THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: September 26, 2012
Memorial services will be held on Friday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, for James Stodola, 71, of Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
Born and raised in Daggett, Mi., he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Police Administration. He then joined the United States Marine Corps and served 26 years, retiring as a Colonel.
He served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star (with Combat V), the Navy Commendation Medal (with Combat V) and the National Defense Service Medal, among others. After retiring from the Marines he worked for the County of San Diego, and was an aide for Supervisor John MacDonald. He then became Veterans Service Officer for San Diego County.