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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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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 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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