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VIETNAM VETERANS HONORED AT PANEL DISCUSSION EVENT HOSTED BY CITY

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Over 200 local Vietnam veterans, their guests, and members of the public attended a panel discussion titled "The Vietnam War: What It Means for Us Today" held on Saturday, February 10 at the Rancho Campana High School Performing Arts Center in Camarillo.  Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Allison Maginot, representing the office of State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin also attended the event.  Master of Ceremonies was retired Navy Captain Paul Grossgold.

The program consisted of a one-hour discussion moderated by KVTA radio host Lyn Fairly, followed by an audience Q&A session.  Panelists included: Captain Charlie Plumb, USNR, (Ret.), former six-year Prisoner of War in Vietnam; Larry Hawley, local Vietnam combat veteran; Janet Richards, Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Army Lt. Nurse; and P. Scott Corbett, PhD, CSU Channel Islands History Lecturer.  Panel participants were available for conversation during the refreshment period after the panel discussion.

A display in memory of the following 14 servicemembers from Camarillo and Somis who were killed in Vietnam was onsite:

Victor Bruce Kelley, Captain, U.S. Army, KIA April 28, 1965
Michael Moritz, Specialist Five, U.S. Army, KIA June 16, 1965
Lewis Kimmel, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA March 4, 1966
James Cooney, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA July 4, 1967
James Plake, Lance Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps, KIA October 29, 1967
George W. Ellis, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA January 8, 1968
Weden Gary Humphrey, Sergeant, U.S. Army, KIA February 1, 1968
Barton Uplinger, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA February 19, 1968
Richard Weske, Specialist Four, U.S. Army, KIA May 21, 1968
Russell "Rusty" Hofer, Corporal, U.S. Army, KIA July 27, 1968
Kenneth Combs, Sergeant, U.S. Army, KIA August 27, 1968
Robert Treasure, Lance Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps, KIA October 16, 1968
Richard C. Drewes, Captain, U.S. Army, KIA December 17, 1968
Philip Stafford, Specialist Four, U.S. Army, KIA April, 1, 1969

The City of Camarillo would like to thank Camarillo Library staff for their research and for creating the memorial display; student volunteers from Rancho Campana and Adolfo Camarillo High Schools, Las Colinas Middle School for acting as ushers; and photographer Gerry Wilson of Gerry Wilson Studios for permission to post his event photos on the City of Camarillo website. Event Photos.

The City of Camarillo is a proud Commemorative Partner in the Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program.  This event was the fifth in a series of six events to honor and thank Camarillo-area veterans who served during the Vietnam War period.  For more information, please contact Kathy Talley at (805) 388-5312 or ktalley@cityofcamarillo.org.