Honor Mission
Edward A. Balga
Multi-City, NY - 04/29/2019
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission:

The family of Edward A. Balga has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Balga, 92, passed on Monday, February 4, 2019.

A Graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and Albany Business College, Edward entered the United States Army Air Corps on April 4, 1944. He proudly served as an aerial gunner on a B-24 bomber while assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group. He flew his first mission over Madenburg, Germany on March 3rd, 1945, his 19th birthday. He completed 15 successful missions before being honorably discharged on March 30, 1946.

After the War, Edward worked for 27 years at Regional Banana Corporation before moving on to General Electric, finally retiring from Fruehauf Trucking. He was a faithful Parishioner of St. Joseph's Church in Schenectady, Elks Member Chapter 2197 and a staunch member of the Schenectady Democratic Committee.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Edward's obituary, available for viewing online at the Schenectady Gazette website here:

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand for and render honor and respect for the life and service of Mr. Edward A. Balga, USAAC WWII Veteran and member of the "Greatest Generation".

Primary Staging Time: 11:00
AM or PM am
Staging Location DeLegge Funeral Home
1346 Chrisler Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12303
Click HERE for map to funeral home
Lead Ride Captain Ed Czuchrey
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Special Information: Staging at the funeral home with flag line for dignified transfer. KSU at 11:30 a.m. for escort to Saratoga National Cemetery.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? yes
Second Staging Date: 04/29/2019
Second Staging Time: 01:00
Second Stage - AM or PM pm
Second Location Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871
Second Lead Ride Captain Ed Czuchrey
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Second Stage - Special Information: Interment with military honors scheduled for 1:30 p.m. For those members arriving early, please form flag line at the front entrance for the arrival of the escort. While staging, please do so quietly and be aware of any services already in progress.
Fourth Stage - Special Information:  
Submitted by: Ray Sestak, ASC Eastern region
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