Ulysses Edward “Ude” Bauer – 1926-2013

UlUde Bauer high school photoysses Bauer, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on Nov. 1, 2013, at his home in Forest Falls, CA. Services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church, followed by internment at Riverside National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.

Known to family and friends as “Ude,” he was born in Anaheim on March 14, 1926, the eldest of four children of Ulysses F. and Cora (Stoffel) Bauer. While at Anaheim High, Ude was a star athlete and played on the 1943-44 Varsity Football Team that won a co-Sunset League championship. He was also a member of the Colonist Knights. 43-44 football co-champions

When he graduated from Anaheim Union High School in June 1944, the United States was fighting in both the European and Pacific Theaters. He and 13 of his classmates left after graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Navy boot camp in San Diego. [Read more…]

Fallen Hero Vern Oliver Adams – AUHS Class of 1937

Vern Oliver Adams – Feb. 7, 1917 to Dec. 18, 1944

AUHS Class of 1937
Branch of Service:  U.S. Navy Reserve
Rank: Seaman Second Class Service ID: 08812793
Destroyer: U.S.S. Spence DD-512
Date of Death: Dec. 18, 1944 – South Pacific – Lost at Sea
Place of Interment: Tablets of the Missing Memorial wall and Manila American Cemetery Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

Vern Oliver AdamsU.S. Navy Seamen Second Class Vern Oliver Adams United States Navy lost his life while serving aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Spence, DD-512 on 12-18-1944 off the coast of Samar, 240 miles from southern Luzon, Philippine Islands. When typhoon Corba struck the U.S.S. Spence on this infamous day, the destoyer capsized and sank to the ocean floor.  USS SPENCE_0001

Vern was among the 317 lives were lost at sea. Nine shipmates were rescued by the U.S.S. Swearer DE-181, U.S.S. Taberer DE-418 and the U.S.S. Gating DD-671.On board the U.S.S. Spence was another Colonist shipmate, Don Polhemus, class of 1940.  Both grew up in Anaheim, surrounded by Orange groves, Anaheim’s population at the time was 11,000 and the High School enrollment was 1,050 students, which included freshman through seniors with Mr. J.A.Clays as principal.  It is believed both Adams and Polhemus were campus acquaintance’s. The typhoon Corba brought these proud Colonist shipmates together forever in death. [Read more…]


Joe Nakashima Class of 1942Anaheim Union High School Class of 1942 graduate Joe Nakashima passed away May 23 at age 88. An actor who appeared in movies and TV, including “50 First Dates,” Joe was a regular attendee of the Anaheim Alumni Breakfast and will be greatly missed by his classmates.

Jo proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, joining after he and his family were detained at a temporary processing center located in the Santa Anita Race Track for approximately five months. His family was then sent off by train to a “War Relocation Center” located in Rohwe, Arkansas.

While in camp, Joe desperately wanted to serve his country and after passing rigorous testing with flying colors, Joe served in the European Theater and was honorably discharged in 1946.

A Gardena resident, Joe also attended Horace Mann Elementary School and Fremont Junior High.

Services will be held June 5, 11 a.m., at Green Hill Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.