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Honor Mission
Pasqual Reyes, POW/MIA, Veteran
Madera, California – 01-10-20


The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited by family to stand in respect for, and escort their loved one, WWII POW Pasqual Reyes, and we are honored to do so. We will stand lines of respect at a church service before escorting to a local cemetery for final honors. PFC Reyes was A 142d. INF REG, 36th. Division POW in Stalag 7A.Bronze Star, Purple Heart. POW Medal.

Staging Time: 12:15 PM

St. Joachim’s Catholic Church
401 W. 5th. St.
Madera, California 93637

Ride Captain:

Bob Ayers

Special Instructions:

Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Robert Firestine
Position: California Assistant State Captain

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Pasqual Reyes Comment

    Pasqual Reyes (96) 4/15/1923 – 12/18/2019
    WWII POW ,Bronze Star, Purple Heart
    Gold Star Father

    Pasqual Reyes served his country during WWII, and lost his son to the Vietnam War. He was proud of his service with the United States Army, A CO, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division. They were known as the “Texas Division”
    Mr. Reyes arrived in North Africa to train and join troops in the European theater. He was part of the Allied invasion of Italy. Notable battles occurred the battle of the Rapido River, and the breakout from the Anzio beachhead at Velletriat Battle of San Pietro, Salerno, Monte Cassino, and liberation of Rome
    Mr. Reyes and the 36th Division fought their way into southern France into Paris. Mr. Reyes was part of the Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine, also known as the Siegfried Line Campaign. It was during this campaign as they marched and fought their way to the “Battle of the Bulge”, That Mr. Reyes was captured by German Soldiers. German troops were quickly approaching the US position with tanks. There were wounded men that needed to move safely to the rear. It was at this moment that Pasqual and his 3-man squad volunteered to direct the fire of his squad against enemy personal and positions. Mr. Reyes knew that the most likely outcome for him was to be killed or captured. The wounded were successfully evacuated. Mr. Reyes was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions.
    Mr. Reyes spent the next 8 months in Stalag 7a POW camp just outside of Moosburg Germany. He was liberated by General George Patton. Mr. Reyes could still clearly recall General Patton crashing the gates while sitting on top of a military vehicle.
    Pasqual and Ramona Reyes were married for 71 years until Mr. Reyes’s recent passing. Mrs. Reyes is a Gold Star Mother. Their oldest son Ronald Reyes was killed in action on march 30, 1968 Khe Sanh, Vietnam during the TET offensive.

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