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Honor Mission

Richard Pawlak, Veteran

USMC – Korea, Vietnam

Schuylerville, New York – 25 May 2018


We have been requested to participate in his military honors funeral of Richard Jennings.

Richard had a very lengthy career in the United States Marines having joined in 1953

He served in Korea 54-55 then 55-56 was a drill instructor at Parris Island. In 1957 he was with the rifle range Det. and in58-59 was at Okinawa with the 3rd Marine div.

In 1960 at Quantico. 61-64 I&I staff in Danville IL., 65-66 Vietnam, 67-68 Camp Lejune K-38 camp.69-70 H&S 1.4 HG 70-71 Marine Bks Guam, 71-72 Staff 32nd Mef. 73 H1 2-2 Camp Lejune.

He attended Jungle Warfare School and Cold Weather Training School.

He earned: Chief Clerks Commendation with Combat V, Naval Achievement with Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 5 stars, PUC with one star, Naval Unit Citation, Naval defense service medal with one star, Korean service Medal, Korean Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service with one clasp, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 4 stars, Vietnam Cross of gallantry division level with frame and palm, Vietnam Civil Action Ribbon first class with frame and palm.

Richard honorably retired August 31 1973

After military retirement he worked for New York State Bridge Authority where he was the manager of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. He was a longtime member of the Marine Corps League, the VFW, and the American Legion.

The Patriot Guard Riders will be there to render honor dignity and respect for the life and service of Gunnery Sergeant E7 Richard Jennings United States Marine Corps Korea and Vietnam.

Primary Staging Time: 10:30 A.M.

Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Rd
Schuylerville, New York – 12871

Ride Captain:

RC Gene Jones

Special Instructions:

Interment with military honors scheduled for 11:00 AM.

Please stage quietly and be aware of any services already in progress. Please do not gather at the Visitor Center.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Ray Sestak
Position: Ride Captain

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May 25, 2018
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  1. My wife and I offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our departed Hero. We are grateful to this Veteran and this family, for all of the sacrifices that were made to protect us, and preserve our freedoms. May your faith and your fond memories be your guiding light in this time of sorrow.

    I stand…. In memory of my PGR Brother – Mark Schroeder – March 28, 2016
    In honor of my active duty son – Ben Hirsch – U.S. Navy
    In appreciation of all who earned my freedom.
    Jeff Hirsch

  2. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Richard Pawlak, USMC Korea and Vietnam Wars Veteran. During this most difficult time, I pray you peace. I will forever be grateful for his service, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. Rest easy now, Sir…those you have left behind to carry on without you have the watch. Welcome home…

  3. My wife and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Your Hero.
    Rest in Peace, you will not be forgotten.

  4. I wish to offer my condolences to the family of this true American Warrior. May you find comfort in knowing that their sacrifice has made this a better place for all of us. I am truly grateful for their service to our Nation.
    I stand in spirit with my fellow Patriot Guard Riders as we honor this warrior.
    Stand down and rest in eternal peace, your mission is complete.

    Rick “Curly” Kroeger
    Deputy State Captain, Missouri
    Blue Star Father

    Riding in memory of:
    My wife Debbie; to the moon and back Kid
    My Pop, Cpl. Gene Kroeger, USAAC, Britain, WWII,
    Uncles: Russ Kroeger, USA WWII, Panama,
    Ken Kroeger, USAF Korea
    Bob Kroeger, USA Korea
    Gil Schroeder, USA Korea
    Cpl. Charles Foley, USA, POW, WII
    SFC Mark Schroeder, USANG (Ret) AD 28 MAR 16 PGR Brother and friend

    Riding in honor of:
    My son, SSgt Jason Lee, USAF, Ramstein AFB Germany
    Uncle, Mike Kroeger, USN, Korea

    “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”
    ~Thomas Jefferson~

    “Let us not mourn that such men died, but rejoice that such men lived”
    ~George S. Patton~

  5. My wife and I wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

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