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Honor Mission
Frederick Zak, Veteran
USMC, USMCR – Korea
Florissant, Missouri – 02-10-21

ABOUT THE MISSION:

It is a most distinct honor and a definite privilege for the Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag line for United States Marine Corps Veteran Frederick Zak, 88, and escort him to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full Military Honors. Veteran Zak served in the US Marine Corps from October 31, 1949 until February 27, 1952 and was deployed to the Korean War theater for more than a year where he was wounded in 1951 (100% service related disability). He attained the rank of Corporal (Cpl) and was awarded many commendations including the Korean Service Medal with 1 Star, the UN Ribbon and a Purple Heart. Cpl Zak participated in the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight in 2013 escorted by his son Jim. Hero Zak was a member of VFW Post 2866. Cpl Zak, a grateful nation thanks you and is indebted to you for your honorable service. Your sacrifices have granted us the freedoms we continue to enjoy to this very day. Thank you and Godspeed.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 02-10-21
Staging Time: 10:00 AM

St. Norbert Catholic Church
16455 New Halls Ferry Rd (I-270, exit 25 Lindbergh north and east, New Halls Ferry north/left)
Florissant, Missouri 63031

Ride Captain:

Dan “Lt. Dan” Doerer
(314) 576-5856
j_d_doerer@att.net
Flag & Mission Support: Jim “One Gun” Kleszczewski

Special Instructions:

Practice social distancing. Masks are required. Stay home if you are ill or have a fever.
08:45 AM: Casket arrives at St. Norberts for visitation
09:30 AM: Family arrival
10:00 AM: Staging, immediate flag line. Arrive quietly as visitation will be in progress.
10:30 AM: VFW presentation, Funeral Mass, ride meeting
12:00 PM: Estimated departure to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (38 min, 33 miles)
1:00 PM: ETA at JBNC for Committal Service with Military Honors Flags will be provided.
If you have large bike flags, bring them.
The current NWS long range forecast during this mission is 11º- 16º, 4% chance of precip,
Any type of vehicle is welcome.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Dan Doerer
Position: Missouri Ride Captain

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February 10
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11 Comments

  1. I pray God will comfort , strengthen and Bless you all as you go through this time of deep grief .
    I am thankful for Mr. Zak’s service and sacrifice for our country in the US Marine Corps and during the Korean War . He is ” Fallen Never Forgotten “. May he Rest In Peace .
    Bobby
    USAF 67 – 71
    Honoring :
    Bill Breuer USAF
    Ron Breuer US Army Vietnam

  2. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

    We stand with feet planted firmly on rich soil knowing what freedom is. Because of our veterans, I am free to honor God and country without persecution. Where there is injustice, I am free to fight. Where there is silence, I am free to speak. Where there is hate, I am free to love.

    Your love one’s watch is over, may they rest peacefully in the arms of God.

    Bruce Berg, ISC, USN (Ret)

  3. My condolences for the loss of your loved one. Be Proud of your loved one for their service and sacrifices they made to preserve our Country’s Freedom. Stand down and rest in eternal peace, your mission is complete. We now stand for you as you once stood with us.
    Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the Rest to God.

    Bob ”Grampy” Griffith
    USASA M.P. Cpl. 59-62
    Retired Lt. LEO. 62-92
    Ride Captain Patriot Guard
    Montgomery City, Mo.
    Riding In Memory of My Wife Judy Griffith
    Patriot Guard Rider 1/05/2009 5/20/2019
    Riding in Honor of my Son:
    Mark D. Griffith U.S. Navy Veteran
    Riding in Memory of my Uncles:
    Mural Griffith U.S. Navy WW ll
    Orville Griffith U.S. Army WW ll
    Sterling Griffith U,S, Army WW ll
    Riding in Memory of My PGR Brothers:
    SFC. Mark Schroeder USA Ride Captain
    Rodney ”El Rod” Hale USMC PGR Brother
    Ron ”I-Candy” Peterson USMC Ride Captain

  4. My deepest Condolences for your loss. I pray for the family wishing you strength for today and spiritual guidance for tomorrow.
    Thank You Veteran Frederick Zak for your service to protect this country, and for my Freedoms. You will not be forgotten.
    Rich “Poor Man” Harden
    Patriot Guard Riders

  5. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, USMC – USMCR, Korean War Veteran, Corporal Frederick Zak. We thank you for your service to a grateful nation, may your family find peace in knowing you served proudly and comfort in the months to come. May you rest in peace for your mission is now complete. I salute you.
    http://www.beforeyougo.us

    Robert “Bob” White
    USA (Ret) 1SG
    Vietnam Era
    Jul 72 – Aug 94
    Ofallon, MO

    Riding in Memory of:
    F.C. White, Sr, Tec 5 USA, WWII (Father)
    G.A. Thompson, Pvt, USA, WWI (Grandpa)
    D.A. Thompson, MCPO, USN (Ret), Korea (Uncle)
    G.A. Thompson, Sgt, USMC, Korea (Uncle)
    L. Norris, Msgt, USAF (Ret), Vietnam (Uncle)

    Riding in Honor of:
    F.C. White, Jr, Ssgt USAF, Vietnam (Brother)
    F.C. White, III, Pfc, ARNG (Nephew)
    D.B. White, PO2, USN, Vietnam Era (Twin)

  6. I pray for comfort and spiritual healing for the family of a true American Hero. I am thankful for his service to our country and his sacrifices to preserve our freedoms which will never be forgotten.

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    Revelation 21:4

    Ricky Moceri
    State Chaplain
    Patriot Guard Riders
    Missouri

  7. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of an American Hero. His service and sacrifice to our country to preserve our freedom is not and will not be forgotten. I wish him Fair Winds and Following Seas. Your mission here is completed. Rest in peace, we have the watch!

    Joseph “Mustang” Bilodeau
    LCDR USN (Ret)

  8. Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there.
    I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there,,I did not die

  9. Nancy and I send our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and an American Hero. We are grateful for United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve veteran Zak’s military service to our country, and the courage to stand in harm’s way to protect and preserve our freedom and liberties. He shall not be forgotten!
    “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
    John 14:2-4

    John Weber
    Ride Captain
    Patriot Guard Riders
    St. Louis, MO

  10. My wife and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences for the loss of Hero Zak. Thank you for your service to your country Sir. Rest in Peace. You will not be forgotten.

    Jim “(1) Gun-Shy” Kleszczewski

  11. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of a true American Hero. Veteran Zak’s service and sacrifice to our country to preserve our freedom is not and will not be forgotten. Your mission here is completed. Rest in peace, we have the watch.

    Tim “Twidget” Grantz, USN, YN2
    Missouri State Ride Captain
    USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) 1972 – 1975 Vietnam Veteran
    Riding in Honor of My Father:
    USAF SSGT Francis W. Grantz, WWII POW – Rest in Peace

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