Farrell J. Chiles Selected as Veteran of the Game
Pomona, CA– On Sunday, April 15, 2012, Farrell J. Chiles was honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Veteran of the Game for his service to our country. The event took place during the pre-game ceremonies at the annual Jackie Robinson Day celebration.
Farrell Chiles, a resident of Pomona, is a retired Army warrant officer who served 38 years in the military on active duty and in the Army Reserve. He is a Vietnam Veteran and was mobilized in 2004 for a year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He retire d in 2008 as a Chief Warrant Officer Four.
Chiles is a long time admirer of Jackie Robinson and has an extensive collection of Jackie Robinson memorabilia and has exhibited his collection at the Pomona Library, the El Monte Library, the La Habra Library, and at the Jackie Robinson Stadium in West Los Angeles, the home of the UCLA Bruins baseball team. He currently has pieces from his collection displayed at the African American Museum of Beginnings in Pomona.
Jackie Robinson broke into the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947 becoming the first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era. Each year on April 15th, all major league players wear number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Farrell Chiles serves on th Board of Directors of the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation and as its Vice President for Resource Development.