Honor Mission

Chester P. "Chet" Gongoleski


MULTI-CITY, New York - 14 Jun 2017


The family of Chester P. “Chet” Gongoleski has requested Patriot Guard Riders presence at his military honors funeral services. Chester, 92, of Watervliet, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, June 9, 2017. Born in Watervliet on May 21,1925, Chet was raised in Watervliet and started work young to help support his family. As soon as he was able, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served honorably during World War II on tours that brought him to England, France, and the front lines of Germany, among many other places. Chet was Honorable discharged at the rank of Technical Sergeant.

Upon returning home from war, he worked as a Machine Operator at the Ford Motor Company until it closed in 1990. Chet was two-time commander of Watervliet VFW Post 729, with which he was always involved in the local community. For many years, he helped organize the annual Memorial Day parade and took an active part in marching in parades honoring veterans. He held the position of VFW Albany County Commander and various chairs State-wide in the Military Order of the Cooties PUP Tent 6.

When not at work, Chet dedicated his life to the lives of other veterans. He served countless hours volunteering at the VA hospital and received many awards and medals honoring his selfless nature. He served as an usher at the former Immaculate Conception church and was a member of the Pulaski Club.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand for Mr. Chester P. Gongoleski, proud US Army veteran and “Greatest Generation” Hero.


Primary Staging Time: 10:30 A.M.

Parker Brothers Funeral Home
2013 Broadway
Watervliet, NY 12189
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
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Special Instructions:
Staging at the funeral home for the arrival of family. Escort to cemetery departs approximately 12:00 PM:

Gerald B.H. Solomon
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871

Interment with full military honors scheduled for 1:00 PM, Interment Shelter #2. For those members staging directly at the cemetery, please stage at 12:30 PM, Interment Shelter #1 parking area. Please stage quietly and be aware of any services currently in progress. Please do not gather at the Visitor Center.
Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.



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