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Avenue of Heroes Biography: Major General Joseph H. Pendleton

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on August 31, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Ronald Reagan to Depart San Diego for U.S. 7th Fleet

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…


Added by eCoronado on August 27, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Avenue of Heroes Bio: Major General Francis Patrick Mulcahy

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.…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on August 24, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Avenue of Heroes Banner Biography: Commander John “Jack” R. Lewis

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on August 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Avenue of Heroes Banner Biography, Ensign Paul Lowthian

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on August 11, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

George Washington to Arrive in San Diego, Three Carrier Swap Continues

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…


Added by eCoronado on August 9, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Avenue of Heroes: RADM James G. Prout

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on August 4, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Avenue of Heroes, Naval Pilot #1, Commander Theodore "Spuds" Ellyson

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on July 30, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

VADM Stockdale, Avenue of Heroes Banner Recipient

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,…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on July 21, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Avenue of Heroes Banner Recipient: Admiral Raymond Spruance

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on July 15, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Avenue of Heroes Banner Recipient: Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Richard Engel USN - Vietnam

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on July 6, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

San Diego to Host No Barriers Warrior Challenge

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.

The Warrior…


Added by R Panos on July 1, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Colonel Richard Kenney, a True Coronado Hero

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on June 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Chief Petty Officer Bradley S. Cavner, Navy SEAL

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on June 23, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Coronado School of the Arts Students to Film New Movie at The Hotel del Coronado

For the first time in nearly 40-years, a feature length movie will be filmed at the magnificent Hotel del Coronado.

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…


Added by Surf's Up Studios Coronado on June 19, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to Rock the Hotel del Coronado in Honor of Flag Day

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…


Added by Mary Douglas on June 10, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Avenue of Heroes Banner Recipient, Admiral Edward Martin Biography


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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on June 10, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Acts of Service: Kyle McCarty Builds Community Trust Through Craftsmanship

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…


Added by Mary Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Avenue of Heroes: Hospital Corpsman First Class (HM1) Jeff "JT" Taylor - Navy SEAL

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…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on June 2, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Memorial Day In Coronado

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,…


Added by Joseph Ditler on May 27, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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