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Coronado's Carol Raiter Receiving Extraordinary Service Award at United Through Reading's Storybook Ball

United Through Reading will be honoring nearly 35-year Coronado resident Carol Raiter at their 7th Annual Storybook Ball at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa on the evening November 14, 2015. 
United Through Reading is a San Diego-based nonprofit that unites U.S. military…

Added by Taylor Monaco on October 5, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments

Coronado Filmmaker's "Kissing Statue" Short Film Accepted by KPBS GI Film Festival San Diego

Coronado, CA - Surf's Up Studios producer and director, Tony Perri will be screening his short film, "Kissing Statue Dedication" at the KPBS GI FILM FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Mr. Perri's film is one of only twelve movies selected from hundreds of entries to the festival. "Filming that iconic statue as it was placed on it's pedestal and then interviewing…


Added by Surf's Up Studios Coronado on October 4, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Local Veteran advances to 2015 VGA Championship in Pinehurst, NC

Veterans are finding camaraderie, competition and comfort between tee boxes and flagsticks. Randy Morgan, a Coronado, California, resident and member of the Veteran Golfers Association, served with the United States Navy for 27 years. He is a retired Navy Captain and served his career mostly in Coronado in Navy Special Warfare. He graduated from Penn State (‘79/Science) and is lifetime member of the Penn…


Added by Community Manager on September 27, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

An Exhibition Chronicles the Lives of James and Sybil Stockdale Opens at Coronado Museum

Vice-Admiral James Bond Stockdale was an extraordinary man of uncommon valor in a time of civil discord and social angst in America.

An exhibition at the Coronado Museum tells the story of this Vietnam-era prisoner or war (POW) and his wife Sybil, who founded the League of American Families, an organization that worked for the release of those held captive as well as those missing in action (MIAs).

While on a bombing raid over North Vietnam, Stockdale’s plane…


Added by Gloria Tierney on September 18, 2015 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Avenue of Heroes, Captain Ray Volpe

The Navy gave Captain Ray Volpi the rare distinction of seeing action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Apart from those Navy years, Volpi spent all of his 93 years, in California

Volpi was born in Antioch, Ca, August 31, 1921. He graduated Tracy High School, as a true scholar-athlete, excelling in varsity football, basketball, and academics. He went on to attend the College of the Pacific, until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the United States…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on September 18, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is September 19-20 at NASNI

The event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at one of the most distinctive race track locations — Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy.

This is the only Navy Open House on the West Coast. Naval Base Coronado is home to over 20,000 active duty military and over 4,000 civilian employees. The general…


Added by eCoronado on September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Video: President Nixon Visits Coronado (1970)

From YouTube:

"A Southern California native, Richard M. Nixon was a frequent visitor to San Diego, stopping in what he called his "lucky city" or at military bases in the county on at least nine occasions while serving as President." On September 3, 1970, "Nixon came to North Island Naval Air Station to meet with Mexican President Gustavo…


Added by eCoronado on September 14, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

Avenue of Heroes Banner Biography: Sergeant Thomas M. Rice

In the early hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944, 22-year-old Staff Sergeant Thomas Rice jumped into Normandy as part of Operation Overlord, the largest and most complex military campaign ever undertaken. Rice remembered the hours before parachuting into France:

On the night of June 5, 1944, as we boarded the planes that would take us into battle, I’m not sure we realized the full extent of the dangers and difficulties we faced, or if we thought…


Added by Toni Mc Gowan on September 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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

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