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Honor Mission
Jerry Joseph Matous, Jr. , Veteran
USMC – , Korea
Ennis, Texas – 05-11-20


When he was of age, he and two of his friends decided to join the Marine Corps, but Jerry was very slim then and he could not pass the weight requirements. Determined, he went home and ate lots of oatmeal, and tried it again the next day. It took him three days of eating to meet the minimum and be sworn in and his whole life changed. He completed six weeks of basic training at camp Pendleton in California and he was on the USS Gen John Pope on its last trip before refurbishment, headed for Korea. Jerry spent his time on the front lines fighting in the coldest conditions ever experienced by American troops. He was injured twice and was awarded two purple hearts but he turned them down because he knew his mom would receive them stateside and he didn’t want her to worry. Upon completing his tour of duty he again found himself sailing on the USS Gen John Pope on its first excursion since its refurbishment, back to the States. The rest of his enlistment was spent stationed at Camp Lejune in North Carolina as Sgt. Of Arms over the brig. Jerry spoke very little about his time in Korea preferring to talk about his adventures in the brig with his three coharts who together with him “ran the brig”

Staging Time: 09:00

St. Joseph’s Cemetery On Jeter Drive
815 feet south of West Ennis Avenue
(US-287 Business
Ennis, Texas 75119

Ride Captain:

Sylvia Miller 742-4956

Special Instructions:

Interment Service Staging Time 09:00 Briefing Time 09:15 In Position/KSU Time 09:30 Starting Time 10:00 The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited by the family of Jerry Matous, Jr., to honor him at his final resting place. We will stage at the cemetery for the briefing, to set the flags and to stand the flag line as we welcome friends and family of our veteran. Upon the conclusion of the funeral service, we will return the flags to the support vehicle, debrief and be dismissed.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Dan Mathys
Position: Texas Ride Captain

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