We would like to take this opportunity to recognize those who have contributed to the success of this endeavor. We extend our appreciation and heart felt thank you to the following:
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. West Chester University is dedicated to academic excellence. Moreover, WCU is committed to partnering with other schools, government, businesses, and nonprofits to enhance economic development and the quality of life for all. WCU is committed to upholding the following values: academic achievement, integrity, service, equity, collaboration, stewardship, creativity, and innovation.
The Virginia War Memorial is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s monument to honor the memory of Virginia’s men and women who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend our way of life from World War II to the present; and through its Education Center, serves as the Center of Excellence for the Commonwealth in education of Virginian’s experience of war from the birth of our nation to the present. In its educational mission, the Virginia War Memorial will project a variety of internal and outreach programs, artifacts, research materials, Virginians at War documentaries, exhibitions, seminars, and ceremonies will be used to instill a living memorial to all citizens and citizen-warriors of the nation’s commitment to freedom.
The United States Navy Memorial is the triumph of a centuries-old dream. Admiral Arleigh Burke, proclaimed in 1977 that “we have talked long enough about a Navy Memorial and it's time we did something about it." In the Spring of 1977, Burke, World War II war hero and former three-term Chief of Naval Operations. started to recruit a group to form the private, non-profit U. S. Navy Memorial Foundation. The following year, the Foundation, led by Rear Admiral William Thompson, USN (Ret.), started to work on the five steps necessary in the building of a memorial in Washington: enabling legislation, design, site selection, fund raising, and construction and maintenance. Congress authorized the Memorial in 1980, with the stipulation that funding come solely from private contributions. In March 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed Public Law 96-199, which authorized the Memorial as a part of a larger Department of the Interior bill. Although a number of sites in Washington, DC, were possible, the Foundation teamed up with the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation to use Market Square as the site for the Memorial. The United States Navy Memorial, on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 7th Street Northwest and 9th Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., honors those who have served or are currently serving in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine.
The Swift Boat Sailors Association is a veteran’s organization created by and for the personnel who manned or supported U.S. Navy PCFs (Patrol Craft Fast or Swift Boats) assigned to Coastal Squadron One during the United States involvement in Vietnam between 1965 and 1973. To learn more about this organization please visit http://www.swiftboats.org/.
On November 9, 1861, during the American Civil War, soldiers of the 11th, 18th, and 29th Illinois Regiments set up camp in Bloomfield, Missouri. Finding the local newspaper's office empty, they decided to print a newspaper about their activities. They called it the Stars and Stripes. Stars and Stripes has published a newspaper continuously since World War II. Stars and Stripes exists to provide independent news and information to the U.S. military community, comprised of active-duty service members, DoD civilians, contractors, and their families. Unique among the many Department of Defense authorized news outlets, only Stars and Stripes is guaranteed First Amendment privileges that are subject to Congressional oversight.
Robert Gnau - Exhibit Designer, Content Development
Robert Bolger - Exhibit Designer, Content Development
Suzanne Edwards - Exhibit Designer, Content Development
Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann (Latch)
Darryl S. Skuce - Collection
Terry Boone - Collection
Weymouth Symmes - Collection
Larry Irwin - Collection
Dave Hansen - Collection
Jerry Cook - Collection (via SBSA)
Larry Rosato - Collection
Roger LeMasters - Collection
James Steffes - Collection
Joseph Muharsky - Collection
Sara Jewett - Artist
Michael C. Burton - Collection
Anthony Taylor - Collection
Fred Read, Jr. - Collection
Sonny Barber - Collection
Irv Turnbull - Collection