Parade Grand Marshall

Joe A. Loquiao (pronounced low-key-ow) served 3 years in the United States Army, including one tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.

As a veteran, he is a member of the American Legion Post 217, where he is the newly elected Commander beginning in July and previously served as First Vice Commander. He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6309 and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Monterey Chapter 33-4.

Joe was born in San Jose and graduated from Piedmont High School in 1969. After serving in the military, he attended San Jose City College. He then went on to work as a fire fighter and EMTD for the San Jose Fire Department for 33 years.

As a skilled horseman, Joe competed in two Police and Fire Olympics (1985 in San Jose and Vancouver BC Canada in 1989) in the team rescue race and cattle penning, earning 4 gold and 12 silver medals. He still holds the California state record in the rescue race.

Joe still enjoys riding and collecting motorcycles. He has three children, Angie Royce, Janie Carmo and Nick Loquiao. His daughter, Angie, and granddaughter, Baya Royce, 3, will ride with him in the Gilroy Memorial Day Parade when he serves as the Grand Marshall.