This has always been a superior place to live. The
Saklan Native American people who lived among these valleys and hillsides
protected it from other Native American groups. The Spanish saw the bounty and
the possibilities and protected it from the English and Russians. The Mexicans
who replaced the Spanish protected it from the Yankees. This area, this land,
has always been worth protecting.
During our lifetimes, to protect it you served in the Military. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard.. Some small percentage of those who lived here put themselves at risk and gave up some portion of their lifetime so that this area, as a part of the United States of America, could be protected.
If you were one of those you should be proud of your contribution, your time in the Military. It doesnt matter if you served with a commission or as an enlisted person. You cared enough to make a commitment.
We did what we were asked to do. Thats all we did.
Patriotic Americans think about all of America, from sea to shining sea. But honestly, isnt it really about protecting HOME? Our home, your home, Orinda, Moraga, Canyon and Rheem.
To borrow the slogan from the Veterans Adminidtrstion:
ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL
These gentle souls gave all, gave their lives. What do they have in common? They all identified their hometown as Orinda or Moraga and they were killed in action.
Are they Heros? Or are they just those who made the ultimate sacrifice that all who served were asked to possibly make. You can only respect them for their sacrifice. Honor and Respect, all we can give.
US Navy Lieutenant William Hill Gaylord - February 29, 1944, Lost at sea Northwest of the Philippines
US Navy Machinist's Mate Second Class Ray Patten October 26, 1945, Missing in Action
US Army Specialist 4 Robert Stanley Baird - September 9, 1967, Bien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam
US Army Sergeant Terence Michael Hustead - September 13, 1968 Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam
Marine Corps Corporal David Ray Elliott - June 2, 1969, Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam
US Navy Robert Chalmers Winters - No information available.
Those who served
US Navy Lieutenant Commander Gary Woodcock - Miramonte 1966
*US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Andy DeGrassi - Combat Veteran - Miramonte 1961
US Navy Captain Marilyn Anderson Lindell - Miramonte 1964
*US Army Captain Ken Thomas - Combat Veteran - Wounded in Action - Miramonte 1967
*Marine Corps Captain Whitney Haist - Combat Veteran - Miramonte 1964
*US Army Captain Peter Stoll - Combat Veteran - Miramonte 1963
*US Army Captain Paul Yriberri - Combat Veteran - Miramonte 1966
Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant John F. Davies - Miramonte 1974
*US Navy Captain Former Andy Anderson - Combat Veteran - Campolindo 1967 I brought all of my people home alive from Vietnam and the Gulf War.
US Navy Pilot Commander Lorin Andersen - Campolindo 1968
Navy Jay Angelo Combat Veteran - Miramonte 1964
US Air Force Captain Shane Potter - Miramonte 1972
*US Navy Pilot Ken Ratcliff - Combat Veteran - Miramonte 1965
*US Army Captain Scott Anderson - Combat Veteran - Miramonte 1964
*US Navy Lieutenant Bill Harlow - Combat Veteran - 1965
* US Navy Lieutenant Hugh Steward Kimball Combat Veteran Miramonte 1964
US Navy Captain Robert E. Wickman Acalanes 1951
*US Marine Corp Captain William Caldwell Combat Veteran Miramonte 1961
*US Army Air Corps Flight Officer Robert Doten Combat Veteran Acalanes 1942
*US Army Air Corps Flight Officer Donald Doten Combat Veteran Acalanes 1943
*US Marine Corps Major Dick Gadd Combat Vereran Miramonte 1963
US Army Major Glenn Schaffer Miramonte 1965
*US Army Helicopter Captain Thomas K Allen Combat Veteran Combat Wounded Miramonte 1967
US Navy Capitan Steve Young Miramonte 1968