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The family of Sgt John Samnam Tangor, age 36, has invited the PGR to accompany their Hero as he is moved from the family home to the cemetery for his final honors.  We are grateful to do so.

John Samnam Tangor was born in Artesia, CA on November 13, 1986 as the youngest of three children.  He spent his childhood in Norwalk, CA and graduated from Norwalk High School in 2004.

Upon graduation from high school, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served with 3d Battalion, 4th Marines Lima Company.  He served from August 22, 2005 to August 21, 2009.  He was a proud Marine and served two tours in Iraq: September 2006 to May 2007 (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and February to September 2008 (Operation Enduring Freedom).

After he was honorably discharged in 2009, John continued to serve with the reserve unit in Des Moines, Iowa while residing in Kansas City, KS from August 22, 2009 to May 30, 2013.

In 2012, John moved back to Southern California.  He rode a grey motorcycle from Kansas City to Anaheim to reside with his brother, Daniel and sister-in-law, Ashley.  John leaned on the love and support of his family, friends, and the camaraderie of his fellow Marines to adjust to civilian life.

Following his military service, John worked in industrial security for 10+ years.  John started dating Giada Tang in November of 2017 and on her birthday in 2019, they were married.  They decided on the last name Tangor to commemorate their union and start a new legacy.

John Samnam Tangor left his loved ones too soon in the early morning hours of March 4, 2023.

Left to cherish John’s memory and legacy are his wife, Giada Trang Kim Tangor, their beloved children, Daphne Kim Tangor (2.5 yrs old) and Eovna Kim Tangor (3 months old).  He is also survived by his brother, Daniel Or (Ashley, Elizabeth, Carter, Beatrice), his sister, Hosanna Or (Asia-Kismet, Luren, Kahlil), and his aunt, Bora Kim Som.  In addition, he is survived by countless extended family and friends.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, this is an accompaniment from the family home in Anaheim to Riverside National Cemetery (RNC).  For those who would like to participate, please see the timetable and we will meet you there.


0850 – Stage at Baker’s Donuts 3414 W Ball Rd #N, Anaheim, CA.

0910 – KSU to family home.

0915 – Arrive at family home for flag line as hero is brought out to family vehicle.

0930 – KSU to Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA.

1045 – Approximate arrival at Riverside National Cemetery.

1115 - KSU to assigned shelter for flag line and military honors.

RC: Tom Barry
SoCalPGR Ride Captain


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.