Member Meeting March 2018

Memories of World War II -- A Paratrooper’s Story, presented by Phil McSpadden

Our monthly Member Meetings typically include updates on important Museum news, a raffle, video presentations, a chance to visit with other Museum members, snacks, and a presentation by a featured speaker. Speakers may include military Veterans, historians, civic leaders, and other people with interesting stories to tell of their historical research or their aviation or military experiences.

Memories of World War II — A Paratrooper’s Story

Drafted in March 1941, Phil McSpadden immediately volunteered to become a Paratrooper.  Following jump school, he was assigned to the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR).  He would participate in combat in Italy, jump into Southern France as part of that invasion and go on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. Phil’s Army career over the next 30 years would include combat in Korea and multiple tours in Vietnam. Clearly Phil has hours of stories, but he will limit his talk to his WWII experiences.

About Phil McSpadden

Phil McSpadden is a self-described Depression Kid born into a coal mining family that came to America in 1720. His dad was an active organizer for miners and found himself often black balled by mining companies throughout the country including Alabama. He recalls at age 7, he and his brothers were informed that his dad was on strike and they moved to southern Illinois. Phil lost a brother fighting in Luxemburg. He lives here in Santa Rosa, California.

Air Show Meeting at 6:00 immediately before the Member Meeting

The 2018 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show is being planned!

Each month we have an open Air Show meeting, just before the monthly Member Meeting. We talk about performers, volunteers, staffing, vendors, attractions, and all the other important things that go into an event like this. 

These meetings are your chance to find out what’s happening, get a look at the plans, and contribute your own opinions and ideas. We encourage you to attend. 

The Air Show meetings take place at 6:00 p.m. and run through about 6:45 p.m., and are in the same room as the Member Meetings.

Find out more about our Member Meetings.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


3200 N. Laughlin Road

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Free for Members and Guests


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