Honor Mission
Francis J. Varone
USMC - WWII Veteran
Multi-City, NY - 09/16/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission:

We have been requested by one of our own, Frank Varone, to participate in the military honors funeral of his father, Francis J. "Dick" Varone.

Francis Varone served with pride and honor in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he tried to enlist in the United States Marine Corps but was too young. He eventually convinced his parents after he turned 17, and enlisted in August of 1943. He served with the 12th 155mm Gun Battalion Fleet Marine Force Pacific and was attached to the 5th Marine Division as a radio operator on Iwo Jima.

Mr. Varone landed off Green Beach One at the foot of Mount Suribachi.  He was a Forward Observer on the island and fought all 36 days of the battle. He witnessed both flag raisings and was wounded by bomb shrapnel during an airfield bombardment.  He patched himself up as he said "there were a lot of guys worse off than me" and continued to fight. He never put in for a purple heart. He also fought on Guam during what he called the mop up. He was honorably discharged March 31 1946 at the rank of Corporal, and for his service, was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with one star and the New York Medal of Merit.  He was also the recipient of a State of New York Legislative Resolution that was presented by Senator Kathy Marcione..

After the War, dick married, had three children and worked for General Electric for 35 years before retiring.   He also had the honor, on the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day, of laying a PGR wreath at the Tomb of the unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery with two buddies in August of 2015. 

A portion of the above narrative is contained in Mr. Varone's obituary which can be read in its entirety on the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home website by clicking HERE

Primary Staging Date: 09/16/2020
Primary Staging Time: 10:30
AM or PM: am
Staging Location:

DeVito Salvatore Funeral Home
39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118

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Lead Ride Captain: Bruce Barger
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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: We will stand for calling hours between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm.  There will be a short service, after which we will prepare for the dignified transfer and escort to Saratoga National Cemetery for a 1:30 interment.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? yes
Second Staging Date: 09/16/2020
Second Staging Time: 01:00
Second Stage - AM or PM: pm
Second Location: Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Rd
Schuylerville, NY 12871
Second Lead Ride Captain: Bruce Barger
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Second Stage  - Special Information: Interment with military honors scheduled for 1:30 pm.  For those members arriving early, please form a flag line at the front gate for the arrival of the funeral cortege.
Submitted by: Dan Nolin
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