Military Traditions


PVE Votes AFJROTC

On a trip to visit the Fairfield High School Air Force Junior ROTC program in January, student cadets decked out in crisp uniforms and a professional demeanor greeted four of us from PVE.


Wreaths Across America

"Having visited our son’s resting place at Christmas for the past two years, impressed by the sight of thousands of identical wreaths at each marker, we wondered who did it and how that was done so beautifully. Now we would find out and take part."


Our Museum Takes Shape

Paradise Valley Estates is home to a growing "museum."


An Undocumented Air Force Officer

Volunteering for the Air Force to fulfill a two-year draft obligation, I was directed to report to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois without attending the required orientation course for new medical officers.


Navy Nurse Recruiting Poster

On the Wall of Remembrance at Paradise Valley Estates, picture 19 depicts a recruiting poster for one of the Navy's most treasured corps: Navy nurses.


First View of the Ocean

In 1945, I looked at a lot of ocean from a troop ship traveling to England and back, but that was not nearly as exciting as our family’s adventure investigating the ocean in the U.S.


An Inflight History Lesson

Several years ago, I was flying to Washington, DC from San Francisco for a few days of meetings.


Battle of Iwo Jima

If you visit the wall of Remembrance at Paradise Valley Estates you’ll likely recognize picture 21, one of the most iconic images of World War II.


Welcome to Our Home

In 1961 while stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, a Chinese Air Force officer was stationed at our office for a year.


My December Seventh

December 7, 1941, was declared a “Day of Infamy,” and for my chums and me, it was a day of emotional contrasts.

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