Monthly Dinner Special Guest Speakers
Sept 2d, 2015
Doris & Walter Stacy
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Walt and Doris both graduated from high school in June 1941. Doris graduated from Manchester Central and Walt from Dover, located in New Hampshire.
Walt started work with New England Telephone Company in August, 1941, and Doris worked at Marion Electric making meters. On December 7, they were together when they heard the news that Pearl Harbor had been bombed.
When the Navy came out with the V5 Program for Navy Pilots, Walt enlisted on September 28, 1942. He was called to active duty on January 6, 1943 and attended various Navy Schools for pilot training. He received a commission and his wings August 8, 1944. He went to dive bomber training at NAS Deland, Florida in the Douglas SBD Dauntless. He left there assigned to VF2 (F6F) in San Diego via NAS Glenview, Illinois for carrier qualifications.
In spring of 1942, Doris read a notice that a Civil Service exam was to be given for girls wishing to become mechanic learners in the Army Air Corps. She passed the exam and was sent to a school in Springfield, Mass. where she learned the sheet metal trade. From there she was sent to Bradley Field,
Conn. In November 1944, she took a leave of absence to join Walt at NAS Glenview in Chicago, Ill. They married in December 1, 1944. Their “Government paid honeymoon” started by traveling all over the country trying to find VF2 at NAS San Diego, then NAS Seattle, and finally NAS Pasco,
Washington. Then the whole Air Group was transferred back to NAS San Diego.
In April 1945, Doris went home to New Hampshire and Walt’s air group went to the Pacific. After the war, Walt worked for 38 years for the New England Telephone Company as a cable helper, cable splicer and construction foreman. He stayed in the US Navy reserve and ended up with 26 years of
military duty, the last three years as commanding officer of VS914.
They live in Cambria and will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary in December. The Stacy’s, son, Richard, and wife, Stephanie, have been very active in our museum.
View pictures from July dinner click here.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.
Heroes In the Neighborhood was event sponsored by the city of Paso Robles to recognize some of the everyday and exceptional heroes we have living in our own neighborhoods. We had some terrific volunteers take time out of their busy schedules to help share a little bit about the museum and even some of their own experiences. Hugh Early, above, is a long time EWM member and volunteer. Take some time and enjoy all the pictures, and thank you to everyone who helped make this initial event a success!
Estrella Warbird Museum Curator, Jill Thayer, recently had the privilege of interviewing Bonnie Meyer, a lovely 92 year old WWII WAC Veteran who served in the Mediterranean Theater. Her oral history will be transcribed and featured in a future exhibition at Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles. The narratives will also be contributed on behalf of the museum to the Smithsonian Institution.
Pfauter Red Ball Express Building Starts Taking Shape
The second portion of a three phase major expansion for Estrella Warbirds Museum, the 5000 square foot Pfauter "Red Ball Express" building, has been nearly completed.
which will house an exceptional collection of WWII vehicles, many which took part of the famous "Red Ball Express". The collection is generously being provided by Herman Phauter. We are thankful for his interest in Estrella Warbirds Museum and the fact that he shares the same goal we do in wishing to preserve yesterday's history for tomorrows generation.
We are hoping to have construction completed early summer. As you may be aware, all construction projects are fully funded prior to commencemnt of any project. We pride ourselves in raising our own funds without the assistance of goverment grants. We are a local community based 501(c)(3) non-profit and have grown tremendously since the original idea of a museum by two wonderful men with two airplanes and a big vision. Little did they know were we will be today.
Follow the construction progress pictures. click here.