If you would like to help with a donation to make the World War II mural possible, you can make a donation at www.Mantecamurals.com
Army soldier Bill Castillo. Marine Leland Elliott. Navy WAVE Marie Huarte Esteves. Navy sailor John Machado. Nurse Avis Brewster. Coast Guardsman Jay Scalf. Merchant Marine Woodward Brumley. Army Air Corps Bud Dickman. “Rosie the Riveter” Doris William Knodt.
These are just nine of the more than 1,000 Manteca residents who served during World War II either in various theaters of war, working as Merchant Marines or on the home front turning out battleships and aircraft along with Rosie the Riveter.
The nine faces will grace the next Manteca Mural Society endeavor to serve as a tribute not just to the 957 Manteca men and women who served in the military during World War II but those who played key support roles keeping the military supplied.
The mural society has commissioned Colleen Hopkins of Veyna Design Studio to do the second in a series of five murals planned for the side of the Bedquarters building in downtown to honor those who have served America dating back to World War I.
The goal is to have it finished in time to be dedicated on Veterans Day.
Before that can happen the mural society needs to raise additional funds.
The five murals honoring those who have served in the Global War on Terror, Vietnam War, Korean War World War II and World War I will cost $125,000 overall. The Global War on Terror has been completed and is mounted on the Bedquarters wall. The society has received a $10,000 donation toward the cost of the $25,000 price tag for the World War II mural.
Benefactors have stepped forward who will match dollar for dollar all other donations toward the World War II mural up to $7,000 or enough to cover the balance of the cost. For details on donating, go to www.Mantecamurals.com.
The mural also contains images of the various theatres of war.
On the top is a Gold Star representing the 35 Mantecans that died serving in World War II.
Across the bottom are five Blue Stars reflecting a rarity that Manteca had by having one family with five sons serving in the various branches of military in the war.
Families with a son serving were given banners with one Blue Star that typically was displayed in a window facing the street. If they had two sons serving the banner had two stars.
“It was extremely rare for a community to have a family with five sons serving at one time,” noted Manteca Mural Society President Charlene Carroll.
The banner that was displayed in a window by the five men’s mom — Margarita Duran — is on display at the Manteca Historical Society Museum. The five Manteca brothers who served were Anthony Duran, Manuel Duran, Richard Duran, Alfonso Duran, and Ralph Duran.