Patriot Guard and associates,
Sadly we are called to stand for Paul Santora who served our country honorably in the U.S. Army in WWII, may he rest in peace.
On December 15, 1942 he was inducted into the Army and served with distinction in the 100th Infantry division. He became one of the divisions few soldiers to attain the title of becoming a 100th Infantry Division Ranger; a forerunner to today’s elite special forces. During his time in combat he was promoted to platoon sergeant, turned down a battlefield commission when all the officers in his company had been killed or wounded.
He was awarded two Bronzes Stars, The French Croix de Guerre by Charles DeGualle, and the Silver Star, all for gallantry in the face of enemy fire. He declined receipt of a purple heart for minor wounds received in action for fear of worrying his family and out of respect for those who were seriously wounded or killed in action. At the very end of the war the last town captured by his division was Stuttgart, Germany.
We will provide a Flag Line at the church and cemetery for this Hero.
Sr Ride Captain John Bittner will be RCIC and flags will be on site.
Note: Members who attend this are encouraged at the completion of this Honor Mission, to attend the Honor Mission in Danbury.
Thursday September 12th
St Agnes Church
247 Stanwich Road
St Mary’s Cemetery
399 North Street
God Bless America, Our Troops and 1st Responders!!
Gregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain