Joe M. Riojas, 96, US Army/WWII veteran, Austin, TX, 15 MAR 2021

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Mr. Joe M. Riojas.  Mr. Riojas served during WWII in the US Army,  April 1943 to Nov 1945, with the 69th Fighter Squadron as a Sergeant in Japan, Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, Northern Solomons, Southern Philippines, Luzon.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Monday, 15 March 2021. Funeral mass begins at 1 pm.

    Location: San Jose Catholic Church, 2435 Oak Crest Ave, Austin, TX 78704.  We will stage at the church.
    Map link:

    11:50 – 12:20 pm – Staging
    12:20 pm – Briefing
    12:30 pm – Flag line

    Wx: Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High around 85F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

    Notes: Maintain social distancing protocols. Bring water for yourself and a friend. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the LEO escorted procession to the nearby Assumption Cemetery where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Jim Callison,, (907) 321-3854
    Flag Wrangler: Max Vasquez

    Please attend to honor this soldier from the greatest generation.


    Completed Mission report for Mr. Joe Riojas:

    We had a really nice turnout of 13 PGR Riders today to stand in the warm & sunny weather to honor Mr. Joe Riojas, another proud WWII US Army Veteran from the Greatest Generation. It was especially nice to have (7) members of the San Antonio PGR group, who rode up and stood tall with our AUS group at both the church service and burial service. My thanks to SA/PGR & Deputy State Captain, Bob “Pizza-man” Johnson for leading the SA group here and thank you all for taking time out of your day to honor Mr. Riojas. And lastly, thank you Mr. Riojas for your dedicated Service good sir, Godspeed and Rest in Peace!

    Jimmy Callison

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