The heroes of yesterday are mostly gone. Those men and women who answered the call of duty to service to protect our country in WWII. They were remarkable people who forged into battle and then returned home, mostly to live quiet lives, raise families and who are now memories.
But, some of these heroes still live among us.
Ninety-seven year old Frank Wright is such a survivor, enlisting in the US Marine Corps a month after Pearl Harbor in 1942, and fighting across the Pacific Theater.
This is his story…how he was recalled to boot camp, eighty years after enlisting as sixteen year old recruit.
Michael Cockrell’s public service career has included law enforcement, water conservation enforcement, and emergency management. After 35-years at San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), he retired as Director in December 2017. His OES experience between 1982-2017 included a wide range of emergencies and disasters such as floods, earthquake recovery, mass-casualty incidents, train derailments, hazardous materials releases, droughts, extreme heat and cold events. His education includes Associate and Bachelor degrees in Social Science, concentrating in Administration of Justice, and, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has also completed many continued-education courses on administration and emergency management.