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MORE VIEWS OF THE MUSEUM
Dann and Don with WW II POW Al Johnson at the
Redding Cal Vet Veterans Home where they presented a
video presentation of the Museum for the Veterans
who are the home. Al was shot down over Germany in
a B-24 bomber and the Museum has some of his things
SSgt. (USAF) Loyd Simerith's foot locker with
deployments to Baharin and Saudi Arabia
stenciled on it. Donated by his Son.
George Chan with
his photo and his patches taken during the Korean
War with one of their fighter planes and group
Captain Terry Thomas with is flight helmet bag and
flight suit. He did 2 tours in the Viet Nam War at
Takhli, Thailand AFB (66-67) with the 355th TFW and
at Korat, Thailand AFB (68-69) with the 554th Recon
Sqn. He came back to Beale AFB until he retired
Debra Givens parents both served in the US Navy
during the Korean War. Debra is holding photos and
uniforms they wore.
William Brown (USN
- Retired) with is photo. He served in the Korean
War off the Coast on a battleship. During the Viet
Nam War he went to Da Nang, Viet Nam with the
Major Dale Welch (USAF
- Ret) brought in his uniform from his service in
the 1960's. He was a pilot and was awarded 2
Distinguished Flying Crosses during his service.
Floyd Jones of the Northern Recon Group responsible
for the Feather Falls Casino donation to the Dann
Spear of MOFW
Mr. Huggins brought
in and signed a photo of his Father, Mason Huggins
taken in 1918 when he served with the AEF (Army)
during World War I.
SSgt (USMC) Ret
Randy Busk with a 120cm heat shell base they shot in
their M1-A1 Abrams tank. He signed the shell when
he brought it in for the Museum.
The Harris Family
(Wife, Brother and extended family) visit to the
Museum for an interview with the Appeal Democrat
Newspaper and to view the display about Lt Harris
(Pilot) who was killed in Italy in 1944 when his
P-38 plane went down. Lt. Harris's leather flight
helmet was returned to his brother Larry in Yuba
City after 70 years by the Italian farmer in Italy
where he has crashed. It was an emotional day to
have both his Widow and Brother with all the other
family to view the display.
Lorry Dunning donating a World War I
Quartermaster marked bed frame and Army bunk
Boy Scout Troop 513
visit to the Museum. They also volunteered to help
with the flags.
Don Schrader and John Thao at the Museum.
brought in George Nakamura's World War II Army Air
Corps uniform. Mr. Nakamura (Japanese decent) was
interred at Tule Lake Relocation Camp in the first
part of the War, then volunteered for the Air
Corps. He served as a Radio Tech. and came back to
Marysville, CA (Same town Museum is located
in), After the War ended, he was honorably
discharged for his service.. He is a native of
Marysville, graduated from both grammar school and
Marysville High School. His family owned a local
grocery store here.
Reunion meeting at Museum with Lt. Song K Thao, call
sign "RED HAT" with USAF Capt. Frank Nelson who flew
cover for RED HAT in Laos during the Viet Nam War.
In front of the
Hmong display in the Museum, Dann, Captain Nelson,
Lt Thao (Call sign, "RED HAT) and Don Schrader
Larry Houk brought
in his photo taken in Viet Nam with the Marines and
a pair of cold weather mittens.
donated frame, patches and photos of Sgt. Charles
Sirjesse during tour in the Korean War with the 5th
Regimental Combat Team.
Veterans being interviewed by Reporters
Chong Thor Yang,
Mai Hang Thao, Dann, SSGT. Cher Chou Thao
Mai H. Thao is holding his Brother (MIA)
CHONG THOR YANG IS HOLDING HER HUSBAND
CAPTAIN WANG TONG YANG.
Larry Harris with
photo and flight helmet from his brother Lt. Everett
Harris who was killed in Italy in Nov 1944 while
flying a P-38. He crashed in a farmers field where
he was buried by Italian farmers who took his flight
helmet and put in their basement. Last year the
farmers son found it and traced it to Everett's
brother in Yuba City, CA. who called us and donated
it and photos to the Museum. Amazing story of
finding the helmet 70+ years later and returning it
to family. We are proud to display this story in
Memory to Lt. Harris.
First Sgt. Don
Brister brought in and signed his DCU shirt he wore
in Iraq during OIF II between 2004 - 2005 while with
the C.O.L.T. Platoon of the 1/8th of the 1st Cavalry
Division in the AO of Al Rashid, Iraq
Reunion of the
members of 1/8 Cav /. C.O.L.T. Platoon of the 1st
Cavalry Division who were together in Iraq in 2004 -
2005 during OIF II.
Frank Pangburn donating Maxine Davis's Red Cross
Frank Pangburn donating miscellaneous Helmets and
other military gear.
brought in photos and signed them of he and his wife
June that were taken of them when they both were
serving as Officers in the US Navy.
Gunny Dave Henry with SKS rifle he captured in
Vietnam. Photo take just before he gave the SKS to
his son as a heirloom. Gunny has many other
displays from his USMC service/Vietnam in the
Bumpus with a new display before it goes into a
Fitch Family retired the Ladies Aux. Post 4095
Olivehurst Flag and Past Commanders plaque to the
Ernie Hunley (USMC - Vietnam) Brought in a world II
Chaplains' case and poster that was used in Europe
by and Army Chaplin.
Martha Neyman donated a USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45)
cruise book, shadow box of medals with ID card, and
burial flag in Memory of her husband, Warner who
served in the Navy during the Korean War and the A
Bomb testing at Bikini Atoll. He Retired from the
Navy after 22 years of service
Patricia Bremmer and her daughter Camille
White donated a ship cruise book from the USS Tarawa
when husband and Father, Wm J Bremmer served on the
carrier with the US Navy in the1940's.
Josie and Dale
Cross donated their next door neighbors, (Wayne
Earl March) WW II uniform, obit and photo in his
memory Wayne was in the Army in the Battle of the
Bulge where he was captured in December 1944 by the
Germans and held as a POW at Stalag 4B until the end
of the War. Wayne passed away in April 2016 and
was buried in the Sacramento Valley National
On behalf of
Willie, thank you for accepting these items for the
museum. We know that you will display them in the
most dignified fashion.
We have been totally impressed with The Museum of
the Forgotten Warriors, staff and docents whenever
we have visited. Keep up the wonderful work you all
Much Aloha, Wyman Wong, SMsgt (Ret.), USAF
for creating an amazing museum of military history.
My family really enjoyed our tour of the museum last
Attached is a photo of my mother, Emily Ann Jensvold,
with the German Bible that she donated to the
Mr. and Mrs.
Michael Burns found a B-17 bomber model and print of
B-17 bombers over Europe at a yard sale and bought
them to donate to the museum.
Frank Nelson giving Dann a photo of one of the
planes he flew with some of his units while in the
USAF. He flew a B-26 gunship into Laos during the
Viet Nam War in support of the Hmong's.
and Captain Frank Nelson watching a video in the
Museum about the secret War in Laos during the Viet
Nam War where Frank flew combat missions supporting
Joe Reyes donated
wooden model Air Force planes from the Viet Nam era.
Raymond Ridge donated 2 Korean War (MASH)
portable operating tables in US Medical Corps
marked cases. He got them from a lady in
Hayfork, CA whose Dad had served.
Gobel with his Mom, Mary Agnes at the Museum on
Gobel on the Museum walkway on Memorial Day See neat
Thank you note from Nolan below.
Mr. and Mrs. Lew Lewis found a Pearl Harbor Survivor
License plate and brought in and donated. Lew is a
USAF Veteran who served in the Titan Missile Silo in
the Buttes Mountains outside Sutter. CA during the
points to his display in the museum when he visited
for Memorial Day. His display was put up in 1998.
He is a USN - Viet Nam Gulf of Tonkin Veteran
I am attaching a copy of the photo that was
taken today. It shows me revisiting the display
that I gave to the museum way back in 1998.
It's hard to believe that it's been that long.
Lots of changes for me and also for your
museum. What amazed me about the visit is after
I told you who I was you knew immediately where
my display was in your vast museum!
Your museum remembers all veterans and our
conversation with you was great. Wonderful to
hear all about your son and his challenges and
also about how well the museum is doing.
We both had a very memorable visit.
All the best,
Larry and Sharon Matthews
Samantha Lee Rydnan serving with VMFA (AW) - 12,
F-18 Sqn. visited Iwo Jima and brought home a bag of
sand from the invasion beach below Mount Suabachi
with photos recovering the sand that she signed and
gave to Dann for the HALLOWED GROUND display. It
gives you a feeling that is undescribable to touch
that sacred soil knowing how many Marines lost their
lives on that bloody beach landing on Iwo Jima in
World War II. Thank you Samantha !
items from her husband Captain Al Cardosa's
On the back of Capt Albert Cardoza’s picture it
states he was a Clinical Laboratory Officer, 868th
Medical Group, Goose Bay Labrador May 1968 – Jan
His other duty stations over the 12 years are
shown on the left side of the picture.
Mrs. Hilling with her Mom (Lt-Nurse) and Father (Lt
Army) shirt from World War II. She is holding
a photo of them both in uniform. Now on
display in the museum.
Bobby Foster donated a World War II complete mine
detector in original box and a World War I (1919
dated) Welcome Home program for the Review of the
28th Division returning from France.
I wanted to thank
you again for having us out to your museum. It was a
huge pleasure meeting you and having a chance to
help out (even if just a little bit). I definitely
plan on visiting again and will spread the word
about your museum. I was blown away by the amount of
artifacts and history that you have preserved. It
truly is an amazing and special place.
Pictured from left are TSgt Vincent Clark, TSgt
Kevin Baird and Amn Samantha Snyder of the 364th RCS
(Recruiting Squadron) based out of McClellan, CA.
Thank you again for what you do sir!
Capt. Don Schrader Vietnam "MACV" in 64-65 with the
camera he was issued to take damage assessment
pictures in country.
Mike Zieman with a
Korean War dated US Air Force Pilots helmet he found
in a barn in Bangor, CA.
Nelson holding his signed photo he brought in. He
is in front of his modified B-26 at Nakhon Phanom,
Thailand. He flew 185 missions over Laos with the
609th Air Commando Sqn. He was awarded the Silver
Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals for
his support of operations in Laos. (also known as
the Secret War.)
Littlefield (USN VET) donated a model of the P-40
airplane scratch built with markings from the 'AVG'
in China. Made from balsa wood and fabric.
Paul Coelho with
his ships patch and photo in uniform. He did 2
tours in Viet Nam as a RD 2nd Class with the Navy
shelling Viet Nam positions while on board the USS
Fergeson with 1st Shirt Davis at the Museum for a
function with the 9th AMXS SQN from Beale.
Stefan Wilson-Kurachiski giving Dann the reflective
Nolan Goble with Dann doing research on World War I
trenches for his Eagle Scout project.
Keith Romig brought
in displays of his Father as a tribute to him. (See
Keith's write up) His Father would have turned 100
years old on March 16. He fought in 3 major battles
in the Pacific during World War II including the
landing on Leyte.
"Kip" Vold, USAF (RET) Served a t U-Tapao during
Viet Nam with the 28th ARS from Nov 72 - Mar 73
during Linebacker II. He donated photos, a book he
wrote, Farmer's son to Military Service, and 2 drink
containers used aboard the aircraft for water and
coffee during missions,
as well as his hat and SR-1 Clock.
Tony Pinto, 2 tours
in VietNam with the 1st Cav Div enjoying the company
of REUBEN, the comfort dog at the Museum today.
Reuben is loved by Veterans when they go to military
Photos taken today
at the Museum with 1st Sgt James Casner, Viet Nam
Vet, Iraq Vet 2004 -2005 and Afghanistan et 2012
with "REUBEN" a comfort dog that he takes to
military events, churches, schools, nursing homes
and disaster events. REUBEN brings smiles to those
who get a hug and pet from him. This program is
sponsored by the First Luthern Church in Yuba City,
CA. See his face book page: ReubenComfortDog
Kevin Forstner with a World War II PRC-29
wooden radio container box that was donated by
This is from one of my Tan Son
Nhut Association Members, Harlan
Joe-TSN - NOV 28,
of USAF uniforms
My name is Joe
Thompson. Some time ago I was
referred to you by Harlan Hatfield.
Harlan and I are members of the Tan
Son Nhut Association and he told me
of your organization at one of our
I would like to
donate to the museum my USAF dress
blues, fatigues & other article from
my time in the USAF. It is of note
that I also wore while assigned to
the 9th Field Maintenance SQ (FMS)
at Beale AFB back early 70’s. Some
of the fatigues still have the fuel
spots on them from the notorious
fuel leaks of the SR-71. I was a
fuel system repairman at the time. I
will pay for the shipping to your
location. I do not want to throw
these away as I wore them with much
honor during a time when many others
said "hell no I won’t go" !
I have attached
several photos for your review.
Should you need more information
please do not hesitate to call me.
Thank you for your
service and Welcome Home !
I would be honored
to add your uniforms to the Museums
displays. If possible, could you
send a couple of photos of you when
you were with the SR-71 program, on
flightline or ones that you like of
yourself in uniform? I would like it
if you could write on the front of
the photos: To Dann, when you served
and with the SR-71 and dates and
sign them so I can display with them
with the uniforms. That way, it is a
personnel tribute to your service !
Thank you again!
Dann thank you I am
humbled ! I will start to work on
this tomorrow. I served at Beale,
Tan Son Nhut AFB and was discharged
at McGuire AFB NJ in 1973….After I
was discharged from the USAF I
joined the Pennsylvania Army
National Guard where I served as an
Infantry NCO up to E-7 than later
earned a commissioned. I eventually
retired after 33 years as a Major
(O-4) with the Army reserves.
However during that time I was also
called up for Panama and Haiti. It
was a good ride! Still miss it!
Once again Thank You
!!! Also thank you for your service
and what you do.
Thank You Joe
Awesome career !
Could you also send a photo of you
as an Officer. Truly a unique career
that you had ! Thank You again.
WELCOME HOME !
Dann, here are a
couple of photos from 1971 at Tan
Son Nhut AFB with our shop mascot as
an E-4 (age 20) and my last official
photo for personnel records as an
O-4 at age 48. Photos of me around
the SR-71 will be difficult…in the
early 70’s we could not go near the
flight line with a camera.
I have done many
stupid things in my life ….staying
in uniform for 33 years is not one
of them. It is paying me back for my
service to this country.
All the best to you !
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Museum Supporters and Awesome
Volunteers, Jack Odom, Don Schrader,
and Larry Houk with Dann in the
Nelson brought his his USN album,
photo at boot camp and his Navy
uniform with in country
stitching, (Has ships arch from the
He did 3 Viet Nam cruises on the
USS Ranger during his service from
brought in his photo album from his
Korean War service in 1952 when he
was a bomb loader at K-1 and K-9 Air
Bases in Korea.
Lt. Col. (Ret)
Wilbur Tracy with photo of himself
in uniform he signed. He flew 33
missions in a B17 bomber from Italy
in World War II.
Was so good to see
you and so happy your Museum has
grown so much.
Rudy & Chris Reyes
Rudy was here 31 years ago for the
opening of the Museum ceremonies.
He is pointing to his display which
is in same place in the first
building of the Museum that was put
up 31 years ago! He was with the
Riverine Forces in the Delta of Viet
Garrett Tugigle from the Beale
Airmans Attic shop on Beale Air
Force Base donated Viet Nam and
Cold War Air Force uniforms,
boots, and Officers hat in box
Holtz (Beale AFB) and Floyd
Jones with paperwork to pick
up the remaining SR-71 "Start
Cart" from the old 9th Recon
Wing SR-71 program that was
donated to the Museum by Beale.
Hmong Attendees at
Museum Board Members after receiving
resolutions from the Hmong
Community. Dann, Mary, Jake, Tony,
Mike, and Don
Otis Croy, WW II B-24 bomber crew
member brought in his deceased
brothers flag and photo to remember
and honor his brother.
Photo of Larry Reichert with a
81 mm mortar shell canister and
a recovered Civil War Burnside
cavalry carbine that his Dad had
found in a burned building that
he brought in for the Museum.
brought in a World War I trench
art ship made from spent shell
casings in 1918. It was made by
a relative named Frank Brooke, a
private in the Army in France
during World War I.
Photo is of Mrs.
Twyla Johnson and her daughter,
Brenda Neumann holding a photo of
her husband James Albert Johnson who
was a Marine in World War II who
fought on Iwo Jima. They brought in
and signed the photo in his memory.
Col. Vic Adamson (US Army - Ret)
signing his uniform and hat from
Mark Johnson (Viet Nam Vet) and his
wife with a World War II radio and
manual they donated.
From left to right
Dale, Jonathan, Nolan (brothers)
and Gail Madsen by the F.W.
Andreason display you showed us
Thank you very much for the tour
and for doing such a great job
of the display of my
uniform, equipment and history.
It was truly rewarding to see
how you have dealt with all of
the donated items.
Vic Davis brought
in a 1943 World War II Certificate
for being a Civilian Observer.
Awarded by the Army Air Corps with
miniature wings for watching our
shores for enemy aircraft.
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February 09, 2017