Senator Stone Presents 2019 Veterans Service Awards

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sacramento, CA. – On Saturday, May 4th, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) presented his 2019 Veterans Service Awards. Ten veterans -- five from Southwest County and five from the Coachella Valley – were honored in ceremonies in Wildomar and Desert Hot Springs.

“We had a record number of nominations and it was quite a challenge to select the 10 recipients this year,” said Senator Stone. “While I believe everyone who serves honorably in our military is worthy of special recognition, after reviewing the applications with the veterans who serve on my staff, these are the veterans who were selected for this year’s awards.”

Senator Stone’s Veterans Service Awards are based not only on military service, but on the contributions each veteran has made in their communities following their time in uniform.

The following is a list of the 2019 honorees and some of their accomplishments: 

Southwest Riverside County

Sharon Carvalho, Senator Stone, Tom Hicks, Pete Ramos, Bob Davies, Terry Gilmore
(Left to right) Sharon Carvalho, Senator Stone, Tom Hicks, Pete Ramos, Bob Davies, Terry Gilmore

Sergeant Bob Davies

United States Air Force

Bob Davies was born in England, migrated to Canada and moved to California in 1963.

Drafted after high school in 1966, he joined the Air Force and was assigned to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines as an Aircraft Technician. 

He was frequently deployed to Vietnam where he served for almost a year and a half, including during the TET Offensive in 1968.

Bob is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Outreach Ministry, a 501-c3 non-profit for two decades in Wildomar, which helps at-risk children break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, drugs, gangs and incarceration.

The ministry gives kids a second chance to be winners and champions through outreach, camping, mentoring and the annual Angel Tree Christmas Party.

Bob is the incoming President of the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club.

Lt. Col. Guilherme R. Carvalho, M.D.

United States Air Force

Dr. Gil R. Carvalho was born in India. He immigrated to the United State in the 1970s and became a U.S. citizen.

He established his medical practice in Hemet and joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in order to give back and serve this great country.

During the Persian Gulf War Gil was deployed for both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2005, while stationed at March Air Reserve Base, he was critically injured in the line of duty and suffered extensive damage to his heart. Despite his injury, he soon returned to duty and retired from the Reserves in 2008.

For the last six years of his life, Gil commuted from Temecula to Hemet each day to treat his patients, many of whom were military veterans.

Dr. Gil Carvalho died in 2016 of his service connected injury.

Sergeant Pete “Pedro” Ramos

United States Army

Pete “Pedro” Ramos was born in El Paso, Texas, the third of 11 children of migrant farmworker parents.

He enlisted in the Army in 1963, and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. where he was an Air Traffic Controller.

After leaving the Army Pete attended the California Highway Patrol Academy where he began a 32 year career with the CHP serving in Los Angeles, San Bernardino AND San Diego Counties.

He retired as a CHP Commander.

Pete has been an American Legion member for 45 years. He was the Commander of the Temecula Post from 2003-2007. He also served as the Post Chairman for JROTC, Oratorical, Boys State and Law and Order.

Pete served as American Legion District 21 Commander Riverside County in 2007-2008 and was the District 21 Law and Order Chairman for 10 years.

Pete has also served his community in many capacities including nine years on the Temecula Public Safety and Traffic Commission.

Sergeant Terry A. Gilmore

United States Army

Terry Gilmore was born in St Louis and joined the Army in October 1966. He attended Radio Operator School and was sent to Vietnam in 1967 with the 25th Infantry Division.

While serving in Vietnam he earned the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.

Terry returned home in 1968 and went to work in the automotive industry. In 1992 he opened Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac, the first auto dealership in what would become the Temecula Auto Mall.

Terry’s charitable efforts in the Temecula Valley are legendary. He has been quick to help those in need, in particular disabled veterans in our community.

Terry has offered his leadership skills to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County for decades including as Chairman of the “Our Kids Rock” annual fundraiser for many years.

He has been named the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year a record four times and received the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Airman Third Class Tom Hicks

United States Air Force

Tom Hicks served as a Military Police Officer during his time in the Air Force.

He brought his law enforcement experience with him to his distinguished 30-year civilian carrier.

 Tom is a retired Chief of Police and a former FBI Agent. He obtained a BA degree from the University of Redlands and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI Academy.

He has also served as an Interim City Manager and Director of Disaster Management.

He has led numerous law enforcement agencies and has been honored by the U.S. Congress and Department of Justice for his innovative ideas for law enforcement.

Tom has been life-long community volunteer supporting many non-profits including Michelle’s Place Cancer and Resource Center, and the Temecula Food Bank and Senior Center and has helped many struggling military families with deployed heads of household.

Coachella Valley

Daniel Ball, Jim Hawks, Senator Stone, Tom Swann, Daryl James, Ron Hare
(left to right) Daniel Ball, Jim Hawks, Senator Stone, Tom Swann, Daryl James, Ron Hare

Petty Office Frederick “Jim” Hawks

United States Navy

For more than a decade Jim Hawks has helped VFW Post 3699 grow in communities from Palm Desert to Mecca. He has served as VFW All-State Post Quarter/Master and All-State Post Commander for VFW Post 3699.

Jim and his wife Lynn have been instrumental in putting on the Post Awards Dinner at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

He has been the Post Buddy Distribution Chairman for five years which has collected over $4,000 each year to help local Veterans.

Jim is involved in many activities that positively impact our community.

Petty Officer Daryl Leon “Jesse” James

United States Navy

Daryl James was born in Illinois and joined the Navy in 1944. He served in both World War II and Korean War.

Daryl moved to California 1952, but moved back to Chicago in 1959. In 1973 he returned to California to stay and, in 1975, purchased a Palm Springs hotel which became the first gay resort in Warm Springs.

He is the former President of the Palm Springs Gay Tourism Guild and former Vice-President of the Palm Springs Gay Veterans

Daryl was a charter member of AMVETS Post 66 and served as post treasurer when AMVETS dedicated America’s first LGBTQ Veteran’s Memorial in 2001.

Daryl has also served as chairman of the Riverside County Veterans Advisory Committee and has been involved with many veterans’ organizations and event.

Staff Sergeant Thomas A. Swann

United States Marine Corps
Rancho Mirage

Tom Swann is a champion of veterans’ rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, sexual orientation/identity rights, AIDS Awareness and Health Maintenance Organization Accountability.

Tom is a Vietnam Era Veteran who is a founder of AMVETS Post 66 in Palm Springs, District 9 AMVETS Commander, and a member of both the American Legion and the VFW.

He also is a founding Chairman of the California Democratic Party’s Veterans Caucus, Past President of Palm Springs Gay Veterans and a member of the California State Democratic Central Committee.

Tom led the effort to build the LGBT Veterans Memorial in Cathedral City.

Corporal R. Ronald Hare, MD

United States Army
Rancho Mirage

Dr. Ron Hare joined the Army in 1954 and was stationed overseas as a Morse Code Interceptor. Following active duty he enrolled at UC Riverside and then the University of California San Francisco Medical School, graduating in 1964.

After years of both Public and Private Practice in Los Angeles, he and his wife Norma retired to the desert in 1985. Ron has held a number of positions in non-profit organizations including Chamber of Commerce President, Chairman of the Riverside County Fair Board, and JFK Memorial Hospital board member and chairman.

In 2008, Ron began his efforts to provide no-charge health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents. In 2010, the newly incorporated Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine   first opened their clinic doors and two years later CVVIM moved into a new 5,000 square-foot facility funded by Riverside County.

Relying on volunteers and a small paid staff, CVVIM provides comprehensive medical and dental care without charge to thousands of Coachella Valley residents.

Senior Airman Daniel Prince Ball

United States Air Force
Bermuda Dunes

Dan Ball joined the Air Force from his home of Archbold, Ohio in 1993 and served as a military journalist covering Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

A familiar face in the Coachella Valley, after his military service Dan got his start in local news as a reporter for TV station KESQ in the mid-1990s. He went on to work at other stations in Nevada and Indiana before returning to the desert in 2015 to anchor day-time broadcasts on KMIR.

Currently he is a local realtor.