2020 OFFICERS - Bill King Detachment#019




Mr. Pelucca spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corp, including two tours in Viet Nam, and was Honorably Discharged in August 1970 with the rank of E-5 Sergeant. He holds a BA in Political Science and Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Business Education and Government as well as a Multiple Subjects Credential.

He worked 35 years in education working in various educational areas, including 18 years teaching Business Education classes at the high school level, before retiring in June 2014.  He also provides volunteer tutoring time for adults with the Vision Quest Center in Modesto, CA. 

His skills and education helps him to give back to the community in many volunteer capacities. He lives in Modesto CA.


Joseph Sicilian

Senior Vice-Commandant / Web Sergeant 


Mr. Sicilian spent 2 years in the United States Marine Corp and was Honorably Discharged in June 1970 with the rank of E-5 Sergeant. He holds a BA in Business Administration and several honorary degrees from international Universities. 

He worked 38 years in computer and software industry including 15 years as a senior executive and board member in large public corporations including serving as executive vice president and chief executive officer of 27 international subsidiaries. He has received multiple awards and certifications from industry associations including the AMA, DPMA, and the Conference Board.

He now spends time giving back to our Marines and the community through participation in multiple veteran organizations. He was raised in New York, NY and is the proud son of a WWII Iwo Jima United States Marine. He currently lives in Modesto CA with his wife Delores.


George Martin

Junior Vice-Commandant


Mr. Martin joined the Marine Corps in 1954 after graduating from Dryden High School in Michigan. George went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego, CA and then to Camp Pendleton for combat training, and advanced combat training.  Next was cold weather training at Pickle Meadows, and then back to Pendleton for specialized combat training.  After missing out on the Pilot training course he was sent to Class A electronic school at Treasure Island as a member of the silent drill team.  Then back to San Diego for Air Radio Repair School. George then enjoyed the beautiful Korean weather while assigned to MACS-3 out on the “Point” at K-3 Pohang, Korea from where he traveled to Okinawa, Luzon, Formosa and several bases in Japan. Next up was moving with the First Air Wing to Iwakuni, Japan. Upon returning stateside, he was stationed at Great Lakes, IL as a cross-country prison chaser.

After completing active duty George returned to Detroit and worked there before traveling to Modesto to help his parents operate their Roller Rink and continuing his education at MJC. George worked for a local Electrical contractor for many years and was Building Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Modesto for 23 years before retiring in 1995.


Ken Shaffer


Mr. Shaffer spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps as an Aviation Radar Technician and, upon his return from DaNang Vietnam, was Honorably Discharged in October 1970 with the rank of E-5 Sergeant.

Upon discharge, he worked various jobs in Denver as a graphics press operator, in Omaha as a equipment maintenance technician contracted to Southwestern Bell, and a welder for Ripon Irrigation Systems. He retired after 33 years of service from the United States Postal Service. He started as a Letter Carrier and advanced to the position of Accounting Technician and Certified Instructor on the retail computer systems.

He was born in Denver Colorado, and currently resides in Modesto California.


Jerry Sarkovics

Judge Advocate


Mr.  Sarkovics was raised in the Western part of Upstate New York. Upon completing high school, he entered college and determined it was not what he was looking for; giving into his childhood desires, he enlisted in the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. He received basic Training in Parris Island, SC where sand flees made men out of boys. It was a labor of love for 4 years active and two years in the reserves.

After several different experiences in the Corps, he was stationed in Hawaii and, a few years later, met his soon to be wife.

He worked for United Technology making solid booster rocket motors for the Titan program. He spent more than 40 years in the insurance business in San Jose, CA as an independent insurance broker and President/CEO. He was very active in the San Jose, CA Junior Chamber of Commerce.  

After a successful career, retirement looked pretty good and he moved to the Central Valley. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce in his local community of Hughson, CA.

After entering retirement, he was introduced to the Marine Corps League…

“I enjoy the Detachment and the Brotherhood and being part of what was once my youth. Feeling like a Marine "Again".


Cheri Duffy


Mrs. Duffy has spent 25 years working in support of veterans. She attended Modesto Junior College, and worked as a Registered Medical Assistant in her early years. She later began a career in Financial Planning and, prior to retiring, was also a Certified Senior Advisor specializing in Medical Ethics and Law regarding seniors and holds numerous awards in both arenas. She was also recognized by President George W. Bush as one of the Most Successful Business Women in America in 2001.

 She is a grateful daughter of a WWII United States Marine and a WWII United States Navy Wave and has proudly co-authored a book written by her Father. Her son, Todd Jones, proudly served as a US Marine. She continues her support of veterans through her work with the Marine Corps League.

 She was born in Creston, Iowa, grew up in Modesto, and still resides in Modesto with her husband Jim. She has been gifted with an extended family of three sons, a daughter, 9 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Bill Johnson


Mr. Johnson spent a year and a half in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal (E-4). He attended Columbia Jr. College and Humboldt State University earning a B.A. in Public Relations/Journalism. 

He has been active in veteran’s affairs and veterans organizations for over 35 years including Commander, adjutant, quartermaster and service officer for VFW Post 4748. He currently serves on the Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission, is an ordained minister and a volunteer driver for the county Vet Van program.


Mike Farley

Sergeant at Arms 


Mr. Farley spent 3 years 11 months and 15 days in the U.S. Navy, and then was transferred to the Field Medical School Sept 1, 1960, He was with the 3rd Marine Division until Sept 1961, and then with 1st force recon until Honorably Discharged on Dec 15, 1961.
He worked for Weyerhaeuser Paper Co. for 40 years, spending the last 15 years in sales.


Aaron Bazan

Junior Past Commandant

 Biography coming soon 


Manuel Melendez


 Biography coming soon 

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