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New Stories Shared on Veterans Day
Posted: 11/17/2016 4:52:15 PM

This past Veterans Day, November 11, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum dedicated four new Seats of Honor in the Allison & Howard Lutnick Theater to American military veterans. Every American who has served our country is a guardian of freedom and a vital part of our national history. We recognize their service, we commemorate their sacrifice, and we honor them for defending our treasured way of life.

Since 2011, we have been able to share 174 incredible stories through the Seats of Honor program. Stories of our veterans and their families. Stories of mothers, sons, sisters and brothers. Stories of friendship, of love and of loss. These stories are permanently woven into the heart of the Intrepid Museum, with these Seats of Honor standing as a reminder of the importance of duty, sacrifice and service.

The new Seats of Honor, inscribed by the veterans’ families,
recognize these stories:
CPL Irving Baron, USMC 1943–1945Proud marine – purple heart recipient Devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. You are forever our hero.

Irving Baron enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the young age of 17. After completing boot camp, Irving's platoon was sent to the Eniwetok Atoll of the Marshall Islands. His platoon played a vital role in establishing airfields and naval bases for air and naval support in the Central Pacific. On March 8, 1944, Irving was wounded during a Japanese air raid. He was awarded the Purple Heart in 1944 and a Bronze Star in 1945 for his meritorious service.
LTJG John F. Forsyth, USN 1944–1945Honored by his grandchildren.

John “Jack” Forsyth was a naval aviator assigned to Intrepid. He flew a Curtiss Helldiver. On October 23, 1944, as part of Air Group 18, he participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Forsyth’s Helldiver was among the first wave of planes bound for the Japanese Center Force, which included the super battleship Musashi. Multiple strikes, including a direct hit on Musashi’s foredeck by Jack’s bombs, resulted in the ship’s sinking.
Major Walter Grand, USAF 1972-1974Your service to country & neurosurgery Reflect your honor, integrity, & compassion. You are & will always be our inspiration.

Dr. Walter Grand joined the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and was in charge of the neurosurgical service, which treated all branches of the military in the Vietnam War zone. It was here that Dr. Grand treated Lt. Tommy Norris, a Navy SEAL, for a head wound he suffered in battle in Vietnam. Petty Officer Michael Thornton, also a SEAL, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his action in the battle and his rescue of Lt. Norris.
Honoring all Searses who served.Art Sr, WWII POW – John, Cuban MC – Leo, Desert Storm Art Jr, CVS-11 63-68 – Joe, Vietnam – Rick, USNR

Art Sears was inspired by the words of President
John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” He decided to join the service after graduating high school. Art made three trips to Vietnam and was part of the last convoy of American warships to transit the Suez Canal before the outbreak of the Six-Day War. Art is proud to know that Intrepid is still in service to those who served their country and to the general public.

If you are interested in dedicating a Seat of Honor to commemorate the service of a loved one, contact the Museum at 646-381-5271 or



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