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The family of Efren Nava, USMC (Ret) have invited the Patriot Guard to accompany him to his final resting place.  It will be our honor to do so.

Efren served in the United States Marine Corps from July 1991 to January 2011.  He attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant at the time of his retirement from the Corps.  He participated in the GWOT with deployments to Irag in 2005 and then to Afghanistan in 2009.  He was the recipient of a Purple Heart as well as a Bronze Star.

After serving his 20 years for our country, Efren went to work as a postal carrier till 2023.  Efren enjoyed watching sports and camping with his Marine Corps brothers.  He also enjoyed taking walks with his Belgian Malinois, Pepper.

Efren is survived by his wife, Patricia, and two children, son, Patrick, and daughter, Emily.  He is also survived by his siblings:  Imelda Nava, Sergio Nava, Roger Nava, Olga Nava, Carlos Nava, and Brenda Nava, as well as many of his Marine brothers and sisters.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this military veteran. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, we will be accompanying the hero and his family from the church to the cemetery, approximately 5 miles. Please see the time table if you would like to participate. For those who would rather go directly to the cemetery, we will meet you there.


0915 - Stage at Our Lady of Pillar Church 1622 West 6th St. Santa Ana, CA.  Please arrive quietly as services will be ongoing.

0930 - Mission briefing.

1000 - Prepare for flag line for dignified transfer of hero to coach.

1005 - KSU to Fairhaven Memorial Park 1702 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, CA.  (4.6 miles)

1030 - ETA Fairhaven Memorial Park for flag line and military monors.



Once a Marine, always a Marine
Riding in memory of our fallen brothers and sisters

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.