Dear Patrons, Members and Subscribers,

We have had a great Summer, folks! We are so proud to have been a place that you brought the kids, a place where you brought family and a place where everyone learned something! We had a summer of wonderful events, from contemporary dance collaborations with PGK Dance Project, plays with Cygnet Theatre and lets not forget Spirit of '45! We had record turn-outs this year and our WWII Veterans and Pearl Harbor Survivors reported it was the best Spirit of '45 yet. 

But, with the kids back in school, its now time to look towards the Fall and what we have in store for our veteran community. We are very pleased to announce that nominations for the 2017 Veteran of the Year are now open! You can now go online and nominate that veteran in your life or at your business who really goes beyond what is expected to serve the community. Nominations are open from Sept 1 to Oct 13. You can attain nomination and ticket sales info farther down in the newsletter. You can also attain sponsorship information further down as well. We are still looking for this year's title sponsor for the event! 

September 11 is a day that we all remember each year. It is hard to forget the images of the 9/11 attacks on our own American soil. Join us on Sept 12, on Free Tuesday, to view a special 9/11 exhibit, only up for a limited time.

And, as always, I'd be remiss if I didn't thank all our volunteers for the work they do to ensure our continuing success. 

We are excited about the upcoming Fall events and we hope all our patrons, members and subscribers have a great month. We'll see you at the museum! 

Captain Sheldon Margolis 
USN (Retired) 
President and CEO

What's going on at your museum? (Museum events or museum partners)
  • Sept. 12: 9/11 Exhibit
  • Sept. 30: Jazz and Juice
  • Save the Date: Oct. 1  - Honor Flight San Diego Homecoming
  • Save the Date: Oct. 18-22 - GI Film Festival San Diego
  • Save the Date: Oct. 28 - Military Women's Luncheon 
  • Save the Date: Nov. 4 - Operation Dress Code
  • Save the Date: Nov. 9 - San Diego County Veteran of the Year Luncheon
  • Save the Date: Nov. 11 - Veterans Day parade
This Month

The 28th Annual San Diego County Veteran of the Year Nominations are now open!

We are excited to announce that nominations for 2017 Veteran of the Year are now open! This year, we have a new website for an easy way to nominate in on one of the four VOY categories and to purchase tickets and tables. 

Veterans are nominated by their respective businesses, non-profits and by individuals to represent approximately 240,000 San Diego County veterans. The VOY and the Lifetime Achiever are recognized for their "service after service" and for going above and beyond the call of duty.  A panel of community professionals will choose from all nominations and the winners will be announced at the annual recognition luncheon. 

The four categories for nominations are:
  1. The San Diego County Veteran of the Year. If selected, the SDCVOY will represent the veteran community at special events, Padres games, parades and other military-related ceremonies.
  2. The Will Hays Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the individual who has met the criteria of the Veteran of the Year, and who has continued to make these contributions for a minimum of 10 years.
  3. San Diego Meritorious Support of Veterans Award recognizes one for-profit corporation that contributes, supports and serves active duty personnel and Veterans in San Diego County.
  4. San Diego Veterans Allegiance Award recognizes one non-profit agency or organization that contributes, supports and serves active duty personnel and Veterans in San Diego County.
The VOY Recognition Luncheon will be held on November 9 at the Scottish Rite Center. You can purchase tickets to this event and sponsorships by going to: Eventbrite  
Opportunities exist for a Title Sponsor for this event which comes with MANY benefits, including addressing the attendees!  Last year we  sold almost 400 tickets to the event. 
Thank you to all those who nominate veterans, non-profits and corporations each year and for all those who attend to see who the big winners are. Without our community's support the Veterans Museum wouldn't be able to provide our services to the military community. Without our patrons, subscribers, members and sponsors we could not keep the important legacy of our nation's military alive. Thank you for helping us keep our wonderful old doors open! 
To submit a nomination, go to:
To purchase a ticket or table for the Nov. 9 recognition luncheon, go to:

9/11 Exhibit Shares Sorrow, Strength of a Nation on Free Tuesday-Sept 12

This year marks the 16th Anniversary of the date America was attacked on its own soil in a complex terror attack. For this anniversary the museum will feature a special 9/11 art exhibit made from actual pieces of Ground Zero on Free Tuesday, September 12. This exhibit is donated by Mitch Mendler, E.M.T Fire Fighter/Paramedic and president of "World Memorial". 

The terror, sorrow and strength of our nation in the face of the 9/11 attacks will be forever burned into our minds. We watched in horror as the scenes of the attacks unfolded on our TV screens. We watched the citizens of New York City shoulder the worst of the attacks and reel as their city tried to recover from loosing thousands of innocent people. 

Join us in commemorating the anniversary of one of America's most troubling events. We honor 9/11's heroes and  commemorate the community strength, perseverance and pride that helped our nation heal from the attacks. 

"Jazz and Juice" brings smooth jazz and delicious drinks into one fun event-Sept 30

Do we have any jazz fans in the house? Come to the museum on September 30 from 7-10 PM to enjoy "Jazz and Juice" presented by Musa Kaleem's Vibrational Tones! Come hear smooth jazz and enjoy refreshing smoothies and more during the concert. Tickets to this event can be purchased for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go to the museum! For information on how to get your advance tickets and for any other questions, you can contact: 

Musa Kaleem 619-218-1032
Alyces Smith Cooper 619-200-3200
Anthony Akee 619-228-3002

Last Month
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Truck Run comes to the Veterans Museum- Aug 1

The museum was honored to host the Military Order of the Purple Heart for a special event on Aug 1. The MOPH Truck Run came through last month on it's way to Dallas, Texas, to be delivered to one lucky disabled veteran. The truck was driven cross-country from D.C. making the trip an approximate distance of 8,500 miles! The truck was driven by several veterans, some disabled, some not. The truck made stops in many cities, where it was signed by hundreds of people sending well wishes to the lucky winner. 

The truck is a deep purple Ford F150 Raptor which is heavily adapted for those with disabilities.  A wheelchair lift, special driving options for those with prosthetics and much more ensure that whatever kind of disability is at hand, the truck has been adapted for it. The slogan for this trip was "Mobility is Freedom". For many disabled vets, their freedom of movement has been compromised to a great extreme. MOPH seeks to give back that mobility in the form of a really awesome Ford truck! 

We were proud to have the truck and driver make a visit to our museum so our community had a chance to add their well wishes and put in a donation for next year's Truck Run! A big thanks to MOPH for what they do and for bringing an opportunity to further help veterans to our community! 

Non-profit No One Left Behind raises awareness about Iraqi and Afghan war interpreters - Aug 6

On Aug 6 the museum hosted national non-profit, No One Left Behind, for a special presentation and talk-back about what they do. What they do, is something that very few people may know is a problem. NOLB helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters find refuge in the United States after their time interpreting for U.S. troops. 

"When these interpreters sign up to work with the Unites States military, it's like they are signing a death sentence," said NOLB volunteer and author, Amanda Ma

Matti was part of an educational panel which included the NOLB San Diego Chapter's president, Matt Makowski, and former Afghan combat interpreter, Nurullah Aziz. 
Matti is also the author of two books, "A Foreign Affair" and "Voicing the Eagle". A former Navy intelligence analyst, Matti fell in love with her Iraqi interpreter during her deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now married to her former interpreter with two children, Matti recalls the difficulty in leaving her now-husband behind when she returned home to the states. 

"He was constantly receiving death threats," said Matti. "I was terrified to leave him." 

For many interpreters, the repercussions for helping American troops are horrifying. Many are killed, constantly threatened and their families constantly threatened. Panelist and former Afghan combat interpreter, Nurullah, shared the story of losing his brother to the insurgency. The interpreters who work for U.S. troops are beside our nation's heroes during each mission, with no weapons, many with no combat gear at all. Matti's husband has been injured several times, to include sustaining a Rocket Propelled Grenade to his chest. Without combat interpreters, the U.S. mission in the Middle East would not see half the success it has. For No One Left Behind, helping and protecting these deserving war heroes is a very important mission. 

Aside from helping former interpreters get stateside, NOLB helps to ensure these refugees have housing, legal help, job opportunities and basic home needs. We look forward to working with NOLB more in the future. To learn more about the dangers combat interpreters face and to get involved, go to their Facebook page here:

 No One Left Behind San Diego Chapter

Spirit of '45 Remembrance Day enjo ys best year yet! 
Aug 13

There were a lot of smiles, laughs and dancing this Aug 13 as the museum hosted this year's  Spirit of '45 Remembrance Event! Across the board our WWII Veterans, Pearl Harbor Survivors and Greatest Generation members said it was the best  SO45 yet! 

Each year SO45 looks to celebrate the tenacity, patriotism and pride of our nation's Greatest Generation. On August 14, 19 45, the Japanese surrendered, ending WWII. Around the world people flooded the streets to celebrate. Our nation's sense of communi ty during the yea rs of WWII kept our great country afloat as our troops fought one of the most important wars in our great history. Annually we celebrate  this sense of community during our Spirit of '45 Remembrance Day event. During this event we also seek to help our younger generations understand the importance of our Greatest  Generation. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were on hand to ask many a WWII vet, "What were yo u doing on August 14, 1945?"   

A big thanks to all our WWII Veterans, Pearl Harbor Survivors and Rosie the Riveters for sharing their stories during our program.  Also a big  thanks to all reenacting from this important era by showcasing authentic WWII nurses' uniforms, combat uniforms and more; to the band, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Honor Flight San Diego, Veterans Village San Diego and to all who put this event together. As  our  Greatest Generation gets older, the importance of this event grows. We are proud to have one more successful SO45 celebration in the books and look forward to next year when we can onc e again ask these amazing folks, "What were YOU doing on August 14, 1945?

Museum News!
It's time for Operation Dress Code! Donations accepted at the Veterans Museum from  Oct. 4 to Oct. 23

Back for a third year, Operation Dress Code is partnering with Courage to Call to bring the Dress Code Boutique to San Diego. It all kicks off October 4 with a clothing drive designed to provide women veterans with the professional clothing they need to successfully transition to civilian careers. 

Look for the pink Operation Dress Code clothing bins stationed at businesses and throughout the San Diego area, where supporters can donate new or gently used professional clothing, shoes,  jewelry, accessories and handbags.

Operation Dress Code is a free event for women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and for women who are currently serving. The Dress Code Boutique Day is designed to help women transition to new careers by providing them with the professional clothing needed for civilian life.

For more information or to RSVP  go to "shop" at the link below! 

GI Film Fest San Diego is back - Oct. 18 to Oct. 22 Tickets on sale now!

Now in its third year, the GI Film Festival San Diego will once again bring the untold stories of America's military to life through film. The much-anticipated five-day military film festival features eight West Coast premieres, along with several screenings, filmmaker appearances, and panel discussions from Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at various San Diego County venues. 

The GI Film Festival San Diego is one of only a few film festivals in the entire United States to exclusively feature stories for, by, and about military service members and veterans. All festival events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans.

For more information about the schedule, ticket purchase or all-access passes, go to: GIFFSD
Become a Part of Our Growing Arts Program! Open to the Public! FREE! INSPIRING! 
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
Stories from the Archives:

New recruit Harry Erlich,  
c. 1918  

Harry Erlich WWI Veteran -
Born in Russia...Emigrated...  

Harry Erlich was born in Staszow Poland (then part of Russia) in 1896. When he was in his teens, his family could see the progroms on the horizon and they sent Harry and his siblings to the United States to join his grandfather in Chicago.  Harry was a slight boy, 5'2" tall, and went on to become a tailor. With WWI engulfing Europe Harry, despite the fact that he was not a citizen, received his Draft Notice with orders to report at 7 a.m. on August 27th, 1918 to 1432 N. Leavitt Street, Chicago, Illinois for induction. The Draft Notice concluded with the statement: " From and after the day and hour just named you will be a soldier in the military service of the United States."

Complete Draft Notice

    Aug 24, 1918 Draft Notice: From the President...
One month later he was on a ship for Europe where he served with the Army Expeditionary Forces. He spoke several european languages and by the end of the war he was a corporal and spent his final 8 month overseas assigned to Prisoner of War Enclosure Escort Company 218 at Camp Montoir, France, overseeing German prisoners. He received a letter of appreciation from Col. Conley, Director, Bureau of Prisoners of War noting "the trying nature of the assignment and that in spite of exceptionally difficult conditions, he had performed his duties efficiently, successfully, and cheerfully, with the same spirit which made possible that wonderful success of the America Army in the greatest war of history." 

Harry also received an individual copy of General Pershing's General Orders No. 38-A addressed to: "My Fellow Soldiers" and thanking them for their willingness to answer the call to arms, be tested, and defeat the forces of autocracy.  That his part had been important, whether keeping lonely vigil in the trenches or storming the enemy stronghold, and turned the tide of threatened defeat into overwhelming victory.  The General went on to thank him for his splendid service to the Army and the nation."

Harry Erlich, 1917

Hary Erlich, 1917, taken in Chicago.

Harry Erlich portrait, c. 1917-1918.

Two unidentified German soldiers, c. 1918, probably obtained while at POW camp.

German prisoners at hospital, c. 1918, a nurse is pictured in center of the second row.

Harry returned to the United States and was formally mustered out of the Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey on 18 October 1919.  Harry did not discuss his experiences with his family.  His grandchildren, Beth and Jason Meyer of San Diego unexpectedly discovered a folder with all his service records and some photographs that had been locked away by their mother in a cabinet 30 years after he passed away.
Recent Donations to the Museum
August 2017 

Jill Batchley of San Diego donated WWII Enlisted Uniforms with white hats and scarf worn by her father, PharmMate2/c Carl Ferris Thornton, Jr., a box of Navy insignia including NNC shoulder boards, pins and insignia worn by her mother who served in the Navy Nurse Corps, and an enlisted sweater, discharge documents, certificates, medals patches, and photographs.
Virginia Belmain of Poway donated Deep Sea Diver's Knife in bronze scabbard, made by the Morse Diving Equipment Company, Inc. of Boston, and an early 1900s era 5"x7" folding box and bellows camera, with case and six double sided negative holders.  The camera came with a collection of glass negatives and 27 envelopes of 3 ¼"x5 ¾" negatives dating from 1915 to 1927, and assorted camera accessories.
Mark Bennettlease of Oceanside donated a copy of a 1960s NTCSD Anchor featuring Recruit Company 60-675.
Robert Breglio of Coronado donated a 7 volume set of the "Naval Documents of the American Revolution" covering the period 1774-1777.
Brandon Curtis of San Diegodonated Collection of Southwest Asia personal artifacts including uniform items, body armor, medical first aid items, misc. equipment, and a AT-4 Rocket Launcher Tube.

AM136 AT-4 Rocket Launcher Tube, inert, without rocket. 

Top to Bottom: Boonie Cover (Desert), 'H' Bandage, Light Balaclava face mask (Desert), Decompression Needle, Two black tourniquets, and pair of fire retardant gloves, from Afghanistan service.
George Duli and Kim Bryant of San Diego and El Cajon donated their family's artifacts including three WWII uniforms belonging to EMC George Duli, Technician 3rd Grade Helen Jones, and T-Sgt Robert W. Kreuiter, and artifacts from EMC George Duli, USN, who served from 1938-1958, including a 1939 Stewart R. Brown Black Bakelite USN flashlight with ring clip, documents, an unopened USS Nashville deck of cards, a 1951-1953 Navy Liberty map of Hawaii identifying approved serviceman's beaches, a collection of 16mm film, and a record of Naval Recruit Training happenings dating from the mid 1950s.

David Hendrick of Lemon Grove donated his USCG uniform worn during his service aboard the USCG Cutter USS Curier stationed in Rhodes Greek as a radio transmitter ship of the Voice of America in the 1964-1966.  His uniform is part of a special exhibit abour the USCG Cutter Curier and its Voice of America Mission.

Darren Hughes of San Diego donated a collection of books and magazines from Vietnam and the Gulf War.
Greg Kane of Vista donated a WWI 3'x5' Poster: "To Make the World A Decent Place To Live In - Do Your Part - Buy U.S. Government Bonds - THIRD LIBERTY LOAN."
  To Make the World a Better Place to Live In
This poster is somewhat faded, the original background color behind the soldiers was a vivid red color.  Photo donated by Greg Kane of Vista, CA.

Sally King of Santee donated copies of Navy records, photographs and diarys of Everette Rogers who served as a PhM1/c in WWII and was later commissioned a LTJG in the Medical Corps.
Clay Maxam of Moab, UT donated a 1898-1902 Spanish War Veteran Lapel Pin.
1898-1902 Spanish War Veteran Lapel Pin donated by Clay Maxam of Moab, UT. 
Autographed photo by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz of his signing the Japanese Surrender Document in Tokyo Bay September 1945 presented to Rear Admiral E. S. Miller
Peter Miller of Sun City, CA donated two framed photos, one of Admiral Nimitz signing the Japanese Surrender in Tokyo Bay, 1945 and personnaly inscribed to Rear Admiral E. S. Miller by C. W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, USN.  The second photo is of the Atomic Bomb Test Explosion at Bikini Atol, 1946.  E. S. Miller was aboard the USS Lowry (DD-770) which was part of the support team during the test.
Eric Roth Frisco CO donated the artifacts of Col. Morton F. Roth, US Army, Civil Engineer Corps, USMA 1957, including books, plaques, documents, photographs and uniforms.
Dennis Schoville of Alpine donated 70 books on military subjects to our Military History Library.
John Van Ells of San Diego donated a Japanese photographer's photograph of General MacArthur landing at Atsugi Air Station in August 1945.  
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You are invited to join Honor Flight San Diego for their fall homecoming - Oct. 1

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park has many important community partners. One of the most important is Honor Flight San Diego. They are the organization who makes over 500 calls each year for Spirit of `45 and helps to get the WWII veterans to the event. 

Their mission is to take veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built for them. They take the most senior veterans, currently WWII era and any terminally ill veterans, at no-cost to the veteran.

The three-day trip is very special and ends with HUGE homecoming at Lindbergh Field. Please join them on Oct. 1 in Terminal 2 at 8:30 pm to welcome home these heroes and give these WWII vets the homecoming they may not have received in the 1940's.  

Honor Flight San Diego is also trying to connect with any Southern California WWII veterans who want to go on the Tour of Honor. Other hubs throughout the country are taking Korea era veterans and our local hub knows there are still so many WWII vets to reach here. 

To learn more about Honor Flight San Diego, get on their newsletter distribution or to submit a veteran application, go to:  HFSD
The 28th Annual Military Women's Luncheon at MCAS Miramar - Oct 28

Join more than 150 women who served in every era from WWII to today's active duty for camaraderie, lunch and an interesting keynote speaker during the 28th Annual Military Women's Luncheon on Oct 28. 

Each year this event helps to kick off Veterans Day Week in San Diego. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Karen Walker, a well-known and decorated Marine Corps officer with a distinguished military career, which includes three combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is also the co-author of, "Leading By My Ponytail".

Check-in social hour begins at 11 AM, lunch and program at Noon.  Cost is $25/person and deadline to RSVP is Monday, October 23, 2017.
To purchase tickets go to: Women's Military Luncheon
Courage to Call to host food distribution Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 (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 is always the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at locations throughout San Diego County.
This month's info:
Sept. 9 - Support The Enlisted Project, 9951 Business Park Ave, San Diego
Sept. 23 - Courage to Call, 9465 Farnham St, San Diego
To RSVP or to sign up to volunteer, email:  
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The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
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