Joseph W Bialaszewski, 71, US Army/Vietnam Veteran, Austin, TX, 03 AUG 2018

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    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and burial services for Mr. Joseph William Bialaszewski. Mr. Bialaszewski entered the U.S. Army in 1967 and served in the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division's 16th Infantry in Vietnam. He was an Army Ranger, honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1970.

    Additional information about his life and service can be read here:

    Date/Time: Friday, 03 August 2018. Funeral service begins at 2 pm.

    Location: St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 126 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704. We will stage at the church.
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    1:00 – 1:25 pm – Staging
    1:25 pm – Briefing
    1:30 pm – Flag line

    Wx: Hi 98 deg, sunny.

    Notes: Bring TWO bottles of water for yourself and one for a friend. Sunscreen recommended. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and stand by for the 40 minute LEO escorted procession to Memory Lawn Memorial Park at 19106 San Marcos Highway in Martindale, Texas for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells,, 512-470-0380
    Flag Wrangler: Nicki Campbell

    Please attend to show honor and gratitude for this Vietnam Veteran's selfless service to our nation.


    Thank you to the ten hardy souls who honored Mr. Bialaszewski on a hot South Austin afternoon. Luckily the appropriate place to stand the flag line at the church was shaded. Plenty of trees on the property to shelter during our funeral service down time also.

    Soup and Nicki headed to the cemetery ahead of time, and five bikes accompanied the family from the church in the LEO escorted procession. The cemetery is about 40 miles south, but it took about an hour in the Friday afternoon IH-35 traffic. The three motorcycle officers did a commendable job facing down that monster.

    An interesting semper gumby moment occurred as the procession approached the cemetery and found the only entrance gates closed. Someone scrambled to open them, and about the first 1/3 of the procession had to do an awkward u-turn in the middle of the hwy to get back to the entrance. We stood a second flag line for the interment service.

    Many family members thanked us afterward, including his sister, who said she got goosebumps when she saw the flag line at the church.

    Thank you to Soup and Nicki for another outstanding job with the flags and for providing the much needed cold drinking water.

    God speed, SGT Bialaszewski, and may He bless your family left behind.

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