US Army


Honor Mission

Donald E. Koch

US Army
Vietnam Era Veteran

Hamburg, NY - 03/25/2023


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 1, Region 2

About the Mission:

The family of Donald E. Koch has requested Patriot Guard Riders participation in honoring his life and service. Mr. Koch of Lackawanna, NY passed away on 28 February 2023.

Mr. Koch served our nation for 2 years on active duty in the US Army Artillery Branch from 1968-1970. His MOS was 13E20-Cannon Fire Direction Specialist/Intelligence Assistant, and he had 19 months of foreign service in Germany, assigned to B-Battery, 1st Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment. Mr. Koch was honorably discharged from active duty on 21 May 1970 with the rank of Specialist Four (E-4), and he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Army M-14 Marksman Qualification Badge, and Cold War Service Medal.

A full obituary is available for viewing online by clicking here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

03/25/2023 at 09:00am

Staging Location:

First Baptist Church of Hamburg
120 Main Street
Hamburg, NY 14075
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Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

George Brown - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

PGR will provide a respectful flag line for arrival of the family and guests. The funeral service is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM. Following the service and dignified transfer, PGR will provide an escort to Lakeside Cemetery, 4810 Camp Road (Rt. 75), Hamburg, NY 14075 for interment with Military Honors.  Click here for map

Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American or US Army flag, dress for the weather, and ensure your large flags are securely attached.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This Mission for Donald Koch occurs at the same time as the one in Newfane, NY for our fellow PGR member and USMC Vietnam War Combat Veteran Jay Marsh. Please do your best to ensure both missions receive adequate PGR coverage.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1

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