Saturday, September 17, 2011

Augustine R. Longoria, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Augustine Longoria was born August 13, 1947 in Gonzales, Texas and passed away at the age of 64 in a local VA hospital.

Augustine joined the United States Marines on October 27, 1965, shortly after graduating from high school. He served in Vietnam for more than two and a half years. His duties included being a forward control radio operator. After returning from Vietnam, as a Corporal, he entered civil service and worked for 20 years with Army III Corps, Intel Ops Unit at Fort Hood, while also serving in the active Army Reserves.

Augustine's last six years were with CSA in Kuwait as a facilities supervisor.

He loved to golf and won many tournaments in various parts of the world. He was president of the Pan Am Golf Association and club champion.

On September 1, 2011, Patriot Guard Riders gathered at the Broecker Funeral Home in Salado, Texas. They led the funeral procession through the countryside to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.

At the cemetery, six of the Riders, acting as pall bearers, transferred the flag draped coffin from the hearse to the committal shelter.

The Patriot Guard Riders formed a line of American flags along the front of the shelter as the Priest performed the Rite of Committal and led the family and friends in The Lord's Prayer. A member of the family read an eulogy.

A Marine Corps Lance Corporal played taps, and the honor guard folded the flag that covered the casket into the traditional triangle and presented it to Augustine's dear wife, Susan, on behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and a grateful nation for his many years of faithful service.

The service concluded with the pall bearers placing their boutonnieres atop the coffin and rendering a final salute.

Augustine Longoria was then laid to rest on the gentle slope of the cemetery as the flag flew at half-staff in his honor at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, his father, two daughters, a son, six sisters, a brother and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information, and to Amanda Carter for additional photographs.


  1. I am the youngest sister of Augustine Longoria and I wanted to thank all who were involved in announcing the life and passing our brother.

    Take care of your loved ones. They are precious and our time is limited on this earth. We will all meet again some day.

    Many kind thoughts from all of us and I know our brother would of felt the same.

    With all my love,

    Augustine Longoria's little sister, Anna

    God Bless.

  2. Dear Augie,

    Words can never describe the love and sorrow that your passing has brought us. As your son in-law I want you to know how much I respected and loved you. Your qualities as a person far exceeded those who knew you. I'm so grateful that you treated me as a son and I was blessed to have you as my father in-law. Please know I will always smile knowing that God has welcomed you to stand in his castle while we continue to honor your memory. With love and tears your son in-law.