Honor Mission
Walter J. Merkle
US Navy Korean War Veteran, NYPD Retired

Pearl River, NY - 10/07/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 6, Region 7, Region 8
About the Mission:

The family has requested the Patriot Guard to participate in the funeral of Walter J. Merkle who passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Walter proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He served on the USS Strickland. Upon his honorable discharge, Walter worked for the NYPD for 24 years as a Police Officer and Detective. Following his distinguished career in law enforcement, he went to work for the Loews Hotel Group in NYC as the Director of Security, and later finishing his work career as a Security Supervisor for the Rudin Management Co. in NYC.

Walter enjoyed painting, gardening and fishing during his retirement years, and looked forward to vacationing in Montauk, NY or at the Jersey Shore during the summer. Walter also enjoyed following all major sports. He was St. Joseph Regional High School’s #1 football fan, by far. Walter was loved and respected by all he met, based on his kind spirit and willingness to help anyone in need. He was a true gentleman.
A portion of this narrative was obtained from the Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home obituary.

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Primary Staging Date: 10/07/2020
Primary Staging Time: 09:45
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Staging Location: Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home
34 N. Summit St.
Pearl River, New York 10965

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Lead Ride Captain: Bob Boisvert
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Lead Ride Captain Phone #: 845-242-5088
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 form a flag line for the dignified transfer at the funeral home, then escort to the St. Aedans Church for Mass. Following church, escort to the Ascension Cemetery, Airmont, NY for Military Honors. The NYPD will also participate in the escort.
Submitted by: Bob Boisvert
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