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Latest News2019-05-24T14:27:12-07:00

A Special Visitor

We were honored by a visit with 99 year old AT1 George Behrend, USNR (Ret.). Behrend is a native of Bloomington, Ill. He joined the Navy in June of 1942. He left the Navy after the war but rejoined during the Korean conflict and retired from the reserves in 1974. […]

From the Desk of Onee…

The new year in Oak Harbor started with unusual weather. February saw many sunny days which helped the volunteers who were working on the PBY. Then March blew in with days of snow! Now the volunteers had to carefully monitor the airplane for snow buildup, especially on the airplane’s wings.

The Museum closed for one day this winter because […]

President’s Corner

The major challenge of 2019, negotiating new leases, has been met by extending our existing leases. The 2018 End of Year Appeal for donations successfully concluded in early January. The 3rd Annual Celebration of Flight Dinner and Auction planning is underway. An ambitious “Taking History to the Public” events schedule is on tap. And, the Capital Improvement Task […]


The 5th annual community luncheon was a resounding success with over 60 persons in attendance. Museum President Wil Shellenberger gave the group the latest information on Foundation land acquisition and Navy petty officer (STG2) James Stutheit received his 5-year pin as well a certificate of appreciation for his exemplary work on the M-211 truck nicknamed “Rebecca.” (Photo by […]

The Right Medal…finally

Museum volunteers John Hughes, George Love, Wil Shellenberger, Jim Siggens and Dave Strohmeyer worked together carefully to breakdown and reassemble the WWII Ace Lt.Col. Kenneth Ford display, for insertion of the Expert Rifleman badge on the uniform artifact. All Marines, from Private to Commandant, are required to qualify annually to earn the badge. The “Expert” rating is the […]

Chairman’s Corner

INVESTMENT: “The act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result” – Dictionary definition.

We have all heard of investing money in stocks, bonds, real estate, collectables and so forth. The list is very long. In many cases the hopes are very high. This is one kind of investing. Another is the […]

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