Albert A. Balsamo
U.S. Navy - Vietnam Veteran
Multi-City, NY - 05/04/2020
|Mission applies to the following Region(s):||Region 8, Region 9|
|About the Mission:||U.S. Navy Seaman Albert A Balsamo faithfully executed his duties to our nation in the Vietnam War, aboard the USS Topeka (CLG-8). He served from 7 April 1965 until 2 April 1967 before transferring to the Naval Reserve for another 2-1/2 years. The ship operated in the South China Sea and in the Gulf of Tonkin providing naval gunfire support for the troops ashore and supporting carrier air operations by conducting search and rescue missions for downed aircrews. For his service, he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
He joined the Hempstead Police Dept in 1974, retiring in 1999. He was a Police Officer on patrol for much of that time and worked with our own Bill Michell for over 16 years. Continuing his dedicated service to his community, he taught DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in Hempstead schools.
In the latter part of his career, he created the Hempstead Police Athletic League, which gave him much joy and satisfaction. During that time, he was promoted to Detective.
His family member, a Detective with the Suffolk County Police Dept. has requested Patriot Guard Riders' participation in his final honors. Please do what you can to honor this American Hero who has done so much for our nation and community.
|Primary Staging Date:||05/04/2020|
|Primary Staging Time:||11:15|
|AM or PM:||am|
William E. Law Funeral Home
|Acting Ride Captain:||Bill Michell|
|Acting Ride Captain Phone #:||516-319-5726|
|Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:||
The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.
|Special Information:||Please stage at the funeral home 11:15 AM for KSU about 11:40 AM
This LEO-led escort will pass our Honoree's home in Seaford before proceeding to Maria Regina R.C. Church, also in Seaford. There, a brief outdoor service will be held.
Escort will then travel to Calverton National Cemetery; ETA 1:15 PM
|Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?||yes|
|Second Staging Date:||05/04/2020|
|Second Staging Time:||11:45|
|Second Stage - AM or PM:||am|
Maria Regina RC Church
|Acting Lead Ride Captain:||Bill Michell|
|Acting LRC Email and Phone #:|
|Second Stage - Special Information:||If staging at church, please park leaving sufficient room for procession to pull through. Mourners will wait in their vehicles while services are performed.|
|Is there a Third Stage to this Mission?||yes|
|Third Staging Date:||05/04/2020|
|Third Staging Time:||12:45|
|Third Stage - AM or PM:||pm|
|Third Location:||Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Blvd
|Third Lead Ride Captain:||Gene and Sue Frohnhoefer|
|Third Stage - Special Information:||Please stage at the cemetery entrance and see RCs Gene and Sue for instructions.
Procession from William E. Law Funeral Home ETA 1:15 PM
|Submitted by:||Wayne Cohen - SRC Region 8|