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Pinole's World War II Heroes

Info needed on Pinole World War II Heros - Lets honor them on November 11th in detail

Jack Edwards

Bernardo Fernandez

Edward Hall

Gordon Hughes   

Michael Vasil

James Wynn

These are the six heros from Pinole who gave their life for our country in World War II. Is there any history on any of them? Wouldn't it be great to be able to detail their young lives before they died in service to our country?

I do know that Bernardo Fernandez is from the famous Pinole Fernandez family...and that Edward Hall's brother was Clarence Hall, who I know lived across the street from the Square Deal Garage...  and at one time I believe his dad ran the garage called Halls Garage..

Anyone have more info?

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CW July 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Thanks to the new 1940 census being uploaded to Ancestry.com, I was able to find most of the fellows in the 40 census, right before the war.
Marcia Kalapus July 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Mr,Wimmer: I wonder if you have attended the Veteran's Day celebrations on NOV.11 at the Fernandez Park for the past three years. The Pinole Historical Society has honored these boys and others who have lost their lives in all wars. George Vincent reads their names and then rings the bell. It is a very solemn part of the ceremony. Your suggestion is valid, and since Mr Vincent is not only our Pinole historian and board member ,he is also third generation family of Pinole.. The PHS sponsors this ceremony every year and brings in many people in Pinole to participate,adults, school children who sing songs, Boy Scouts who perform the flag burning ceremony along with the Girl Scouts, Camp Fire and the Cub Scouts, and the PVHS band plays patriotic songs. As President, I will share this matter at our next board meeting .George may know of these families history having grown up here. I am sure he will have good ideas for their stories. We also had a display last year at the Pinole Library about WWII and some of the local veteran's uniforms and other personal objects were displayed. Since we are already making plans for this years program, your timing is perfect. I will keep you informed . Thank you for being interested in our history of Pinole.
CW July 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Marcia Thanks for the thoughts, and in particular you taking this forward to the board. Yes, George would be a great lead in possibly knowing about the hero's. I have been unable to personally attend the ceremony, however I have watched it rebroadcast on channel 26. It is a great service of remembrance. I grew up in Pinole in the 50's and 60's no more than a block from the park... and always was intrigued by the fountain. I remember when the plaque was placed at the fountain.
Marcia Kalapus July 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Mr.Wimmer I hope that you will check out our website : www.pinolehistoricalsociety.com as we have posted all our newsletters and other documents on the site. If you have not already read the articles that George has written over the past four years you will find them all interesting. Since you appear to also be a history buff, please note that in September there is going to be two excellent programs presented and sponsored by both the Hercules and the Pinole historical societies on the Japanese Internment Camps during World War II. The first will be PHS and the Pinole Library on September 6, at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building in Pinole from 6:30 to 8 P.M. This one will feature a panel of local Japanese-American citizens who experienced WWII camps first hand and three videos will be shown about the 10 camps in the West Coast of 110,000 citizens. The second one is sponsored by the Hercules Library ,Sept.29 by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston co-author of the book "Farewell to Manzanar". an internment camp WWII in northern California. I hope you will consider joining the society so that you could receive e-News and other information about all our activities. Hope to see you at educational meetings.
Michele July 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Are we honoring those rare WWII heros who are still with us? My 94 year old father survived all five years of WWII in active combat, beginning in Northern Africa all the way through the European campaign and was then stationed in the South Pacific preparing to deploy. He is amazing, still of very sound mind and fairly sound body, still walking without a cane. He has always been very modest about his experience, but I know he was decorated several times and I think someone like this deserves some kind of recognition. Thank you, Michele Parise
jon cyr July 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
President Barrack Obama, "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," Mr. Obama said. "There was a great teacher somewhere in your life... Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen... The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together." To me when President Barrack Obama said this ,I thought of Americans like this. Men and Women who " HELPED " to make PINOLE and all of America The Land of the Free. Where you can work as hard as you want. Because of those who gave.
Rob Shea (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM
See our Friday post about the Korean War Armistice Day. It's a vet's view of the 59th anniversary.
CHACHA August 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
"does the City of Pinole have a place/area in City Hall for honoring past/current citizens w/their personal pics/photo's, name, accomplishments on a "WALL OF FAME"? SO, MR MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, iF NOT WHY NOT, THEY SHOULD!!!???

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