Larry Chimbole, World War II Veteran Grand Marshal
Larry Chimbole was born May 22, 1919 in New Haven Connecticut., and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut.
He graduated from Stamford High School In 1937, during a lingering Depression.
There were few resources in his
family and so no consideration of college.
Between High School graduation and WWII service, Larry
held various jobs as a Meat Cutter and a Factory Worker.
entered the Army Air Corps
in 1943 and eventually ended up as a Radio Operator on a B-29.
likes to boast that he
has been at such places as Kwajalain, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima ,and over Japan but that someone had been there before him fighting the war.
On the day that the Enola Gay dropped the Atom Bomb on Japan's Hiroshima, Chimbole
was asleep under the wing of the B-29 in which he
was about to fly his
first mission over Japan.
awoke that morning and realized that by that time he
should have been well on his
way to his
first mission, his
thought was that the war had ended, although he
fellow crew members had had no hint that the dropping of the Bomb was imminent.
Returning from overseas in February of 1946, Larry settled in Glendale, California, attended Glendale City College; received an AA degree and got married.
has two children: Steven and Patricia.
first wife deceased, he
married Vicki Roberson in 1970.
moved to Palmdale in 1957 and conducted a hardware and building supply business until 1974 at which time he
won a seat in the California State assembly.
After coming to Palmdale, he became active in the Palmdale Kiwanis Club and served as its president in 1960.
He then served as President of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce in 1961.
tenure as President of the Chamber
became involved with a group that was intent on incorporating the community and which subsequently became Palmdale, the First City in the Antelope Valley.
Chimbole served in several capacities on the Incorporation committee; most notably as fundraising Chairman with his friend Lamont Odett, Editor and Publisher of the Local Antelope Valley Press.
helped to establish the 50 Grand Men and the organization the consisted of 56 men who provided the first funds for the employment of an Incorporation
Chimbole marvels today that there were no Women on the group but speaks fondly of the many women who did help in the campaign.
Although reluctant to do so, Chimbole ran for election to the first City Council, received the most votes and as was the custom, became the first Mayor of the City of Palmdale.
He served twelve years on the Council, 10and~astheMayor.
During that tenure was Active in the League of California Cities where he served as President of the Los Angeles Division in 1972; served as the City's representative on the Southern California Cities which was established during those years.
The City of Palmdale
's membership in that organization stemmed from Chimbole's recommendation.
He also became President of the California Contract Cities Association in 1967; at that time the only person who had served as President of both the League and the Contract Cities.
During the tenure on the City Council, in addition to his
stated outside activities, Chimbole
was very active as a Council Member.
helped negotiate the first Joint Use Agreement with the Air Force for use of Air Force facilities at Plant 42, for Commercial Air Service.
A Democrat, Chimbole
retired from the Council to run for an open seat in the California State Assembly in 1973.
Although a life-long Democrat, Chimbole
was never active in partisan activities and he
subsequently won the Democratic Primary by a sparse 300 votes, edging out a couple of Party Democrats from Lancaster and Ridgecrest.
By no means a favorite in the General Election, Chimbole
nevertheless won handily by a substantial margin over the Republican nominee who had been Ronald Reagan's Deputy Director of Finance.
thus became the first Antelope Valley resident ever elected to the State Legislature and a Democrat to boot, His
34thAssembly District at that time, 32,000 square miles. was the second largest in the state and included parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Kern and Inyo Counties.
Today, five Legislators represent the area.
As of this time, Chimbole
is still the only Democrat ever elected from the Antelope Valley.
At this time, after 90, Chimbole is still active in local affairs, still serving the City as a member its Aviation and Aerospace Commission.