Families of Vietnam vets killed in action sought

Skye Kinkade

Veteran Tom Ginocchio is looking to contact the families of 16 Siskiyou County soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

Ginocchio wants to invite them to attend the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka on May 18, when the names of their loved ones will be read aloud during an appreciation ceremony.

The day-long event will also include a venue of displays, resource booths, entertainment and complementary food in recognition of veterans, active military personnel and their families.

Siskiyou County Veterans Services Officer Tim Grenvik said this will be Siskiyou County's 5th annual event.

"We usually get about 600 to 650 people," said Grenvik. "It's one of those rare times when we can all get together, and we're not thinking about the people we've lost. It's a fun time."

The event is set to begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast, which will be served free for all veterans, active military personnel and their families.

Entertainment, courtesy of Chris McCandless and the Jackson Street School Band will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., while in the fairground midway, many historic military vehicles will be displayed.

A resource fair, held in Floral Hall, will include booths full of a variety of information to let vets know what resources are out there.

An hour-long appreciation ceremony will start at 11 a.m., and though Grenvik said the keynote speaker has not been nailed down yet, he is sure a World War II Army veteran will be receiving the Bronze Star Medal 67 years after his discharge from military service. Willard Titus is a veteran from Happy Camp, Grenvik explained.

They will also be reading a list of Siskiyou County soldiers who were killed in action in Vietnam.

Complementary lunch, consisting of hamburgers and hot dogs, will be served to vets and their families from noon to 1 p.m.

Vietnam vets killed in action

Ginocchio hopes to talk with the families of the following soldiers. If you are related to one of them, or have information about how to reach their family, call Ginocchio at (530) 945-8979.

PFC Robert Benton Bailey, US Marine Corps, from Yreka. Oct. 14, 1946 – May 16, 1967

Cpl. William Aaron Berry, US Marine Corps, from Yreka. Dec. 18, 1947 – Sept. 21, 1967

PFC Duane Earl Cavarzan, US Army, from Weed. June 23, 1946 – June 28, 1967

SP5 James Stephen Colombero, US Army, from McCloud. May 13, 1945 – May 28, 1969

Joseph D. Hayes, SP4, US Army, from Weed. Dec. 16, 1949 – June 13, 1971

SP4 Gary Joseph Landon, US Army, from Yreka. Jan. 11, 1947 – Feb. 2, 1968

SP4 William Charles Lawson, US Army, from Happy Camp. Jan. 28, 1948 – Aug. 25, 1968

Cpl. Robin Patrick Milovich, US Army, from Yreka. July 28, 1948 – June 11, 1967

SP4 Donald L. Musselman, US Army, from Tulelake. Sept. 22, 1944 – April 29, 1968

Warrant Officer Albert Danny Owens, US Army, from Mount Shasta. Oct. 28, 1947 – June 8, 1969

CPT Gary Ronald Riggins, US Army, from Yreka. Nov. 23, 1933 – Oct. 7, 1964

PFC David W. Robustellini, US Army, from Montague. Sept 7, 1944 – Sept. 1, 1966

Sgt. Larry Dean Suedmyer III, US Army, from Tulelake. Oct. 20, 1950 – April 4, 1971

PFC David Lewis Wilson, US Marine Corps, from Hornbrook. Aug. 1, 1949 – Aug. 30, 1968

PFC Royce Harold Wilson, Jr., US Marine Corps, from Montague. May 1, 1948 – Feb. 1, 1968

SFC William Milton Wood, Jr., US Army, from Happy Camp. Feb. 9, 1940 – Feb. 14, 1966