Success & Service: World War II veterans to be honored by Sons in Retirement in Turlock

local@modbee.comJanuary 4, 2014 

AM Latino Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco franchise owner Rafael Armenta, seen in 2004, is being recognized for returning $2,200 to a man who had lost his wallet in an El Pollo Loco parking lot in Manteca.

ADRIAN MENDOZA 08102004 — The Modesto Bee Buy Photo

Sons in Retirement Turlock 3143 will honor 19 World War II veterans during the organization’s meeting Jan. 15 in the Denair Community Center. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.

The veterans range in age from 86 to 94. Each will be awarded a WWII Patriot Medallion by representatives of the Non Commissioned Officers Association. The recipients are Johnny Alves, Army; Rex Andersen, Navy; Christian Baird, Army; Norman Biedler, Army; Ed Coleman, Navy; Clifford Dick, Navy; Chuck Dohn, Navy; Jim Hapgood, Navy; Carl Hilberg, USAF; Dick Laughlin, Navy; H.J. Bud Leam, USAF; Joe Oppelt, Army; John Parkinson, Army; Wesley Peterson, Army Air; David Sargis, Navy; George Tallman, Navy; Miles Twaddell, Navy; Dick Weaver, Navy; and Bill Youngdale; Merchant Marine. Relatives and friends of honorees are invited to attend. For more information, call Rick Kindle at (209) 652-8608.

Franchisee honored

Rafael Armenta Jr., mentioned in this column in June for replacing a $2,200 cash bank deposit a customer lost at the El Pollo Loco restaurant on Yosemite Avenue in Manteca, received the company’s Heritage Award during its recent leadership conference in Indian Wells.

Armenta Jr. made good on the man’s loss and bought him lunch as well.

Born in Mexico, Armenta immigrated to America and began working for El Pollo Loco. He and his wife, Bertha, own eight of the company’s franchises in Merced, Turlock, Modesto and Stockton.

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