Success & Service: Salida man receives long-overdue Purple Heart and other medals

January 25, 2014 

More than six decades later, Glen Grose finally received the service medals and Purple Heart he earned during the Korean War.

In the late summer of 1951, Grose was in Company L, 35th Division on Hill 682, approximately seven miles into enemy territory, where U.S. Army soldiers would go on patrol to screen the countryside. That Sept. 6, communist forces bombarded the unit with artillery and mortar fire, unleashing an estimated 1,000-plus rounds in 35 minutes. Operating a machine gun, Grose received a wound to his right cheek and suffered additional wounds after moving to another gun. He was transported for medical attention and didn’t receive his medals.

In 2013, his family contacted the office of Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, whose staff investigated the case. On Jan. 21, Denham presented the medals to the 83-year-old Salida resident at a special ceremony.

Seniors facility honored

Standiford Place, an independent retirement community in Modesto, earned a SeniorAdvisor Excellence Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in 2013.

SeniorAdvisor.com is a consumer reviews website established by A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service, as a way for seniors and their families to share feedback on senior living communities and services. Facilities earn the recognition by receiving an overall rating of at least 4.5 stars.

The inaugural SeniorAdvisor Excellence Award identifies the top senior living communities that have received an overall average rating of at least 4.5 stars on the site. The award winners were recognized for having the best customer ratings and reviews out of more than 100,000 senior care providers currently on SeniorAdvisor.com.

Ceres chamber president named

Renee Ledbetter will serve as president of the Chamber of Commerce for 2014-15. Ledbetter, of Exit Realty Consultants, received the gavel during the chamber’s installation and community service dinner Jan. 17.

Cannella a Little Hoover member

State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, will serve as a member of the Milton Marks “Little Hoover Commission” on California State Government Organization and Economy by the Senate Rules Committee. The commission, created in 1962, is an independent state oversight agency for state government organization and the economy. He also shared the Patti Mattingly Award with Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-San Mateo, presented by the Rural County Representatives of California for their contributions to rural counties.

Safe drivers honored

Three drivers for Dot Transportation, which has a facility in Modesto, have logged their 1 millionth mile of safe driving while two others reached the 2-million-mile mark recently. Joining the million-mile club were Glen Carrillo Jr. of Modesto, Ou Saephanh of Merced and Javier Salvador of Turlock. The 2-million-mile drivers are Chris Wenger of Escalon and Todd Wenger of Elk Grove.

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