We are very glad that the tumultuous winter weather has come to end because it took down yet another tree at the entrance to the museum. From the outside, the building now looks like it did in 1945. Here's to a spring filled with traditional San Diego weather!

We have an exciting line-up of events for March including a conference about San Diego's involvement in WWI and a celebration of military women for Women's History Month. You can check out all the details below and we hope to see you there! 

Collaboration is key and I am happy promote Honor Flight San Diego's upcoming fundraiser. Honor Flight San Diego is the organization who flies WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built for them and Honor Flight also contacts hundreds of WWII veterans every year to attend our annual Spirit of '45 day. They are in great financial need in order to continue with future "Tour of Honor" flights and as such are having an event on April 9th. The details are included in our newsletter.

Lastly, as we prepare for April's "Vets at Home: A Showcase of Short Plays", a final call for submissions is being held. Our arts program is in full gear so please come out and take in one of the events.

Captain Sheldon Margolis 
USN (Retired) 
President and CEO

What's going on at your museum? (Museum events or museum partners)
  • Mar. 3-4: San Diego in WWI Congress of History Conference (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Mar. 11-12: Thursday Club Rummage Sale
  • Mar. 14: Free Tuesday at the museum for all San Diego County residents (all day)
  • Mar. 23: Military Women's History month reception and speaker panel (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

  • Mar. 25: United Veterans Council meeting (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.)
  • Mar. 25: San Diego monthly memorial service (noon)  
  • Save the date - April 9: Honor Flight San Diego Fundraiser at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club (5 to 9 p.m.)
  • Save the date - April 21-23: "Vets at Home: A Showcase of Short Plays"
This month 
The Congress of History

WWI Service Certificate for John J. Mchakian in the USMC 1917-1919, 
Veterans Museum Collection.   
commemorates 100th anniversary of U.S. Entry into WWI 
March 3-4
We are kicking off the month of March with a two-day history conference put on by the Congress of History San Diego, March 3-4.  The conference, entitled "San Diego and the Great War, 1914-1918", will honor the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War 1. The conference will focus on San Diego's unique role in the war, to include its role in bringing the war to a close. 
Registration is each morning at 8:30 am, with the first speaker presenting at 9 am. Each day will feature eight individual speakers who will each give a 20-minute presentation, followed by a short question and answer session. Fun presentations such as "Knit Your Bit: The Contributions of San Diego's Knitters to the World War", by Frances McMeeke, to Helen M. Ofield's more serious "Earl Tooker: a Local Case Study of a Forgotten Disabled WWI Veteran", are a just a couple of the stories being told during this two-day event. 
Tickets may available at the door dependent on number of tickets still available for the day. Come and learn in what way our nation's involvement in each World War had an impact on our local way of life!  

Sailors on Parade, Naval Training Station, Balboa Park, c. 1917.  Photo San Diego History Center 
The Veterans Museum   
Honors Strength of Women during Women's History Month
March 23 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

"In this world, there is no force equal to the strength of a woman determined to rise."
-W.E.B. Dubois
This month we herald the strength and perseverance of women throughout the corridors of history. We would like to take this month to give special recognition to our women warriors around the world who have stepped up and answered their nation's call. 
Join us for an evening event on March 23 for a woman's discussion panel and reception. We're proud to feature local women leaders in an interactive atmosphere that promotes professional and personal growth among women. 
We are in an exciting time in history when women have finally gained the right to serve in any military occupancy they choose, to include the artillery, the infantry and even serve as Rangers. Just recently the Army Rangers welcomed three new female officers into their ranks. Women have come a very long way since the days of World War I and II, when the only occupations available to a woman seeking to serve in uniform were clerical roles and as nurses. Even many decades later, during Vietnam, women were still only serving in clerical or nursing positions. Although it has been an uphill battle for women's equality within the service, things are more advanced than they've ever been. We believe our nation is on the right track to having an even stronger and more diverse military. 
Join us this month as we pay homage to those who have paved the way for our military women of today! We also pay homage to those women who stepped up during wartime to serve their community. To our Rosie the Riveter generation, who got a chance to flex their strength and change how women were viewed, thanks for what you've done for all the generations that came after you! 

The evening event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
90th annual Thursday Club Rummage Sale 
March 11-12

San Diego's largest garage, rummage and estate sale all in one! It started in 1927, this year it will be held March 11 and 12 in the Activity Center (2145 Park Blvd., east side of Balboa Park) in Balboa Park. New and gently-used merchandise, including antiques, furniture, sporting equipment, holiday décor, kitchen appliances, toys, computer ware, books and clothing will be sold. 
The Thursday Club, a group of volunteers dedicated to educational, cultural and civic community involvement and leadership for more than 90 years in San Diego, has returned well over $2 million to the community through club activities. Each year members of the non-profit organization assess community needs to reach as many groups as possible. 
Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Clean out your closets, donate items Sunday to Wednesday (3/5 to 3/8) and then bring cash to shop Saturday and Sunday! For more information or to donate call (619) 224-5264.
to learn more about Thursday Club: Click here!
Last Month
Military Order of the World Wars
Southwestern College Chamber Singers
brought music education concert to Veterans Museum 
The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park was proud to partner with the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) last month for a FREE concert featuring two local music groups, The Southwestern College Chamber singers, led by Ms. Teresa Russell and the San Ysidro High School Mariachi Mitzle, led by Ms. Wendy Charines.   
Each group brought their own special gusto to the stage. Chula Vista providing a mix of old chorale favorites and contemporary classics and San Isidro providing an intense blend of group and solo Mariachi pieces.
San Ysidro High School's Mariachi Mitzli 
The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a non-political, patriotic organization centered on the idea embodied in its motto that "It is nobler to serve than to be served." MOWW promotes and encourages good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service.  MOWW serves America's youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) programs throughout the United States-at no cost to high school students attending. 
For more information about MOWW, Click here!

The Veterans Museum
hosted Balboa Park Trustees

The Park announces a new Military Appreciation Program (MAP)
honoring Active Duty military personnel and their families
The Veterans Museum hosted a gathering of all the park museum's and institution's trustees at a Trustees Connected Celebration on February 10th.  The museum put on a special display of it's artwork collection for the event and 400 guests thronged the galleries and Veterans Memorial Garden.

Since 2013, the Balboa Park Explorer program has offered a new and convenient way to experience the Park with a flexible annual pass.  The pass provides general admission for a full year to 17 cultural institutions, and is available to individuals and families. 

Building on this program, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership announced the beginning of a new Military Appreciation Pass (MAP) program to recognize and acknowledge the dedication and service of our military families. 

Balboa Park invites you to become a MAP Patron.  Patrons receive a VIP annual Explorer pass for two named individuals and up to three guests per day.  Each MAP Patron pass provides 10 complimentary annual Explorer passes to active duty military families. 
Museum Honors Legacy of African American Military Service During Black History Month
Martin Simms
WWII veteran, Martin Simms, talks of serving in a segregated military with sailors from the USS Monsoor (DDG-1001).
Last month we were happy to recognize the history of our nation's African American population, especially their history within our military ranks. We were very proud to host several African American veterans from as far back as World War II at the museum for Black History Month.  Active duty service members were given the opportunity to speak with black service members who served at a time when the country and military were still segregated.  The Vietnam War saw the highest proportion of blacks ever to serve in an American war. During the height of the U.S. involvement, 1965-69, blacks, who formed 11 percent of the American population, made up 12.6 percent of the soldiers in Vietnam. During this time, many black service members fought for freedoms they would not have once returning to the states. Each war we've seen more and more African Americans step into service roles and step up to defend their country. We honor the service and sacrifice of those who have fought for our freedoms at times even when they did not have them for themselves.

Martin Simms 
Martin Simms

Our military ranks are made strong by their diversity. Throughout the years the military have welcomed many minorities into service and by doing so, they have added to their knowledge, vision and cultural wealth. Our military would not be the greatest in the world without its African American service members. 
For more on the history of African Americans in the Military, click the following links and learn in what ways this demographic has made our country what it is today.
Learn more at these links: Timeline: African Americans Serving in the U.S. Army        
                                                         Black Americans In Defense of Our Nation
Musical Potpourri Concert   Concert
by the August Konrad Duo performed at the museum on February 25th
The August Konrad Trio presented a Musical Potpourri for flute, voice and piano r epertoire of American songbook standards, light jazz, classical, show tunes & opera. 
The three-man group began their musical adventure in 2012 and 
are delighted to provide quality programs to residents of our local retirement communities to include Wesley Palms, The Patrician, Vi at La Jolla Village and others.  The Singer/Flutist is August Konrad and Pianists are Roger Sorrell and David Frost. 

August Konrad  Duo
August Konrad Duo

Stories from the Archives 

Cpl Butterfield at Red Beach, 1967 

Force Logistics Command, 1st Marine Division
Cpl Dean Butterfield, USMC
While attending Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton he was asked to test for Officer OCS program, and since OCS did not accept Privates, he was instantly promoted to PFC. He was accepted but had to wait to class up and was sent to MCAS Yuma where he worked with Air Traffic Control.   He decided he did not want to be an officer, and was sent back to work at the Infantry School in Camp Pendleton. His First Sergeant asked him if he wanted to go to Vietnam or stay at Camp Pendleton and finish his enlistment. Dean was up for adventure said he would rather go (he later reflected that this may have been a rash decision on his part).

a mortar round mails a CONEX box in the supply area.

A hooch takes a direct hit during Tet.
Dean served with H&S Company, Force Logistics Command at Red Beach near Da Nang. A friend told him those were good orders as it was quiet and a great assignment, they never took fire. As soon as Dean arrived that changed, they were hit by rockets and mortars with the mess hall, storage areas, hooches and bunkers all taking getting hit. During the Tet Offensive, he was a gunner on a convoy taking supplies up to Hue and Phu Bai.  He had just purchased a new 35mm camera and shot many rolls of film during that trip.  When he returned he discovered that his new camera was broken and all the film was blank.  Over the course of his tour he went on R&Rs to Sidney, Australia and Penang, Malaya. He was offered a third R&R to Singapore and his First Sergeant went ballistic, but the Colonel sent him anyway. Upon return he found out he had been offered an early out and missed his flight home by two days (a policy about not having to spend two Christmases in country).   When Dean finally saw his First Sergeant the three R&Rs and going home two weeks early still did not sit well with him, but he had orders in hand and got a priority seat on a plane to Travis AFB.  He was separated at the Naval Base on Treasure Island and eventually became a land surveyor and artist.  You can see some of his sculpture on display at the museum.
Recent Donations the Museum
February 2017
Anonymous donation of a Vietnam era patch from Naval Support Activity Vietnam, Det Dong Tam. Dong Tam was in the South Vietnam Delta and was home to the Mobile Riverine Force (1966-1971). Composed of a brigade of the Army's Ninth Infantry Division and the Navy's Riverine Assault Force, the 5,000-man unit was created to launch swift, wide-ranging offensive operations against the Viet Cong using the many waterways in the region. To retain flexibility logistic support resources initially were concentrated on river-based ships, smaller craft and pontoon barges that deployed with the combat units. Now on display in our Vietnam Exhibit.

Naval Support Activity, Vietnam, Det Dong Tam Patch (above). 
Robert Anderson photos, then and now (right) from an article in the Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, MT news in 2012.

Shirley Anderson of Kalispell, MT donated a book: "Slow but Deadly, WWII Memoirs of an SBD Dive Bomber Pilot" by Robert E. Anderson, Capt, USMC.
Rod Melendez of San Diego donated two books to the library.
Karen Peltier of Bakersfield, CA donated her father's artifacts, Philip B. Case who served in WWII to Vietnam. He was on the USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) when it was sunk by Japanese shellfire during the battle off Samar. The artifacts included a scrapbook with photos and certificates from 1942 through 1969, a shadow box of medals, a plaque with all his duty stations, three books and some uniform items.

Duty station plaque from 1942 to 1969, including duty aboard the USS Gambier Bay sunk in 1944 in the battle off Samar during WWII.
Gambier Bay WWII
Print of USS Gambier Bay at Battle off Samar during WWII, by Thomas C. Moore.
Dave Robinson of Roanoke, VA donated a black carved cane once owned by his great grandfather, Brigadier General George Allen Dodd, noted cavalryman of his time who pursued (and almost caught) Pancho Villa.   The cane is from his time in the Philippines following the Spanish-American war (1898-1899) and is carved from hard black wood in a vine and leaf pattern with the words: "Manila. Remember 13 De Agosto 1899." 

 Black cane carried by BG Dodd, US Army,  inscribed: Manila, Remember 13 do Acozto 1899.
Tom Taylor of Glenview, IL donated a Winter and Summer American Red Cross Uniform with its patches and pins and Canteen Corps collar tabs, a Winter Red Cross Overcoat, and two Red Cross Summer shirt waist dresses. These uniforms were worn by his mother, Audry Larkin Taylor, who served in San Diego during the War. The Winter Uniform is currently on display in our Women's Military History Exhibit.

WWII Winter American Red Cross Uniform, with blue Canteen Corps collar tabs.

WWII Summer American Red Cross Uniform worn by Audry Larkin in WWII.
San Diego Regional Office of the Veterans Administration transferred from their collection a uniforms and artifacts donated by members of all services.
Brian Withers of Merrick, NY, donated a book: "Bringing up Grandfather" with illustrations and a letter by war artist George Withers.
Jack Gauthier of VFW Post 9578 donated two gold colored display anchors.
Arthur Welkner of San Diego donated 27 books to our Military History Reference Library on Pearl Harbor and Military Naval History from his brother, Robert Welkner, a Navy Pearl Harbor Survivor.

Museum News

VMBP Tree Down
Our East Juniper Tree is uprooted and  takes out the Vietnam Peace Memorial Flagpole during the 28 Feb Storm.
February Storms hit the Museum
On Monday, February 28th, mother nature knocked down one of our large Juniper tree on the east side of the entrance.  When it fell, it also took out the flag pole over the Vietnam Peace Memorial and partially blocked Chapel Road surrounding the museum.  Park Ranger Kim Duclo and museum President and CEO, Sheldon Margolis braved the storms and wrestled the broken flag pole from under the tree and out of the street before blocking off the area.  

The Balboa Park's Park and Recreation
Juniper tree
Park & Recreation Grounds Crews get out their chain saws to remove the downed tree. 
ground crews jumped into action on Tuesday morning  cutting up the tree and cleaning up the area. 
We now have a quite interesting looking stump, and may just put a plaque on it memorializing our lost tree:  Farewell Juniper Tree, 1945-2017, we will miss you February 28, 2017.

We don't actually know when the tree was planted, but the building was finished in 1945.  With this tree gone, we now have lost two trees in the last year, one on each side of the entrance and are looking much like we did in 1945. 
Creative Arts for the public - No skill required
Every Tuesday 
6-9 p.m. Workshops: Free Bronze Casting!
Lower Level
Reservations required! Limited seating!
Only for Veterans, Military and Spouses
Courtesy of Veterans Art Project
RSVP: Steven Dilley
(760) 815-8868

  Every Tuesday
Lower Level
Reservations required! Limited seating!
1. 6-9 p.m. Playwriting Workshop:
Open to the public. All Skill Levels.
Enrollment required! Register now!
$15 donation per 3-hour session
24 January - 7 March
AA (Tony The Vet) LoBue, Instructor
Scholarships available only for qualified Veterans!

2. 6:30-9PM Acting Workshop:
Lower Level
January 31st - March 14th
Katie TURNER, Instructor

 2nd Tuesday ONLY
11 a.m. - 1 p.m FAMILY FUN!
Main Hall
FREE! PUBLIC! All ages! No skill required! DROP-INS WELCOME!
Coloring Books,  MakeACard for VA Patients,  Puppetry,  Scavenger Hunts,  Storytelling a nd more!
3-5 p.m. FORUM!
Lower Level
Ambassadors/MakeACard for VA Patients,  Artists in Residence,  Community Partnerships, 
Fundraising,  Program Proposal,  Programs in Progress,  Promotion,  Public Relations,  Testimonials

"Intro to Digital Photography"
4-Week Workshop
2-3:30 p.m. on  8,15, 22 & 29 March 2017
Location: Lower Level
Open to Public
Limited enrollment! RSVP now!
$40. Suggested Donation in Advance
Scholarships available: Vet/Mil/Spouse
Kevin Raquidan
Volunteer Artist in Residence
Photo Journalist

General Info
  1.  "Vets at Home: A Showcase of Short Plays"  
  Katie Turner, PhD Theatre
Artist in Residence
Showcase Producer
(970) 903-8924
Performance Schedule:
21-23 April 2017
7:30-9PM Friday
7:30-9PM Saturday
2:00-3:30 PM Sunday
Tickets @ $10. Suggested Donation
  Visit our Facebook Page  @vmbpvetsathome

2.  Call for Short Plays!
  1-to-10-Minute, Minimalist, any genre with "VETS AT HOME" theme
Deadline: Tuesday, 7 March. 
$10. Submission donation per Entry.
Limit 5 entries per Author. Email only. AUTHOR retains copyright.
3.  Call for Production Team!
Actors, Directors, Crew, Promotion, Public Relations and Script Readers!
Artists, Dancers, Mimes, Musicians, Playwrights and Puppeteers!
Filmmakers, Photographers and Videographers!

4.  Call for Interns & Volunteers!
  Assistant Arts Director,  Ambassadors (Make-A-Card for VA Hospital Patients Program )
Artists in Residence (Literary, Performance and Visual),  Promotion,  Public Relations
AA "Tony the Vet" LoBue,  Arts Director
Contact: (cell) 619-806-2075 or via email at:  ArtsDirector@veteranmuseum.org
New and Renewing Members

Will Fort*
Monica O'Hara
Pat McTague
Craig Noble*
VFW District One-California

* Life Member 
Honor Flight San Diego Fundraiser
Sunday, April 9 at Fairbanks Ranch County Club

Please join Honor Flight San Diego for their Legends & Legacies Fundraiser as we honor our veterans!  The event will take place Sunday, April 9, from 5-9 pm at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.
It will be an evening of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and an exciting opportunity to bid on fabulous silent and live auction items.
The program includes: 
  • Keynote Speaker: RADM "Mac" McLaughlin, USN (ret.) President and CEO, USS Midway Museum
  • Emcee: Bob Lawrence, Former Channel 10 military reporter
  • Music: Peter DeLuke and the Mellotones playing the music of Duke Ellington and other Big Band favorites
  • Auctioneer: Vincent Zapien
  • Magician: Magic Mike
And special appearances by WWII veterans! 
There are currently almost 100 WWII veterans on the waiting list and ready to go on "Tour of Honor". All proceeds from the event will go toward their next flight from San Diego.  Honor Flight San Diego takes our veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The three-day experience is at no cost to the veteran. Priority is given to terminally ill veterans and our most senior veterans, currently WWII era.
The live auction items include a chance to win a spot as a guardian to accompany a veteran on an upcoming flight!  
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets or reserve tables, please go to:  Eventbrite
***Please consider sponsoring a WWII veteran so he/she can attend the event too. There is an option in Eventbrite to purchase their ticket and Honor Flight will contact them to attend.

If you cannot attend the Legends & Legacies Fundraiser, but wish to make a donation to Honor Flight San Diego, you can go directly to our website at: www.HonorFlightSanDiego.org
Honor Flight San Diego is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. 
Courage to Call to host food distribution 
Saturday, March 11 and March 25 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Courage to Call in conjunction with Feeding America is doing a Food Distribution twice a month for all active duty, veterans, guard, reservists and their families. It will always be the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at locations throughout San Diego County.

This month's info:  
March 11 - Live Well Center Escondido, 649 W. Mission Ave., Escondido from 10 am to 1 pm
March 25 - 9465 Farnham St, San Diego from 10 am to 1 pm

To RSVP or to sign up to volunteer, email: CouragetoCall@mhsinc.org

For more information about Courage to Call and their services, Click Here!
GRID Alternatives is offering internships to Military Veterans! 
GR ID Alternatives, America's largest solar nonprofit, is offering Paid Solar Construction Internships. U.S. Military veterans and youth ages 18-24 are encouraged to apply.* Participants in this 11-week internships get hands-on experience installing solar power for local low-income families. 
Interns will: * Install solar electric systems * Manage equipment * Conduct site visits and assist with permitting and inspections GRID Alternatives provides: * Step-by-step hands-on training * 
Connections to solar companies that are hiring No experience necessary! Join us today! *Applicants must qualify as low-income. This program is a partnership between GRID Alternatives and the City of San Diego. 
To apply, contact dcopino@gridalternatives.org Danyla Copino, SolarCorps Workforce Development & Volunteer Fellow dcopino@gridalternatives.org | 619.610.0164
For more information about GRID Alternatives, Click Here!
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