By Oceanside Veteran Writing Group, Gail Chatfield
San Diego prominence as a military hub can be traced to one determined Marine: Major General Joseph H. Pendleton. Without his foresight, persuasive skills, and focused tenacity, San Diego would not be the military center it is today. Neither would Coronado.
According to those who knew him, Pendleton frequently pointed out that he and fellow Marine Charles H. Lyman could be considered discoverers of San…
CORONADO, California - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is scheduled to depart Naval Air Station North Island Aug. 31 and proceed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to serve with the U.S. Navy's forward deployed naval forces (FDNF).
"We are sending our most modern West Coast-based aircraft carrier to support the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and…
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MGen Francis Patrick Mulcahy
By Oceanside - Veteran’s Writer’s Group, Gail Chatfield
Some might have called it a suicide mission that October day in 1918 on the frontlines in France, but not 24-year-old Capt. Francis Mulcahy, Flight Commander, Squadron A, First Marine Aviation Force. He was not a risk taker—that was evident from the risk assessment test he took to become an aviator--- and more importantly he had a fiancée waiting for him back home.…
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Co-written by Suzi Lewis Pignataro and Coronado Scribe, Mary Beth Dodson, May 2015
Commander John “Jack” R. Lewis, active in both WW II and the Korean War, still lives in the Coronado home he built for his family in 1955.
As a boy, Jack could have belonged to Spanky and his gang. He was a rough and tumble kid, always looking for a neighborhood football skirmish or a boat to sail on the rivers and creeks of New Jersey. He loved water, and remembered with…
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ENS Paul Lowthian
(December, 18, 1921 to December 28, 1943)
She remembers the last time she saw him, although her memories are dimmed by the intervening 70 + years, waving over his shoulder, a smile strong on his tanned face. And the flint of gold wings on his chest. He mouthed the words, “I love you,” and I’ll be home soon. He had his B4 bag and his flight gear and headed out on what was supposed to be an uneventful flight to return a damaged PB4Y-1 Liberator from…Continue
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CORONADO, California - USS George Washington (CVN 73) is scheduled to arrive at Naval Air Station North Island Aug. 10 to initiate a crew and equipment swap with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) before beginning its transit to Norfolk, Virginia, where it will prepare for its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
George Washington's arrival in San Diego is part of the three-carrier…
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RADM James G. Prout III, USN
On May 17, 1995, two F/A-18 Hornet supersonic combat jets left Miramar Naval Air Station for St. Louis, MO, to meet with McDonnell Douglas - combining official on-duty business with required training. Seated in the back seat of one of those jets was Rear Admiral (RADM) James G. Prout III, USN.
While over remote New Mexico the two planes flew at low altitude expecting to scale-up the mountains to level off at 12,000 feet when…
The birth of their strapping red-haired son, Theodore Gordon Ellyson, on February 27, 1885, was a proud day for Virginians, Henry and Lizzie Ellyson. No one was prepared when his life was tragically cut short exactly 43-years later.
By all accounts, Commander Theodore Gordon “Spuds” Ellyson was in a rush to be first at everything—as if he sensed his days would be short. While his time in Coronado was brief, his daring anchored North Island’s role as a leader in…
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Vice Admiral (VADM) James Bond Stockdale was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the United States Navy. He was one of only 15 Medal of Honor recipients for the entire Vietnam War, and the only VADM to wear both aviator wings and the Medal of Honor. Stockdale was the highest ranking Prisoner of War (POW) in Vietnam.
His family hailed from Mt. Pleasant, the "Athens of Iowa," a leader in women’s rights and education. James was born in Abingdon,…
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During World War II, Admiral Raymond Spruance (July 3, 1886 – December 13, 1969) commanded US naval forces during two of the most significant naval battles that took place in the Pacific theater, the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The Battle of Midway was the first major victory for the United States over Japan and is seen by many as the turning point of the Pacific campaign of the war. The Navy's official historian said of the Battle of Midway…Continue
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By Coronado Scribe, Toni McGowan, with Richard and Susan Engel - May 2015
Dashing young pilot, Richard (Dick) Engel saw his future wife, stunning Susan Cheston at a party in San Francisco while he was stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda. The Vietnam Conflict was heating up and President John F. Kennedy was still in office. She was pursuing a dental hygiene career. He was bound for battle.
Soon after their marriage the two were pulled apart by…
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The national non-profit No Barriers will host its first No Barriers Warrior Challenge this summer in San Diego. The event is designed to help people transcend their personal barriers — physical, mental or intellectual.
We’ve helped a stroke survivor climb a 14,000-foot peak, inspired a man to lose 100 pounds, and motivated a heart attack survivor to hike again. On Aug. 16 we hope to inspire similar changes in hundreds of Californians in San Diego.
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Colonel Richard Kenney passed peacefully in his sleep, on the morning of Dec. 11, 2014, at his home in Coronado. He was 94. Donations in lieu of flowers were suggested in his memory to the Coronado Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program. “That’s where I started, and that’s where I’d like it all to finish.” he said.
Richard F. Kenney, (Dick) was born March 2, 1920, in Santa Cruz, California, one of five children born to Lt. Patrick John and Doris Kenney. His family received…
On Monday, June 23, 2014, U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley S. Cavner suffered fatal injuries in a training jump near the desert town of El Centro, California (CA). It was just weeks after he returned from the battlefield of Afghanistan. "The training SEALs’ go through is inherently high-risk," said Commander Christian Dunbar, in Coronado for Naval Special Warfare Group 1, and "Bradley was a warrior who selflessly answered his nation's call to defend freedom and…Continue
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For the first time in nearly 40-years, a feature length movie will be filmed at the magnificent Hotel del Coronado. HotelDel.com
You may have seen the last movie shot at The Del - The Stuntman - starring Peter O'Toole, which was filmed in the late '70s and released in 1980. Before that, Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot.
And what better cast and crew to film NadoLand at The Hotel Del than the students at…Continue
On Sunday, June 14th, the Hotel del Coronado welcomes a very special guest, and this time, it's not a secret. Gary Sinise and his 12-member Lt. Dan Band will perform on the beach for a first-ever Flag Day BBQ and Concert. Guests of the event will enjoy delicious food and drink (available for purchase) from the hotel's culinary team and a DJ starting at…Continue
ADMIRAL EDWARD H. MARTIN
By his friend and Coronado Scribe, Thomas Leary, May 12, 2015.
Some veterans are honored for conspicuous courage in the face of the enemy, and others for excellent performance in command of great fleets. Admiral Edward H. Martin is here recognized as a hero in both arenas.
Ed Martin continued to serve his country and the city of Coronado even in retirement. The special regard of his neighbors and friends was…
Kyle McCarty is a creator with an entrepreneurial spirit. He’s always had a knack for fixing things. When he was younger, his father once told him “It’s not what the tool is designed to do, it’s about what you can make it do.” From the time he was a boy in Houston, Kyle’s father laid the groundwork for what would later be his service to the Coronado community. Well known around town for his handyman business, Kyle tackles basic home repairs, fixer uppers and the “honey do’s” – and…Continue
Hospital Corpsman First Class (HM1) Jeff "JT" Taylor
By Coronado Scribe, Mike Lavin, May 2015
The erudite and prescient final letter to his wife of only three months, Erin, speaks so well to defining who Jeffrey Taylor was, as a husband, an American, and a Navy Seal, where he wrote, “Here I am, living my dream which extends out as the farthest-reaching arm to smash those who wish harm on my loved ones and our way of life. Sometimes the…
Remembering Those Who Died
It began as a memorial to Civil War soldiers who had died in the war – both Union and Confederate. It was called Decoration Day. In a time before the Internet, TV,…Continue
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