Greetings fellow Texas Patriot Guard Riders:
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka Rick Behr Construction State Captain Texas Patriot Guard Riders,
With the soon to be Open Carry Law, we have had several questions about how this will affect the Patriot Guard.
As we understand the law, you must be a licensed CHL holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.
The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a licensed CHL holder.  A  CHL license holder knows where they are allowed to carry a weapon and where they are not allowed to carry based on the laws.
That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of a fallen Hero at their most sacred time and we are there to pay Honor and Respect.  That respect and common sense needs to prevail.  Our missions/ flag lines are not the place to be displaying an open weapon.
  • The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy will be that no open carry will be permitted on any mission.
The RC in charge of the mission does have the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view, and/or ask the individual to leave the mission if they refuse.
This policy is not in any way, shape, or form to infringe on the rights of a CHL holder, but to simply set a higher standard to which the Patriot Guard is known for and presents to our Hero’s families at each and every mission.
Any questions can be directed to me at  Texas State Captain Patriot Guard Riders 
Thank you all for supporting the Patriot Guard Riders and Honoring our Hero’s 
  • FYI: NO OPEN CARRY!! at Missions, and I Will include Events as well.

Butch "Turtle" Cone, Deputy State Ride Captain              

Monday October 23, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Julian Cruz, US Army Viet Nam War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

Mission II of II

The family of Mr. Julian Cruz has asked us to stand in Silent Respect at his funeral.  Mr. Cruz was 67 y/o.  He served in the U.S Army and was a Vietnam veteran.
  • When:  Monday - 23 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 p.m. Brief:  12:15. Flag Line:  12:30 or upon arrival of the funeral procession from Gregory. Service:  1:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle :  Jimmy Kurth
When we have simultaneous missions it is always hard for me to make suggestions.  We want maximum numbers at both services but, of course we can't be at two places at the same time.  On these two I would suggest that those of you who knew Mr. Arras certainly attend his service along with some of our longer standing members.  Younger members, ie. 50 and below try to make Mr. Cruz's ceremony.  (Just saying . . .) Those who attend Mr. Cruz's could fall back at the end of the service to the church and help with the second Flag Line,  Although this will make for a very long day for you.   I don't know.  Just follow your hearts and attend one of them.  I just ask that everyone make an effort if they can to come out.  Thank you all!
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Monday October 23, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Charles Robert "Bob" Arras, US Navy Veteran, PGRSTX Member

Corpus Christi, Texas

Mission I of II

My Brothers and Sisters of the PGRSTX,
We have been requested to stand in Silent Respect for Mr. Charles Robert "Bob" Arras.  Mr. Arras was 80 y/o. 
He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years enlisting in 1953. 
Upon retirement he founded the Gulf Coast Underground Construction and Arras Irrigation Construction company.  He was an active member of the American Back flow Prevention Association of Corpus Christi and several other Irrigator's Associations.  Bob and wife Sugar were avid motorcyclists traveling throughout the Country.  They were also dedicated members of the PGRSTX for many, many years. I am told that they truly contributed to the tapestry of our PRG Organization.
  • Rosary and Visitation.  I add this because many of our members were very close friends of the Arras family and may want to attend.
  • When:  Sunday, 22 Oct 17,        5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Rosary @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Cage Mills Funeral Home4901 Everhart Rd. C.C.
  • Church Mass:
  • When:  Monday  - 23 Oct 17
  • Where:  St Pius X Catholic Church5620 Gollihar Rd. C.C.
  • Stage:  1:00 p.m. Brief:    1:15Flag Line:  1:30Service:  2:00
  • Internment:  Tuesday 24 Oct 17 Fort Sam Houston Veteran's Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas
The family has requested that if possible, they would like a Flag line at the beginning and end of the service.  Also, since the burial will be at Fort Sam Houston in S.A.  We may render an salute inside the church with plaque presentation just before the Mass.  (As always this be the individual's own choice.)  TBD at brief.
  • Ride Captain:  Butch "Turtle" Cone
  • Support Vehicle:  needed
This will be one of two missions that will be going on Monday.   I have also said this before.  Every mission is the most important mission for us.  But sometimes, when it involves one of our own, it is just a little more.  Monday will be a true "all hands day".  We need as many volunteers as possible to participate.  If you can be at either one please try hard to be there.
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Friday October 20, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Joe P. Verein, US Army Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

The family of Mr. Joe P. Verein has requested that we stand in Silent Respect for their fallen warrior. 
Mr. Verein was 85 y/o and served in the U.S. Army.  I really have no further information at this time. 
This will be a cremation only at the CBSVC.
  • When:  Friday, 20 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 p.m. Brief:  12:15 Flag Line:  12:30 or on arrival of the funeral procession. Service:  1:00
Again, this will be a cremation ceremony only.  So you'll need to be on your toes to see what he arrives in.
  • Ride Captain:  Richard Butler
  • Support:  Jimmy Kurth
There my be one more funeral this week, but I have not received any information. 
All of you are wonderful people and I love being a part of you. 
Thank you for what you do!
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Tuesday October 17, 2017

Funeral Service Flag Line and Escort

Roland A Guzman

US Army Viet Nam War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have again been contacted by another family,  the family of Mr. Roland A. Guzman. 
Mr. Guzman was 70 y/o.  He was one of our Vietnam Veterans serving in the U.S. Army.  He also dedicated his time and efforts to the American Legion Post 364 serving in their honor guard.
  • When:  Tuesday, 17 Oct 17
  • Where:  St Joseph Catholic Church710 S. 19th st. C.C.
  • Stage:  9:00 a.m. Brief:    9:15 Flag Line:  9:30 Service:  10:00
  • Internment to follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.
  • Ride Captain: Needed,
  • Support Vehicle: Needed
  • Escorts Riders: Needed.  LEO will be present.
It's going to be a busy week Guys, but all of our Veteran's deserve our best efforts.
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Monday October 16, 2017

Funeral Service Flag Line

John Ruebottom

USMC Viet Nam War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested to stand in Silent Respect by the family of Mr. John Ruebottom. 
Mr. Ruebottom was 69 y/o. He was a U.S. Marine and served two tours in Vietnam. 
This will be a cremation ceremony only.
  • When:  Monday, 16 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 a.m. Brief and Flag Line at 1:30 or upon arrival of funeral procession. Service: 2:00 PM
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support:  Jimmy Kurth
Of course this ceremony will occur immediately after Jackson's at 1:00.  Please try to attend one or the other. 
The families deserve you.
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Monday October 16, 2017

Funeral Service Flag Line and Escort

Orban Jackson

US Navy  WWII, Korea & Viet Nam War  Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested by the family of Orban Jackson to stand in Silent Respect at his funeral service. 
Mr. Jackson was 90 years old.  At an early age he entered the U.S. Navy serving 30 years.  In that time he participated in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
  • When:  Monday, 16 Oct 17
  • Where:  Covenant Baptist Church7001 Williams Dr. C.C.  (right across from the Bay Area Medical Center)
  • Stage:  10:30 a.m. Brief:    10:45 Flag Line:  11:00 Service:  11:30
  • Internment:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 Brief:  12:15 Flag Line:  12:30 or upon arrival of the funeral procession. Service:  1:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle: Needed
  • Escort Riders: Needede 
The family hired the LEO just so we can do the escort, even though I told the grandson that I could not guarantee that we would be able to put one together.  Even so, they really want us to try. 
I am told that the grandson will be transporting the cremains and I do not think the funeral home will be involved.  So, we'll need to coordinate with the Police and be creative. 
I bet we can pull it off.  This the first of two funerals on Monday.  The second will follow at the CBSVC.  Message to follow.  Thank you in advance for all you 
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Sunday October 15, 2017

October Meet and Greet

Ingleside, Texas

Its that time again for our monthly get together!
I am happy to report that the Ingleside VFW is now open and operating. They have graciously agreed to host our meeting this month.
We do have some things to cover.
This will be the last chance to register for the Halo flight protection. Please bring a check. (reference Buzz's note). With November approaching we need to get ready for the several memorial services honoring our Veterans.
We are going to need maximum participation to pull everything off. We can and will get everything accomplished! So:
  • When: Sunday, 15 Oct 17
  • Where: Ingleside VFW post 6386. 1452 Hwy 361, Ingleside Texas
  • When: Meeting starts at 1:30 but come out sooner and mingle!
As always thank all of you for what you do for our Veterans and our Organization!
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Thursday October 12, 2017

Aviator Memorial

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
We have been asked to stand a flag line only for the dedication of the Aviator Memorial at Ropes Park on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
This a great honor for all of us to give honor to all aviators that have given the greatest sacrifice for our Country.
We will have a specific parking on the street in front of the Memorial. LE will be present for traffic control.
Please come and pay our Silent Respect for those who gave.
This should be a short dedication.
  • DATE: October 12, 2017  (FLAG LINE ONLY)
  • PLACE: Ropes Park, 3600 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • STAGING: NLT: 6:00 pm BRIEF: 6:15 pm TIME: 6:30 pm
  • Ride Captain: Doug "Buzz" Crumly
Doug "Buzz" Crumly, RC

Tuesday October 10, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Juan Jose Guerra, US Army Korean War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas - Short Notice

I have just received a request from the family of Mr. Juan Jose Guerra for us to attend and stand in Silent Respect for the funeral service of their beloved father and grandfather. 
Mr. Guerra was 89 y/o and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  (You can be technical and call it a conflict.  I call it a war.)  He was very proud of his service to our Country.  His daughter says that he could have been buried in Alice, Texas in a family plot.  But instead, he chose to be laid to rest at the Coastal Bend State Veteran's Cemetery here in Corpus Christi with his brothers and sisters in arms. 
He passed away on Friday, so the family is struggling to put everything together.  Let's put a Flag Line together that will bring pride and comfort to his family and recognition for his service to our Country.
  • When:  Tuesday 10 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC, Corpus Christi
  • Stage:  12:00 Brief:    12:15. Flag Line:  Upon arrival of the funeral procession from Alice.
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle: Needed

I have found that some of these families, especially when they are dealing with sudden death, can be very alone in trying to honor their fallen heroes. 
Some times it is up to us to provide the validation and honor that our fallen Service men and women deserve.  That's why we do what we do. 
Hope to see you there.
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Saturday October 7, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Mac McConnell, US Navy Viet Nam War Veteran

Rockport, Texas

We have been requested by family and friends of Mr. Mac McConnell to stand a memorial Flag Line only on Saturday.  Mr. McConnell, 68 y/o, died suddenly of an acute heart attack at home this week.  Mr.  McConnell served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years including several tours off Vietnam primarily on aircraft carriers.  His family tells me that he was extremely proud of his military service.  He has been cremated and his remains will be buried at sea.  We have been asked to stand a Flag Line as his cremains are delivered to his memorial service on Saturday.
  • When:  7 Oct 17
  • Where:  Poor Man's Country Club 1009 Hwy 35 N Rockport, Tx.
  • Stage:  1:00 p.m. Brief:  1:15 Flag Line:  about 1:30 - 1:45
  • Memorial Service:  2:00
  • Ride Captain: Chuck Matthews
  • Support Vehicle: LW Linceum
This will be a short Flag Line only.  I'm sure the folks of Rockport can use a good dose of Patriotism and love of Country right about now, and what an honorable to show it. 
I hope you can make it.
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Wednesday October 4, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

John G. Esparza, US Army WWII Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested by the family of Mr. Esparza to stand in Silent Respect this coming Wednesday. 
Mr. Esparza, 86 y/o, joined the Army at age 17.  He soon found himself serving as a medic in Korea.  Upon return he began work at CCAD where he stayed until retirement in 1988. 
Mr. Esparza was a member of the VFW post 2397 here in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • When:  Wednesday, 4 Oct 17
  • Where:  Holy Family Catholic Church 2509 Nogales St. C.C
  • Stage:  11:00 a.m. Brief:    11:15 Flag Line: 11:30 Mass:  12:00 noon
  • Entombment:  Memory Gardens Cemetery8200 Old Brownsville Rd, C.C.
  • Stage:  NLT 12:45
  • Flag Line:  upon arrival of funeral procession.
  • Ride Captain:  Prince Albert
  • Support Vehicle: NEEDED, escort riders, (LEO will be provided.)
I am told by his son that there will be another funeral service just prior to his father's.  So, easy on the bikes, parking may be an issue.  Weather may or may not be wet. 
You know the deal.  It's South Texas.  So, please come prepared.  I know everyone is busy but this is what we do. 
Hope to see you there.
Johnny McCarty, LRC

On behalf of Butch Turtle Cone, DSC,
From Booby "kawabob" Stroka, State Captain Patriot Guard Riders:
DSCs please distribute to all members.
Over the last several years I have had the Honor to serve the Patriot Guard Riders in several positions, with the focus always on honoring our Hero's and their families.
A plan has been in place for awhile now, and it's time to turn the reins of Texas State Captain over to Steve Conger.
Please give a Texas size welcome to Steve and his new team as he assumes the leadership role effective Oct 1st.
I would like to thank all the members of the Patriot Guard for the tremendous job you do each and every day Honoring our Heroes.
I was moved with the support of our members during the devastating storms we had. Not only did you continue to stand for our fallen, but you also gave from your hearts, gathering donations and delivering them to the areas hardest hit.
What a class act by the greatest organization. Thank You!!
So not to get too long winded, just one last thing to say: Thank you for being members!!!
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka
State Captain Texas Patriot Guard Riders


Please remember when parking at the Airport:

It is a privilege afforded to PGRSTX by the Airport to be able to park in front of the terminal.

Park in the inside lane/ commercial lane.Park before the Major crosswalk [We no longer park after the major crosswalk. Only in the event of over-flow we can park on this other section].

Park at a 45 angle from the curve. Do not park perpendicular to the curve.

Come to a complete Stop before crossing any of the crosswalks.

PGR Volunteers riding their cages [automobiles] turn your parking ticket to the Ride Captain collecting them for validation from Airport security.

Upon leaving the Airport you must turn in the ticket and sign up at the exit of the parking lot.

Don't loose your parking slip or you will be paying for your stay at the airport.

MAY 4,5, and 6, 2018



On Behalf of Steve Conger, Assistant State Captain - Texas and Butch "Turtle" Cone, Deputy State Captain
2018 GOTC

East Texas PGR will be hosting the 2018 Gathering of the Guard.  Mark your calendars NOW as well as book your spot .

The location for the 2018 GOTG will be "The Crockett Family Resort " which is located 10 miles from Crockett Tx on Houston County Lake.

It will be held May 4,5 & 6, 2018.

Please go to their website and check it out. If interested give them a call to make your reservation. Just mention Patriot Guard GOTG.

75 Dogwood Lane West
Crockett, TX 75835
(936) 544-8466


Steve Conger

Assistant State Captain -  Texas

Patriot Guard Riders

Tyler, TX. USA