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Honor Mission
Arthur Matcham, Veteran
USN – Korea
MULTI-CITY, Arizona – 03-11-19

ABOUT THE MISSION:

Arthur Matcham was a United States Navy veteran.  He was a Korean War veteran and served aboard the USS St. Paul. The USS St. Paul was involved in shore bombardment of Inchon as well multiple combat operations and support of the Republic of Korea I Corps and Royal Marines.  Arthur received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 2/stars, United Nations Service Medal and the China Service Medal.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 03-11-19
Staging Time: 10:45 a.m.

St. Louis the King Catholic Church
4331 W. Maryland Ave
Glendale, Arizona 85301

Ride Captain:

Rich Wetenhall, richwetenhall@gmail.com
Lead Road Guard:  Dale Judkins

Special Instructions:

KSU: 11:15-to National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.  Military Honors: 12:30 p.m.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 03-11-19
Staging Time: 11:45 a.m.

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85024

Ride Captain:

Tom Burns, tgburns55@hotmail.com
Assisting:  Rich Wetenhall
Lead Road Guard:  Dale Judkins

Special Instructions:

Circle of Honor: 12:00 pm, time permitting.  Military Honors: 12:30 pm.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Tom Burns
Position: Arizona State Captain

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March 11
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Arthur Matcham Comment

  1. Art Matcham is my grandfather. I know I speak for my entire family and friends in saying that we were deeply moved and quite impressed by the PGR volunteers who served us this past Monday. They escorted us from church to cemetery with command precision, and we were humbled to see so many cars stopped on both sides of the road and even several pedestrians stopped and paying their respect to our funeral procession. That may be the expectation and common courtesy in America, but it was still touching to see Arizona residents collectively extend that courtesy to my grandfather and our family.

    And PGR volunteers went far beyond just their escort duties. They led us in honoring my grandfather’s naval service by singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”, followed by a heartfelt prayer that acknowledged and proclaimed Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. They also manned several American flags throughout the funeral honors service and removed their hats or saluted at all appropriate times with experienced hands. This retired USAF veteran and grandson returns a salute to PGR volunteers.

    Thank you, Patriot Guard Riders of Arizona.

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