The Fallen: Garfield Students That Did Not Return
Serving in all branches of the military, Garfield students gave their lives so that future generations would remain free. These Garfieldians fought and died in such places as Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, France, the Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Belgium, Germany, Alaska, China, and the skies over Europe and Pacific. Furthermore, with the training being so hard and real, there were those who died here in the United States. They served aboard such ships as the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS Indianapolis, USS Pensacola, USS Astoria, USS Hull and USS Johnston. They were a part of such battles as Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guam, Battle of the Bulge, Operation Market Garden, D-Day and so many others. For some of these Garfield students, their bodies were never recovered – never returned.
Other Names on the World War II Plaque
Fidel Acosta, the first name on the plaque, was not killed in WWII. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1941, and did serve in the U.S. Navy during the war. He returned, graduated from East Los Angeles Junior College, went on to get an engineering degree and worked for North American from 1957 to 1958. During the 1960s he was a design engineer for Lockheed, but passed away in 1970.
The following are individuals who are listed on the WWII Plaque, but have only been able to locate limited information on them. Hopefully at some time in the future, I or another will be able to find their story.
Joe V. Gonzales
Robert Douglas Keyes