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JANUARY 2015

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In This Issue
40 Gift Baskets to local Military Hospitals
Twitter Sing-a-Long
Kenny Kemp Programm on the War in the Pacific
Chapel 70th Anniversary
Joseph Goffeney - 7Dec1941
Volunteer Spotlight
Library Catalog Online
Vietnam Exhibit Fundraiser
New Artifacts
Article Headline
Dates In History
New & Returning Members
VMMC-Midway Partnership
Quick Links
Join Now
Current Exhibits
Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse
The Military in Balboa Park 1915 to 1945

"Hold at All Costs
The last battle of the Korean War 
 

WWI

 

Pearl Harbor

 

WWII

China Burma India


 

B-24 Gallery 

 

Iraq

 

Vietnam

  
UDT-SEALS Operations Past & Present

 

San Diego's Medal of Honor Recipients

 

Dennis Schoville
Vietnam Veteran
  
USS Orlek (DD-886)

Adam Sustachek
US Coast Guard  
    
The Women's Military History Exhibit

5 Murals by
Richard DeRosset

Trench Art
Our Sponsors

San Diego Economic Development & Tourism Support Program

 

San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

 

Lynne C. Sanders Trust

 

Supervisor Cox, District 1, County Board of Supervisors

 

Supervisor Ron Roberts, District 4, County Board of Supervisors

 

Supervisor Bill Horn, District 5, County Board of Supervisors

 

The Bob Baker Family Foundation

 

CAPT & Mrs W. Hays

 

Viejas Enterprises

 

Legler Benbough Foundation

  

T.C. Akerman Foundation

 

Price Family Foundation

 

Glen Abbey Memorial Park

 

Int'l Assoc. of Machinists

 

San Diego Padres

 

Lockheed Martin

 

Kratos Defense & Security

 

San Diego Gas & Electric

 a Sempra Energy Utility

 

Dini Films International

  

B.P.O.E. 1812

 

Microsoft

 

Eagles Wings

 

San Diego Futures Foundation

 

San Diego Family Planning

 

Silverthorn Construction

 

The Thursday Club

 

The Thursday Club Juniors

 

Home Depot Foundation

 

First Command Financial Services

 

Phil's BBQ

 

The Beer Company

 

Access Point Media Group

 

Honoring Our Troops

 

Performance Measurement Company

 

AMG Construction

 

USNA ALUMNI ASSOC.

 

United Fundraising Group

 

Reed Food Technology 

 

Palomar Cleaners

 

Vicki Nenner

  

Mr. John Dillard

 

F.A. Dillingham

 

Robert and Joyce Ettinger  

 

Mr. Jose F. Luna

 

Dr. Byong Mok Kim, MD

 

RDML & Mrs. R. C. Melendez

 

J.L. Msangum

 

Mr. Dennis Schoville

 

Dr. Abe Shragge, Ph.D.

 

MG & Mrs. John K. Singlaub

 

Dr. & Mrs. Tom Splitgerber

 

Gen. E. Yul Yoon, ROKAF/Ret

 

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EVENTS

 

FREE TUESDAY FOR SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS

Tuesday, Jan 13th

 

 

TONY LOBUE'S  

ARTS FOR ALL

Tuesday, Jan 13th

VMMC 

2  - 4 PM 

 

 

TONY LOBUE'S  

ARTS FOR VETERANS

Tuesday, Jan 13th

VMMC 

6 - 8 PM 

 

KENNY KEMP

"FLYING WITH THE FLACK PACK"

B-24s IN THE PACIFIC THEATER IN WWII

AT THE VMMC

Thursday, Jan 15th

5 - 9 PM

 

 UNITED VETERANS COUNCIL

Saturday, Jan 24th 

VMMC  

9:30 - 11:30 AM

 

UNITED VETERANS MEMORIAL SERVICE

VMMC

Saturday, Jan 24th

12:00 - 1:30 PM

  

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The Veterans Museum & Memorial Center serves as the hub for activities for many San Diego County Veterans' organizations. Our Museum resides in the former Chapel of the Old Balboa Naval Hospital which provides space and amenities in veterans' support, education, business & active-duty military programs in our San Diego community.

   

The Veterans Memorial Center is a Non-Profit registered 501(c)(3) Corporation.

   

TAX ID Number (EIN)

33-0361159

 

California Registry of Charitable Trusts

# CT76500

 
 

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2014
VETERAN OF THE YEAR SPONSORS

 
TITLE SPONSOR

Walmart

PLATINUM LEVEL
  
QUALCOMM

211 San Diego
  
Eagles Wings

Will Hays

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Mt. Soledad Memorial Association

San Diego County Veterans Service Office 
  
Scottish Rite
Masonic Center 
  
USS Midway Museum

GOLD LEVEL


CAL-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association

Old Town Trolley

 

University of California
San Diego
 
SILVER LEVEL
  
San Diego Padres

 United States Navy League
San Diego Council

Veterans Law Group
  
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VETERAN OF THE YEAR SUPPORTERS
  
U.S. Congressman
Duncan Hunter
 
U.S. Congressman
Scott Peters

U.S. Congress
Susan Davis

California Senator
Marty Block

California Assembly Speaker
Toni Atkins

SD County Supervisor
Greg Cox

Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern

American Ex-POWs

City of Chula Vista
 
City of Oceanside
  
AFROTC Cadets &
NROTC Midshipmen
from UCSD, SDSU, USD, Pt. Loma Nazarene Univ. and
CSU San Marcos
 
American Legion District 22

Fleet Reserve Assoc. Br 61
 
Marine Corps League

Military Order of the
Purple Heart
  
Navy Nurse Corps Assoc.
  
Patrick Henry High School NJROTC

Pearl Harbor Survivors
of San Diego 

HONOR FLIGHT
  
SPAWAR Systems Center

United Veterans Council

UCSD Veterans Association

UCSD Choral Scholars

VA Regional Office

Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)
  
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 472
  
 
THANK YOU!
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A very big THANK YOU to all our supporters who responded to our year end fund raising appeal.  Your contributions will go a long way to helping our new exhibits and programs for the upcoming year.  Its not too late to still jump in if you missed the opportunity with our letter we sent out last month.

 

The Museum continues to be a center of high activity for Veterans, Active Duty, and local organizations. From dance classes to "Art for Vets" classes led by and for veteran artists, to veteran group meetings and luncheons, and a myriad of military ceremonies, our unique venue stays very busy. 

 

Please join us anytime and you are especially welcome on the second Tuesday of the month, when the VMMC is free for San Diego residents.  On those Tuesdays, we often have special events, book signings, and children activities.

 

Check out our Facebook Page (Official Fan Page).  You can also follow us on Twitter and check out our 5-star rating on Yelp! 

   
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40 GIFT BASKETS PRESENTED TO NURSES AND CORPSMEN AT NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER SAN DIEGO AND NAVAL HOSPITAL CAMP PENDLETON 
Annual Special Delivery!
VMMC board members along with some Santa's helpers delivered 40 gift baskets to nurses and corpsmen at Balboa Naval Medical Center and Camp Pendleton. Another 30 gift baskets were shipped to medical staff at Kandahar and Germany along with 21 boxes of books. 

This annual special delivery is made possible through generous donations to the VMMC Combat/Military Nurse Support Project. The program was started six years ago when Dennis Schoville wanted to find a way to thank the nurses for taking care of our military veterans. Dennis' helicopter was shot down over Vietnam and he transited through four different hospitals for treatment. He attributes his health today to the care and dedication of the combat nurses.


    The gift baskets were filled with chocolates, sausages, cheeses and popcorn and assembled by a local award-winning volunteer gift basket maker. With each delivery the medical personnel were delighted that they were being thought of during the holiday season. Wounded warrior wards are often filled with deliveries for them so for the nurses to be recognized was a special treat. Each basket brought a smile to the nurses face and a hug to Santa's helper.

Contributed by Holly Shaffner 

MMC JOINS WITH OTHER BALBOA PARK MUSEUMS ON TWITTER.

Sing-A-Long of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"  

 

VMMC Participated in a Sing-a-Long on Twitter!

@VeteransMuseum participated in a Sing-a-Long on Twitter of You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch with other Balboa Park museums on Dec. 23rd. Each museum selected a line and linked in a photo to represent that thought.  The VMMC (@VeteransMuseum) had the line: "Your Heart is full of unwashed socks" adding the photo below of worn Vietnam Boots to the tweet.

 

"Your Heart is full of unwashed socks Mr. Grinch"

 


 

Follow @VeteransMuseum on www.twitter.com!  

Click on this link:  https://twitter.com/VeteransMuseum 

KENNY KEMP SPEAKS ON THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC ON JANUARY 15th, 2015 5-9 PM AT THE VMMC
FLYING WITH THE FLAC PAK - B-24s in the Pacific Theater

  


Kenny Kemp will be in San Diego to conduct a entertaining multimedia presentation on Flying with the Flak Pak that reveals the Pacific War through the eyes of a young bomber pilot.  

As you follow him from ground school in San Antonio to flight training over windswept prairies of Kansas and the deserts of California, to perilous missions over the pacific in search of targets a mile square, you'll soon find names slipping easily off your tongue: Anguar, Mindanao, Truk, Chaingdong, Shikoku.  You learn who they were fighting and why; what it took and what it cost.  But most of all, you'll discover a profound respect for the boys who ached to fly, were forged into men in the crucible of combat, and became heroes the like of which we'll never ever see again.

So, buckle into the left seat of a B-24 Liberator.  Fire-up your engines, run your check list, give the thumbs up to the ground crew, and roll onto the taxiway.  You're the next for take-off! 
Flying with the Flak Pak -- Book Trailer
Flying with the Flak Pak -- Book Trailer

Kenny Kemp will be available to sign books and admission to the Museum for this event is free, however, donations are always encouraged.

For more information contact our Museum at (619) 239-2300 or visit our website at www.veteranmuseum.org.

FORMER BALBOA NAVAL HOSPITAL CHAPEL (OUR VMMC) TO CELEBRATE  70TH ANNIVERSARY IN JANUARY 2015

We are looking for historic photos, movies or videos of events from 1945 -1988.  



Our Veterans Museum was the Balboa Naval Hospital Chapel in its former duty.  Originally commissioned in January 1945, it will celebrate its 70th anniversary in January 2015.  We are looking for any photos, movies, videos, or mementos that San Diegans may have in their in their attics.

Call Rod Melendez at (619) 239-2300 or by e-mail at: rod.melendez@veteranmuseum.org,  if you have found something of interest that you would like to share with us.
JOSEPH GOFFENEY, MACHINIST MATE ON USS CASE (DD-370) RECALLS ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR 
Oral History Stories 

Joseph Goffeney served aboard the USS Case (DD-370) during all of World War II. After joining the Navy in 1937 followed by training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois, Joe's ship sailed into Pearl Harbor for repairs in the fall of 1941. 

He recalled that the morning, December 7th as a typical Sunday . . . men sleeping in, a pot of coffee brewing for the late risers, some early birds having left the ship for a hike in the hills above Pearl. Then all hell broke loose at about 8 AM. Joe's first reaction was that someone was going to get into serious trouble for firing the ship's machine guns in the harbor. Rushing topside from the engine room, he and his buddies heard the big guns, saw the swarms of Japanese planes, and looked on in disbelief at the carnage unfolding. 

He later wrote: 
"We patrolled the harbor all night; going around Ford Island, passing the Arizona burning, then past the West Virginia still shooting flames and dense black smoke into the air, past the Oklahoma bottom side up, and then the Utah, and back around again." 

Goffeney continued:  "After things settled down and a steaming watch had been set, a friend and I sat down on the torpedo tubes at the top of the engine room hatch in the cool night air; and we tried to collect our thoughts. We were physically and emotionally exhausted, and together we pondered the imponderable. As we slowly patrolled past our burning battleships, our minds rejected what we were seeing. We could not believe that Japan would have the audacity to attack us in our bastion. We finally decided that the Japanese had really messed up, and that in a matter of a few months our Navy would wipe the Japanese fleet from the Pacific."

The historical account, of course, records years not months of conflict between Japan and the United States, and Joe saw continuous action on the USS Case throughout the war. But nothing which followed was as momentous as those frantic hours on Sunday, December 7, 1941.

You can read Joe's entire story and the history of his ship, the USS Case, in the VMMC library archive. Joe passed away in 2007.
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The Pearl Harbor Survivors meet at our Museum monthly. There are 28 living here in San Diego.  "Keep America Alert!" 

VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Valerie Rios: Oral History Volunteer Proofreader

Valerie started volunteering as a proofreader after her father recorded his military service story in 2012. Valerie helped him, Col. Louis C. Gerken, U.S. Army/Retired, a World War II and Cold War veteran, by providing photos, captions and finally proofreading for her his military service story. 

When the Gerken oral history was complete, Valerie wanted to continue helping out in any way that she could. Proofreading while listening to the original recordings is a time consuming task, but Valerie does with thoroughness and accuracy making the final transcripts nearly exact copies of the original recordings. She even checks spelling for foreign words and distant, hard-to-spell places. 

Since first volunteering with the Veterans Museum two years ago, Valerie has helped with at least a dozen stories and keeps asking for more. She has added a professional touch to the oral histories in the growing collection of military service stories shelved in the museum's library. The next time you visit the library to read some recently finished oral histories shelved there, you'll notice Valerie Rios credited as "proofreader," along with other volunteers, at the top of each first page. "This is credit well deserved!"  
Contributed by Rick Appleton

MUSEUM LIBRARY CATALOG

NOW ONLINE!
www.veteranmuseum.pastperfect-online.com

 

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The Veterans Museum Military History Research Library's catalog is now online and you can search our collection of books, periodicals, oral histories and multimedia.

 

veteranmuseum.pastperfect-online.com will take you to our access portal.  Once there, you can search the library's collection by keyword, author, topic or title to see what is available.

 

Our library is a research library available to our members for research.  We do not check out materials.

  
For information or to schedule an appointment, contact our Museum at (619) 239-2300 or info@veteranmuseum.org
NEW VIETNAM GALLERY PROJECT IS UNDERWAY AND SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN APRIL 2015
Raised $7,500 of our $20,000 goal to date

 Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, we are converting our Museum office into a new gallery dedicated to the men and women who served in this conflict and to tell the history and the stories of the San Diegans who were there.

Our project requires the complete renovation of the former office, as well as development of the exhibit itself, with new display cases and graphic design and posters and additional facility upgrades.  

This total project will exceed $50,000 and our fundraising campaign to help underwrite the cost of this new exhibit are well underway.  You can still help by making a donation.  

We have raised over $10,000 to date and are well on our way to meeting our initial goal to get the initial design and demolition and construction of the new gallery.  

One component of this effort is the Vietnam Exhibit $100 Challenge initiated by Paul Fusco as the first person to contribute to this campaign.  You can get on the bandwagon with a matching donation online, by mail, or in person during your next visit to our Museum. 
 

Please send your check to: 
Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
Attn: Vietnam Exhibit Challenge 
2115 Park Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92101 
 
...or go online to make your donation at:  
All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by a letter from our Museum and you will be listed on our new gallery's website as a supporter.   Thank You!

NEW ARTIFACTS ACCEPTED INTO THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION 


WWI Somme Battlefield artifacts c1916,

donated by Robert Wright of San Diego.

 

Recent Donations: 

  1. Marcy Beaty of San Diego donated artifacts from the collection of CAPT Gerry Ballard including a magazine "Our Navy" Vol XII, No. 2, June 1918, 43 Hardback books (including many from the 19th century Civil War Era) and three scrapbooks.
  2. Helen Stables of San Diego donated a photo of an F-4 over San Diego, VF-51, c1976, a photo of the USS Langley and USS Ranger at North Island, c1935, and books on the Enola Gay and Navajo Code Talkers.
  3. Lowell Titus of San Diego donated four Maps: an ONC J-ll map of China, Hong Kong and the New Territories, Laos, Macao, Thailand & Vietnam (Scale 1:1,000,000), an ONC K-10 map of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, & Vietnam (Scale 1:1,100,000), a Southeast Asia (conic projection) Map from the American Map Co., Inc., NY, and a Railway Map of Tokyo & Vicinity, c1969, with reverse showing street map of downtown Tokyo. Additionally, he donated a collection of Vietnam era AF and Malaysian newspapers, and AF magazines, and a USAF Special Air Warfare Tactics Manual.

  4. Robert Wright of San Diego donated a case with WWI Artifacts recovered from the Somme battlefield, France, July 1916 including a French Bayonet with Scabbard, a British Enfield Bayonet with attached front sight and rifle end-piece from British Enfield, two pieces of barbed wire, and a British 303. rifle bullet. He also donated 5 WWII aerial photographs of the D-Day invasion beaches an the German town of Wesel, and magazines including four 1826-28 issues of Aero Digest Magazine.

For more information on making an artifact donation to the museum contact Lucy Saltmarsh at (619) 239-2300 or by e-mail at Lucy.Saltmarsh@veteranmuseum.org 

ARTS FOR VETERANS                                
Free creative art classes 

Free creative art classes (literary, performing and visual arts) are available for Veterans at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. These classes are  facilitated by Tony LoBue, Veteran, artist, and teacher of the creative arts and will include guest artists and speakers.

On January 13th the guest artists will be Steven Dilly, an arts/ceramics professor and creator of Veterans Art Project (www.vetart.org); Alfred Ventura, Ceramic Lab Tech, Art/Ceramics Department, Grossmont College; Jack Myers (USMC veteran), drawing; April Renee Hanson, dancer; and Dave Gilmore, Craft Care Specialist, helping hospitalized veterans, Chula Vista Veterans Home.

To register, contact Tony at (619) 806-2075 or email tony@tonythevet.org. 
HISTORICAL REMEMBRANCE DATES IN JANUARY
Significant Events this Month in Military History
 
1775 - The first official American flag ("Grand Union Flag or Continental Colors") was raised for the first time over the Navy flagship Alfred.

1778 - British troops under COL Archibald Campbell occupied Savannah, GA (American Revolution).

1812 - The US frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate Java (War of 1812).

1814 - Treaty of Ghent (Belgium) signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States and England.

1846 - American troops occupied Ciudad Victoria in northeastern Mexico (Mexican War).

1860 - South Carolina secedes from the Union and South Carolina troops seize the Federal arsenal in Charleston (Civil War).

1898 - The Treaty of Paris was signed by American and Spanish representatives, ending the Spanish-American War.

1921 - The first helium-filled balloon, a U.S. Navy dirigible, flew from Hampton Roads, VA to Washington, D.C.

1941 - Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. The United States declared war on Germany, Japan and Italy (World War II).

1944 - Battle of the Bulge began (World War II).

1946 - The official end of World War II.

1972 - The Paris Peace talks temporarily fail and President Nixon orders a resumption of full-scale bombing of targets in North Vietnam (Vietnam War).

1989 - Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama, begins.

1991 - The USSR went out of existence after 74 years.

1992 - Operation Restore Hope - America's intervention in Somalia began.
   Contributed by Will Hays

WELCOME NEW &

RENEWING MEMBERS!

Daniel Bauer Family
Ellen Brazelton
Jeff Brazelton
Matthew Fuller, Jr.*
Janet Ann Gallagher
Shirley Larson*
Rebecca NultyMike Ottombrino*
Larry K. Peterson*
Valerie Gerken Rios*
Hank Schanstra
Diane Schmidt
Gordon Wallace*

 

* Life Member 

 

Your annual membership dues support our Museum and provide a tangible way for San Diegans to say thank you to Veterans for their service.  

 

Members receive:  

  • free access to our Museum and participating partner museums (USS Midway Museum)
  • access to our Military History Reference Library 
  • discounts for special events & the gift shop
  • invitations to special receptions
  • exhibit openings & activities  
Life Members Benefit

Are you 80 years old... or more?  Congratulations!  Celebrate your service and patriotism and become a Life Member! This includes Honor Flight Veterans!  Call us now to get your Complimentary Life Membership.

 

Become a Member easily online at our website, in person at the Museum, or just call our office.

 

Click on Membership Application or call (619) 239-2300. 

THE VMMC AND THE USS MIDWAY MUSEUM ESTABLISH RECIPROCAL MEMBER'S PARTNERSHIP 
Show Your Membership Card!
USS Midway - Partner


Exciting news for VMMC Members! 
 

On October 20, 2014, your VMMC Membership Card gained free admission to the USS Midway Museum for the named member on the card.  Also, USS Midway Museum Members will also have free access to our Museum.

 

The free admission is only for ONE person named on the VMMC membership card and does not include other family members.
PRICE INCREASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MUSEUM EVENTS 
Facility Rental Fees to rise in January 2015
 
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Due to rising operational costs, Veterans Museum and Memorial Center facility rental fees increased by 10% effective January 1, 2015.

  

Members receive a 10% discount on published fees. Active duty military receive the additional 10% member discount when they become members.

 

For more information, contact Diane Schmidt, Events Director, at diane.schmidt@veteranmuseum.org or call (619) 239-2300.

FREE TUESDAY IN BALBOA PARK FOR

SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS

Why Keep this a Secret?

 

Come and visit us on the second Tuesday of any month for Balboa Park's Free Tuesdays! Share with your friends and challenge each other to bring the most friends to visit our Museum each month!
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Help us grow our membership and pass this on to your friends, co-workers and organizations. There are 230,000 Veterans in San Diego County.  Add family and friends and you have a million people who can get our newsletter for free! 

If you belong to an organization, ask if you can forward our Eagle to them or send us their e-mail list so we can send it to them.  Remember to ask your list members first!  They can "opt-out".

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San Diego County is home to the largest concentration of military activity in the world with 137,000 active duty military personnel, 230,000 veteran residents.  Additionally, we have the largest discharged Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veteran population in this Nation with about 38,000 recent war veterans (9% of discharged recent warriors). Moreover, there are 110,000 OIF/OEF veterans currently calling the State of California their home. 

 

Your Veterans Museum honors the men and women who served in the US Armed Forces, Coast Guard and Wartime Merchant Marine with exhibits and displays, ceremonies, educational programs, a Veterans Oral History Project, and a Military History Research Library.  We preserve the Veteran's contributions and experiences for future generations!    

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Sheldon L. Margolis

Executive Director
 
Daniel DeMarco & Rod Melendez
Co-Publishers/Editors
 
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Kathy Tinsley