Confirmed:Oscar Cortez, Retired US Army, POW Korea, Vietnam (173-19) 11 SEP 19

September 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Sunset Northwest Funeral Home
6321 Bandera Rd
San Antonio, TX 78238
US ARMY – RETIRED, POW Korea, Vietnam

The family of Mr. Oscar Cortez, a US Army (Ret.) Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

Oscar Cortez age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday Sept. 4, 2019 surrounded by his family. Oscar was born July 17, 1932 in the small town of Encinal Texas to Carolina Navarro and Gumesindo Cortez. He joined the U.S. Army on February 13, 1950 at the young age of 17 and served his country for 20 years, 2 ½ of those years spent in a P.O.W. camp in Korea and also served in the Vietnam War. On July 18, 1954 he married Yolanda Armijo , the love of his life and shared 65 years together. She embraced the life of a military wife raising their children, Guadalupe, Oscar, Thomas, Carolyn, Richard and JonMark, and also surviving his sister, Irene Silva. During his Army career he earned the P.O.W. Medal, the Purple Heart Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge. Upon his retirement from the Army, He worked for the Northside School District for 20 years. He spent most of his time at home enjoying his 18 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren and enjoyed traveling with his wife to P.O. W. reunions. He was also a Mason, a brother of the Davy Crockett Lodge #1225 and a Alzafar Shriner. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brothers, Don, Jesse and Thomas.

WEATHER: Hi 95 / Lo 77, 30% Chance of Rain, 59% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Richard Chavez, Family SPOX

STAGING:  0800 Hours, Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Sunset Northwest Funeral Home
6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238

BRIEFING:  0815 Hours

HONOR LINE:   0845 Hours

KSU:   0900 Hours

SERVICE: 0930 Hours
St. Dominic Catholic Church
5919 Ingram Road
San Antonio, Texas 78228

KSU:  1030 Hours (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   1115 Hours Shelter #2
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209

RC:   Juan “Mr. T” Tarango

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
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223