be sure to check this schedule often, we add events throughout the year
October 19 - Korean War & Pow/MIA Remembrance Day
November 3rd - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
November 11 - Veterans Day Parade
December 8 - World War II Dinner
Coming Oct. 19th, Korean War Era and POW/MIA Remembrance Day
Join us at 2:00 p.m. for our next Remembrance Day as we honor those who served during the Korean War era.
This event also includes a time to honor all who had the misfortune of becoming a POW or MIA.
This year’s program, as always, is a special time to remember all Korean War era service members. Additionally Sig Unander, noted historian and professional communicator, will share a program featuring Claire Phillips, who’s husband died as a Japanese POW.
In 1941, Claire Phillips moved to Manila with her baby daughter, planning to join a song and dance revue. She fell in love and married a young American soldier, her second marriage. Claire fled Manila when the Japanese attacked the Philippines during World War II and she tried to stay near her husband’s outfit. He was captured by the Japanese and later killed. To evade the Japanese and avoid internment in a prison camp, she assumed a new, Italian identity – Dorothy Fuentes. “Dorothy” took a dancing job in a nightclub and planned to open her own club. Her plan, to relax Japanese officers in Manila and manipulate them to reveal troop movements. Her Club Tsubaki became the hotest club in the Phillipines. The sexy fan dances and glittery floor shows accomplished there purpose. Claire began supplying the local guerrilla units with intelligence reports and eventually the U.S. Navy.
Claire became known as “High Pockets” – a reference to stashing money and valuables in her lingerie. Using the considerable income from her club, she started secretly supplying necessities to the prisoners at Cabanatuan including quinine, drugs, fruit, even food and letters. Her efforts saved lives and raised spirits. After 18 months of spying, the Japanese arrested her. Despite torture, Phillips refused to talk. She was held in solitary confinement for six months. American forces liberated the prison where she was held. Claire and her daughter returned home to Portland, Oregon and she published Manila Espionage
HONORS: Presidential Medal of Freedom, recommended by General Douglas MacArthur, the highest United States wartime civilian decoration. The Medal was given for her espionage and humanitarian aid to American prisoners of war in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation.
Volunteer Dinner November 3rd
Calling all Volunteers
Hello All -
I just wanted to inform you that this years Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be on November 3rd at 6:00 pm (1800) at the Jesters Auto Museum and Event Center. JoAnn Kuehner has been able to secure the event center time as a donation to the Museum. (This is normally in the thousands of dollars!) We will have the Salzer Creek Band providing the entertainment as well as other shenanigans. And food - don’t forget food.
– Chip Duncan Director Veterans Memorial Museum 360-740-8875
Coming Nov. 11th - 2019 Veterans Day Parade
Calling all Veterans
It’s time, dig out that old uniform and load onto one our restored vehicles - be a part of this year’s Veterans Day Parade.
Registration begins at 2:00 pm. There is no pre-registration. Register in the parking lot just south of the PUD office building. Note the BLUE dot on the map.
The parade theme is Veterans Day and will always be Veterans Day theme.
Veterans and veterans organizations will be placed in the front of the parade. Parade is from 3pm to 4pm
Veterans who wish to ride on one of the Museum’s vehicles need not register, just meet us at the start line prior to 3pm
Call the museum for more information - 360-740-8875
Coming Dec. 8th - WWII Dinner & Pearl Harbor Survivors Remembrance Day
Plans are underway now for this year’s event – stay tuned.