Event will honor Iraqi war vets

November 2003  

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Mission College’s annual Veterans Day ceremony pays tribute to 13 students who were called to duty in the months before and during the war in Iraq.

The students have resumed, or begun, their higher education after completing their military duties.

"We’re honoring them because they served their country, of course, but also for their determination to get an education," said Georgia Estrada, Veteran Affairs Program director.

Eight of the students being honored served in Iraq, the Persian Gulf or elsewhere in the Middle East during the war. The other five were called to posts in the U.S. for duty related to the Iraqi conflict. Students being honored include:

Sgt. Ivan Bresciani, U.S.M.C.
Sgt. Danny Cruz, U.S.M.C.
Pvt. Robert D. Cruz, Jr., U.S. Army
Petty Officer Larry Douglas, U.S. Navy
Lance Corporal Julie Garcia, U.S.M.C.
Petty Officer Adrian Gonzalez, U.S. Navy
Sgt. Ignacio Martinez, U.S.M.C.
Corporal Rafael Nava, U.S.M.C.
Corporal Jorge Palacios, U.S.M.C.
Sgt. Sergio Pallares, U.S. Army
Lance Corporal Santiago Pinedo, U.S.M.C.
Specialist Mark Anthony Reyes, II, U.S. Army
Sgt. Eduardo Sanchez, U.S.M.C.

Representatives of various offices, including that of Congressman Brad Sherman (D-27th), will present certificates of appreciation to the students.

The program will also pay tribute to a former Mission College student, U.S. Naval Reserve Petty Officer Herman "Bud" Bolte, who died in a highway accident last August. Bolte also served during the Iraqi war, stationed on a Navy ship in the Persian Gulf during the conflict.