US Navy


Honor Mission

Kenneth F. Smith

US Navy
Korean War Era Veteran

Multi-City, NY - 01/11/2024


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 4, Region 5

About the Mission:

The family of Kenneth Forbes Smith has requested Patriot Guard Riders participation in his military honors funeral services. Kenneth, 91, died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2024, at Ellis Hospital.

Born in the Bronx, Kenneth later moved to Ticonderoga, NY where he grew up. He graduated from high school and was employed at the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga.  He joined the US Navy on 22 January 1951, serving as a Utilitiesman during the Korean War.  He was honorably discharged on 10 September 1955 at the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class (E-3), and for his service, was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

Kenneth earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College, went on to start his career at Montefiore Hospital in New York, and then as department head of Physical Therapy at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital. He was most proud of his published paper on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. After retiring, he continued on at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital in the Physical Therapy Department as a consultant.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Kenneth's obituary, available for viewing online by clicking here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

01/11/2024 at 10:00am

Staging Location:

Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home
21 Midline Road
Ballston Lake, NY 12019

Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Bruce Barger
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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:

Staging at the funeral home with a flag line for a dignified transfer. Anticipated departure time is 10:30 for escort to St. Anthony's Cemetery, 27 Glenridge Road, Glenville, NY 12302 for interment with military honors.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Ray Sestak

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