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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.
Honor Flight South Florida
Allan McElhiney & Ray Rivera
"Silent Witness to History" British Enfield rifle, QM 1670, retrieved from the Normandy, France D-Day landing beaches, June 1944. Presented to Charles J. Schaus by his respectful friends in recognition of his service, bravery and devotion to duty while serving on the USS BARTON, DD 722 during and after the Allied D-day landing in June 1944, in Normandy, France and for the awarding of France's highest military award, The Legion D Honneur."
This rifle was donated to the Museum, by WWII veteran Charles J. Schaus, and is on exhibit now.
NRA National Firearms Museum
"Dear Mr. Schaus:
First let me congratulate you upon the recent decoration you received from the Government of France for your service in the United States military during the Normandy Invasion and subsequent campaign. Thank you very much for your service and sacrifice.
I was very pleased and honored to contribute to the presentation that Mr. E.W. Sill Jr. recently made to you. It is but just a mere token of the respect and admiration that I have for you and the others from your generation that answered the call of duty in the early 1940's. The rifle is a British Enfield Number 4 Mark 1 rifle in .303 caliber. It was adopted by the British and Commonwealth Military forces in 1940 and began to see service in 1941. It was given to me 20 years ago by Valmore Forgett Jr., the founder and President of Navy Arms Inc. of Ridgefield, New Jersey. He told me that it had "recently" been discovered, with a number of other Number 4 Mark 1 rifles, on one of the Normandy beach-heads. Sadly, Val has passed on to his reward and I am unable to learn anything more about the origins of the rifle. I spoke just now with his son Valmore III and he too was unable to add to the story.
Regardless of the beach-head it was recovered from, when or where it was lost, the rifle is a silent witness to history. If we were to examine it closely and read the words that were stamped on it 70 years ago and now long since rusted away, we might learn that it was made in England or at the Long Branch factory in Canada or even, possibly, right here in the United States at the Savage Arms factory in Utica, New York. It represents the combined efforts of the Allied Nations in arresting the spread of Fascism and oppression. Thanks to men, like yourself, and women who served as well, we live in freedom today. Hopefully this silent witness will remind future generations that freedom is not free.
Thanks for your service. God Bless you."
National Firearms Museum
Reports of Illegal Salvage Prompted Examination of USS Houston Wreck
By: Sam LaGrone
Published: August 25, 2014 1:36 PM
Updated: August 25, 2014 1:37 PM The U.S. Navy’s recognition of a 72-year-old war grave began when an Australian scuba diver plucked a bent trumpet from 120 feet below the Sea of Java. The mangled horn belonged to one of 1,100 sailors or Marines assigned USS Houston (CA-30) — a cruiser sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy ships in one of America’s earliest skirmishes in World War II. The 2013 recovery of the trumpet — albeit by a well-intentioned diver — caused an association of Houston survivors to warn the Navy that the wreck is at risk to less scrupulous operations. “[There] has been a long standing concern over allegations [divers] were salvaging and pillaging that wreck,” John Schwarz, executive director of USS Houston CA-30 Survivors Association & Next Generations, told USNI News on Thursday. The service’s official examination of the wreck in June— in a diving exercise with sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1 (MDSU), the Indonesian Navy and U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) —confirmed what Schwarz and his association had feared. “The DIVEX revealed and documented conclusive evidence of systematic unauthorized disturbance of the site,” according to a July 25 NHHC Underwater Archaeology Branch obtained by USNI News. “Evidence suggests ongoing unauthorized recovery of unexploded ordinance from the vessel, raising public safety and security concerns.” The Navy surmised that additional disturbance of the wreck would “potentially impact human remains within or adjacent to the hull.” The site is the final resting place of hundreds of U.S. sailors and Marines…To read more, go to:
Read about the USS HOUSTON from a first witness account: DAVID FLYNN "A Survivor's Story"
GEORGE TANELIAN - ARM 3/c USNR
Perished at NAS Fort Lauderdale on February 3, 1944 while on a training flight.
CURATORIAL PROJECT: GEORGE TANELIAN
Correspondence donated by his family (Robert Donigian)
First impressions/observations from the correspondence of George Tanelian to his sister Rose, were the following:
First thing we noticed on George's letter to his sister Rose, dated January 29, 1944: "If you ever need anymore (money) let me know before January 3. He scratches Jan(uary) and overwrites "Feb." It's interesting to note Navy records show that George Tanelian perished on February 3rd in an "airplane crash." Intuition or Premonition? We'll never know. Nine students at the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale would perish in three separate aircraft crashes on that same day. It was the deadliest incident involving training aircraft at this naval base.
January 21st, 1944
George Tanelian writes about life at NAS Fort Lauderdale, and training, and pairing up with a British pilot. He writes: "We're some combination, a British pilot, a Marine gunner, and a sailor radioman..."
Great attendance at our August 23rd Luncheon at the Lauderdale Yacht Club! Our Speaker was the great Woody Woodbury, Captain USMC (Ret), WWII & Korea, Black Sheep Squadron, "Piano Pilot" and Entertainer Extraordinaire. In attendance were also representatives from Eagle Scouts Troop #190, who have recently completed several projects at the Museum. The Museum donated all proceeds from their 50/50 raffle for their fundraising efforts.
Photos by Gary Adams
Country music artist Marc Andrew Poveromo has always been fascinated by Flight 19. Marc contacted the Museum to let us know about his latest news: he recorded a song in Nashville accompanied by several well known musicians, including Shania Twain's drummer. The song relates the story of the ill fated Flight 19. Marc is a composer and a musician from Miami, Florida. He has recorded several music albums. Thanks for sharing your talent Marc! Great lyrics and melodies!! Please pass it along...
The Devil's Hand: Music & Lyrics by Marc Andrew Poveromo (Marc's YouTube Channel)
NAS Fort Lauderdale history
Karen Ekman-Baur remembers:
"I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, and From 1949 to 1951, a contingent of students who lived in the south part of Ft. Lauderdale and had previously attended South Side School were sent to Naval Air Station Elementary School. I'm not sure whether it was a full school of grades 1 through 6, but I was there in grades 4 and 5 (1949-1951). The school was housed in a 2-story wooden building. At the end of our 5th-grade year, Croissant Park Elementary School had been built , and we were all transferred there. Later, I and students from all over Ft. Lauderdale attended Naval Air Station Junior High School from grades 7-9 (1952 through 1955), afterwhich we moved on to Fort Lauderdale High School in 1955."
Thank you Karen for sharing your recollections! Karen Ekman-Baur is an Educational Consultant living in Germany.
Eagle Projects for the Naval Air Station
Fort Lauderdale Museum Troop #190
from the Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
The following projects started on July 15, 2013
and were completed on August 19, 2014:
BOOKCASES for Library, EXHIBIT SHELVES, TABLES for Library,
MULTIPURPOSE GIFTSHOP CABINET, and WOOD STAND FOR VINTAGE BELL
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale
Historical Association & Museum Luncheon
Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Lauderdale Yacht Club (954) 524-5500
1725 S.E 12th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Captain USMC, WWII and Korea
Black Sheep Squadron
“Piano Pilot” Entertainer Extraordinaire
Please RSVP by Thursday, August 21: Debbie or Minerva
(954) 359-4400 or (754) 3009259 (you can leave message)