News from Rick Makowski:
"Ladies and Gents,
Now only two (of the 80) Doolittle's Raiders remain; Dick Cole and David Thatcher. Bob Hite of Nashville, passed on Palm Sunday and Ed Saylor in WA state passed in late January. The Raiders will receive the Congressional Gold Medal and on their 73rd Anniversary of the mission (18 April), will present it to the USAF Museum in Dayton, OH. If in Dayton, check out the 80 Goblets and the two that remain upright and tip a glass on the 18th to the Raiders and all of our WWII Vets!
Dick's grandson recently graduated from West Point; I never asked why he didn't go to Zoom School instead.
April 1942: Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle and Capt. Marc A. Mitscher with members of Doolittle’s Raiders while en route to Japan on board USS Hornet CV-8. (Maritime Quest).
Doolittle Raiders Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony
at the National Museum of the US Air Force
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our long time member and beloved friend John Casey. He was on our Board of Directors, and was our Director of Restorations & Exhibits, as well as a military historian at our Museum. John was U.S. Army (Ret). He always had a special bond with those who served our country, and was for years the glue that kept our Museum together. He will be missed by all who loved him. John passed away on March 11, 2015.
There will be a Memorial for John following the Museum's Luncheon: Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 pm at the Museum. More details to follow.
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From R. Dana Charles
Vice President/Editor, the Blue Bonnet:
James Gibson is well known as one of the first Florida Highwaymen artists, literally selling paintings from the trunk of his car in the 1950s. Painting Florida's landscapes for nearly 50 years, James Gibson is an accomplished artist – his paintings in high demand. Although the landscape has changed considerably since the 1950s, Mr. Gibson continues to capture the ever-changing cloud formations, brilliant sunrises and sunsets, and mystical-magical landscapes that portray the true essence of Florida's natural beauty.
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Joseph W. Young, Jr., and the City Beautiful
A Biography of the Founder of Hollywood, Florida
by Joan Mickelson
Joseph W. Young, Jr., was acknowledged as one of the five or six major city builders in boomtime Florida. From practically nothing in 1920 he created Hollywood By-the-Sea with an elegant Beaux Arts plan of circles and lakes, calling it a "City Beautiful," an ideal first propounded by Daniel Burnham of Chicago.
Young had a rare talent for publicity and a knack for making and spending millions--supported by an immense personal charm that is still remembered decades after his death.
This first full biography of Young covers his start as city builder in turn-of-the-century California where new cities blossomed and were ballyhooed, his move to Indianapolis, home of Carl Fisher who developed Miami Beach, his creation of Hollywood and Port Everglades, and his move to his Adirondack resort, ending with his dreams to expand Hollywood, fulfilled after his early death.
219 pages softcover (7 x 10)
66 photos, notes, bibliography, index
2013 McFarland & Company, Publishers
Dates for Fleet Week Port Everglades 2015 Announced
Broward Navy Days, Inc. is pleased to announce that Fleet Week Port Everglades 2015 will be held May 4 - 10, 2015. They are anticipating visits by five to six U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. More details about events will be published in early 2015. Registration for ship tours will be announced on the BND website and via their email newsletter. To make sure you receive announcements, please sign up for Broward Navy Days mailing list.
Registration Open for 2015 Fleet Week Golf Classic
Registration is now open for the 2015 Fleet Week Golf Classic, Tuesday, May 5 at Fort Lauderdale Country Club in Plantation. Golfers may compete in foursome teams paired with a military player or as individuals. Broward Navy Days are also seeking corporate sponsors for the event at all levels. Click here to download their registration brochure, or download below:
Run, walk, or stroll your way through beautiful TY Park in Hollywood
Broward County, Florida in support of the
ARMED FORCES FOUNDATION
Register for this Event
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015
WHERE: TY Park (Topeekeegee Yugnee), #12 Corporate Shelter
3300 North Park Road, Hollywood, FL 33021
The “4K for AFF” event was created as a service project by the youth of Florida 4-H’s District XIII Council. The Council is comprised of students ages 8 – 18 from Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. All proceeds from the event are for the benefit of the ARMED FORCES FOUNDATION. Runners, casual walkers, families, and pets are all welcome to participate. Along with raising funds for AFF, this event is teaching our young people the importance of reaching out to those in need, and teaching them valuable life skills in the process.The Council seeks your help in achieving its goal of raising needed funds for our armed forces as we “serve those who serve us.”
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We had great fun on our January Luncheon at the Lauderdale Yacht Club: Speakers for this month were Gary Kilbride, our Social Media Officer, who has been a museum volunteer since 2010. Gary was a Gunner/Navigator in the Skywarrior for the USN from 1956-60. Gary works at the Broward County Permitting & Licensing Department at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He has been a great supporter of our restoration projects. And Gary Adams our current museum docent, who has been a museum volunteer since 2014. Mr. Adams was a former Mackey Airlines Captain. He also worked for the Broward County Aviation Department (Ret 2010); was President for Trans Air; and Chief Operations Officer for Sky Bus; also General Manager for Island Expres-- all FLL based Companies.
Museum member Ken Steigelman shares with us some great photos!
I took Percy to Pompano Airfield to view the Collins Foundation collection of planes including a P51, a B17, and a B 24 all in flying condition. I took some pictures of Percy next to the B17 in which he flew 29 missions over Germany only to be shot down on the 29th. He gave me his Stalag 7A dog tags which I will either send to you by mail or drop them off -- to add to his collection. Best wishes, --Ken"
Percy Paget Bio
Army Air Corps
POW WWII Togglieer (Bombardier)
AFAGC Chapter President Ms Montalvo arranged for the Gold Coast Women Veterans to meet at the Naval Air Station Museum in Broward County for a formal presentation to the museum collection of several albums of their chapter’s history and member information. Most of the ladies who served in WWll, and Korea were most anxious to hear Col Jacqueline Stennett, graduate of West Point, speak about the advancements of women in the military.
Download December 2014 Issue of the Marauder:
The Avenger Newsletter is here !
NASFL Museum - February 2015 Issue
Download or read online!
Floyd "Flip" O. Johnson
AOM 3/c Turret Gunner TBF - USN WWII
Korea and Vietnam USAF
Curated by NASFL Museum Intern Matthew J. Bloom
Veterans History Project
Read Floyd "Flip" O. Johnson Biography
We are proud to announce that the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum just became a GOLD Participant in the GuideStar Exchange for non-profit organizations committed to transparency!
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 (Ray Laliberte)
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
To access articles about the NASFL Museum
please subscribe to the Sun-Sentinel digital edition
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."
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
The only Military Museum in Broward County.
The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum is on the U.S National Register of Historic Places and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized Naval Aviation Museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II. This Museum has also been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NASFL on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future U.S President George H.W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign in the summer of 1943 to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot.
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