Veterans honored at E.V. Cain

Celebration commemorates service members of all branches, in variety of campaigns
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Notable veterans

Among the honored veterans being acknowledged were:

  • Andy Anderson: Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II onboard the USS Princeton as an electrician when it was sunk at Leyte Gulf in 1944.
  • Gary Alenza: Served in the Navy during the Vietnam War from 1964-68 as a helicopter rescue swimmer.
  • Court Bradbury: Served in the Navy and U.S. Army as a photographer. Involved in photographing the capsules returning to Earth during the early space missions, as well as combat during the Vietnam War.
  • Everett Butts: Served in the Army in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge, where he took care of patients.
  • Marland “Joe” Clay: Served in the Navy as a chief warrant officer for 21 years.
  • Lou Cantor: Served in the Navy during World War II onboard the USS. Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
  • Terry Crouson: Served the U.S. Marines in Vietnam from 1959-65. Later served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970-96.
  • Tom Dolkas: Served in the Army in Vietnam as a medical assistant.
  • Grace Earl: Served in the Marines from 1960-63.
  • Francis Ferry: Served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, flying from the USS Bennington. Involved in sinking of the Yamamoto, an Imperial Japanese battleship. Awarded the Navy Cross.
  • Don Goard: Served in the U.S. Navy Reserves during the Vietnam War as an aviation electrician.
  • Bill Green: Served in the Navy Reserves onboard the USS Halibut.
  • Monte Hecker: Served in the Navy 1984-88 in Lebanon and Grenada.
  • Mike Holmes: Served in the Navy.
  • Mike Koons: Served in the Army 1971-74.
  • Bruce Lundberg: Served in the Marines 1962-64 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Matthew Miller: Served in the U.S. Coast Guard 1995-2003 as a rescue swimmer.
  • Jim Moore: Served in the Air Force as a pilot during the Cold War.
  • Richard Nowaski: Served in the Navy during World War II onboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier when it sunk.
  • Jesse Posner: Served in the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001-12.
  • Bonnie Potter: Served in the Navy as rear admiral. Doctor for 30 year of internal medicine.
  • Leigh Roberts: Served in the Air Force during Operation Desert Sheild/Desert Storm from 1998-2000.
  • Bart Ruud: Served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
  • Bob Shields: Served in the Marines during the Korean War.
  • Charlie Serrano: Served in the Army in South Korea from 1955-57 as an engineering specialist.
  • Robert Thomas: Served in the Navy as a naval aviator.
  • Dieter Tieseler: Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War.
  • Ken Tokutomi: Served in the Navy 1970-73, operating radio and radar for aircraft.
  • Bob Tutton: Served in the Air Force from 1955-63 during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis, specializing in bombing and navigation equipment.

AUBURN — Veterans in the Auburn community were honored by the E.V. Cain Service Club Dec. 7. The “Celebration in Honor of Service” featured a luncheon and choir performance in the Wildcat Gym on the E.V. Cain Middle School campus in Auburn.

In addition to veterans were community leaders representing the American Legion Auxiliary, the Auburn Area Veterans Day Parade, Daughters of the American Revolution, E.V. Cain Middle School, Placer County, Salvation Army, Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Chapter and Wreaths Across America.

Essay remembering World War I, a hundred years later

This special event follows the E.V. Cain’s participation in the Veterans Day Parade Essay contest. Seventh graders from the school were asked to write on a theme, “100th Year of Remembrance” for the ending of World War I. Essays needed to include a reference to the conclusion of the war, along with appreciation for veterans who served. Many students added stories of family members who served.

This year’s essay winners are: Jeret Skraber, first place; Kyle Vernon, second place; and Victoria Barnthouse, third place. Honorable mentions: Austin Bracket, Hunter Derochers, Xavier Griggs, Ryan Kratzschmar and Karlee Powers.

The “Celebration in Honor of Service” was originally scheduled for Nov. 16, following Veterans Day, which was originally started as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. However, the celebration was postponed later due to unhealthy air quality from the Camp Fire, which resulted in many Auburn area schools closing that week, including E.V. Cain Middle School.

The E.V. Cain Service Club was formed four years ago by combining the Kiwanis Builder's Club and the Lions Leo's Club. The club currently has 35 members.