Dinner with a WWII Survivor of Iwo Jima - 23 Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. aboard the USS Lexington
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. onboard the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, the Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will hold its 10th Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner with speaker Mr. Don Graves.
Mr. Graves is a WWII survivor of the battle of Iwo Jima. He entered the Marine Corp upon hearing that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. He was 19 years old when he, carrying a 70 lb. flamethrower strapped to his back, was in the third wave of Marines to land on Iwo Jima. He tells of the conditions of the landing and the fierce battle to overtake the island. The fighting lasted 36 days resulting in 26,000 men wounded and 6800 Marines dead.
Individual tickets are $75.00 ($50.00 for active military). Tables reservations for 10 are $1000.00.
The deadline for reservations is January 31, 2018.
The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron CAF adds to the Hall of Fame! 23 Sept. 2017 at 2:00 pm
On 23 Sept. 2017 at 2:00 pm, we will add four inductees to the Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force Hall of Fame. The four inductees are Senior CPO Andrew Adams USN (Ret) of Ingleside, Lt Joe Sassman USAAF of Corpus Christi, Colonel Dick Cole USAF (ret), and Major General Angela Salinas USMC (Ret) formerly of Alice. We will have Ram Chavez entertain. After the presentation, we will be serving ice cream and cake.
The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron CAF Presents “Speaking of Heroes..Dinner with Historian Jay A. Stout, LtCol (Ret) USMC”
The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will hold its 9th Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on board USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.
Col Knolle said the event will feature Jay A. Stout Lt Col (Ret) USMC, a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot. An Indiana native and graduate of Purdue University, he was commissioned on June 1, 1981 and was designated a naval aviator on 13 May 1983. His first fleet assignment was to F-4S Phantoms at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. Following a stint as an instructor pilot at NAS Chase Field Texas from 1986 to 1989, he transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet. He flew the Hornet from bases on both coasts and ultimately retired from MCAS Miramar, California during 2001. During his twenty-year career, he flew more than 4,500 flight hours, including 37 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm.
Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner 2016
The 8th Dinner in the series was held on Thursday, February 18, on board USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.
This event, entitled "Passing Down a Legacy of Women in Military Aviation," celebrated over 70 Years of Women in Military Aviation. Our guest speakers were Linda Maloney (USN Ret.) and Captain Pam Carel USNR, who shared their amazing and challenging opportunities the Navy offered them, as women, officers and aviators.
Maxine Flournoy, the Squadron's namesake and longtime supporter, started the program with remarks about her incredible lifelong experiences in aviation.
Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner 2015
The 7th Dinner in the series was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 on board USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.
This event celebrated 74 years of the USO in South Texas. Our guest speaker was Major Leffler Lloyd Ramey, USAF, Retired, who spoke about his many years in the Air Force.
The event also recognized the Honorable Judge Loyd Neal for his many years of dedication to public service and his unwavering support of our military in the region.
November 12, 2015
The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron CAF Presented the film 4-4-43, a World War II Documentary Film by producer John D. Luckas. The film tells the story of Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess, Little Known War Hero.
Mr. Luckas was in attendance, introducing the film and answering questions afterward.
Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner 2012
The 6th Dinner in the series was held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at the Solomon P. Ortiz Convention Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
This event, entitled "Dinner with SAC and the Cold War," featured guest speaker Don Emmons, Col.(Ret.) of the USAF.