John T. Griffith

John T. Griffith was born in Oceanside, and is a Vietnam War-era, U.S. Army MP veteran, and former CHP Officer. He has always had a passion for history, especially for the people, events and interests in San Diego County. Griffith is a professional musician who has shared the stage with many named artists, a vintage guitar expert who has contributed and cowritten for many vintage guitar books and articles in magazines about the subject, and a photographer, writer, and historian. Griffith and his wife, Mary, have a Dachshund named Timmy, and they reside in Vista.

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Car stereos stolen from Vista church group

At least ten thefts occur in daylight, no witnesses

Early Sunday morning, November 17, a Jehovah's Witnesses prayer group that was holding a meeting in a home on Calinda Drive returned to their parked vehicles afterward to find many had their car stereos stolen. ...

Camp Pendleton commemorates Korean War operation in 1950

Marines were majority of invading force in 1950

On Friday, September 13, veterans from the 1st Marine Division and Republic of Korea Marines, gathered at Camp Pendleton to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Inchon landing in Korea. The military operation involved 75,000 ...

Hungry crows feast on figs in San Marcos

Undeterrable thousands

Fig-tree groves along North Twin Oaks Road in San Marcos are being invaded by thousands of crows. According to Jerry Burke, who has a small grove on Solar Lane, just off Twin Oaks Road, it’s ...

Miramar National Cemetery opens memorial walkway

Monuments installed, Vietnam vet speaks

On Saturday, August 3, veterans and families came together at Miramar National Cemetery to honor fallen veterans. In a ceremony at the cemetery’s new Miramar Memorial Walkway, four stone monuments with bronze plaques were dedicated ...

Marine warhorse Reckless honored at Camp Pendleton

Also, statue dedicated in Quantico, Virginia

On Thursday, July 25, Camp Pendleton Marines honored Staff Sgt. Reckless, an equine soldier of the Korean War, in a ceremony at Marine base in Oceanside. According to a couple websites and Cpt. Bradley Yates, ...

Graffiti vandals make big strike in Vista

Vans, trucks, trailers, and campers

Early Monday morning, June 3, calls were made to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to report graffiti painted on many vehicles and the sidewalk on the 400 block of Poinsettia Avenue in Vista. Most ...

Food trucks cause concern near San Marcos elementary school

Narrow streets, hungry kids could be problematic

Food trucks have reportedly been causing unsafe traffic conditions while they sell snacks to children as they leave Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School in the afternoon. According to Hector Romans, the father of two daughters, ...

Vets’ shelter to remain open in Midway District until July

Mayor Filner appropriates funds from budget surplus

On Tuesday, April 22, the San Diego City Council voted to keep open the homeless veterans’ tent shelter at 2801 Sports Arena Boulevard. The shelter, a 150-bed facility for homeless vets that usually operates from ...

Camp Pendleton erects war memorial

Warriors of many nations honored

On Thursday, April 11, families and dignitaries gathered at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside to dedicate a memorial to honor coalition troops killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. USMC Major General Charles Mark Gurganus with British Brigadier ...