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File #: 2015-1435   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 9/11/2015 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 9/17/2015 Final action: 9/24/2015
Title: MOTION by Kuehl and Butts that the Metro Board of Directors instruct the CEO to prepare a plan to dedicate the 26th Street/Bergamot Station along the Expo line in memory of Private Joe Gandara. The dedication should coincide with the opening of the Expo line to Santa Monica and include a plaque to be placed at the station recognizing Private Gandara's heroism and sacrifice for our country.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting

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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

 

Preamble

Motion by:

 

Directors Kuehl and Butts

 

September 17, 2015

 

Expo Line Station Dedication for Private Joe Gandara

 

The City of Santa Monica has requested that the Metro Board consider dedicating the 26th Street/Bergamot Expo Station in memory of Private Joe Gandara, a Santa Monica native who grew up in the Pico neighborhood.  Private Gandara perished in combat during World War II. 

Private Joe Gandara enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and was deployed to Europe.  On June 9, 1944 his detachment came under devastating enemy fire and was pinned to the ground for four hours.  Private Gandara voluntarily advanced alone toward the enemy position, destroying three hostile machine-guns before he was fatally wounded.

Due to his Hispanic heritage, Private Gandara was passed over for medals, awards, and recognition during World War II.  Finally, in 2014 President Obama recognized Private Gandara’s heroism, valor, and sacrifice in defense of freedom at Amfreville, France by posthumously awarding him the Medal of Honor.

 

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MOTION by Kuehl and Butts that the Metro Board of Directors instruct the CEO to prepare a plan to dedicate the 26th Street/Bergamot Station along the Expo line in memory of Private Joe Gandara.  The dedication should coincide with the opening of the Expo line to Santa Monica and include a plaque to be placed at the station recognizing Private Gandara’s heroism and sacrifice for our country.