Military Service

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 doesn’t 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. That’s all we did.”

Patriotic Americans think about all of America, from sea to shining sea. But honestly, isn’t 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.

William Hill Gaylord

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

Robert Stanley Baird

US Army Specialist 4 Robert Stanley Baird – September 9, 1967, Bien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam

Terence Michael Hustead

US Army Sergeant Terence Michael Hustead – September 13, 1968 Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam

David Ray Elliott

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:

Commissioned Officers
US Army Lieutenant Colonel, Engineer Branch David Roddick – Miramonte 1966
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 (Deceased)
Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant John F. Davies – Miramonte 1974
*US Navy Captain Folmer “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 (Deceased)
* 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
US Navy Lieutenant William Preston, Naval Aviator – Miramonte 1969
US Marine Corps Captain John Stuart (Stu) Myers – Miramonte 1967
*US Navy Commander Charles Pfeifer – Combat Veteran – Wounded in Action – Miramonte 1961
US Navy Lieutenant Peggy Pfeifer (Harlow) – Miramonte 1962
US Navy Captain Barry LaVigne – Miramonted – 1970


Enlisted Personnel
*US Navy Boatswain’s Mate 2 Roger Stein – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1973
*Marine Corps Lance Corporal Greg Patton – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
*Marine Corps Corporal Pat Haley – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1966
*Marine Corps Corporal Don Kidd – Combat Veteran – Wounded in Action – Miramonte 1960
*US Army Staff Sargent Richard Stevenson – Combat Veteran – Wounded in Action – Miramonte 1963
*Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jay Angelo – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
*Marine Corps Corporal Donald Schrader – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1966
*US Navy Joel Eide – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
*US Army Sergeant Mike Bonnington – Combat Veteran – Wounded in Action – Miramonte 1964
*Marine Corps Corporal Kevin Bentson – Combat Veteran – Wounded in Action – Miramonte 1964
*US Army Sergeant Steve Crane – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
*US Air Force Senior US Airman Kenneth Zavala – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
*Marine Corps Corporal Scott Tenney – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1965
US Army Specialist 4 Gregg Gannon – Miramonte 1965
*US Army Sergeant Bruce Darby – Miramonte 1964
*Marine Corps Corporal Bruce Reid – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1966
*Marine Corps Corporal Todd Butler – Combat Veteran Miramonte 1964
*US Navy Boatswain’s Mate 2 Ken Ratcliff – Combat Veteran- Miramonte 1964
*US Army Corporal Warren Webster – Combat Veteran – Wounded in Action – Miramonte 1967
US Navy Seaman Steve Kersch – Miramonte 1967
*Marine Corps Sergeant Paul Hosick – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1967
US Air Force Richard Lyman – Miramonte 1961
*US Air Force Technical Sergeant George Paine – Combat Veteran -1963
US Army Specialist 4 Robert Sage – Miramonte 1969
*Marine Corps Corporal Mike Bacon – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1959
*US Navy Courpsman Bill Turman – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
US Navy BUL3rd Class Bill Anderson – Miramonte 1962
US Coast Guard Engineman 3 Randy Jamison – Miramonte 1960
US Air Force Ron Mangini – Campolindo 1967
US Army Steve Burke – Campolindo 1967
US Army Tom Turner – Campolinda 1967
*US Army Sergeant Bart Van Sickle – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1966
*US Army Sergeant First Class Ralph Reid – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
US Army Air Corps Sergeant Ted Boyce – Pine Grove Intermediate School
US Army Specialist 5 Ed Schoppe – Miramonte 1960
US Army Specialist 5 Bob Rudolph – Miramonte 1963
*US Army Ronald Vaughn – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1967
*US Air Force NSA Personnel Mario Albo, Jr. – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1961
*US Navy Aircraft Electronics Tech 3rd Class John Vallens – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1962
*US Marine Corps Sergeant Carl Anderson – Combat Veteran – Miramonte 1964
*US Marine Corps Corporal Steve Gannon – Combat Veteran – Combat Wounded – Miramont 1964
US Coast Gard 1st Class Mike Sherman – Miramonte 1967
US Army John Preston – Miramonte 1967
QM3 submarine service, Mike Adams – FOCPAC, 8/70 to 8/72 – Miramonte 1970
US Military Thomas H. Adams QMCSS, Miramonte 1965
US Marine Corps Corporal – Jim Dawson – Miramonte 1971

*Combat Veteran