Honor Mission
Leslie W. Dunham
U.S. Navy - Vietnam Veteran

Raymertown, NY - 07/10/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission: The family of Leslie Warren Dunham has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his funeral services. Les, 71, passed on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Born in Troy, Les attended several Brunswick area one room schools as a boy and was a graduate of Tamarac High School, Class of 1966. In 1968, Les enlisted in the United States Navy. After basic training, he was sent to Vietnam where he served with Mobile Construction Battalion Seven, Seabees, out of Camp Barnes, Dong Ha Combat Base. For his service, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Fleet Marine Combat Operations Insignia, Sharpshooter Rifle Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on October 7, 1969 at the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class (E-4), Equipment Operator (EO3).

After leaving the service, Les established his home in Raymertown and worked as a truck driver for over thirty years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking in the woods, gardening, and watching the wildlife in his backyard. Les was a member of Gilead Lutheran Church in Brunswick, the Sullivan - Jones VFW Post #7466 in Poestenkill, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 19-1, a member and supporter of the NRA, and a former member the Raymertown Volunteer Fire Company.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Les' obituary, available for viewing online on the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home website by clicking HERE
Primary Staging Date: 07/10/2020
Primary Staging Time: 09:30
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home
2237 NY Route 7
Troy, NY 12180
Lead Ride Captain: Ray Sestak
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lead Ride Captain Phone #: 518-669-3358
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: Staging at the funeral home with a flag line during Visitation, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:30 AM, followed by dignified transfer and escort to Eagle Mills Cemetery, Route 2, Brunswick, NY, for interment services.
Submitted by: Ray Sestak
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