US Marines


Honor Mission

Robert B. Stealey

US Marine Corps
Vietnam Veteran
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Multi-City, NY - 01/23/2023

***UPDATED 23 January 2023 - 07:15 hrs***
Note that the Primary Staging portion of this
Mission has been canceled due to weather
and road conditions.  Please participate in
the Second Stage only if you can safely do so.


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 4, Region 5

About the Mission:

The family of Robert Blaine Stealey has requested Patriot Guard Riders participation in his military honors funeral services. Robert, 72, of Guilderland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Born in Troy, NY, Robert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 20 February 1969 at the age of 18. He was trained as a Motor Vehicle Operator (Speciality Code 3531) and spent two years in the Corps, including a one year tour of duty in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged on 19 February 1971 at the rank of Corporal (E-4), and for his service, was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device and a Marksman Badge - Rifle.

Robert embodied the motto “Semper Fidelis” for all the years following his formal service with the Corps. Never without his Marine Corps apparel, marching alongside his brothers in arms at every parade, organizing annual fund raising golf tournaments to benefit the Marine Corps League, and standing tall every holiday season collecting Toys for Tots. His service and devotion was recognized by his fellow Marines when they bestowed upon him the great honor of naming him Commandant of the Marine Corps League.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Robert's obituary, available for viewing online by clicking here


Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

01/23/2023 at 10:00am

Staging Location:

Cannon Funeral Home
2020 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12205

Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Paul Orzolek - 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 at the funeral home with a flag line for the arrival of family and guests. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 am, followed by a dignified transfer and escort to Saratoga National Cemetery. Escort participation will be determined by the weather.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Second Staging Date and Staging Time:

01/23/2023 at 12:30pm

Second Location:

Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871

Second Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

John Mercier

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Second Stage - Special Information:

Interment with military honors is scheduled for 1:00 pm. Please stage quietly, following the current staging guidelines.

Is there a Third Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Ray Sestak

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rs 01/19; MER



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