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 If you have something to add to our collection, please contact Dann at 530-742-3090 or email at cws21779@aol.com


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 on display.

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 photo.

Retired USAF 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 Seabees.

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 beds.

Boy Scout Troop 513 visit to the Museum.  They also volunteered  to help with the flags.

Don Schrader and John Thao at the Museum.

Gene Terminel 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.

Bob Butterfield 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) COL.HANG CHONG


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 Uniforms.

Frank Pangburn donating miscellaneous Helmets and other military gear.

Rick Paskowitz 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 Museum.

Mike Bumpus with a new display before it goes into a case.

The Fitch Family retired the Ladies Aux. Post 4095 Olivehurst Flag and Past Commanders plaque to the Museum.

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 Veterans Cemetery.

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 are doing.
Much Aloha, Wyman Wong, SMsgt (Ret.), USAF

Thank you for creating an amazing museum of military history. My family really enjoyed our tour of the museum last weekend.
Attached is a photo of my mother, Emily Ann Jensvold, with the German Bible that she donated to the museum.
Judy Thomas

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.

Captain 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.


John Thao 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 the Hmong;s.

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.


Nolan Gobel with his Mom, Mary Agnes at the Museum on Memorial Day. 

Nolan 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 Cold War.


Larry Matthews 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

Hello Dan,
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 !

Carol donating items from her husband Captain Al Cardosa's collection

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 1970.

 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.

Dann, 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. 

Cpt. Frank 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.)

Jered 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 Carronade.

Maj. Fergeson with 1st Shirt Davis at the Museum for a function with the 9th AMXS SQN from Beale.

SSGt. Stefan Wilson-Kurachiski giving Dann the reflective belt.

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.

CMSgt. Clarence "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 events.

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 Sherry Reese.

This is from one of my Tan Son Nhut Association Members, Harlan

Joe-TSN - NOV 28, 1971

MAJ Thompson-1999

Joe's Story

Subject: donation 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 Reunion’s

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.

Joe Thompson

Hi Joe:

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 Spear

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 !


Click here to see more of Joe's TSN story.


Larry Houk

Good friends, Museum Supporters and Awesome Volunteers, Jack Odom, Don Schrader, and Larry Houk with Dann in the Library.

Leland "Rock" Nelson brought his his USN album, photo at boot camp and his Navy uniform with in country stitching, (Has ships arch from the USS Ranger). 

He did 3 Viet Nam cruises on the USS Ranger  during his service from 1964 -1968.

Kenneth Scott 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 Nam, Dann.

Our Webmaster Harlan Hatfield

Andrea and 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  on Saturday.

Dann, SSgt 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 memorial dedication.

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.

Aleta Zak 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 Desert Storm.

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) Bill (father)

Chris Harbert and Gail Madsen by the F.W. Andreason display you showed us today.
Thank you very much for the tour and for doing such a great job of the display of my father-in-law's military 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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