Nathan B. Bruckenthal
Saturday, May 29
Three Manteca High grads – all sons of Dewey V. Percival – served in the armed services during World War II: Jay, Clyde and Richard.
Born & raised in Lathrop, son of the late Frank R. & Etelvina Mendes, brother of 3. He was drafted into the Army in 1950 and served as a Corporal in North Korea. He was reported missing in action August 7, 1951 just a few days after his 25th birthday. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
Born in 1923 & raised in Manteca/Lathrop, son of the late Frank R. & Etelvina Mendes, husband of the late Lucille Hayes Mendes, father of six.
Three brothers serving in the armed services during the Vietnam conflict included Danny Cabrera Jr. who was stationed on the Outagamie County LST 1073 and Tony Cabrera who was aboard the USS Polk County LST 1048 in San Diego.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Alfonso Nolasco of Manteca is a graduate of Manteca High Class of 1988. He joined the US Army in 1989. He was deployed to Iraq twice in 2003 and 2008.
My son is Airman First Class Alek Albrecht who serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is a 2010 graduate of Sierra High School, and currently stationed at Shaw AFB, Sumter S.C. He graduated basic training with honors in Sept 2010, Cyber Systems operational Engineering with honors in Feb 2011. He followed in his father Wade Albrecht's footsteps, who is a veteran of Desert Storm and served in the Army from 1989 to 1996.
Born Sept. 8, 1918, 92 years of age. Herman went into the Army in 1940. He was stationed at Ft. Ord in California, until 1942. He was shipped to France for a few months before going to Germany in 1943. Herman was a Buck Sgt. and was in the Military Police. He was assigned to Major Gen Harris and Major Gen Melasky as their personal bodyguard. Herman won the Bronze Star for this work and bravery while on duty. Herman helped rescue many Jewish people that were in Bougainville Concentration Camp. He will never forget what he saw in those ...
Msgt. Larry A. Trickett, retired U.S. Air Force 1972-1982. Crew Chief on KC 135s inflight refuelers. Flew combat missions as a crew chief during Vietnam (1972-74), supported El Dorado Canyon, bombing of Libya (1986), 1990-1991, Desert Storm. Stationed in Pease, New Hampshire, Rhien, Main AFB, Germany Mildenhall AFB U.K. (United Kingdom). Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan, Castle AFB, Atwater, California
Pvt. Eugene Gossett , Marine Corps, born 1898-1957, served in Haiti during World War I
Nathan Gossett, born 1937-2010, served as Specialist in US Army in Bordeux, France 1953-1957, and as a Platoon Sgt and Recruiter for the National Guard 1964-1972.
Nathan Gossett Jr., Petty Officer 2nd Class in US Navy, born 1959. Served on the USS O'Brien DD-975 1977-1981. During the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1980 he served on a task force aboard the USSS Constellation and USS Nimitz earning an Expeditionary Medal.
Nathan Gossett III, Petty Officer 2nd Class in US Navy, born 1980. Served on the USS Abraham Lincoln 1999-2002. Served with task force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Earning Navy Achievement Metal, National Defense Metal, Arm Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Iraqi Freedom Medal.
Sgt. Anthony Gossett US Army, born 1986. Serving our country 2004- Present in Heidelberg, Germany, and Okinawa, Japan in the Signal Corps. Earning National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Arm Overseas Service Ribbon.