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Honor Mission
Joseph M. Hanewinkel, Veteran
St Louis, Missouri – 06-16-20


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard Riders, we have been invited to honor a revered member of the United States Army and WW II Veteran.  The family of Joseph M. Hanewinkel, has invited Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag-line of honor and respect.  It will be our honor to do so.  Hero Hanewinkel served in the United States Army from 8 Mar 1944 to 6 Jan 1946.  He earned the rank of Technical Sergeant and was a member of the 1st Inf Div., when he was wounded at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge in Nov 1944. After recuperating, he was transferred to the 9th Base Air Depot where he served as Air Base Support and Supply Clerk.  Hero Hanewinkel was awarded the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/1 Star; WW II Victory Medal; Army Occupation Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Thank you, Mr. Hanewinkel, from a grateful Nation. Your faithful dedication to serve the United States of America is deeply appreciated, and will never be forgotten.

Staging: 8:00 AM

Kutis – Affton
10151 Gravois Rd
St Louis, Missouri 63123

Ride Captain:

Mike “Jenky” Jenkins

Special Instructions:

Stage/Mission Brief: 8:00 AM
Flag-line: 8:30 AM, We will then escort their loved one to Saint Simons the Apostle Catholic Church.
Service: 10:00 AM, following the service, we will escort our hero to his final resting place at the Hallowed Ground of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, for his final Military Honors.
Weather: forecast expected is Sunny with a high of 84F, 30% chance of rain for the scope of this mission. Dress appropriately, cages are always welcome.  Remember to hydrate.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Mike Jenkins
Position: Missouri Ride Captain

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  1. From my family to yours we send our sincerest condolences. We pray that you may find piece and comfort in this time of sorrow. May God wrap you in his arms and comfort you in this time of sorrow.

    Riding in honor of my brother
    Robert J Hill. U.S.M.C
    Riding in honor of my wife’s brother
    Charles B Dupree. U.S.M.C
    Rodney “El Rod” Hale, USMC… PGR Brother
    Ron “I-Candy” Peterson, USMC… PGR Brother & RC

  2. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Joseph Hanewinkel, a true 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)

  3. Nancy and I send our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and an American Hero. A grateful Nation thanks “Greatest Generation” United States Army veteran Joseph M. Hanewinkel for his courage to serve our country and to protect and preserve the freedoms we enjoy to this day. It is an honor to stand for you today, as you once stood for all of us.
    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
    Missouri Ride Captain
    Patriot Guard Riders

  4. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Army, WWII Veteran, Tech Sergeant Joseph M. Hanewinkel. 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 (Corporal), 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)

  5. 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.

    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 PGR Brother and R.C.
    Rodney”ElRod”Hale USMC PGR Brother
    Ron”I-Candy”Peterson USMC PGR Brother and R.C.

  6. I pray for comfort and spiritual healing for the family of a true American Hero. His service and sacrifice to preserve our freedoms will never be forgotten and for this I am thankful.
    “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

  7. I would like to offer my sincere condolences and prayers for your lost. May the peaceful moments and cherished memories bring family and friends renewed strength in the difficult days ahead. Do not let your heart be troubled your faith will keep you strong.

  8. My wife and I wish to extend our 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)

  9. 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.

  10. Pam and I offer our deepest condolences to the Hanewinkel family. Your Father is a true American Hero. His service and sacrifice to our country to preserve our freedom is not and will not be forgotten. Veteran Hanewinkel your mission here is completed. Rest in peace, we have the watch.

    Tim Grantz, USN, YN2
    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

  11. My deepest Condolences for your loss. I pray for you and your family wishing you strength for today and spiritual guidance for tomorrow.
    Thank You Veteran Joesph Hanewinkel for your service to protect this country, and for my Freedoms. You will not be forgotten.It will be an honor to
    stand in a Flag Line for this hero.
    Rich “Poor Man” Harden
    Patriot Guard Riders

  12. I am sorry for the loss of your Loved one . I pray God will comfort , strengthen and bless you all as you go through this time of deep grief .
    I am thankful for Mr. Hanewinkel’s service and sacrifice for our nation in the US Army during WW II . He is ” Fallen ” Never Forgotten .
    USAF 67 – 71

  13. It has been said “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, veterans don’t have that problem.” Slow hand salute to Joseph for his service to our great country. May you be proud, and take comfort, knowing that he really did make a difference.
    Al Colvin
    Old Army Viet Vet

  14. No words can ever express what is in our hearts. Nor can they describe the hollow feeling Sandy and I got when we received the news of Joe’s passing. Our prayers continue to go out to your family. I know your taking comfort in the wisdom, he is in the house of God. His joy and peace is ever lasting.

  15. My Condolences go out to family and friends of WWII US Army Veteran, Joseph M. Hanewinkel may you rest in peace and may God be with you, Thank you for your service to our Country.

  16. THE DASH by Linda Ellis

    I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
    He referred to the dates on his tombstone from the beginning to the end.
    He noted that first came the date of his birth & spoke of the following date with tears.
    But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
    For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth
    And now only those who loved him know what that little line is worth.
    For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash;
    What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
    So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
    If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real
    And always try to understand the way other people feel.
    And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
    And love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
    If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile
    Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
    So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash
    Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

    Our condolences to the Hanewinkel family. I think there’s a lot to be said about Joseph M. Hanewinkel’s dash. I’m sure you all have many stories; I know Mike has told us a few and what a hero he was to Mike. We thank this WWII Army Veteran for his service to our Country. May he rest in peace and in the arms of God and our savior, Jesus Christ. Our prayers for all the family left behind to find comfort as you deal with the loss of your loved one.

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

    Jim “(1) Gun-Shy” Kleszczewski

  18. My wife and I offer our sincere condolences to your family for the loss of this American Veteran. May you find comfort in knowing that their service and sacrifices will not be forgotten. We are truly grateful for their service. I stand with my fellow Patriot Guard Riders in honoring this hero. They are now in audience with the Angels watching over us. He earned his place of Honor in our world and is now an Angel watching us all.

    Mike “Jenky” Jenkins,
    Ride Captain/Flag Support
    St Louis Mo Patriot Guard

    In memory of:
    Kenneth E. Jenkins, USA, Father
    Claude E. Jenkins, USA, WWII, Grandfather
    Carl E. Jenkins, USA, USN, WWII, Uncle

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