received a phone call this evening informing me that our dear friend
Glen Vanderford passed away today, May 27, 2020, peacefully at his home.
His care provider and grandson were with him. No additional details at
this time. I will share more as I know it and include a memoriam in
this months newsletter (out next week).
A true gentleman, patriot, and friend! God Bless. Rest in Peace Glen.
1st Lt Ryan Michael O’Brien (3/19/1922-11/24/2019)
Lieutenant Ryan Michael O’Brien was born in Los Angeles, California on
March 19, 1922. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1941.
In February 1943, he enlisted in the Air Force. After basic training he
was sent to the University of Arkansas, then on to Pre-Flight training
at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.
then attended the Pan American Celestial Navigation School at the
University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He graduated from there in
June 1944 and was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Of the 250
cadets in his class at that teaching institution, Ryan was the only one
to receive 100% on the final exam covering the theory of celestial
Ryan then joined a 10 man
crew at March Field in Riverside, California and began training in a
B-24 in July 1944. His very first mission was on August 15th, 1944. It
was the invasion of Southern France and was followed by an additional 34
On Ryan’s 35th Mission,
his tail gunner shot down the 109 that had fired the 20 MM shells into
the gas tank in the wing, but incredibly, those shells did not explode.
The shells were all duds intentionally minus the firing mechanism that
had come from Oskar Schindler’s ammunition factory in Czechoslovakia.
This is what saved their B-24 from being blown out of the sky, thereby
adding Ryan’s crew; other American and Allied force crews to Schindler’s
list of the 1,200 Jews that Oskar Schindler had saved from the gas
First Lieutenant Ryan Michael
O’Brien was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; 4 Air Medals; the
Order of the Purple Heart; and the European African Middle Eastern Medal
with 3 Battle Stars. On July 10, 2018, Ryan received the government of
France’s highest civilian honor, it’s Legion of Honor Medal. His 484th
Bomb Group was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their
part in the destruction of oil refineries in Romania.
a civilian, Ryan has called Fair Oaks, California his home for over
four decades. During that time, he founded and was the Chief Executive
Officer at the Mason’s Association. He was also the lobbyist in state
legislature for that organization.
retiring, Ryan has continued to remain very active in the community.
His organizational affiliations were many and included the American
Legion Post #383; VFW Post #6158; Military Order of the Purple Heart
Chapter #385; American Society of the French Legion as a Chevalier
(Knight); Gray Eagles; P-38; 484 Bomb Group Reunion Team ; Knights of
Columbus and others.
In his retirement,
Ryan also remained very active at the State Capitol as a very
passionate advocate for California’s veteran communities. On March 19,
2019, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (Granite Bay) honored Ryan’s service and
sacrifice to country as well as his volunteer efforts to give back to
the community once out of the Military. With family and friends present
Ryan was conferred an official state assembly Resolution presented on
the floor by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley.
March 22, 2019, Senator Brian Jones (San Diego) officially “Introduced”
Ryan on the floor of the state senate during session. All Senators
present then honored Ryan. According to Senate President Senator Toni
Atkins it was the very first time she had to call that moving session
back to order.
On November 9th, 2019,
Ryan received Special Congressional Honors for his lifetime of
Achievements from Congressman Tom McClintock at the 9th Annual “Spirit
of Veterans Day...Saluting Community Excellence” Recognition Ceremony.
He was also honored again at that Ceremony by Guy Michelier, Consul
Honoraire de France.
was married twice and his children from his first marriage include
daughters Erin, Colleen, Patty and son Ryan Jr. Ryan passed peacefully with family present.
Respectfully submitted, Candace Hamilton
Here is the pic with Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
Here is a picture with his daughters at the Spirit of Veterans Day event.
One of his Doctors and other honorees.
Raymond D. Anderson 1929-2019
Ray peacefully passed away at home on June 30th at the age of 90. He was surrounded by love of family and friends,
and is survived by his Loving wife Patricia, daughter
Susan Wren, and an extended family. The Funeral service was held on
Friday July 19th at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church.
Edward Hugh Poteet 1928-2019
Edward Hugh Poteet passed away
peacefully in his sleep on July 8, 2019, at the age of 90. He was born
August 25, 1928 in Follansbee, West Virginia to Charles and Dulcie
Poteet. The family moved to Martinez, California when he was a child
and then to Marysville Washington where he graduated from Marysville
High School. Ed was in the United States Air Force where he served his
country for three years, 18 months of which he was stationed in Korea.
Upon his return, his final station was at Davis Montham Air Force Base
in Tucson, Arizona. He enrolled at the University of Arizona where he
majored in Agriculture. During his time at U of A, he met his future
bride, Janann B. S mith. They married on August 10, 1957 in Peoria,
Illinois. They settled in Sacramento in 1960. Ed leaves behind Janann,
his wife of 61 years, three children, Jeff, Brandon (Alaire), Mary
(Bo), and three grandchildren: Allison, James, and Shaelyn, who brought
him much pride and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3
brothers. Ed devoted 10 years coaching his sons' Eastern Little League
baseball teams. His other hobbies included gardening, especially
growing sunflowers and tomatoes. He also enjoyed woodworking and built
many projects which continue to fill our homes. Another hobby Ed had
was drying various fruits in the summers. We enjoyed his dried fruit
all winter long. Ed was always a dependable and helpful neighbor and
friend. He was a truly devoted man who always put his family first. The
family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Adrian and
Nora Berci for their loving care for the last seven months. You will
always hold a special place in our hearts. A memorial service was held
on Saturday July 20.
Another Gray Eagle has taken off on his final flight. Long time Gray Eagle and USAF veteran, Edward Hugh Poteet passed away peacefullyin his sleep on July 8, 2019, at the age of 90.
A memorial service will be held TOMORROW on Saturday July 20 at 2:00 p.m.at Carmichael Presbyterian Church.5645 Marconi AveCarmichael CA 95608
Winfield Curtis "Windy"passed away today, D-Day June 6, 2019
Winfield Timothy Curtis was born on May 21, 1921 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps
during WWII as a B-24 pilot.
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Services are as follows:
Visitation: Wednesday, June 12 at 5:30 pm
Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home
Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95819
Recital of the Rosary: Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm
Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home
5401 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95819
Funeral Service: Thursday, June 13 at 11:00 am
Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home
5401 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95819
Burial: Thursday, June 13 (to follow funeral service)
East Lawn Memorial Park,
4300 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819
Family Reception: Thursday, June 6 (to follow graveside service)
740 48th Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
George C. Jordon
July 16,1921 - September 4, 2018
Sad news, a phone
call today from Chris Rider, Red's son, who informed us that his father,
Robert "Red" Rider passed away yesterday (July 13, 2018).
Received this letter (attached) yesterday (4/10/18) from Rose Marie Wood.
Gray Eagle Robert W. Wood passed on March 29, 2018.