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Gil Zaragoza

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Per the request of Chelsea, Murrieta Valley Funeral Home, the family of Craig James Jr. has invited the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) to attend the Military Honors of their loved one as he makes his final journey. It will be our honor to do so.

Craig was born in Birmingham, Alabama on 16 November 1933.

Craig enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, serving three years during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged from Fort Lee, Virginia as a PV2.

Craig was an early participant and champion in the social justice movement, he led the group that integrated the swimming pool at Maclin Park in the Collegeville Community of North Birmingham, Alabama. He worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for many years (thirty-three years) where he successfully fought in court and prevailed against racial discrimination and injustice. His case became case law and changed the history of the department. He opened the door for blacks and people of color in Los Angeles.

After his retirement, Craig and his wife relocated to Temecula.

Craig is survived by Joan, his loving wife of sixty-one years and eight children. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran.

NOTE: Please observe the latest “COVID-19” restrictions.

Time Table for Thursday 08 April 2021
1200 – Stage at Inglewood Cemetery, 720 E. Florence Ave., Inglewood

1230 – Mission Briefing

1245 – Flag line as our Hero is moved to awaiting vehicle.

1300 – KSU to the assigned Grave Site for Flag line, Service, and Military Honors.

Scotty “Tailgate” Wiles
SoCalPGR Ride Captain
PGR #108920
Riding in honor of HN Daniel “Doc” Noble
KIA 24/07/2007 Diyala Iraq

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission. All PGR members are welcome. We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the R/C (Ride Captain). Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car). Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can. Please ride/drive safely.

Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for our Heroes. No talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum.
Gil Zaragoza
SoCal PGR Mission Ops
SoCal PGR Ride Captain