Honor Mission
Albert A. Balsamo
U.S. Navy - Vietnam Veteran
and Law Enforcement Officer

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
Staging Location:

William E. Law Funeral Home
1 Jerusalem Ave
Massapequa NY 11758

Map to funeral home

Acting Ride Captain: Bill Michell
Acting Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.

  • Stay a minimum of 10 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: 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
Second Location:

Maria Regina RC Church
3945 Jerusalem Ave
Seaford NY 11783

Map to 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
Calverton NY
Third Lead Ride Captain: Gene and Sue Frohnhoefer
Third LRC Email and Phone #: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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
Email of Submitter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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