Added by Taylor Monaco on October 5, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
Added by eCoronado on September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
"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
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
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…
Added by eCoronado on August 27, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments
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
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
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
Added by Toni Mc Gowan on August 11, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
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
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…
Added by Toni Mc Gowan on July 30, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
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
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
Added by Toni Mc Gowan on July 15, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
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
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.
Added by R Panos on July 1, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments