10/7/2016 The recent Homecoming event was a total success,,
We all met at the Montebello Senior Center on the 23rd of September. We had great time with an outstanding DJ and Karaoke show along with line dancing and great snacks and drinks. Bill Blak
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3/6/2016 Hey 1965 Oilers,
Hey Fellow Classmates, Due to popular demand, I will continue my work..
Recently I mentioned an end to my classreport work, however because of class member request and a new cl
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9/17/2014 Mighty MHS Oiler Century News
On April 26, 2910 Montebello High’s alumni association celebrated 100 years of one of the San Gabriel Valley’s oldest high schools
Achievements abound among those who walked through the hal
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I finally finished the 1965 Oiler Veterans Tribute. I got mixed opinions on the slide show. For the last three months I tried to publicize my intentions. During that time, I found many veterans who were not originally listed in my first research projects. I double and triple checked the U. S. Defense Department's Vietnam era data banks for any other KIA classmates. I felt extremely safe with the information I obtained. I received some amazing images from my fellow classmates. Even in the last few days of my quest I received secondary information on missed Veterans from our class. So, unfortunately, these fellow classmates were not included in my slide show and for this I am truly sorry. I will add the names to statements attached to the YouTube tribute.
During my search efforts I realized how difficult this war was and how so many people objected to it. I know Veterans, then, were not celebrated or cheered as they are today. We didn’t wear our uniforms while on leave in our own country. We just went on our way to try to blend into society. Many of us never shared our stories because of the fear of being ridiculed and of being stereotyped as mental, drug-crazed killers of women, children and harmless, peaceful Southeast Asian inhabitants. Only recently have many Vietnam Era Veterans decided to tell their honorable stories. Some of us choose to forget our experiences, as a defense mechanism.
Another interesting fact came up during my effort to post this on YouTube. I was notified that there is a list, of ten countries, where my video will not be shown. I have never had that happen, before!!
So, fifty plus years later, Vietnam Era Vets are still being treated with a sense of distrust or fear.
Well, now that you have read my rhetoric, I hope you all enjoy this slide show. Only a few high schools have ever done this...then again...we are not just any high school. We are the 1965 Montebello Oilers...and you, my fellow classmates, have all made us special...
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