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Honor Mission
Edward James Jackfert
Wellsburg, West Virginia – 08-01-20


The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to provide escort to Edward Jackfert, WWII USAAC Veteran/POW to his final rest on Saturday, 01 August. Edward went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL while under Hospice Care.
He served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He was sent to aircraft engineer’s school and completed the course to be assigned to the Philippine Islands with the 28th Bomb Squadron which later became a part of the 19th Bomb Group. He was at Clark Field, Philippine Islands, when the Japanese attacked it on December 8, 1941. Edward and the unit surrendered to the Japanese and became a Prisoner of War for three years and four months during the Bataan Death March. In May 1999, he was elected National Commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, a national veteran’s organization.

Staging Time: 1:00 PM

Chambers and James Funeral Home
1030 Main St.
Wellsburg, West Virginia 26070

Ride Captain:

WV RC Ed Gill ( is the RCIC.

Special Instructions:

Mission briefing at 1:15 PM.
We will escort Edward to a Public Graveside Service which will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg, WV, with Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.
Upon arrival at the cemetery, a flag line will be established and maintained for the duration of graveside services.
Early weather is for temperatures in the upper 80’s with an 80% chance of sunshine. Please dress and travel accordingly while keeping yourself hydrated.
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.

Submitted By: Susan Whitlatch
Position: West Virginia Ride Captain

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  1. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of this Hero. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  2. Ed was a member of our church in Tampa. He was a wonderful gentleman with always a kind word and a ready smile. He was a blessing to all of us and we will miss him very much. May he rest in peace and may Cookie, his wife, and the rest of the family find comfort in their time of sorrow.

    Ed Palmer
    Riverview, FL

  3. A grateful Nation thanks you, Edward, for your Honorable and Faithful service, helping to preserve and protect our Freedom and Liberties. It is because of men and women like you that we continue to enjoy those freedoms today. May God welcome you with open arms as you approach the Gates of Heaven.

    May your family and friends find a measure of comfort through His healing and mercy and may they soon realize that, although no longer on this Earth, you continue to watch over them from your place among the Angels.

    Stand at ease, Edward. Your mission is now complete. May you rest in Honored and Eternal Peace. God Speed, Sir.
    Joe Cumblidge
    Former State Captain
    West Virginia Patriot Guard

    U.S. Coast Guard 1969-1980

    Riding in Honor and Memory of my Hero, my best friend and my Father, CPL Paul R. “Russ” Cumblidge, U.S. Army, WWII Veteran.

    In memory of the crew of HU16E CGNR 2123, lost on a SAR mission off Corpus Christi, TX on 21 September 1973:
    LCDR Francis W. Miller (CG Aviator #1164)
    LTJG Jerald M. Mack (CG Aviator #1567)
    AD1 Harold D. Brown, Jr.
    AM2 Benjamin R. Gaskins
    AT2 John F. Harrison
    AT2 John P. Pledger

  4. Our Condolences to the Family and Friends of Edward James Jackfert.
    Thank You Edward, for your service and sacrifice to our Country.
    Rest in Peace Soldier/Airman

  5. Randy and I send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this HERO during this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort in the many happy memories shared with your loved one, for memory is one thing that even death cannot destroy. May God hold you close and comfort you as only He can do.

    To you, our dear American Hero, we send our deepest gratitude for your service and sacrifice for our freedom. We know that FREEDOM is NEVER FREE but is preserved and protected by men and women like you who willingly answer our nation’s call to serve. May you now rest in peace, your service here is complete.

    Pat Dawson
    State Captain
    WV Patriot Guard

  6. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:1-6)

    May we as a nation never forget those that had served to protect this great country.. May God wrap his loving arms around your loved one and welcome him home… May he Rest In Peace ….

    Jeanne Shaffer
    Ride Captain – West Virginia Patriot Guard

  7. My sincere condolences to the family of this departed hero. As a WWII veteran when he answered our country’s call there would be no tours, it was a fight until the end. We owe so much to those veterans and I thank him for our freedom. Rest in peace with God and in your loved ones memories.

    Jim Shaffer
    3rd Inf Div
    WV PGR

  8. To the Family and Friends of Edward James Jackfert, It is with great sorrow to hear about your loss Edward was a great American whose sacrifices has given us our freedom and way of life we have today, I thank him may he rest in the arms of GOD.
    Ed Gill West Virginia ride captain

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