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Honor Mission
Joseph Patrick Welch, Veteran
USN, USNR
Maplewood, Missouri – 10-12-20

ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders will stand a flag line of honor and respect for United States Navy veteran Joseph Patrick Welch, 86, and escort him to the hallowed grounds of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where he will receive full military honors. GM2 Welch proudly served his country from November 1953 to October 1957 aboard the USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709), before transferring to the United States Navy Reserve. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (European Clasp).

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 10-12-20
Staging Time: 8:15 am

Jay B. Smith Funeral Home – Maplewood Chapel
7456 Manchester Rd.
Maplewood, Missouri 63143

Ride Captain:

Jim “(1) Gun-Shy” Kleszczewski
314-956-6899
jimkl2112@gmail.com

Special Instructions:

**Escort only mission**
8:15 AM – Ride meeting
8:45 AM – Honor escort to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (11 mi)
9:30 AM – Committal Service and Military Honors
We will practice social distancing. If you are not feeling well on the day of the mission, please stay home and pay your distant respects. Face masks are required inside the funeral home and at JBNC. Please remember to hydrate. Cages always welcome!
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Jim Kleszczewski
Position: Missouri Ride Captain

Note: You do not have to own/ride a motorcycle or be a veteran to join, and membership is Free. The only requirement is RESPECT! To subscribe to receive mission notices, log into the National Site and click on the Members tab at the top. Select the Subscribe to PGR Missions option.
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October 12
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13 Comments

  1. 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

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

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

  4. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Navy – US Naval Reserve Veteran, Joseph Patrick Welch. 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)

  5. I am sorry for the loss of your Loved One . I pray God will comfort , strengthen and bless each of you as you go through this time of sorrow .
    I am thankful for Mr. Welch’s service and sacrifice for our country in the US Navy . He is ” Fallen ” never forgotten . May he Rest In Peace .
    Bobby
    USAF 67-71
    In God I Trust

  6. 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)

  7. 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 Bob” 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 PGR Brother and R.C.
    Rodney ”El Rod” Hale USMC PGR Brother
    Ron ”I-Candy” Peterson USMC PGR Brother and R.C.

  8. My Condolences go out to family and friends of US Navy / USNR Veteran, Joseph Patrick Welch may you rest in peace and may God be with you, Thank you for your service to our Country.

  9. 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.

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

    In memory of:
    Kenneth E. Jenkins, USA, Father
    Claude E. Jenkins, USA, WWII, Grandfather
    Carl E. Jenkins, USA, USN, WWII, Uncle
    Patriot Guard Members –
    Pat Karmeier, PGR Sister
    Judy Griffith, PGR Sister
    Rodney ”El Rod” Hale USMC PGR Brother
    Ron ”I-Candy” Peterson USMC PGR Brother and R.C.

  10. 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)

    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

  11. Nancy and I send our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and an American Hero. We are grateful for United States Navy veteran Welch’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

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

    Jim “(1) Gun-Shy” Kleszczewski

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

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