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June 21

Honor Mission
Oscar A. Mater Jr., Veteran
USMC, USN -, WWII, Korea
Fenton, Missouri – 06-21-21

ABOUT THE MISSION:

It is a most distinct honor and privilege for the Patriot Guard Riders, at the family’s request, to stand a flag line of honor and respect for fallen “Greatest Generation” member Oscar A. Mater Jr., 98, and escort him to the Hallowed Grounds of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where he will receive full military honors.
Seaman First Class Mater proudly served his country in the United States Navy from April 1942 to January 1946, serving aboard several naval vessels including the USS Henley, USS LST-464, USS Castle Rock, and the USS Antietam. Mr. Mater then was called to serve in the United States Marine Corps, serving from February 1948 to October 1952 where he obtained the rank of Sergeant. His awards include the American Area Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3*, the Navy Occupation Medal with Asia Clasp, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3*, Presidential Unit Citation with 1*, United Nations Ribbon, and the Purple Heart.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 06-21-21
Staging Time: 9:00 a.m.

Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, Fenton Chapel
777 Oakwood Dr. (at Hwy 141)
Fenton, Missouri 63026

Ride Captain:

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

Special Instructions:

9:00 am – Ride meeting followed by flag line welcoming family and friends
9:45 am – Funeral service
11:00 am – Honor escort to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (11 mi)
11:30 am – Committal service and Military Honors
Please remember to hydrate much more than believed necessary. 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

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10 Responses

  1. 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

  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 Oscar A Mater Jr 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 wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Navy – US Marine Corps, WWII – Korean War Veteran, Sergeant (SGT) Oscar A. Mater, Jr. 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 (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)

  4. 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)

  5. 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

  6. 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 grief.
    I am thankful for Mr. Mater’s service and sacrifice for our country in the US Navy during WW II and US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He is ” Fallen Never Forgotten.“ May he rest in Peace.
    Bobby
    USAF 67 – 71

    In Memory :
    Bill Breuer USAF Vietnam Era
    Ron Breuer US Army Vietnam

  7. 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

  8. 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, United States Marine Corps, Korean Conflict and “Greatest Generation” veteran Mater’s service to our country and the courage to stand in harms way to protect and preserve our freedom and liberties! May he never 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
    Riding in Honor of:
    USA LT. Jon Weber-WWI
    USA SSGT John J. Weber-WWII
    John Weber
    Ride Captain- PGR
    St. Louis, MO

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

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

    Jim “(1) Gun-Shy” Kleszczewski
    Ride Captain/Support
    Patriot Guard Riders

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