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John H. Detjen

Honor Mission
John H. Detjen, Veteran
St. Louis, Missouri – 02-23-21

ABOUT THE MISSION:        Short Notice

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard, please join us in standing for fallen veteran John Detjen, just as he once stood for every one of us. Veteran Detjen began his 16 year military career in November of 1956, where he served in the United States Navy as a Damage Control Petty Officer 3rd Class aboard the U.S.S. Norfolk.
He later finished his military duty in 1978 after serving in the United States Army National Guard, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant and achieving many awards, including the Sharpshooter Badge (M-16), U.S. Army Components Achievement Medal, Non Commissioned Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army National Guard Recruiter Badge, Missouri National Guard State Emergency Duty Ribbon, and the Missouri National Guard Long Service Ribbon (5 years).

Staging Time: 11:00 am

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63125

Ride Captain:

Jeff ‘Tattoo’ Hirsch
Flags / Support – Mike ‘Rocko’ Rockwell

Special Instructions:

Ride meeting: 11:15 am
Flag line to welcome Hero Detjen and his family to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
11:30 am – Military Honors
Masks are required.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Jeff Hirsch
Position: Missouri Ride Captain

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10 Comments To "John H. Detjen"

#1 Comment By weberj On February 22, 2021 @ 3:36 pm

Nancy and I send our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and an American Hero. We are grateful for USN and ARNG veteran Detjen’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

#2 Comment By Jim Kleszczewski On February 22, 2021 @ 3:49 pm

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

Jim “(1) Gun-Shy” Kleszczewski

#3 Comment By Richard Harden On February 22, 2021 @ 3:51 pm

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

#4 Comment By Joseph Bilodeau On February 22, 2021 @ 4:01 pm

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

Sailors pray,
for fair winds and a following sea
The smell of salt in the air,
the feel of their skin as it’s touched by the spray
An albatross soaring above,
dolphins in the ship’s wake at play
To witness a work of art that only God can create,
the sunset at the end of day
At night a million stars in the sky,
safe anchorage in an islands lee
When the time comes to die as for all it must,
to awake in Sailors Heaven where nothing ever rusts
And always there would be,
fair winds and a following sea
By Charles D. Williams

#5 Comment By GrampyBob On February 22, 2021 @ 6:23 pm

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 for 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

#6 Comment By Robert W. White On February 22, 2021 @ 6:49 pm

My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Navy – US Army National Guard Veteran, Staff Sergeant (SSG) John H. Detjen. 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.

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)

#7 Comment By Tim Grantz On February 22, 2021 @ 7:09 pm

My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of a true American Hero. Veteran Detjen’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

#8 Comment By bobbybreuer On February 22, 2021 @ 10:01 pm

I pray God will comfort , strengthen and Bless you all as you go through this time of deep sorrow .
I am thankful for Mr. Detjen’s service and sacrifice for our country in the US Navy and then the ARNG . He is ” Fallen Never Forgotten “. May he Rest In Peace .
USAF 67 – 71
In Memory :
Bill Breuer USAF Vietnam Era
Ron Breuer US Army Vietnam

#9 Comment By iceber58 On February 22, 2021 @ 11:48 pm

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)

#10 Comment By bobsmith On February 23, 2021 @ 8:33 am

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