but not Forgotten!
This page is to honor members who have passed on.
The Burke Family Remembers:
October 31, 1923 - August 27, 2015
Commander Retired, Joe Langdell
is very well known in the Yuba and Sutter Counties. Floyd Jones can be
proud that he drove Joe in the Veterans Day Parades in Marysville.
at the Marysville Veterans Day Parade the Northern Recon Group would be
requested a special jeep to give a ride for Joe. One year Joe was given
option of riding in a local dealer’s new car and he replied hell no he
to ride in a World War II jeep.
Commander, you will be remembered each year on Veterans Day in
Norman A. Palmer
A. Palmer, 98 passed
away June 20, 2014 at The Courtyard in Yuba City, CA. His wife Blanche
passed away January 20, 2013.
was born and raised in
Arboga, CA on February 15, 1916. He went to school in Arboga and then
first Yuba County Bus to Marysville High School. Blanche and Norman met
work at the Farm Land Investment Company and were married in 1942.
later he was drafted into the Army and deployed to the Pacific where he
assigned to the 32nd Infantry Division. He spent three years
Pacific and made numerous amphibious bench landings. He knew the Museum
Forgotten Warriors LCVP very well!
each year would make
sure and contact the Northern Recon Group before the Marysville
Veterans Day Parade.
He wanted to make sure and get a ride in a World War II jeep. Each year
his son, Dale Palmer, also a combat veteran of Vietnam and Gulf War
jeep. Each year he would insist the top be lowered and the windshield
down. Even if it looked like rain he would insist the jeep not have a
top or windshield.
we asked him why… Norm
explained that he was in a field artillery unit, with mortars on one of
islands that had no roads. The jeep had to be dismantled and hand
the mountain by local tribe members and his unit personnel. When they
reassembled the jeep they had not remembered the windshield. As First
he put many miles on that same jeep and wanted to remember that great
while he rode in the parade.
worked in the personnel
office at Camp Beale, while he was away. He returned home three years
1945, established, and began work in his very successful family
Palmer’s Auto Repair in Marysville, CA.
you will be missed but not
forgotten at future Veterans Day Parades in Marysville!
L. W. “Red” Murphy
L. W. “Red” Murphy, 90 of Yuba
City, passed away on May 08, 2014. He died peacefully in his sleep, of
natural causes. At the time of this passing, all of his closest family
members were in attendance at his bedside.
Red was born on June 21, 1923- the
longest day of the year (especially for his mother) in Crosby, N.D.
While still a young boy, his family moved to Scobey, MT where he grew
into a tough, strapping young man. He graduated High School in 1941.
Following his graduation, Red
volunteered for the war effort and became a Signalman in the Armed
Guard of the United States Navy. He served meritoriously in various
combat theaters during World War II and was honorably discharged on
Christmas Day, 1945. Red Murphy settled down in a little town called
Yuba City which he passed through a few times while in the service.
Yuba City became the focus and center point of his entire life.
After the war he took up
barbering, found the love of his life, started a successful barber and
beauty supply business, became active in the Catholic Church, and
comfortably settled into what would became a full, bountiful, and
complete life. In 1947, Red married Vera, who would be his best friend,
loving wife and confident for the next 65 years.
Becky and I were introduced
to Red at the Marysville Veterans Day Parade in 2009. This was his
first parade and he would like a ride. Red was dressed in his original
WWII Signalman's uniform
and it fit him well. We had the Chaplain's
jeep that year and Red's first question was "If it's the Chaplain
jeep....can I still cuss"? While waiting for the parade to start Red
passed the time telling us
stories of his time in the Navy, things
like you always wore boots so you could hide a bottle inside and sneak
it aboard ship. Once the parade started Red was amazed at how many
turned out to honor the Veterans. As I
said, he had never been in a parade and was overcome by the shouts of
"THANK YOU" coming from the crowd.
The following year we were once again
waiting for the parade to start when Red came walking up to the jeep.
He had a hard time finding us and had to ask several persons where the
jeep was. We were honored that Red
wanted to ride with us again. We visited Red and Vera at his home, were
invited out to lunch at his favorite eatery and given a tour of the
business that bore his name. We will miss you Red.
Bill and Becky
and was run by his daughter.
Smart, determined, endearing
and potently independent — Hattie Stone was a retired teacher and a
World War II veteran proud to have worn the uniform and, 70 years
later, to still fit nicely into it.
One of Sonoma County’s most visible and best known veterans and
advocates of honorable treatment of ex-servicemembers who struggle,
Stone died Monday at home in Santa Rosa. She was 95.
“Her death makes a big hole in the veterans community here,” said
friend Dave Richey, who, like Stone, served in the Navy, though decades
For years, Stone appeared in parades in her own 1944 military jeep. She
was past commander and a life member of Santa Rosa’s Theodore Roosevelt
Post 21 of the American Legion, a charter member of Michael Ottolini
AMVETS Post 40 and a benefactor and member of the Pacific Coast Air
PCAM leader Lynn Hunt felt fortunate during the air show last August to
walk into the VIP tent and spot an empty chair next to Stone’s.
“It was kind of the last time I had to be around her and see that
glow,” Hunt said. “She just had that glow about her.”
Born Hattie Louisa May in Oklahoma City in 1918, she grew up
Hutchinson, Kan. At 25 in 1943, she’d begun a career as a teacher but
put it on hold to join the Navy WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer
Emergency Service. She went to work at the Naval Communications Center
in Hutchinson and soon was promoted to supervisor.
While in Hutchinson she fell in love with a musician and fellow Navy
recruit named Vernon Browne. They married in 1944.
Following the war, they settled in San Bruno. Hattie pursued a
doctorate in education at Stanford but stopped short of a dissertation.
Her daughter, Verna Larson, said she taught public school and in the
1960s became Dean of Girls and Assistant Vice Principal at the then-new
El Camino High School.
Larson’s parents divorced and her mother later met and married Robert
Stone, then an Air Force officer. As a civilian, he took work that
brought him and his wife to Santa Rosa in the mid-1960s.
They’d lived for decades in the country on Mark West Springs Road when
Robert Stone died in 1992. It was as a widow that Hattie Stone immersed
herself in endeavors that involve and serve military vets.
She also loved playing the French horn in the New Horizons Concert Band.
And she couldn’t spend enough time with 3-year-old great-grandson Nakoa
Throop, son of her granddaughter, Delane Larson of Santa Rosa.
“She adored him. He was just all there was,” Verna Larson said.
Stone’s caregiver the past 20 months, Karla La Rosa, saw her through
five recent strokes and indulged her desire to pile into the car for a
meal out or a drive.
“They nicknamed us Thelma and Louise because we were always on the go,”
La Rosa said.
Plans for a memorial service aren’t yet in place.
Nicoll F. Galbraith
Colonel Nicoll F. Galbraith, M. D.
July 13, 1932 - Apr 4, 2012
Colonel Nicoll F. Galbraith, M. D. passed
away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He was 79 years
He considered it an honor and privilege to
serve this community as a physician for many years. He was honored to
serve in the military as a physician also.
He leaves behind his three children Davis,
Robert and Susan.
He will be buried with full military honors
at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. Arrangements have been
entrusted to Franklin and Downs Funeral Homes. Services will be private.
would like to take this opportunity to
thank everyone who participated and helped with the Spooner Fall
We had ten great, safe and fun filled years of driving, swimming and
military vehicles and airplanes. Many friendships that will last a
have come out of these events.
would not have been possible
without all of the help from the MVPG of Spooner, the Red Arrow, the
group from Minnesota and the AMVET Post 190 from Spooner. Also, thank
your help to the many friends close and far away.
events were probably the least
advertised but most fun event of the year for many people. Where else
ride in a Sherman tank, swim in an LVT, DUKW, GPA, Gaz, Weasel,
Gamma Goat and then possibly fly in a Vintage Warbird, all for twenty
Even Disney can’t top that!
all the good things must come to an
end, so, thanks for the memories and thanks for the friendships.”
C. Kronlund, a resident of Spooner, Wisconsin died February 8, 2012
after a tragic accident. Kevin was a cranberry grower and very active
member offering his time to a number of organizations. He was a proud
active member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association which he
pride in and served on the Board of Directors. Kevin Kronlund was truly
inspiration to many.
passed peacefully from this life on December 30, 2000. Born on May 16,
Rio De Janiero Brazil, Hill’s proudest moment was when he became an
citizen in 1966. His happiest times were spent with his wife of nearly
years, Sherry, their two children, and five grandchildren.
graduate of California State Polytechnic University- Pomona in 1966,
worked for several years in the seed trade before founding Bonanza
International, Inc. in Yuba City. A long-time member of the American
Association and the International Seed Federation, Hill began easing
retirement in 1999.
semi-retired Hill pursued his passion for the American military through
collection of antique military vehicles and jeeps that were frequently
local parades. Hill's passion and professionalism reinvigorated the
Recon Group into getting members to use their vehicles. Passion soon
form of “guilt trip” or “peer pressure” for some members of the NRG. He
the comment to one member that he had heard all about the vehicle
the member owned but had never seen one at an event. Thanks to Hill
member is actively using and enjoying his vehicles.
was a very strong member of the Northern Recon Group. He could be
the ‘spark plug” of the group. Hill was a serious supporter of the
Vehicle Preservation Association and attended numerous conventions. He
became the area vice president of the California chapter of the MVPA.
age of 60, Hill proved that you are never too old to follow your dream
became active in the California State Military Reserve holding the rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2.
faced his greatest challenge- cancer. He fought a valiant battle
cancer, but without a cure it was a battle he could not win. A battle
would be so very proud of are the accomplishments of the Northern Recon
family still display his vehicles at local events. All of his passion
be forgotten. You are truly missed. Thank you, Hill for your
passion, and professionalism that you brought to the Northern Recon
George Richard Schaefer
lost his battle to cancer on 08 January 2016. He was born 22 February
San Rafael, California. He is preceded in death by his wife Marjorie
2010. George Schaefer was a longtime member of the Military Vehicle
Preservation Association (MVPA) and the Northern Recon Group (NRG). He
supported numerous military vehicle events in California even after
to Idaho. George and Margie even supported a trip to Europe with their
George first served in
the United States Navy from 18 June 1952, to 18 June 1956, when he was
honorably discharged. While in the Navy, he served as a ship boiler
graciously known as “Snipe”. He was a plank owner on the USS Mitscher
Upon discharge from the
Navy, George worked as a fireman and in road construction in Northern
California. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in civil
retired in 2000, he and wife Marjorie moved to North Idaho in 2006.
enjoyed hunting and was an avid collector of World War II vintage
vehicles and historic firearms. His perfectly restored 1941 Dodge
1941 Jeep were in many parades in Petaluma, California and then in
George and Margie would
make the long two or three day trip back to California in their
Camp Gridley and other events. While at Camp Gridley he would volunteer
with event organizing and was very well known. George again took on
nickname in the NRG and was graciously known as “Schultz” from the TV
George spoke with
pleasure about attending the 60th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy,
where he and wife Marjorie were able to drive the ambulance on Omaha
memorial was held for George at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 23 January 2016,
at the Hayden Lake
Friends Church, Hayden, Idaho.
Marjorie Ruth Schaefer was born in Lynn Massachusetts on 26
1927, and passed away on 12 September 2010. Margie met the love of her
George, and married him in 1955. She had six children, Edward, Robert,
Paul, George Jr., and David; 20 grandchildren; and 12
well as a myriad of nieces and nephews.
She and George were generous to a fault, and were always
ready to help
friends and relatives in need, and sometimes friends of friends. They
much time at functions of the Military Vehicle Preservation
which they greatly enjoyed. George restored a 1941 Willys Jeep (as well
several other WW II-era military vehicles) and dedicated it to the
Margie’s brother “Tiny”, who was a medic during WW II, and was killed
the D-Day Invasion at Normandy while attending to wounded men on the
battlefield. The Jeep had speakers in the front grill that played
music and other sound effects. The Jeep also had a replica machine gun
used propane to simulate firing and at a local church in Yuba City,
always looked forward to George firing it during a Memorial Day
each year. Yes, they even drove back from Idaho to support the veterans
church each year.
Margie and George took their restored 1941 Dodge Ambulance to
actual Omaha Beach in Normandy France on the 60th Anniversary of
D-Day. They also entered their vehicles in numerous parades in
Idaho. A memorial service was held at the Hayden Lake Friends Church,
Idaho on September 19, 2010.
Both George and Margie are gone but not forgotten. Thank you
making this hobby more fun and enjoyable for all.
Tomlin passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010 (1940-2010) after a long and
fight against cancer. Jack was a United States Marine and was dedicated
Corps all of his life. He moved to Toole, Utah in his search for open
freedoms. From his early youth Jack was a collector of World War II
paraphernalia. Jack was an avid collector of military vehicles and
arms. His collection of military vehicles was one of the finest in the
Jack restored a number of rare military vehicles including a WWII DUKW
amphibious vehicle (a duck). Jack drove the DUKW to California to Camp
in 1984, then shipped it to England, and sailed it across the English
to France in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the
of Normandy (D-Day). He also drove this vehicle throughout France and
various countries. Jack also donated much of his time and talent to the
community. He often showed his collection of vehicles in local parades,
school students, and various veteran celebrations and activities all
country. Jack had a quick wit and colorful sense of humor.
"Hal" L. Simpson of Yuba City died July 19, 2006. Born in
Evansville, Indiana he was a Yuba Sutter resident for 39 years. He
retired as a major in the United States Air Force after 20 years
serving during the Vietnam War and Cuban Missile Crisis, and later
retired as owner and operator of AAA Printing in Yuba City and Simpson
Business Forms after 25 years. He was a member of the Grace
Baptist Church and Enterprise Lodge No. 70 and the Masonic Lodge.
He was a life member of the Daedalians Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
No. 2563, Beale Air Force Base, and Scottish Rite.
In addition, he was a past chairman and member of the
Board of Trustees at Sutter Cemetery; past president and member of the
Board of Sutter County Taxpayers and the Central Valley Sacramento
Shrine Club; and served on the Sutter County grand jury. A 1955
graduate of the Indiana University in Indiana, he received a bachelor's
of degree in business. He was a strong supporter of the Military
Vehicle Preservation Association and Northern Recon Group.
Corn proudly served in the United States Army during World War II.
Harold then became a school teacher in the Oroville area and then a
school administrator/Superintendent. Many students will never forget
Harold purchased his WWII jeep and then restored it back to the unit
markings in which he served during the war. Numerous individuals were
challenged by Harold to race his jeep up the hill of the Oroville Dam.
Many did not take him up on losing their pink slip as he really had
confidence in his jeep. His confidence led many to refer to Harold as
"Col Corn" and the name stuck.
Col Corn stated he would never put a top up on his jeep! He never did.
We even have 8 mm video proof of him driving six or more hours down
highway 5 on his way to the Patterson meet and on his way home from
Patterson in heavy rain. His manual wipers were operated by his
father-in-law, Charley Helzer. Harold loved to be the convoy commander
in his jeep leading all the vehicles safely to our designations and
back home. There are some pictures of Col Corn and his vehicles on the
NRG Web Site under NRG History that will make you smile.
Harold was always positive and got others to smile! He really enjoyed
the Northern Recon Group and inspired others to enjoy the hobby. He
served the California Chapter of the Military Vehicle Collector's Club
(now known as Military Vehicle Preservation Association- MVPA) as the
Northern California Vice President and President of the California
Col Corn would be very proud to know that his jeep is still in
operation in the Northern Recon Group.
20, 1926 - June 3, 1992
Thelander is known
in the Northern Recon Group as the “father of the NRG” as he was the
individual to collect and restore military vehicles in Oroville, CA. Bob proudly served in the United States Army
in World War II and served most of his time in the Philippines. It is there he gained a tremendous respect
and admiration for military vehicles.
His first military vehicle restoration was a 1945 Ford jeep in
which is still used today.
was a role model for
many members in our club. He first
became a member of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club (now known as
Vehicle Preservation Association) in 1979.
Bob served as the newsletter editor of the California Chapter of
Military Vehicle Collectors Club in 1986 and 1987.
He then became president of the California
Chapter of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club in 1989.
hobby and passion
was restoring cars and military vehicles. He
had a very large collection of military
vehicles and specialty cars. His
restored military vehicles included a 1940 Dodge ½ ton pickup, T-16
carrier, weapons carrier, M-16 halftrack, Indian motorcycle and a 1943
Dodge ambulance that was completed in 1991.
Today the ambulance is on display at the Tony Harrah’s Museum in
James Kelley Sr.
was born in Wheaton, Kansas on 20 June 1922. Mike Kelley passed away in
California 07 December 2003. Services were conducted at the Oroville
Home with the VFW Honor Guard officiating on 15 December 2003.
Kelley served with
the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater on the USS Cecil (APA-96)
World War II. The USS Cecil was a Bayfield-Class Attack Transport Ship
landing craft on board (12 LCVP, 4 LCM, and 3 LCP) while transporting
supplies in the Pacific. The USS Cecil first launched in 1943 and then
commissioned on 15 September 1944. After the war the ship was
1946 and served commercially until being scrapped in October 1974.
Kelley was very
proud of his military service. When Mike became a member of the
Group in Oroville, California he began restoring his WWII jeep in Navy
In the early 1980's, Mike proudly painted his ship's name, USS Cecil
on his jeep. Some members gave him flak about having a Navy jeep around
Army jeeps so he even wore his Navy uniforms when on display.
are some members
that recall Mike being called "Horse Apples" at the Patterson meet.
Horse Apples and Harold Corn attended many Northern California events
conventions together. Together they made a great team! Mike's jeep is
displayed at local events by his family.
in about July of 1979, I first met Jim. He was on a road trip with Bob
Harris and Randy Canova to pick up a couple of GPA’s here in Oregon.
I think the GPA’s ended up at Lloyd White’s place up by Portland.
a year later, I met Jim again at the Harrah’s auto swap meet in either
Reno, NV or Lake Tahoe. We talked and talked about military vehicles.
Jim was into Dodges then and I had a Willy’s MB and needed some parts
for it. Jim invited me over to his house and the next day my wife and I
met him there in Truckee, CA.
those days, if someone was working on a “project” it was not uncommon
for someone else to help him along with advice, parts, etc. I needed a
speedometer and some other parts for the Willy’s and Jim gave them to
me free. Jim would not take any money for them and related that maybe
someday I would have something he needed.
had gone by and I would see Jim and his family at the Patterson, CA
meets. One day I was able to finally return Jim’s favors and give him
some parts for a Dodge project he needed to complete it. At this time I
had also got the Dodge fever and had some extra parts that I really
didn’t need for my Dodge project.
in time and in many of our moves around the state, Jim was there for
us, helping to move vehicles to our new destination. Jim
was always available for help, advice or just a friend. I valued his
friendship over the last 30 plus years and never forgot the help he
gave me from the start of this hobby so many years ago.
was a true gentleman of the old school and his passing has left a large
hole in this hobby. Thank you for all you have done to improve the
hobby and your friendship for all these years which has never wavered!
You are and will be missed by many of us! Rest in Peace Jim and it has
been a pleasure to know you and your family.
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