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By Rep. David Dreier | May 21, 2009
One of our nation’s most valuable resources is our veterans. They have fought for our country abroad and continued serving here at home. They are woven into the fabric of our nation’s history, and its future, having seen first-hand the events that have shaped our country. In addition to those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, there are thousands of young veterans from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are common threads to these generations, and great differences too. Their stories and experiences are a part of our history, and must be preserved for future generations.
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January 5, 2011
Ten Years Ago : Nearly 60 years after being captured by Japanese forces at the beginning of World War II and held as a prisoner of war for four years, longtime La Cañada resident Garth Dunn was awarded the Purple Heart during a special ceremony held at the Federal Building in Westwood. Dunn credited his U.S. Marine Corps training for his survival.   Twenty Years Ago : With California in its fourth consecutive year of drought, La Cañadans were told they faced a mandatory cut in water usage beginning Feb. 1, 1991.
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By Carol Cormaci | May 22, 2008
One Memorial Day when I was about 5 or 6 years old I rode in a big car down Brand Boulevard in Glendale, my parents seated on either side of me, the three of us participants in a holiday parade. I don’t know where my three adolescent siblings were that day, but they weren’t in Glendale. And so it was just the three of us, waving to the crowd from the back seat of that car, which was driven by a man who, like Dad, was wearing the distinctive Purple Heart cap. If I’m remembering the year correctly, it was when Mom was state president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Dad, a vet who had earned the medal during action in France, was the leader of one of the local MOPH posts.
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By Elaine La Marr | February 5, 2009
In 2001, cadets attending the United States Military Academy at West Point witnessed along with the rest of the world, the attack of 9/11. This included a 1998 La Cañada High School graduate, Cadet Todd J. Bryant. During their 2002 commencement ceremony, then-President George W. Bush said in part, ?In your last year America was attacked by a ruthless and resourceful enemy. You graduate from this academy in a time of war.? On Oct. 31, 2003, 2nd Lt. Bryant was killed in Iraq by an improvised explosive device, or IED, as he traveled in a Humvee on the road between Fallujah and Baghdad.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | August 27, 2009
Back in 1880, when Bennett and Bessie Curland left Russia, the integration of the tiny town of La Cañada was the last thing on their minds. When the Curlands’ ship docked in New York the young couple, like so many others, emerged into a new world and a new future. Bennett was a tailor. He soon found work in America. Bessie began to have babies. Six children were born in New York, then the family moved to Milwaukee, where another child was born, and finally to California for the birth of the youngest.
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January 14, 2010
Robert M. Murphy Dr. Robert Milner Murphy of Murrieta, formerly of Orange, Calif. and Sumner, Iowa, died Jan. 7, 2010. He was 83. Bob was born in Sumner, Iowa on June 6, 1926. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1943 and enrolled in the University of Iowa. In 1944 he enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to the 1st Division. He fought and was severely wounded in the Battle of Okinawa and was awarded the Purple Heart. Bob’s continuing medical treatment for his wounds did not prevent him from marrying his college sweetheart, Zae Kvidera of Toledo, Iowa, on Sept.
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December 28, 2011
Visalia resident and U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Norberto “Norbie” Lara, addressed the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada at its Dec. 21 meeting. Lara was in the service for more than 11 years, retiring after a roadside bomb severed his arm in June 2004. He represented the Army at the State of the Union address in 2005 and sat with First Lady Laura Bush in the Congressional Gallery as a guest of President George W. Bush. He was awarded Veteran of the Year for both the 38th California Assembly District and by the Visalia Veteran's Committee.
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By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
Services were held in Arroyo Grande last week for Col. Alfonso “Ozzie” Oseguera, who was reared in La Cañada and more recently made his home in the Central California town. He passed away Aug. 11 at the age of 83. Oseguera, born in Montrose in 1930, was featured on the cover of the Valley Sun in 1947 when he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of La Cañada Boy Scout Troop 2. With him in the photo were three other Eagle Scouts who remained lifelong friends, Richard “Dick” Kiner, John Argue and Jerry Carruthers.
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April 10, 2008
Richard J. Farmer Richard Junior Farmer passed away peacefully from this earth on March 28, 2008 as he rested at his home in Castaic. He was born Nov. 13, 1925 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All of his schooling was in that city and he graduated from Wilson High School. There he became an accomplished athlete, lettering in both football and baseball. He was instrumental in earning championships for his teams and was selected to All Star teams in both his junior and senior years.
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By Elaine La Marr | November 16, 2006
In April 2001, Cadet Todd Jason Bryant took visiting La Cañada Flintridge residents on a tour of his beloved West Point Military Academy. He walked with them along the bluffs overlooking the Hudson River, by the Visitor Center, past stately buildings, chapels and classrooms etched with the history of time, going back to its founding by George Washington and his Revolutionary Army two centuries ago. During this tour, he spoke reverently of...
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January 5, 2011
Ten Years Ago : Nearly 60 years after being captured by Japanese forces at the beginning of World War II and held as a prisoner of war for four years, longtime La Cañada resident Garth Dunn was awarded the Purple Heart during a special ceremony held at the Federal Building in Westwood. Dunn credited his U.S. Marine Corps training for his survival.   Twenty Years Ago : With California in its fourth consecutive year of drought, La Cañadans were told they faced a mandatory cut in water usage beginning Feb. 1, 1991.
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January 14, 2010
Robert M. Murphy Dr. Robert Milner Murphy of Murrieta, formerly of Orange, Calif. and Sumner, Iowa, died Jan. 7, 2010. He was 83. Bob was born in Sumner, Iowa on June 6, 1926. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1943 and enrolled in the University of Iowa. In 1944 he enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to the 1st Division. He fought and was severely wounded in the Battle of Okinawa and was awarded the Purple Heart. Bob’s continuing medical treatment for his wounds did not prevent him from marrying his college sweetheart, Zae Kvidera of Toledo, Iowa, on Sept.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | August 27, 2009
Back in 1880, when Bennett and Bessie Curland left Russia, the integration of the tiny town of La Cañada was the last thing on their minds. When the Curlands’ ship docked in New York the young couple, like so many others, emerged into a new world and a new future. Bennett was a tailor. He soon found work in America. Bessie began to have babies. Six children were born in New York, then the family moved to Milwaukee, where another child was born, and finally to California for the birth of the youngest.
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By Rep. David Dreier | May 21, 2009
One of our nation’s most valuable resources is our veterans. They have fought for our country abroad and continued serving here at home. They are woven into the fabric of our nation’s history, and its future, having seen first-hand the events that have shaped our country. In addition to those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, there are thousands of young veterans from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are common threads to these generations, and great differences too. Their stories and experiences are a part of our history, and must be preserved for future generations.
NEWS
By Elaine La Marr | February 5, 2009
In 2001, cadets attending the United States Military Academy at West Point witnessed along with the rest of the world, the attack of 9/11. This included a 1998 La Cañada High School graduate, Cadet Todd J. Bryant. During their 2002 commencement ceremony, then-President George W. Bush said in part, ?In your last year America was attacked by a ruthless and resourceful enemy. You graduate from this academy in a time of war.? On Oct. 31, 2003, 2nd Lt. Bryant was killed in Iraq by an improvised explosive device, or IED, as he traveled in a Humvee on the road between Fallujah and Baghdad.
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By Carol Cormaci | May 22, 2008
One Memorial Day when I was about 5 or 6 years old I rode in a big car down Brand Boulevard in Glendale, my parents seated on either side of me, the three of us participants in a holiday parade. I don’t know where my three adolescent siblings were that day, but they weren’t in Glendale. And so it was just the three of us, waving to the crowd from the back seat of that car, which was driven by a man who, like Dad, was wearing the distinctive Purple Heart cap. If I’m remembering the year correctly, it was when Mom was state president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Dad, a vet who had earned the medal during action in France, was the leader of one of the local MOPH posts.
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