Dr. Parks served on the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation Board since its inception. He was elected President and CEO in 2008. He died February 4, 2014, from complications of surgery. He was 70. Born in Thayer, Missouri on January 21, 1944, Dr. Gary Parks had a long and distinguished career. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1961 to 1969. Following college, Dr. Parks entered the field of law enforcement and retired in 1986 from the San Diego Harbor Police. He earned a Doctorate in Education from Alliant International University, a Masters degree from United States International University, and Bachelor degrees in Information Systems and Public Administration. His many civic activities included [Continue Reading]
John G. Ibe was involved in the early stages of securing additional space in San Diego County for what would become the Miramar National Cemetery. He worked very hard in this effort and was a prime mover in getting the facilities located, funded. He was active with the early stages of the Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation, serving as a Chairman until his death in June 2006 at age 86.
Mr. Ibe was born on December 18, 1921 in Sheboygan, Wis. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an apprentice Seaman. He was a WWII combat Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Saint Lo CVE 63. He survived the sinking of [Continue Reading]
While serving as State Directors of Veterans Affairs, Col. Jesse Ugalde served on a committee of veterans evaluating the creation of an additional veterans’ cemetery within San Diego County. Years of meetings, negotiations, inspections, and agreements resulted in the new Miramar National Cemetery. Col. Ugalde was one of the first members of the newly formed Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation, serving as a member of the Board of Directors until his retirement. He died July 10, 2011, at the age of 91.
Born in Oak Creek, Colo., 21 November 1921, He earned a BS from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He also earned degrees from U.S. Army Command & General Staff / [Continue Reading]