Photographs of activities by the Northern Recon Group in 2000!

Hill H. Luz
Hill passed peacefully from this life on December 30, 2000. Born on May 16, 1939 in Rio De Janiero Brazil, Hill’s proudest moment was when he became an American citizen in 1966. His happiest times were spent with his wife of nearly 38 years, Sherry, their two children, and five grandchildren.
A graduate of California State Polytechnic University- Pomona in 1966, Hill worked for several years in the seed trade before founding Bonanza Seeds International, Inc. in Yuba City. A long-time member of the American Seed Trade Association and the International Seed Federation, Hill began easing into retirement in 1999.
While semi-retired Hill pursued his passion for the American military through his collection of antique military vehicles and jeeps that were frequently seen in local parades. Hill's passion and professionalism reinvigorated the Northern Recon Group into getting members to use their vehicles. Passion soon became a form of “guilt trip” or “peer pressure” for some members of the NRG. He even made the comment to one member that he had heard all about the vehicle collection the member owned but had never seen one at an event. Thanks to Hill that member is actively using and enjoying his vehicles.
Hill was a very strong member of the Northern Recon Group. He could be referred as the ‘spark plug” of the group. Hill was a serious supporter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and attended numerous conventions. He also became the area vice president of the California chapter of the MVPA. At the age of 60, Hill proved that you are never too old to follow your dream when he became active in the California State Military Reserve holding the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2.
Hill faced his greatest challenge- cancer. He fought a valiant battle against the cancer, but without a cure it was a battle he could not win. A battle Hill would be so very proud of are the accomplishments of the Northern Recon Group. Hill’s family still display his vehicles at local events. All of his passion will not be forgotten. You are truly missed. Thank you, Hill for your dedication, passion, and professionalism that you brought to the Northern Recon Group.  

2000 Yuba City Memorial Day

Members of the NRG attend the annual Yuba City Calvary Christian Center Memorial Day Ceremonies in 2000.  Hill Luz was a tremendous supporter of this event along with many other military vehicle events!  George Schaefer drove all of the way from Petaluma and now Idaho to support this event.

Members of the Northern Recon Group enjoy coversation and military vehicles at the 2000 Yuba City Calvary Christian Center Memorial Day event.

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