National Museum of the Pacific War Memorial Dedication  
               
   
               
  A memorial dedication was held on June 18, 2011 at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Air Squadron VC-97 crew members Robert Tuggle Jr., Vernon L Tebo, and Warren H Loyd were honored along with USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) Catapult Crewman Philip W Nearing.  The dedication included full military honors presented by the United States Navy and United States Marines.  The photo above was taken at sunrise showing the entrance to the Memorial Courtyard where the dedication was held.

Photographers: John Jebavy, Dallas, TX; Emali Massay, San Antonio,TX;  Emily A. Nearing, Centennial CO.
Lauren M. Nearing, Centennial CO., Leslie Jean Nearing, Centennial, CO., Michael R. Nearing, Centennial, CO., Michael W. Nearing, Centennial, CO., Sam Stanton, Reflections Photography, Fredericksburg, TX; 

 
               
 
 
  Individual still photographs and the complete HD Video including Video and Photo Index are provided below in chronological order.  We sincerely hope our efforts to preserve the historical record helps you feel as if you were there.  
               
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  United States Navy Reservists, San Antonio, TX.  
               
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  United States Marine Reservists, San Antonio, TX  
               
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  Bagpiper Nick Classen, Austin,TX leads the Fredericksburg High School Naval Jr. ROTC; (NJROTC) Color Guard procession.  
               
            Video and Photo Index  
             
 
 
   
               
  Bagpiper Nick Classen, Austin,TX plays throughout the ceremony.  My Heart Will Go On, Anchors Away, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Scotland The Brave, Naval Hymn - Eternal Father, Amazing Grace, God Bless America and Battle Hymn of the Republic.  
               
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  United States Navy unfolds the flag prior to the Marine firing salute.  
               
            Video and Photo Index  
             
 
 
   
               
  United States Marines firing salute.  
               
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  United States Navy plays taps.  
               
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  United States Navy folds the veterans flag.        
               
            Video and Photo Index  
             
 
 
   
               
  Folded veterans flags waiting to be presented to each family member.  
               
            Video and Photo Index  
             
 
 
   
               
  Folded flag presented to the US Naval Officer.  
               
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  Folded flag presented to family member by US Naval Officer stating "On behalf of a grateful nation and a proud Navy, I present to you this national ensign in dedication to your loved ones faithful service, honor, courage and commitment to the United States Navy and the United States Armed Forces."  
               
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  United States Navy Officer salutes each family member after presenting their veterans folded flag.  
               
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  Larry Werts provides a history of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and National Museum of the Pacific War.  
               
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  Sean Massay reads the history of the Ishigaki Incident including the biographies of the three Air Squadron VC-97 servicemen Robert Tuggle Jr., Vernon L. Tebo and Warren H. Loyd.  
               
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  CDR Max E. Dunks, CHC, USN (Ret.) provides the prayer and benediction.  
               
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  Martha Burnett reads the history of the Ishigaki Bilingual Memoral Monument located on Ishigaki Jima.  
               
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  Robert Cappella rings a bell while Michael W Nearing reads Mark Twain Wittier's Squadron VC-97 farewell letter including the names of those who never returned.  
               
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  Michael W Nearing reads the biography for his father, Philip W. Nearing and a letter from George H. Bush sending greetings and respectful best wishes to the crew of the USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85), her Squadron (VC-97) and each veteran in attendance for this special occasion.  
               
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  The memorial plaques for Vernon L. Tebo, Waren H. Loyd and Robert Tuggle Jr. are unveiled by Robert Cappella and Sean Massay.  
               
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  Unveiled plaques for Vernon L. Tebo, Waren H. Loyd and Robert Tuggle Jr. on the display table.  
               
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  The plaque for Philip W. Nearing is mounted on the left side of Bracket Wall-2 with three spaces to the right reserved for Robert Tuggle Jr., Vernon L. Tebo and Warren H. Loyd.  
               
            Video and Photo Index  
               
 
 
   
               
  Veterans (L-R); Edward Synatschk (US Army,Pacific,Korea, Tuggle's Brother-in-law), Gilbert Meyer, (US Navy, Pearl Harbor), Max Dunks (US Navy, Vietnam), Warren Trammell (US Navy, VC-97, Pacific); Loren Elliot (US Navy, Makassar Strait, Pacific)  
               
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  Family members gather in the Memorial Courtyard after the ceremony for a group photo.  
               
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  Memorial Dedication Video    
               
     
               
  This video includes the complete memorial dedication ceremony.  Control buttons within the video window allow you to play, pause, adjust volume and view in full screen mode.  The video will download and stream as you are viewing.  As the download bar progresses ahead of the streaming video, you can slide the progress bar to fast forward or return to individual scenes.  Please refer to the Video Control Instruction Example below.  
 
 
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  00:00:01   Opening Scene - Scroll up to view the HD Video Player        
  00:01:50 Marine Procession        
  00:01:10 Color Guard Procession by Fredericksburg High School ROTC        
  00:03:48   Pledge of Allegiance        
  00:05:30 Navy Procession        
  00:05:50 Flag Unfolding by US Navy        
  00:06:48 Firing Salute by US Marines        
  00:07:20 Taps by US Navy        
  00:08:40 Flag Folding by US Navy        
  00:10:15 Flag Presented to Naval Officer        
  00:10:50   Flag Presentation for Vernon L. Tebo        
  00:11:30   Flag Presentation for Warren H. Loyd        
  00:12:00 Flag Presentation for Robert Tuggle Jr.        
  00:13:00 Flag Presentation for Philip W. Nearing        
  00:14:10 Nimitz Foundation Introduction by Larry Werts        
  00:18:55   Introduction by Sean Massay        
  00:22:15 Prayer by Max Dunks        
  00:25:40 Bagpipe by Nick Classen        
  00:27:00 Ishigaki Incident History by Sean Massay        
  00:37:15 Ishigaki Memorial History by Martha Burnett        
  00:45:20   Air Squadron VC-97 History by Michael W Nearing        
  00:47:00   Mark Twain Whittier Letter by Michael W Nearing        
  00:49:00 Bell Ringing by Robert Cappella and Michael W Nearing        
  00:52:10   Philip W Nearing Biography by Michael W Nearing        
  00:54:05 George H Bush Letter by Michael W Nearing        
  00:56:00   Benediction by Max Dunks        
  00:57:30   Amazing Grace by Nick Classen on Bagpipe        
  00:58:42   Memorial Plaque Dedication by Sean Massay        
  00:59:35   Taps        
  00:59:57 Memorial Plaque Unveiling        
  01:00:43   God Bless America by Nick Classen on Bagpipe        
  01:02:05   Makassar Strait Story by Loren Elliot        
  01:05:00   America The Beautiful by Nick Classen on Bagpipe        
  01:05:01 Group Gathering and Credits        
               
               
               
 
 
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  December 3, 2011   The photograph show above documents the final plaque mounting locations in the limestone wall.    Plaque placement (L-R) includes USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) Catapult Crewman Philip W NearingSquadron VC-97 crew members Robert Tuggle Jr., Vernon L Tebo, and Warren H Loyd.  Photo provided by Robert Cappella.  
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
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