Tustin has a long and distinguished history of answering the call to arms.

Local citizens continue to serve honorably in our nation's military services to protect and defend the freedoms and values that make our City and our Nation like no other. 

This new project of the Tustin Community Foundation will recognize the sacrifices our men and women are currently making as well as pay tribute to the local heroes who lost their lives in the service of our county.   During 2017, the Tustin Community Foundation will hold
tribute celebrations to  familiarize residents with the patriots honored with
street names throughout our community.  
 

Monday, November 13, 2017

5:30 - 6:00 PM on the corner of
Casteneda Drive inTustin Ranch.

 

We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of their lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Tustin. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our  collective consciousness; our future is their monument.  ~ Heather Robinson


 

There are an additional 9 fallen Tustin heroes who should also be remembered with a street name in Tustin. Please contact our City Council if you would like to see this happen.  Unfortunatley, our efforts have not yet been successful.

Contact

Donna Peery, Chairperson 
Tustin Community Foundation 
714-838-1806 
events@tustincommunityfoundation.org


TCF

Please join us at the Tustin Community Foundation's heartfelt tribute to this Tustin hero featuring Tustin American Legion Post 227 with entertainment by members of the Voices of Tustin.

Seaman Guadalupe Castaneda
US Navy
Killed November 15, 1942
World War II

 

Guadalupe “Lupe” Castaneda was born 17 December 1921, in Orange County, California, the youngest of five children of Pedro Castaneda and Felipa Villapano Castaneda, joining sisters Isidra and Julia and brothers Bruno and Rafael.

The earliest records show him living with his parents, Pedro and Felipa Castaneda and cousins Augustine and Francisco Hernandez on a ranch on Redhill Avenue in Tustin.

Lupe attended Tustin elementary and Tustin High school graduating with the class of 1941. While at Tustin high, he lettered in Track for four years. He was the Tustin High star quarterback, proudly wearing number 27. He was a member of the Letterman’s club. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy on March 2, 1942 and received his training at San Diego and at Hawaii and was stationed in San Francisco.

Seaman Castaneda was stationed aboard the light cruiser, USS Atlanta and saw action in the Pacific , Midway and at Guadacanal. On November 13, 1942 at the second Battle of Guadacanal, the Atlanta saw battle with Japanese forces at close range. The Japanese ship, Akatsuki illuminated the Atlanta and the Atlanta sunk the Akatsuki.  The Atlanta was immediately fired upon by two Japanese destroyers and hit the first time on the port side engine room. While it was dead in the water, it was hit by an additional 19 enemy shells. Sadly the USS San Francisco mistakenly identified the Atlanta as an enemy ship and opened fire on her. Mortally wounded, the Atlanta saw it was American ship just before returning fire. A Japanese sub fired upon the San Francisco but the torpedo passed by the San Francisco and hit her Atlanta’s sister ship, the USS Juneau, sinking the ship and killing the infamous 5 Sullivan brothers.

The Atlanta was too badly damaged to continue with any journey and Captain Samuel Jenkins, who was also badly wounded, received permission to scuttle the Atlanta. Seaman Guadalupe Castaneda, badly wounded in the battle, died two days after his wounds.

He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the Purple Heart. He is buried at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, California.

 

2017 Calendar of Soldier Recognition     All events begin at 5:30pm

Sgt. Joseph Brand

USMC

Sunday, February 12

Brand Drive

Staff Sgt. Marvin Gray

Army Air Force

Thursday, March 9

Gray Place

PFC Arthur Dishman

Army Air Force

Thursday. March 9

Gray Place

PFC Carlos Davis

USMC

Wednesday, March 22

Davis Drive

PFC Allen DuRoy

Army

Tuesday, April 18

Duroy Court

Ensign Ralph Plumb

USN

Sunday, May 7

Plumb Drive

PFC Charles Alstot

Army

Thursday, May 11

Alstot Court

2nd Lt. Edward Bristow

Army

Wednesday, June 14

Bristow Lane

Joint Ceremony for the Remaining who do not have streets yet named for them

 

Wednesday, July 12

Dishman Place

2nd Lt. Paul Kimball

Army Air Force

Tuesday, September 19

Dishman Place

Capt. Nelson Holderman

Army

Tuesday, September 19

Wolert Court

Coxswain Theodore Taulbee

USN

Tuesday, September 19

Taulbee Court

Ensign Derril Wollert

USN

Tuesday, September 19

Wolert Court

PFC John Bruns

Army

Tuesday, September 19

Wolert Court

Petty Officer Ernest Costello

USN

Thursday, October 12

Costello Drive

Cpl. Lawrence Churchill

USMC

Wednesday, October 18

Churchill Place

2nd Lt. Charles Mueller

Army Air Force

Sunday, October 22

Mueller Court

Seaman Guadalupe Casteneda

USN

Monday, November 13

Castaneda Drive

PFC Edward Burrier

Army

Saturday, December 30

Burrier Lane

 

Read the stories about all of Tustin's fallen heroes HERE in an OC Register article by Susan Goulding