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Beth Allen

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The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited by the family of Manuel H Arreguin to be present as he receives his Military Honors, we are privileged to do so.

Manuel H. Arreguin served in the US Army from December 5, 1949 to December 4, 1952 as a Corporal during the Korean War.  Below is a newspaper article talking about his unit:

"KIRKLAND Cpl. Manuel H. Arreguin Takes Part in Bitter Fight

Cpl. Manuel H. Arreguin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel L. Arreguin, 703 Fairlawn Street, Santa Ana, took part recently in a desperate battle in which his Company, isolated on a hill three miles in front of UN lines, held off four Communist Battalions for 18 hours.

The action, called one of the bravest of the Korean war, won for the Company the personal commendation of General Matthew B. Ridgeway, the United Nations Commander.

The enemy made attack after attack on the Company's lines during the battle. Although weary and almost out of ammunition, the cavalrymen, time after time, refused to give ground to the waves of Communist troops sent against them.

Finally, with the support of air, infantry, tanks, and artillery, aid reached the surrounded soldiers and a battered Company K withdrew to friendly lines. Behind them, on the field of battle, lay an estimated 2,000 Communist dead.

In his message to the Company, General Ridgeway. said:
"This action, together with your successful withdrawal upon order, is indeed an inspiration."

Indeed these soldiers are fighting for a good and worthy cause, to keep America free, for all men that were created equal. Corporal Arreguin, I know, has proven himself a true American and sound believer of what we stand for here at home--true Americans and loyal citizens."

During Manuel's military career he earned the Purple Heart, Combat infantry badge, Korean SVC ribbon star, UN SVC medal, Distinguished unit citation, Korean SVC Ribbon, Army of occupation medal Japan.

After his service Manuel worked as a Machinist.  When he wasn’t working you would find him gardening and working on old cars and spending time with family.

Manuel is survived by 6 children 27 grandchildren 30 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.

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

NOTE:  Some Covid protocols are still in effect at Riverside National Cemetery.  Bring a face covering/mask should the need arise.


Time table for Thursday 29 JULY 2021:

1100 - Stage at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 (PGR Staging on E. Normandy, near the first roundabout)
1110 - Brief

1130 - KSU to assigned shelter for Flag Line, Service and Military Honors

R/C Clint "Smurf" Martin
So Cal PGR Ride Captain

Do not follow where the path may lead...Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.-Courage

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 Ride Captain (RC). 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. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Remember, cemeteries are hallowed ground. Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we are honoring.
Beth Allen
Sr. Administrator
So Cal PGR Mission Ops
So Cal PGR Asst. State Captain