Category Veterans

World War II veteran receives military medals decades after service

Edward Eddings, Word War II veteran and resident at the California Veterans Home – Fresno, was honored by U.S. Congressman Jim Costa in a medal pinning ceremony on Monday, April 2. Army Pfc. Eddings was part of the 93rd AAA Gun Battalion Battery D during WWII. As with many veterans, he never followed up to […]

Vietnam Veterans Honored for Their Service During Lapel Pinning Ceremony

More than 100 Vietnam-era veterans were honored Thursday afternoon during a noon-time ceremony at the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park. Each year, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 holds a ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans and provide the “welcome home” that was missing when they returned home years ago. This year, the […]

Navy’s newest warship to be commissioned in honor of California veteran

The U.S. Navy will commission a new guided missile destroyer in honor of California veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, PFC Ralph Henry Johnson.  The USS Ralph Johnson will be commissioned tomorrow, Saturday, March 24, in Charleston, S.C. Johnson, who enlisted in Oakland, is one of 5,673 veterans whose names are engraved on the […]

Veterans’ love story sparks interest on Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air, and two Chula Vista residents recently showcased that sentiment to a national audience thanks to a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition podcast late last week. The Daily Mail, Brides.com, LGBTQ Nation and Story Corps each shared the story of John Banvard, 100 and Gerard “Jerry” Nadeau, 72, who have been together nearly […]

CalVet Honors Paula Ross, World War II Veteran and Holocaust Survivor

by Joshua Kiser, Public Information Officer, California Veterans Home – Yountville World War II veteran and Holocaust survivor Paula Ross passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. She was 97 years old. Her story was unique as a woman veteran who served as a German translator during World War II and a Holocaust survivor well known for […]

Marine veteran from California poised to receive Medal of Honor

John Canley, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Oxnard, is in line to receive the military’s highest award – the Medal of Honor. Canley was approved for the award for his actions in and outside of Hue, Vietnam in 1968. The Medal of Honor has been bestowed on 3,496 men and one woman (a Civil […]

California Army Pfc. killed in the Korean War to be buried in Hometown

Honoring Our Fallen:  CalVet honors members of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. Efforts continue to bring home those who went missing in action, including 72,975 American service members unaccounted for from World War II, 7,713 from the Korean War and 1,602 from the Vietnam War. Army Corps […]

Veteran Portraits Capture the Spirit of the Greatest Generation

World War II veterans who live at the West Los Angeles Veterans Home have been memorialized in pen, pencil and paint. There are a lot of ways to honor veterans. But, for two Southern California artists, the best way they knew how was through painting — capturing the history, the images and the stories of […]

California Marine killed in World War II buried in Kansas City

Honoring Our Fallen:  CalVet honors members of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. Efforts continue to bring home those who went missing in action, including 72,975 American service members unaccounted for from World War II, 7,716 from the Korean War and 1,602 from the Vietnam War. Marine Corps […]

Bill Thomas spends a lifetime helping fellow veterans

Veterans Who Make a Difference: There are many ways to make a positive impact on the lives of veterans and their families. We recognize those who work so diligently to make a difference throughout California and salute their commitment to the veteran population. Do you know someone worthy of recognition? Send us the details: PAO@CalVet.ca.gov.  __________________________________________________________________________________________ For […]