Confirmed:Part 2 of 2, Ernest Matthews Jr., Veteran US Marine Corps, WWII KIA (207-19) 5 NOV 19

November 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Porter Loring Mortuaries North
2102 N Loop 1604 E
San Antonio, TX 78232

2ndLt Ernest A. Matthews, Jr., 34 years old, passed away November 20, 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. He was born to Ernest A. Matthews, Sr. and Louie Edna Matthews on November 23, 1908.
2ndLt Matthews, who entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Kansas, was a member of Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, Division Special Troops, 2nd Marine Division. On November 20, 1943, 2ndLt Matthews was killed in combat against Japanese forces on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, during the Battle of Tarawa. 2ndLt Matthews’ remains were not recovered at the time. In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, many of the U.S. service members who died in the battle were buried in battlefield cemeteries on the island. In 1946 and 1947, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio, but 2ndLt Matthews’ remains were not recovered. In 2015, the nongovernmental organization History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the Battle of Tarawa. The remains were turned over to DPAA in 2015. Using modern forensic techniques, U.S. analysts identified 2ndLt Matthews from among these collective remains.
2ndLt Matthews will be reunited with his wife Mary Virginia Matthews, a nurse during World War II
who passed away in 1969 and was interred at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery. Surviving family members include: niece, Juliet Matthews of Bloomington, IN; nephew, Stan Matthews of Wilson, NC, and a cousin, Jerry Jones, of Houston, TX. Surviving relatives who have since joined him are: his parents, brother; Charles Matthews (retired US Army) and a niece, Kathleen Matthews.


The family of 2ndLT Ernest Matthews, Jr., a US Marine Corps Veteran, requests the attendance and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders in the airport recovery of their loved one and a LEO Supported Procession to the Funeral Home. 

WEATHER: Hi 65 / Lo 45, 4% Chance of Rain, 48% Humidity
REQUESTOR:  Doug Goad, Family SPOX
STAGING:    1100 AM, Saturday, November 2, 2019
                    San Antonio International Airport
                    Cell Phone Waiting Lot (Behind the Gas Station)
                    Airport Blvd
                    San Antonio Texas 78216
BRIEFING: 11:15 am

KSU:   11:45 am (On Cue, Semper Gumby)

PLANE ARRIVAL:  11:51 am

DESTINATION:  Porter Loring Mortuaries North
                              2102 N Loop-1604E
                              San Antonio, Texas 78232 

We will have a Honor Line at the Funeral Home.                            
RC:  Don “Papa Bear” Williams

The family of 2ndLT Ernest Matthews, Jr., a US Marine Corps Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the LEO supported procession and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

WEATHER: Hi 77 / Lo 58, 7% Chance of Rain, 74% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Doug Goad, Family SPOX

STAGING:  9:30 am, Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Porter Loring Mortuaries North
2102 N Loop-1604E
San Antonio, Texas 78232

BRIEFING:  9:45 am

HONOR LINE:  10:10 am

KSU:  10:20 am (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   11:00 am – Shelter #1
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209

RC:   Don “Papa Bear” Williams

FC:   Danette “Dani” O’Hara


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