Humberto C. Marquez tampered with his birth certificate to sign up with the U.S. Marines when he was 16. Less than a year later he landed in Pusan, South Korea in September 1950.
Sunday afternoon, before a ceremony recognizing the 61st anniversary of the Korean War cease fire, Marquez, 80, recalled the reason behind his service in a three-year war that cost more than 36,500 American lives and still plagues him with nightmares.
"We went because there was a people there and they didn't know us and we didn't know them," the Wasco resident said. "But they needed our help."
About 100 people gathered Sunday for the ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial at Jastro Park, to celebrate what several speakers referred to as "the forgotten victory" as opposed to the sobriquet "the forgotten war" the conflict has often been tagged with.
Although traffic along Truxtun Avenue occasionally drowned out some speakers' words, it did not dampen their spirit.
City Council member Terry Maxwell said Sunday the plan to remove the engraved bricks and tiles in front of Rabobank Arena and Civic Center should be "delayed immediately."
Q: Going down Stockdale Highway, I noticed a Bakersfield Police Department officer in the next lane to me kept edging over onto the white line almost into my lane. As we came to the stoplight, there he was texting on his phone.
Two years ago, Lezlie Cranston, 20, took a placement test at Bakersfield College that landed her four course levels below college writing and three behind in reading.
Bakersfield resident Brian Hodges, who was critically injured one week ago in a zip-lining accident while on vacation in Mexico, was flown back to California on Saturday with his wife, Shimeaka. Their friend Enjoli Black, whose family accompanied the Hodgeses to Cabo San Lucas, said she learned Saturday evening the couple had returned.
The Kern County Fire Department sent 17 members late Saturday to battle the Sand Fire, which started Friday afternoon in Northern California along the Amador-El Dorado county line and had grown to around 4,000 acres by the following night.
I’m convinced that water has become the most seductive element on earth.
The Sycamore Canyon Golf Course in Arvin has been sold to developers who intend to plant an almond orchard there and convert the clubhouse into a wedding venue.
A classic car parade Aug. 2 opened Westside Parkway for business, but a year later the freeway segment remains part of more futuristic plans to merge Bakersfield with the national highway system.
David Marcus doesn’t worry about beating cancer, because he’s already done it once.
Two McFarland residents died Saturday morning when their 2006 Honda Accord hit a Ford truck with a crane southeast of Delano, according to the California Highway Patrol.