funeral home for the arrival of family and friends,  There will be a dignified transfer at about 12:15 p.m., then an escort to Saratoga National Cemetery for a 1pm service.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Second Staging Date and Staging Time:

12/06/2022 at 12:45pm

Second Location:

Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Rd.
Schuylerville NY 12871

Second Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Bruce Barger

Second Stage - Special Information:

Interment with military honors is scheduled for 1:00 pm.  Please stage quietly, following updated staging protocols.

Is there a Third Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Dan Nolin

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