MORENO VALLEY – A half-dozen generals and a number of Riverside County officials are expected to turn out Saturday for a dedication ceremony honoring Korean War veteran and retired three-star Gen. Herbert Temple Jr.
During the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, the National Guard armory on the perimeter of March Air Reserve Base will be renamed the ”Lt. Gen. Herbert R. Temple Jr. Readiness Center.”
Temple, a Palm Desert resident, is scheduled to deliver remarks during the event, along with Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Stone, Maj. Gen. David Baldwin of the California Military Department and California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter Gravett.
Other highlights will include a color guard presentation and marshalling music played by the Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division band.
”This is a big deal,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley, who will be in attendance Saturday, along with Supervisor John Benoit, Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, county CEO Jay Orr and county Military Affairs Commissioner Tom Freeman.
”We’re looking forward to everyone honoring this remarkable man and his service,” Ashley said.
Temple became a California National Guardsman in 1947, enlisting as a private. He was placed on active duty when the Korean War erupted two years later and served on the front lines as an infantryman, not long after which he was commissioned a second lieutenant.
Temple elected to remain in the Army, continuing his education and earning a post-graduate degree. He ascended the ranks and earned a place as Gov. Ronald Reagan’s military aide in the early 1970s, serving during that time as director of the California Office of Emergency Services.
In 1986, Temple was appointed by then-President Reagan to serve as chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon, overseeing Army and Air National Guard operations nationwide.
A U.S. House of Representatives resolution submitted in honor of Temple’s retirement in 1990 noted that he had seen the Guard ”through one of its most dynamic and turbulent periods.”
”He followed a dream of transforming the Guard into an effective, respected first-line of defense force,” according to the resolution. ”General Temple never lost sight of that dream, and because of his efforts, today it is a reality for over a million men and women serving that nation’s National Guard.”