Honor Mission
Matthew F. Dugan
US Navy - Korean War Era
and Law Enforcement Officer
Multi-City, NY - 09/10/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission: The family of Matthew F. "Matt" Dugan has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Matt, 89, passed on September 4, 2020.

Born in Albany, Matt attended Vincentian Institute High School where he lettered in baseball. He later enlisted in the United States Navy on 25 April 1951 and was trained as a Sonar Technician and Chaplain’s Assistant aboard the USS Salem, a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser. Matt was honorably discharged on 7 April 1955 at the rank of Seaman. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Occupational Service Medal with European Clasp.

Matt retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 38 years of service, and for many years he served the NALC Union as a Health Benefits Representative and as a Chaplain. He later worked several years for the N.Y.S. Police. He was an avid Yankees fan, and he enjoyed attending the Valley Cats games in his later years.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Matt's obituary, available for viewing online on the New Comer Cremations & Funerals website by clicking HERE
Primary Staging Date: 09/10/2020
Primary Staging Time: 08:30
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: New Comer Cremations & Funerals
343 New Karner Rd.
Colonie, NY 12205
Lead Ride Captain: Don Miller, Jr.
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 he funeral home with a flag line for a dignified transfer. Escort to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 23 Crumitie Road, Loudonville for an 09:30 am Mass of Christian Burial. Upon conclusion of church services, members will escort to St. Agnes Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Menands, for interment with military honors.

The Mandatory Rules for COVID-19 protection, as shown above, will be adhered to at all times.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? no
Submitted by: Ray Sestak - ASC, Eastern Region
Email of Submitter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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