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By Richard Senate
Posted: 11/10/16

In 1863, a group of mounted cavalry rode down the dusty track that is today Main Street, Ventura. They were members of the 1st Native California Cavalry on their way from Santa Barbara south to Drum Barracks for training. They were mostly from the local Latino population; some, however, were Mission Native Americans.

Company C had enlisted in Santa Barbara under Antonio Maria de la Guerra. This unit was armed with eleven-foot lances-the last cavalry unit so armed in the US Military. One of those who served was Pablo Olivas, a cousin of the builder of the Olivas Adobe. They rode their own horses until they were issued government mounts. When they got to Drum Barracks and saw the poor quality of the nags supplied by the US Government, they elected to keep their own animals. Once trained, they were sent to Arizona to put down an Apache uprising and to guard the border from French intrusions (Mexico was occupied by France under the puppet Emperor Maximilian.)

They were also tasked to hold the territory from Confederate agents. They were assigned to a half finished fort, Fort Mason, where they had to live in tents. Built next to a river, in a swamp, many of the troops were sickened by malaria, and several died. Pablo Olivas never returned to Santa Barbara.

It is reported that more troopers were wounded by arrows than bullets. Some still rest at the Calabasas (AZ) Cemetery. While other members of this unit rest at Ventura's Cemetery Park.

At the end of the Civil War, the unit was taken by ship though the gulf and to San Francisco where they were mustered out in 1866.


By: J. B. Robinson
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Posted Front Page: 11/7/16

At the Monday night, September 11, 2016, city council meeting, the Ventura City Planning Department presented an overlay view for potential and/or actual building projects - projects that, of course, would create jobs and stimulate the economy for Ventura. In addition, it would increase housing including housing for Veterans and low-cost housing for low income single families.

The upfront jobs would be for planners, architects, building contractors, subcontractors and labors. Later, positions and jobs would increase in medical and other. Putting people to work creates income that in would increase the sales tax revenue and in part increase the flow of more money into the city, county and state coffers. Increasing jobs, of course, increases payroll taxes into the state and federal coffers.

Councilman Morehouse brought up the water issue - water that would need to be in place to support these addition water-using entities. Point well taken.

Cal Trans is contracted with the City of Ventura regarding the watering of the landscapes on its highways and/or freeways. This publisher has been told by Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein that the water being used for the purpose of watering these roadway landscapes comes from "VENTURA'S FRESH WATER" supplies. In reviewing the transportation of recycled water for this use, Ms. Epstein also said, "it is to expensive to transport recycled water. Buying a new water truck, manning it plus direct and indirect costs for this purpose is to expensive. That money can be spent in other directions to save more water."

Let's assume that the above is true. The question here is if the City of Ventura is contracted to water these landscapes; and, it is using FRESH WATER, IS THAT ALSO TRUE OF OTHER/ALL CITIES AND COUNTIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA? Even if one-half to one fourth or less of California cities and counties are doing like Ventura, ARE THEY DRAINING OUR RESERVOIRS?

If so, the State of California and the US Department of Transportation need to step up to the plate and find the solution to connecting its roadway watering to recycled water plants. That is a project that needs to be designed, constructed and completed as soon as possible; and also, the funding should come from Caltrans and US Department of Transportation. (Same is true of other drought-ridden states utilizing fresh water for watering their roadway landscapes. The funding should come from those states and the US Department of Transportation.)

What's the benefit to the State of California and the federal government? ECONOMY/JOBS. (With enough water, the building industry can go back to work.)

At one time the State of California held 5th place for having the best economy worldwide. For city, state and the federal government, the more people working, the more taxes are paid into the city, state and federal coffers. My thinking is that with a new council, VENTURA COULD SET THE PRECEDENCE AND PROCEDURES for roadway, freeway, and highway landscape watering with recycle water. VENTURA COULD BE THE MODEL CITY FOR THIS PROJECT.

Last, but not least, I like so many others, love the beauty of our roadway landscaping and want them to stay.


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  1. George Gobel, Comedian, Army Air Corps, taught fighter pilots. Johnny Carson made a big deal about it once on the Tonight Show, to which George said "the Japs didn't get past us.
  2. Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia. Silver Star.
  3. James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General.
  4. Ernest Borgnine, US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton. 10 years active duty. Discharged 194, re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor.
  5. Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.)
  6. Telly Savalas, US Army.
  7. Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.
  8. Steve Forrest, US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge.
  9. Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa.
  10. Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill.
  11. Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged.
  12. Robert Mitchum, US Army.
  13. Dale Robertson, US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.
  14. Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee.
  15. John Carroll, US Army Air Corps. Pilot in North Africa. Broke his back in a crash.
  16. Lee Marvin, US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.
  17. Art Carney, US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest of his life.
  18. Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex. Downed seven Japanese fighters.
  19. Rod Steiger, US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid.
  20. Tony Curtis, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan.
  21. Larry Storch, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis.
  22. Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.
  23. Robert Montgomery, US Navy.
  24. George Kennedy, US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in sixteen years.
  25. Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star.
  26. Denver Pyle, US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Medically discharged.
  27. Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Corps.
  28. DeForest Kelley, US Army Air Corps.
  29. Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Officer.
  30. Neville Brand, US Army, Europe. Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
  31. Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.
  32. Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25, Aleutians.
  33. Danny Aiello, US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served three years.
  34. James Arness, US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy.
  35. Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest.
  36. Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot.
  37. Rod Serling, US Army. 11th- Airborne Division in the Pacific. He jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila.
  38. Gene Autry, US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theater.
  39. William Holden, US Army Air Corps.
  40. Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard.
  41. Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Battle of Okinawa.
  42. Russell Johnson, US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines.
  43. William Conrad, US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot.
  44. Jack Klugman, US Army.
  45. Frank Sutton, US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor.
  46. Jackie Coogan, US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines.
  47. Tom Bosley, US Navy.
  48. Claude Akins, US Army. Signal Corps., Burma and the Philippines.
  49. Chuck Connors, US Army. Tank-warfare instructor.
  50. Harry Carey Jr., US Navy.
  51. Mel Brooks, US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.
  52. Robert Altman, US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot.
  53. Pat Hingle, US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall
  54. Fred Gwynne, US Navy. Radioman.
  55. Karl Malden, US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO.
  56. Earl Holliman, US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged after a year when the Navy found out.
  57. Rock Hudson, US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines.
  58. Harvey Korman, US Navy.
  59. Aldo Ray, US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa.
  60. Don Knotts, US Army, Pacific Theater.
  61. Don Rickles, US Navy aboard USS Cyrene.
  62. Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa.
  63. Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Instructor.
  64. Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific.
  65. Lee Van Cleef, US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.
  66. Clifton James, US Army, South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.
  67. Ted Knight, US Army, Combat Engineers.
  68. Jack Warden, US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945. 101st Airborne Division.
  69. Don Adams, US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a Drill Instructor.
  70. James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines.
  71. Brian Keith, US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers.
  72. Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for being too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator.
  73. Charles Durning, US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot multiple times. Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Survived Malmedy Massacre.
  74. Raymond Burr, US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically discharged.
  75. Hugh O'Brian, US Marines.
  76. Robert Ryan, US Marines.
  77. Eddie Albert, US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa.
  78. Cark Gable , US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe.
  79. Charles Bronson, US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action.
  80. Peter Graves, US Army Air Corps.
  81. Buddy Hackett, US Army anti-aircraft gunner.
  82. Victor Mature, US Coast Guard.
  83. Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber.
  84. Robert Preston, US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer
  85. Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier.
  86. Norman Fell, US Army Air Corps., Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater.
  87. Jason Robards, US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal. Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties.
  88. Steve Reeves, US Army, Philippines.
  89. Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot.
  90. Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot.
  91. Randolph Scott, Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1.
  92. Ronald Reagan, US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration.
  93. John Wayne, Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps.) so he gets honorable mention.
  94. And of course we have Audie Murphy , America's most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.
The only one who comes to mind in more recent times is that of Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September 11, 2001 and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004.

But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers.

My generation grew up watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort. Like millions of Americans during the WWII, there was a job that needed doing they didn't question, they went and did it, those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on, very few ever saying what they did or saw. They took it as their "responsibility", their "duty" to Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come. As a member of that "First" generation, I'm forever humbly in their debt.

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