Military Traditions


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.


Commander Bill Tschudy (USN, Ret), POW

On September 15, resident Bill Tschudy spoke to a full house in Rawlinson Hall about his seven-and-a-half years as a POW in North Vietnam.


Marines Celebrate Number 242

A group of more than 100 residents and friends helped the small contingent of Marines at Paradise Valley Estates celebrate the service's 242nd birthday on November 10.


A Journey Back in Time

Do you remember where you were in the summer of 1967, a time that came to be known as the Summer of Love?


Travis AFB Retiree Appreciation Day

Travis Air Force Base hosts an annual Retiree Appreciation Day designed to show appreciation for the service of former military members and their families.


This Old Uniform

I got my old service greens out of the closet recently. The idea was to get rid of them to make room for other clothes but I can’t throw them away. They say too much about me.

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