Honor Mission
MGySgt Eugene M. Melillo
USMC - Retired
Albany, NY - 05/05/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission: The family of retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Eugene M. Melillo has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Sgt. Melillo, 96, passed on his 96th birthday, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Sgt. Melillo was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving his country during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Geno joined the Marines at 17 with his 3 brothers, and retired 26 1/2 years later as a Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt/E-9). For his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Certificate of Commendation as well as several other accommodations and awards for his many years of outstanding service.

Throughout his life, Geno continued to be active in the Marine Corps League and was celebrated this year for being the oldest Marine at the Annual Marine Corps Ball. He was also a member of the American Legion Zaloga Post.  Every year he volunteered his time decorating the graves of fellow veterans for Memorial Day, and he volunteered at the VA Hospital on the 4th of July for the picnic held for the patients.

He worked for many years at Mayfair Home Furnishings. Geno was a member of Christ Our Light Catholic Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and Boompa, who will be remembered for his kindness towards his neighbors, fellow veterans and family.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Sergeant Melillos obituary, available for viewing online on the New Comer Funerals and Cremations website by clicking HERE
Primary Staging Date: 05/05/2020
Primary Staging Time: 10:30
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: New Comer Cremations & Funerals
343 New Karner Rd
Colonie, NY 12205
Lead Ride Captain: Paul Orzolek
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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 10 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 just prior to the 11:00 AM funeral service. A dignified transfer will take place after the service, followed by escort to Memory Gardens Cemetery, 983 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12205 with a flag line during interment services.

It is imperative that the mandatory rules for COVID-19 protection, as stated above, be adhered to at all times.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? no
Submitted by: Ray Sestak
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