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The Boys of Del Valle Park

 
 
The Boys of Del Valle Park Marker [bottom right] image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2009
1. The Boys of Del Valle Park Marker [bottom right]
Inscription. We climbed aboard that huge winged rocket,
and rode it to the sky.
Our minds would soar for hours and hours,
we're never gonna die.

With pitch and yaw, dives and rolls,
we'd blast bad guys to heaven.
We'd crash and burn and walk away,
heck, we're only seven.

But jets give way to bats and balls,
to hoop and football too.
"We've got great potential," they'd say,
"The rest is up to you."

How quick time travels from innocent days,
of running in the sun.
'till the day your daddy tells you,
"It's your duty son."

"Be strong, be tough, and be a man,"
I'd listen to them say
"but wait a minute everyone,
I thought it was only play."

And so it goes we're back today,
with no mournful song to sing.
That same great jet above us now,
shades us with its wings.

Together again but now we rest,
a brass plaque is our home,
but we're not complaining, we're quite
content, to lie here all alone.

So moms and dads bring the kids on by
and read a name or two;
remember that these precious children
sure think the world of you.

Tell them the truth about us,
don't shirk, don't squirm, don't lie
and tell them that the toys boys play with
could someday
Del Valley Park Marker [front] image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2013
2. Del Valley Park Marker [front]
In Memory Of Those Who Never Made It Home

With love and respect for the men and women who served in the armed forces of our country during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other conflicts around the globe, who traveled to faraway places with strange sounding names in defense of our country, democracy and the American way, we extend our eternal gratitude.

The Reverend Dr. John C. Bonner Family

John, Marjarie, Esther, Paul, Edith, Susy and Marc
May 29, 2000
make men die.

And think of us if not out loud,
but when it's quiet and dark
after all we're your kids you know,
the boys of Del Valle Park.

Dennis Lander
Vietnam Veteran
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 33° 50.477′ N, 118° 6.965′ W. Marker was in Lakewood, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker was on Woodruff Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 4553 Woodruff Avenue, Lakewood CA 90713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes (approx. 1.2 miles away); Carson Street Landscaping (approx. 2.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); This Big Saw (approx. 3.5 miles away); Los Alamitos Sugar Company and Town's Founding (approx. 3.5 miles away); St. Isidore Historical Plaza (approx. 3.7 miles away); Early Aviation on the Hill (approx. 3.8 miles away); Car Climbs on the Hill (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Regarding The Boys of Del Valle Park. Douglas F3D-2 "Skynight" (No: 127039)
 
Also see . . .  Two bronze plaques at Del Valle Park airplane are stolen
Korean Conflict Marker [left] image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2013
3. Korean Conflict Marker [left]
Dedicated to those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom in the Korean Conflict 1950-1953

Dedicated May 30, 1964 by the Lakewood City Council
May Robert W. Baker
Vice-Mayor George Nye, Jr.
Councilmen William J. Burns, Gene Nebeker, Woodrow W. Smith
. In a horrible and disrespectful act, two of the five plaques at the Del Valle Veterans Memorial were stolen on June 29, presumably by thieves seeking money from recycling their bronze material. (Submitted on July 4, 2013, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
 
Del Valle Park Markers image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2009
4. Del Valle Park Markers
Del Valle Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2013
5. Del Valle Park Marker
Vietnam Conflict Marker [top right] image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2013
6. Vietnam Conflict Marker [top right]
In rememberence of those of Lakewood who died in the service of their country during the Vietnam Conflict

Alfred Alvarado - Thomas F. Barth - Brian W. Bates - Gale L. Brown - Marc A. Brown - Richard Allen Brown - Charles Mike Castillo - Leonard J. Chislock - Jerry Wayne Dearing - James L. Harnden - Paul James Harrison - Dennis L. Hayes - Randall S. Hill - Hugh Bryant Holmes - Mark R. Holtom - Alan M. Horn - Sydney Claude Howard - James Arthur Jackson - Donald Gene King - Andy Knevelbaard - Alfred H. Kunkel, Jr. - Roger Marshall - John McFarlane - John B. Meckel - Jimmy A. Miller - Richard Hershel Miller - John H. Mooney - Thomas RIchard Muren - Steve C. Owen - Craig D. Pinchot - David Richardson - Joseph Michael Romero - Scott Lawrence Schmidt - Glen Shropshire - Marshall K. Smith - Donald R. Sorensen - Christopher A. Souza - Alan W. Thornton - Douglas Vande-Vegte - Stephen Thomas Volz - Craig Williams - Ernest H. Young - Lee Zoeller

Rededicated by the Lakewood City Council
May 29, 2006
 
 
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