Daniel Sylbert, Daniel Farmer, Chris Yates, Richard Sorrell, Brianna Stimson, Logan Peters, Isaac Montecino, and Michael Metoyer. Thank You!
NAVY HERITAGE PROGRAM
Our deepest appreciation to Navy personnel, on active duty attached to the USS Independence in San Diego, California. Eight shipmates-- attending training in West Palm Beach-- drove to Fort Lauderdale to spend their free afternoon, helping the Museum with landscaping, and preservation projects. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet such hardworking and fine members of the Navy!
Daniel Sylbert, Daniel Farmer, Chris Yates, Richard Sorrell, Brianna Stimson, Logan Peters, Isaac Montecino, and Michael Metoyer. Thank You!
NAVY HERITAGE PROGRAM
NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM
SATURDAY JANUARY 31st, 2015 - LUNCHEON 11:30 AM
LAUDERDALE YACHT CLUB
1725 S.E. 12th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
GARY KILBRIDE USNR (Ret)
Gunner / Navigator, A3D Skywarrior
"How the Bomb Saved Naval Aviation Presentation"
BCAD (Ret), former Mackey Airlines pilot
"Volunteering at NASFL"
PLEASE RSVP by Thursday 29, 2015 (you can leave message)
Our deepest gratitude to the following Contractors and professionals, for their generosity and tremendous dedication in helping the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum complete their Certificate of Occupancy:
Gallo Herbert Architects (William J. Gallo)
JWR Construction Services, Inc. (Jerry Du Bois, Paul Novak)
Summers Fire Sprinklers, Inc (Garret P. Granitto)
C. Davis Electric Co. Inc (Charles E. Davis Jr.)
Right Way Plumbing Co. (Charles D. Ermer)
AA Advance Air Inc. (Doublas M. Cady III)
Jordan's Permit Expediting Construction Services (Jordán Morgan)
SRT Supply, Inc (Richard Haddad)
Lotspeich Co. of Florida, Inc (Mike Fee, Ricky Rivera)
Broward County Aviation Department
Broward County Building Dept. (Gary Kilbride)
Thank you to the following Individuals, Organizations, Businesses
and Museum Volunteers for their generous help and support:
Coley J. Bagocius
Charles Schaus, Chevalier
Dr. & Mrs. Jim Perry
Margaret Ajemian Ahner
Organizations and Businesses
Ken Kaye, Sun-Sentinel
Broward Navy Days (Mary Anne Gray)
Thomason Pest Control (Toby Thomason)
Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale (John Ray)
Everglades Council League (Tom Melville)
Dayton-Granger (Christopher Maholm)
Miami Military Museum (Dr. Anthony Atwood)
Oil Spill Response USA Inc (Paul Schuler)
Steel Fabricators, LLC
Bromley & Cook Engineering
US Navy Reservist Unit VTU-0808G
Boy Scouts - Troop #190
John, Minerva & Matthew Bloom
Ray Rivera & Larry Rivera
Gary & Bobbie Kilbride
Catherine "Kitty" Weidman
McKenna & Patrick Sivore
Jordan & Leanna
Thank you as well to the following individuals and organizations
for their help with the Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony
Jack Seiler, Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale
Jim Naugle, retired Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale
Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner
George R. Moraitis, Jr., Florida House of Representatives
Broward County Aviation Department, Deputy Director Douglas Webster
BCAD, Robert Pence Chief of Maintenance
Broward County Sheriff Dept., BCAD Chief Roy H. Liddicott
BSO, Sgt. Donald Prichard
Edgar "Buddy" Galvin USNR WWII
Commander Tom Melville USN (Ret)
Dr. Anthony Atwood, Miami Military Museum
Karl Khan, Military Research Foundation
VFW past Commander, Ray Rivera USNR WWII
Stranahan High School Marine Corps JROTC, Col. James A. Davidson
Frank Loconto, CountyLine TV
Seafaring House, Chaplain Ron Perkins
David Plumb, poet
Odabashian Imports Inc, Eddie Odabashian
Ron Lowther, Producer
Fort Lauderdale Florist, Jay Walsh
Gold Coast Amateur Radio Assoc.
David Baum, Photography
After 17 years, Naval Air Station Museum to open
by Ken Kaye
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Wishing to all our friends, volunteers, members, and supporters
a happy, creative, and prosperous 2015 New Year!
Thank you for all you do!
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
Mike Seal from California, shares the following article from veteran war photographer John Evans who was stationed at Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale:
Thank you to Margaret-Ann Bolton, for sharing the image below! Mr. Timothy Maloney, who lived and trained at the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale during WWII.
We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all the dedicated and helpful volunteers! NOSC Miami and VTU0808G United States Navy Reserve, with WWII veteran Ray Rivera (center). You are all awesome!
News update from the Flight 19 Club in Denmark:
Shared by Museum member Dr. Bjørn Madsen, Thank you guys for remembering along with us! Hope to see you next year, we will try to bring in a real Avenger for the Ceremony! You are always welcome here. --
"I realize this must have been a difficult year for you all when Allan McElhiney passed away. I am glad I had the pleasure to meet him when I visited the museum in 2012. Please accept my condolences.
I would also like to express my sympathy for David Epstein who lost his wife just recently. I remember how mr. Epstein was kind to offer his time and take me through the grand tour of the museum. It was inspiring to hear about the history of the NASFL from someone who had actually been there.
Here in Denmark we could arrange our little Flight 19 ceremony in the usual way, without any storms threatening this year ! We were 16 attending this year. I will send you a few photos.
I could not help noticing that 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Flight 19. Have you considered any special or different program for the memorial next year ? Here in Denmark I have suggested the idea that WE pay a visit to Fort Lauderdale for the memorial ceremony next year. I am not sure whether this will actually come true - it´s a long travel ! - but I have a full year to keep reminding my friends. I will keep you posted if the plans work out."
Gloria Epstein, 92, of Hollywood passed away November 29, 2014. Beloved wife of David "Parachute" Epstein, loving mother of Robert and the late Alan; cherished grandmother of Melissa and Jessica; adored aunt of Lynn Colin and Barbara Robins; dear cousin of Linda Chait (Norman). Gloria was an active member of the NAS Fort Lauderdale Museum.
Chapel service Thursday, December 4, 2014, 2:00 PM at Levitt Weinstein Memorial Chapel, 3201 NW 72nd Avenue, Hollywood, FL (954)963-2400. To send flowers, a sympathy note, or a memorial gift to the family of Gloria Epstein please visit Gloria Epstein's family Sympathy Store.
Save the Date!
You are invited to the 69th Anniversary of Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony.
When: Friday December 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM (13:00)
Where: NASFL Museum building
4000 W. Perimeter Rd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Showcasing WWII Vehicles
Allan McElhiney's memorial service took place November 15, 2014.
A Sea Story Re: Brother Al.
By Dick Boyce
"I was Officer-in-Charge at (former Naval Air Station) Ft Lauderdale Base from Sept 1988 until 19 July 1991. Al and I hit it off at our initial introduction and remained close throughout my tour.
My new base was noticeably the biggest eyesore in the vicinity of the airport. The buildings were in disrepair with peeling paint and suffering from no maintenance program and no money to correct the problem. I felt more like a slum lord than a naval officer. My tightfisted seniors offered advice, but no funds.
Allan McElhiney asked me to provide space for him to start his museum. He discussed his plans to recreate a WWII flight student's bunk room as well as collect plaques from all ships visiting Ft Lauderdale. His long range plan included having a mural painted on a wall with President GHW Bush's plane included. I agreed to all of it with one condition... Al had to tell me that President Bush was coming for the dedication of the mural. Tongue in cheek, Al told me of his plan to have the President on site.
Over the next few weeks I signed a lot of bogus letters to a lot of ships asking for plaques for a museum that didn't exist, to be seen by a president that wasn't going to visit. I also officially notified my seniors that President Bush was going to participate in our ceremony. Paint and maintenance crews were flown into from Dahlgren, Virginia to "beautify" the facility. I provided weekly updates to seniors about the potential VIP visit and developed a formal program for the ceremony. I also helped Al unwrap many of the plaques he received and helped him write Thank-you notes.
Just prior to the big event, I passed the word up my chain of command that Jeb Bush would be standing in for his father. The list of attendees dropped significantly.
What a happy ending! In the end my facilities looked new, Al had lots of souvenirs from the fleet and neither of us spent a penny.
Al was my kind of sailor. Our philosophies were similar. If it's good for the Navy, just do it.
One senior eventually discovered the scam. He complimented me for "my ability to interact with the Navy League and civilian community in promoting a positive image of the Navy". In private he said Al and I were modern day Frank and Jesse James."
Allan McElhiney's Memorial Service will take place on Saturday November 15th from 1-4pm. Refreshments to follow. At Broward Burial and Cremation. 1801 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 (954) 731-4321. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Museum.
Allan McElhiney, founder of Navy museum and
Flight 19 ceremony, dies at 89, on Sunday, his birthday
By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel
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Allan McElhiney AMM - 2c USNR, WWII & Korea
Founding Father of NASFL Museum
Curator, Historian & Photographer
On November 9, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, Allan McElhiney passed away on his 89th birthday.
Allan McElhiney was born November 9, 1925, to Allan and Ruth McElhiney in Lynn, Massachusetts. His father was a Marine who served in World War I. Allan has three brothers, all of whom served in the military, and one sister. On Allan's 17th birthday, his parents signed his papers to join the Navy. Beginning in 1944, he served on convoy duty on the Patrol Frigate USS Asheville PF-1 based at Port Everglades. After World War II while in the Reserves, he was called to active duty for the Korean Conflict, back aboard the USS Asheville. After his discharge from the Navy, like many veterans who had spent time or heard stories of our area, Allan moved with his wife Carolyn and five children to Fort Lauderdale. He started a wall-covering business with contracts up and down the East Coast as well as the Bahamas. In the 1970's he joined the Navy League, and later became chairman of the Sea Cadet Program.
In 1979, Allan, along with military friends Ben Langley MCB7, Army Col. Robert Rawls, Chief Stephen Sedillo USCG, and a handful of history enthusiasts and supporters, established the 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association. Their main mission was to save from demolition at least one of the buildings from the former WWII Fort Lauderdale naval base. The group worked tirelessly for many years, and finally on May 20th of 1998, they were successful in registering Building #8 "The Link Trainer Building" on the National Register of Historic Places. In December 1999 after much work and preparation-- and joining in their preservation cause-- was Broward County Commissioner Lori Nance Parrish, whose father W.A. Nance, Jr. served in the Navy during WWII. Lori was able to locate a $200,000 grant from the Transportation Department, and just in time, the building was officially saved and moved to its permanent location at 4000 West Perimeter Road.
Restoration has continued since, to complete Allan's dream of a permanent place (Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum), to honor the service and sacrifices of those who trained here during World War II. In the course of more than 30 years, McElhiney compiled a vast amount of documents, photographs, articles, and artifacts that are on display at the Museum. He did all this without pay, with the help of members and volunteers. This World War II collection continues to grow daily, thanks to the efforts of volunteers, museum members and benefactors.
Beginning on December 5, 1989, Allan presided over the Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony-- originally celebrated at Navy Park, and more recently in the Museum building. This annual ceremony is open to the public. In December 2011, Allan McElhiney was inducted as a Broward County Pioneer, and was also awarded the Broward Navy Days Freedom Award for 2012. On December 5, 2013, he was honored with a Proclamation "The Allan McElhiney Day in Broward County" by Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
Over the past several years Allan's physical health deteriorated, limiting his activities however his keen mind and sharp wit remained. Having learned of the Honor Flight, he was invigorated by the opportunity to travel with other World War II veterans to visit the World War II, Korea, and Iwo Jima Memorials as well as the Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC. It was obvious to his family and friends how very important this was to him. With the great help of volunteers from the non-profit organization Honor Flight South Florida, Allan made the trip of a lifetime on October 11, 2014. His joy was palpable, especially with the reception and celebration on their return that night to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Allan McElhiney's Memorial Service took place Saturday November 15th at Broward Burial and Cremation. 1801 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Museum.
THANK YOU to the following individuals for their generous donation of World War II artifacts for exhibit at the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum:
Donna Kotrady in honor of Anthony Cusolito
Mira Libansky in honor of Otakar Libansky
Charlie Schauss, Chevalier
Gabriel W. Nemeth in memory of Gabriel P. Nemeth
Joanne Castelli - Gold Coast Women Veterans
THANK YOU to the following Benefactors for their support
of the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association:
Christopher Maholm - Director of Business Development and Engineering
Dr. Anthony Atwood
Director of Miami Military Museum of South Florida
Edgar "Buddy" Galvin
Mr. Keanneard L. Steigelman
Oil Spill Response USA Inc.
Paul Schuler - Director
Phi Delta Theta / Sigma Chi Alumni of Broward County
Also THANK YOU to the following Donors for their support:
Dr & Mrs Jim Perry
Vern Lewis, Jr.
Charles & Andrea Mulin
Broward County Homeschool Parent Support Group
Keith E. Mullaney
Dr. Jerry Klein
THE NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY DUE TO RESTORATION PROJECTS.
WE HOPE TO RESUME OPERATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH A BETTER AND SPRUCED UP MUSEUM! WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. PLEASE CHECK BACK THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATES. MEANWHILE YOU CAN CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
Current Information for Wreaths Across America
To Sponsor a Wreath Saturday, December 13, 2014
Visit website: wreathsacrossamerica.org
Thank you to Museum Volunteer Gary Adams, a former Pilot for Mackey International Airlines for sharing with us an historic event! On September 18, a Jet Blue Airlines plane was the first to land on the new runway at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:
History of FLL Airport: Fort Lauderdale airport once home to golfers, hunters
Article By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel
5:30 p.m. EDT, September 15, 2014
Doolittle Raiders Final Toast
Thank you to our new member James Eng, Pilot for Virgin America, who attended the ceremony on November 2013, and shared with us this video:
The remaining members of the Doolittle Raid met at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio on November 9, 2013 to perform their final toast to their fallen comrades and finally open the bottle of 1896 cognac, the birth year of Jimmy Doolittle.
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September 4, 2014: we are proud to announce that two of our members will be joining 25 World War II veterans aboard the Honor Flight South Florida to Washington, DC, on 11 October 2014. NASFL Museum's Founder & President Allan McElhiney (USS Asheville, USNR WWII & Korea), and Museum's Sgt. at Arms Ray Rivera (USS Bunker Hill, USNR WWII & Korea). We hope to greet them at their return approximately 8:30pm. More details to follow.
November 1st, 2014 Update: Allan McElhiney & Ray Rivera enjoyed their Honor Flight experience "a trip of a Lifetime" they are very grateful to everyone that sent letters and congratulations and to everyone that attended the receptions. Especially to the guardians and companions! The Honor Flight is such a wonderful organization!
Honor Flight South Florida