Chris DiMaio served as a Navy doctor in 1968-69 with the 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and Marine Battalion 1/9 in Vietnam. A member of Vet Voice Foundation, he recently asked the president to designate Fort Ord our country’s next National Monument.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Fort Ord was established in 1917. Generations of Americans served at Fort Ord, with regiments fighting in World War II and protecting California’s coastline after the attack on Pearl Harbor. With nearly 100 years in service, Fort Ord has been a critical part of our nation’s defense and our state’s security.
Today, Fort Ord can serve our region in a new way. With our state and region facing lean times, it is clear that designating Fort Ord as a national monument would preserve this beautiful place forever and create an immediate boost for our local economy.
I ask the president to look no further than Fort Ord for our country’s next National Monument. It would be a wonderful testament to the sacrifice our veterans and our community have made in service of our nation.