Confirmed:Asuncion Candelario, Retired US Army, Vietnam (226-19) 16 DEC 19

December 16, 2019 @ 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Lowe's Home Improvement
1470 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78209
Please see updated staging, briefing, and KSU times below.

The family of Mr. Asuncion Candelario, a US Army (Ret) Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

On November 8, 2019, Command Sergeant Major Asuncion Candelario, US Army Ret, surrounded by family and friends, answered the bugle call, received his wings, and peacefully ascended to heaven.  Born in Salinas, Puerto Rico on August 15, 1926, to Don Pedro and Providencia Candelario, he was drafted into the US Army in September 1950 and proudly served the country he loved for over 30 years. In July 1951 he was assigned to the 65th Inf Reg, “Borinqueneers,” where he saw combat as an Infantryman.  In June 1969, he was assigned to the Advisory Team 91 in Vietnam. After a long and distinguished military career with assignments in both CONUS and Europe, he retired as CSM 2d Battalion, Academy of Health Science, Ft Sam Houston, TX.
CSM Candelario has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, “Borinqueneers;” Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with lst Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal, 9th award; National Defense Service Medal with lst Oak Leaf Cluster; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; and the Combat Infantry Badge.
After retirement he received his Associates (St. Philips), Bachelors, and Masters Degrees (UTSA).
Asuncion Candelario is survived by his wife, Rebecca; daughter, Laura M. Davis (Amanda) of Austin, TX; son, Donald E. Davis (Kimberly), and their 3 children; Avery Taylor, Joshua Patton, & Luke George Davis of Southlake, TX; Sister, Ana Candelario; Brothers, Juan & Ramiro Candelario; and numerous loving nieces & nephews.  We would like to extend a special thank you to our nephew, Peter Candelario and his wife Denise for their kind, loving, compassionate, and devoted assistance through this difficult time.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived,” General George S. Patton Jr. (1885-1945) Thus, as the old British ballad proclaims, “Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away.”
The final prayer request by CSM Candelario was health for his family and peace for the world.

The Family will meet us at the Staging Area.

WEATHER:  Hi 53 / Lo 43, 0% Chance of Rain, 48% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Rebecca Candelario, Wife

STAGING:  1:45 pm, Monday, December 16, 2019
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1470 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78209

BRIEFING:  2:00 pm

2:15 pm (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   2:45 pm – Shelter #5
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209

RC:   Jim “Red” Hefner

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