May 31

Please Join the Town to Welcome WWII POW Survivors

Please Join the Town to Welcome WWII POW Survivors from their hotel to CB Hannegan’s in Los Gatos

I went to CB Hannegan’s and met a few of these gentlemen when they arrived at CB Hannegan’s in Los Gatos after their well publicized ride down Hiway 17.   All of the overpasses were full of flag waving supporters including the respective fire and police departments along the way.

I spoke at some length with one Oscar L. Leonard, currently 95 years old and living in Paradise, Ca.   He was a POW in Japan for 1,200 (+) days as a slave laborer, and weighed 60 lbs. when he was released from captivity.  Upon his release, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Missouri just before the signing of the Surrender Ceremony on September 2, 1945 and was witness to the signing ceremony by General Douglas MacArthur on that day.   He mentioned that it was quite a pleasure to witness that event, after all that he and his comrades had been through.

After discharge, he went back to college on the G.I. Bill and became a Pharmacist in the Paradise, CA. area where he still lives and worked as a Pharmacist until just a few years ago.  He was one of several of these Gentlemen that were at the lunch.  This was on the local NBC News channel this last evening.

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May 27

Memorial day

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Apr 01

In Memoriam: Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr

In Memoriam: Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. American Hero, Friend, TMLC Advisory Board Chairman

 

 

It is with great saddness that we announce the passing of an American Hero, Friend and the Chairmain of the Thomas More Law Center Citizens Advisory Board Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.

Admiral Denton passed away Friday March 28, 2014 at the age of 89 at a hospice due to complications from a heart ailment.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of this true American hero.
Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. first came to the attention of the American public during a television interview arranged by his North Vietnamese captors in 1966 (see video). Expected to give “proper responses” to a journalist’s recitation of alleged American war atrocities, Denton responded that he believed in the position of his government and that “I will support it as long as I live.” Throughout the interview while responding to questions, Denton blinked his eyes in Morse Code repeatedly spelling out the covert message “TORTURE.” His message was the first confirmation that American POWs were being mistreated. Jeremiah Denton was subjected to severe torture during his nearly eight years as a POW. He became the first American military captive to be subjected to four years of solitary confinement. Denton’s extraordinary account of endurance and religious faith while imprisoned in Vietnam was told in his 1976 book “When Hell Was in Session.”
After his release in 1973, Denton continued his military career ultimately achieving the rank of Rear Admiral. Upon retirement from the Navy, Denton was elected to the U.S. Senate, the first Republican ever elected by the popular vote to represent Alabama. Denton has spoken widely on the need to restore America’s founding principles by adopting laws and policies that reflect obedience to the will of God.

Mar 20

5th Annual Marine LCpl Travis Layfield Memorial Golf Tournament

Benefiting the Annual Gold Star Reception Honoring Families of our Fallen Heroes

Friday, May 2, 2014
Sunol Valley Golf Course
Sunol, CA

The Marines Memorial Club (http://www.marineclub.com/) in San Francisco hosts an annual reception and dinner to honor our California fallen and to support Gold Star families left behind. During these two days families are comforted, and their lost children are honored. This event provides succor and solace to those who are suffering the most, our dear Gold Star families. The Gold Star Reception and Memorial is similar to what The Wall is to the Vietnam Vets. There are four primary functions during the two days. The Marines Memorial Club dedicates a floor of their hotel for the families’ individual displays and memories of their Fallen Hero. There is a formal dinner with speakers from within the Fallen Hero’s network, and a chance for the families to relax with each other. There is a formal “counseling” session where the families break down into smaller groups with a facilitator, and a Gold Star Mom or Dad, that’s already been living with the loss. Finally, a Memorial Service that honors each attendee’s Hero. These events constitute an extremely moving and necessary two days in the families’ lives. Our tournament is sponsored by Eagles Up. For more information, go to: http://www.eaglesup.us/
LCpl Travis Layfield

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Nov 21

Campbell Veterans Memorial

Jon Nelson on our CVMF Board of Directors, recently applied the first layer of protective coating to the Campbell Veterans Memorial.  This coating will help to protect this area of the Memorial during the winter months and also brings out the engraving of the bricks more vividly.   Jon also installed all of the landscaping materials and sprinkler system to the Memorial (Pro-bono)  Thanks very much Jon for all you’ve done there

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Oct 15

Campbell Veterans Memorial First Annual Dinner

Host:
The Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 622, Campbell, Ca. 95009
(408-370-2200)
Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM Orchard City Banquet Hall (OCBH)
 Campbell Community Center
 Campbell, California

The Veterans Memorial Foundation of Campbell will be hosting our first dinner
event at the Orchard City Banquet Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013, two days
before Veterans Day. The event is designed to raise funds for the construction of
Phase II of the memorial and to establish our CVMF veteran’s scholarship fund.

Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Michael Wells, the Undersecretary of Operations
for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Wells will be giving us
some timely information on our State Department of Veterans Affairs and things
they are currently involved with to help our veterans.

There will also be a raffle of ten mixed baskets, a live auction for some significant
prizes, good food and a lot of good camaraderie among all of you that support
our Veterans.

We are limited to 250 guests. As a long-time supporter of the Campbell Veterans
Memorial Foundation, Inc. a non-profit (501(c)(3) corporation, we would like
to know if you would like to attend this commemorative event. There will be
a follow-up e-mail or mailing with the tickets. The cost of each ticket will be $75
each. You may reserve for as many as you would like. The seating will be in
tables of eight and those tables can be purchased at the discount rate of $500/
table.

If you would like to attend, please let us know by responding to this invitation.
The tickets can be picked up at the Orchard City Banquet Hall the evening of the
event. You may go to our web-site @ CampbellVeteransMemorial.org and on
the upper right corner of the home page, you will see a “Purchase Tickets” pop-
up button. You can click on that button and seamlessly pay through PayPal or
another credit card of choice. You may also send a check to: P.O. Box 622,
Campbell, Ca. 95009.

Thanks very much for your on-going support of the Campbell Veterans Memorial
Foundation. It means a lot to all of us and to our Veterans.

Sincerely,
Dan Furtado, President and CEO

Sep 05

The Campbell United Methodist Church has made a nice donation to the Veterans Memorial in Campbell

We would like to acknowledge the Campbell United Methodist Church and their congregation for their most generous donation to the Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation. Everyone from the CVMF truly appreciates all of your support and help for our Veterans. Many thanks to your congregation within the Campbell Methodist Church.
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Ray Dyer from the church presenting the check to Dan Furtado

Aug 12

Major General Eldon P. Regua, Retires

One of our Board of Advisor members, Major General Eldon P. Regua, retired yesterday after serving thirty six (36) years in the Army Reserve.  The event which included a thirteen gun salute was held at the SGT. James Witkowski Armed Forces Reserve Center at Moffett Field in Mtn. View. CA General Regua’s many decorations include the Distinguishable Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster and the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medals both with bronze oak leaf clusters.

The last assignment for General Regua was the Deputy Commanding General (DCG) of the Eighth Army, US Forces headquartered in Yongsan, Seoul. Korea. Prior to this he served as the Commanding General of the 75th Training Division (Mission Command) headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Congratulations on such a distinguished and stellar career General. It’s been an honor and pleasure to get to know you and we wish you and your wife Cirella the very best as you move into this next phase of your life.

Thank you Sir for being part of our team.

Major General Eldon P. Regua

 

Eldon P. Regua

 

certificate of appreciation

 

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Aug 08

LCDR Paul Francis US Navy Pilot – WWII, Korea, Vietnam

I had the pleasure of meeting Navy, LCDR Paul Francis at the CVMF site yesterday with Don and Lynda Campbell. Don and Lynda are great supporters of the CVMF Memorial and they also sponsored a brick for Lt. Commander Francis.  LCDR Francis served in three conflicts as noted above, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.  He was also a flight instructor during that time.  He was trained to fly thirty five (35) different air craft and served as an instructor for each.  He also flew several missions with each plane depending on what the plane was designed for, whether it be troop transit, or combat missions.

This Ninety Five year old Veteran is a real gentleman and treasure with quite a distinguished career.  It was a great honor to meet him. Thanks to Don and Lynda Campbell for the introduction. He’s the gentleman in the middle with Don and Lynda.   Thanks again to Don and Lynda for this introduction and thank you Sir for your distinguished service to this country.

Lt. Commander Paul Francis
LCDR Paul Francis US Navy Pilot - WWII, Korea, Vietnam

Jul 20

Why You Should Hire a Veteran Today

Here is a great resource for Veterans looking for employment, and to all employers please take note and hire a Veteran.

The Benefits of hiring Veterans is they make great employees with their discipline, skill set, experience, loyalty, and their strong work ethic, which is second to none.

Read more – http://www.militaryconnection.com/newsletters/mc-newsletter-2013-07-july-2.html

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