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The Northern Recon Group is a group of military vehicle collectors and restorers who have supported the museum in the past and continue to do so.

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 MISSION STATEMENT

The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors and Library Center is dedicated to all veterans.

TO REMEMBER, RESPECT AND HONOR VETERANS

This is a special notice!  Tony Pinto has volunteered to play taps on his bugle for funeral services for veterans. We also do the flag folding ceremony as well.  All he asks for is a donation to the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors at Marysville California.

For information contact Dann Spear (530) 742-3090 or Don Schrader (530) 682-0674.



 

 

  To all of our veterans:

Thank you for your service

Welcome Home!!

 
 

And our Museum continues to grow

VISIT US!

 

LOCATION

We are located in Yuba County in Northern California

We are east of the city of Marysville, and west of Beale Air Force Base

Our address is:

5865 A Road

Marysville, CA 95901

Driving Directions from Sacramento

Take the I-5 North

To the 99 North

To the 70 North

 Exit North Beale Road

Take North Beale to the East

Continue on North Beale Road Past Yuba College

Turn Right on A Road. There is a museum sign on the corner of North Beale Road and A Road.

We are located near the end of A Road on the left hand side.

HOURS

We are open every Saturday from 10am to 3pm as well as Thursday from 7pm - 9pm

 

Special Days to include:

Veterans Day

Memorial Day

Armed Forces Day

 ADMISSION: No charge

 

OUR STORY

Where We Have Been

At the age of ten, Dann Spear, founder of the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors, started collecting military memorabilia, patches and photos from his friends to whom he wrote while they served in the Viet Nam War. In 1965 he had a dream of someday having a museum to honor veterans who served. He was invited to a reunion of World War II Veterans of the "Flying Tigers-AVG" who flew in China, and was given a photo from Tex Hill, a squadron leader and fighter ace. It was signed "To my young friend, Danny," and he included a note saying that he hoped the picture would make a nice addition to his museum. As early as 1966, Dann's dream had been formulated. Dann continued to collect personal photos and stories from veterans, and set up display at conventions and museums.

Dann and his wife, Roberta, moved to Marysville in 1977. In 1981, after displaying portions of his collection throughout Northern California, he and his good friend, John Showers, began work on what was to be the first museum building. The official opening was in January, 1985, with Brigadier General Don Matson in attendance as the guest speaker.

The response since the opening has been tremendous, with a second and third wing added to the museum between 1985 and 2003. The over 46,000 artifacts in it have continued to grow. The items range from tanks, cannons, and helicopters, to the oldest a relic, a remnant of a blanket from Colonel Galbraith's great-grandfather, who had the blanket when he was captured by the British in the Revolutionary War. Dann has a brick that was sent to him by Master Sergeant Roscoe Presley, from a building that was taken by the Americans from the Taliban during Operation Enduring Freedom. All of the displays represent a personal tribute to each person who has served our great nation throughout our history. Personal letters to Dann from friends in Viet Nam are displayed as well as uniforms, equipment, photos, papers and relics that have been dug up from the ground after battle. He also has full sized mannequins dressed in enemy uniforms.

The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors continues to grow and now is established as a non-profit corporation with a 501c(3) tax-exempt status. At the urging of many people, Dann had decided to expand the museum once again and add a new library center. Since 1985, Dann and Roberta have financed and built the museum and additions without any financial aid or monetary donations, and have kept it open to the public free of charge. Now that the museum is tax-exempt, the museum Board of Directors may accept donations to build the proposed 6000 square foot addition and library center that will be overseen by its Board of Directors. The Board will ensure that the museum remains an asset to Northern California, its veterans and their families.

Where We Are Going

On Memorial Day 2007, the museum had a groundbreaking ceremony for its new addition, a 6,000 sq foot wing which will house exhibit space and a library center. For the first time in its more than 20 years, the museum is accepting donations specifically to fund this expansion. Please visit out EVENTS page to see pictures of the groundbreaking and visit our SUPPORT page to see how you can help us move into our next phase.


Our Board of Directors and Staff

This photo shows the original Museum Board members during a ceremony for a new display at the museum. In front of the Honor Guard flag bearers from the local Veterans Group Posts, the original Board members who started the museum's 501(c)3 share in the ceremony: Left to right are: John Showers (Korean War Vet), Brandon Spear, Captain Carson Spear (Iraqi War Vet), Ken Anderson, Dann Spear with shovel (Curator / Founder), Roberta Spear, Don Schrader (Viet Nam War Vet), Vern Sorensen (Viet Nam War Vet) and Col. Nicoll Galbraith (Desert Storm Vet), Not in photo was Board member Edith Galbraith. The Board was formed in late 2006 and this ceremony took place in the Spring of 2007.

 

In Memory Colonel Nicoll F. Galbraith, M. D.

July 13, 1932 - Apr 4, 2012

Colonel Nicoll F. Galbraith, M. D. passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He was 79 years of age.  He considered it an honor and privilege to serve this community as a physician for many years. He was honored to serve in the military as a physician also. He leaves behind his three children Davis, Robert and Susan.

 

In Memory of Edith Galbraith, board member and supporter.

In memoriam of John Showers

Date of Birth February 16, 1938   LaRue, Ohio

Date of Death  November 4, 2010  Yuba City, California

Interred at Sacramento Valley National Military Cemetery Dixon, California

This is John Showers who is the Museum's Secretary of the Board of Directors. He is also very involved in fund raising and Donations. John helped at the beginning of the original Museum building with his construction equipment in 1983. He continued to take care of the grounds, sealing and striping the parking lot through the years. He is retired from construction and devoting and donating his time to the museum. John is a Korean War veteran. He served on the USS Kawishiwi AO-146 as a MMFN in the US Navy. He and his wife Pat live in Yuba City, CA. Their son Roscoe Is a Master Sgt in the USAF Security Forces having served 2 deployments to Afghanistan and 1 to Iraq. John also has a granddaughter serving in Iraq. John is the Museum's first Board Member.

 

Vern Sorensen,  Board Member and Chairman of Construction / Repairs has been Volunteering at the museum since 1992 for 17 years now, everything from memorial services to the  Chairing the Annual Veterans Potluck set up.  He is also a docent at the museum.  Vern helps homeless and in need Veterans as Chairman of the Yuba Sutter Stand Down Committee and co-facilitates the area Veterans Focus Group.  Vern received 2 Purple Hearts in Vietnam for wounds in combat while with K Co. 3rd Bn 7th marines operating out of "Dodge City" Ashau Valley, Viet Nam May 67 - June 68.  Vern Retired as a Floor Contractor and has dedicated his life to helping Veterans.  He lives in Live Oak, CA with his wife Brenda and Daughter Tina.  His son mike is in the Army having completed a tour in Iraq with the 2nd ID. 

 

This is Don Schrader Museum Board member. Don is in charge of publicity, having created the new museum brochures with color photos. Don and his wife Peppi live in District 10 outside Marysville. Don was a 3 term County Supervisor on the Yuba County Board whose District included the museum of which he has been a long time supporter. He served early in Vietnam with the Special Forces Groups in 65-66, and also a member of the Viet Nam Veterans of America.


Tony Pinto is the Head Docent for Tours at the Museum and Chairman for restoration  as well as being on the Museum's Board of Directors.  Tony was the Wreath Layer at the original opening ceremony of the museum in Jan. 1985 as a member of the Viet Vet House Honor Guard.  He served in Vietnam at An Khe with the 8th Engineers of the 1st Cav Division 2 tours 1967 - 1969.  Tony is a great asset to the Museum staff and all Veterans.  Tony can always be counted on to help a Vet in need and give council to those who have suffered with PTSD.  Tony has been involved with Veterans organizations for over 30 years and serves as a role model for those now coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  He lives in Live Oak, CA, with his wife Sally who is also very involved with the Women's Focus Group for Veterans.

Mary Webb served in the Air Force, administrative specialist, from Feb 65 -  Feb 73.  First assignment was Westover AFB, Massachusetts followed by Beale AFB, CA, and one tour of duty at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam Dec 70 - Dec 71.  Mary retired from the Sutter County Auditor's Office in 2006.  Effective Jan 2009 began serving as Treasurer for the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors.  In April 2011 Mary completed her fifth year as a tax counselor with AARP/Tax Aide serving the local community.  This is the largest free volunteer tax preparation service.  Volunteering also includes one day a week at the Beale AFB Thrift Shop.  Calendar year 2011 finds Mary busy purchasing and planning for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child boxes for the 11th year.  These gift boxes go to the neediest of the needy in third world countries.  Dozens of letters have been received from Guyana, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mexico, Panama, Rwanda, Mongolia, and Nepal.

Austin Webb is a member of the board.  Austin entered the Air Force in March 1952 with service at McConnell AFB, Kansas, Sidi Slimane, Morocco, Westover AFB, Massachusetts, Anderson AFB, Guam, Beale AFB, CA, Binh Thuy AB, Vietnam (Dec 70 - Dec 71).  After 26 years, Austin retired at the rank of SMSgt.  Since 2009 Austin has been serving as a board member for the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors.  In the 1980's Dann's mother-in-law, Ethel Eskew, shared Dann's dedication to honor veterans and the beginnings of the museum.  Austin took a number of items to Dann's home and dropped it off with no information!  At some point, Austin spotted a display with some of the patches and items he dropped off and Dann then knew who donated them.    Austin and Mary are avid yard sale shoppers year around and have been fortunate to find some unique items for the museum.  Those having yard sales have often been very gracious to sell or donate 8 X 10 frames for the museum for veterans pictures.  This also gives Austin a grand opportunity to share museum information with people and hand out business cards.

 

Richard Sawyer is a Docent and the Honor Guard Chairman for Memorial services at the museum. Richard has been an avid supporter of the Museum for years. He is a Vietnam Veteran who went on to participate in the SR-71 "Blackbirds" program. He and his retired USAF MSgt wife Elizabeth live in Marysville, CA. He is also represents the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Marysville Post at the DAV National Convention, is a certified scuba diver and was a smoke jumper. The museum he says is his home away from home.

 

Board member Jake Eulberg, who served with the U.S. Navy during Vietnam.

Harlan Hatfield is now serving the museum as the volunteer webmaster of the web site "The Museum of Forgotten Warriors." He served 20 years active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1979. During the year of 1967 was stationed at Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN. During his first six years in the AF, he was a Fire Control specialist (Radar Controlled Gunnery systems) on B-47E and B-52H bombers, then 14 years as a Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory Specialist. Shortly after retirement suffered a heart attack and has been on disability ever since.

Wayne Leikham Sr. standing by one of his diorama's.  Wayne is now the official Diorama maker for the museum, and is a Navy Veteran, serving on ships such as the USS Oriskany!  Thanks Wayne.

 


 

PLEASE VISIT US AGAIN SOON!

 Dann Spear - Museum founder, director, and curator.

 (530)742-3090

cws21779@aol.com

 Any comments or suggestions may be sent to the webmaster.

This page was last updated on May 09, 2014