Confirmed: Guadalupe C. Rea Jr., Veteran US Army Retired, WWII (138-21) 20 Jul 21

July 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
St. James the Apostle Catholic Church
907 W Theo Ave
San Antonio, TX 78225
Confirmed: Guadalupe C. Rea Jr., Veteran US Army Retired, WWII (138-21) 20 Jul 21 @ St. James the Apostle Catholic Church | San Antonio | Texas | United States


The family of Mr. Guadalupe C. Rea Jr., a US Army Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.

Guadalupe C. Rea went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2021 at the age of 103. He was born on July 3, 1917 in San Antonio, Texas. Beloved husband of 69 years to the late Estela M. Rea. Survived by sons Raul (Carrie) and Roland (Jo Ann), granddaughters Jaclyn and Jillian and grandson Jonathan. He is also survived by his brother John C. Rea. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Rea was a proud WWII Army veteran and life member of V.F.W. Post 9186. Mr. Rea served in the war under the 819th Engineer Aviation Battalion of the USAAF. His unit built the first U.S. airdrome in England before crossing the English Channel on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His unit landed on UTAH Beach where they built the first airfield on Normandy under enemy fire earning the Presidential Unit Citation. From there, Mr. Rea participated in numerous campaigns fighting the Nazis across Europe. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge where he and others were captured by the Germans, lined up, and gunned down by machine gun. He dropped to the ground before being hit and played dead in the snow until the Germans left the area, and then made his way back to camp. The doctors were going to amputate his leg due to severe frostbite, but they waited instead. He recovered and returned to the front lines.

He worked at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly Air Force Base for 35 years and retired in 1985. On the 70th Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2014, Mr. Rea and a contingent of other U.S. veterans were awarded the Medal of Knight in the French Legion of Honour for combat action in France during World War II presented by the Consul General of France on board the Battleship Texas in Houston.

WEATHER: Hi 95 / Lo 75, 40% Chance of Rain, 57% Humidity, Wind: 7 mph SSE

REQUESTOR: Roland Rea, Son

STAGING: 9:00 am, Tuesday, July 20, 2021

St. James the Apostle Catholic Church
907 W Theo Avenue

San Antonio, Texas 78225

BRIEFING: 9:15 am

SERVICE: 10:00 am

St. James the Apostle Catholic Church
907 W Theo Avenue

San Antonio, Texas 78225


KSU: 11:00 am (Semper Gumby)


INTERMENT: 11:30 am – Shelter #3 (Call to Verify)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road

San Antonio, Texas 78209


RC: Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson


FC: Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener


1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.
2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.
3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!
4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.
5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

***Safety Notice***

Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below. Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards. Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.

Funeral Processions/Escorts

EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.
At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way. Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.
If you choose to fly a Flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,

Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Dignity, Honor, Respect
Cell: 562-413-2223

“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us get to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”
Will Rogers

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