Joseph E. Gallo established the Peter J. Gallo Memorial Foundation in 1968 with his
children Michael “Mike” D. Gallo and Linda (Gallo) Jelacich in memory of his son Peter
who was killed in action in Vietnam. Honoring Peter’s selfless sacrifice and serving
their family, friends, community and country is paramount to the family. That very
commitment made it an obvious decision for the family when given the opportunity to
establish the Peter J. Gallo Veterans Resource Center at Merced College in 2017.
The Mike Gallo and Linda Jelacich families are grateful for the sacrifices made by
veterans and first responders. “The foundation continues to expand because the family
recognizes now more than ever the importance of taking care of those who do so much
for others,” said Mike Gallo.
The Foundation has also been instrumental in helping to fund the initial construction
of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC that was begun in 1982 and have supported
the Merced Sunrise Rotary’s Annual Field of Honor since its beginning. It is a display of 1,000 U.S. flags on the Merced College front
lawn hosted annually during the week of Veterans Day. Peter J. Gallo, Mike Gallo and his wife Lori (Rossi) Gallo are all alumni of Merced
Mike Gallo and Linda (Gallo) Jelacich are joined by their family and members of the
Merced College Board of Trustees to cut the ribbon at the Peter J. Gallo Veterans
Resource Center at Merced College (September 28, 2017). The center was named in honor
of their brother who was killed in action in Vietnam. Merced College Board Trustee
Carmen Ramirez, Merced College Board Trustee Joe Gutierrez and Merced College President
Chris Vitelli are joined by Mike and Lori (Rossi) Gallo, Linda and Kenny Jelacich,
their daughter Ann Marie Jelacich, Mrs. Joseph E. Gallo, Mike’s son Peter C. Gallo
and cutting the ribbon is Mike and Lori Gallo’s son Marco Gallo.
The Merced County Honor Guard presents the colors during the Peter J. Gallo Veterans
Resource Center at Merced College ribbon cutting ceremony on September 28, 2017.
Mike Gallo, and Congressman Jim Costa (CD-16) thank student veteran Joseph Esteves
for his service during the Veterans Resource Center open house in 2017.
Congressman Jim Costa (CD-16) and veteran student Raymond Ortega visit during the
Veterans Resource Center ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on September 28, 2017.