2005 Inductee - Tino Adame Jr.

2005 Inductee - Tino Adame Jr.

American servicemen and women work for low pay under difficult and often dangerous conditions. Sadly they are usually underappreciated and quickly forgotten when they leave the military. Tino Adame has done much to make sure Stockton schools and the city government treats them with the respect they’ve earned.

After he became the first Latino commander of Stockton’s American Legion Karl Ross Post #16 in 1998 be became “instrumental in bringing Karl Ross Post back into the community and helping veterans with veteran issues.”

In 1999 he persuaded the City Council to hold an Independence Day parade honoring veterans after a 10 year absence. Since then it has become an annual event.

He’s worked with Stockton elementary schools to teach students about flag etiquette and display. Retiring old flags and dedicating new ones were also taught. An American flag was presented to Grant School on Veterans Day in 2001 because of Tino. He’s worked with Franklin High School’s JROTC program.

He’s been chairman of the 4th of July parade in 2000 and 2001. He’s held ceremonies in remembrance of the horrible events of September 11, 2001. A one ton piece of limestone from the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 was acquired with Congressman Pombo’s assistance.

In 2002 then Mayor Podesto honored Korean War vets with a proclamation that it would never again be known as the “forgotten war.” The commemoration was authorized by Congress on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War.

Lincoln High School’s JROTC was being eliminated until Tino got Congressman Pombo to inform the Navy that it should be kept. It was.

Montezuma School students created a giant flag honoring 9/11. A picture of it appeared in the Record.

Pombo asked Tino to participate in the interviewing and selecting of military academy students.

The Girl Scouts were asked to sell poppies in 2003 to benefit hospitalized veterans.

Tino was part of a group sponsoring Boys State, a program that took four young men interested in government and community service from Edison, St. Mary’s and Stagg and sent them to a work and study program in functional government in Sacramento.

He helped convince the County Board of Supervisors to house the Veterans Service office in a building more suitable for veterans. He influenced the SUSD board to name a new elementary school in honor of Stockton’s only Medal of Honor winner, Richard Pittman.

For the children of Mary Graham Shelter he hosted Skating Day at Hammer Skate. He also participated in the Christmas toy drive.

Tino has advocated for veterans’ VA disability and medical claims. In 2003 he held a Blue Star Banner ceremony to recognize 38 families having loved ones on active duty or the reserves. Eventually 100 banners were given to families to display in their windows. Over 200 people attended a military family support group picnic held at Oak Park. Rallies and marches have been held to show support of the troops.

Thanksgiving dinner was provided for 200 vets and their families because of Tino. He also hosted a Christmas dinner for 150 vets and their families.

Tino has also sought to honor the women in the military. A stretch of Highway 99 from Arch Road to Hammer Lane has been dedicated to honoring “Women Veterans.” “There are two million women veterans and 14% of Americans in uniform are female,” said Tino.

In December 2003 Tino donated $400 to a father and his three children to fly to Washington D.C. to visit his son who was wounded in Iraq.

Tino was born (1947) in French Camp and raised in Stockton. His father and his three brothers have all served in the military. He joined the Marines when he was 19 and went to Vietnam. He earned the Purple Heart after almost losing his ankle and foot in combat. He worked for 35 years at Tracy Defense Depot and retired in 1999.

It is with great pride and honor that we induct Tino Adame, Jr. into the Mexican American Hall of Fame in 2005.