• 619.435.7242
  • 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado CA 92118

Open in Google Maps

Colonel Mearns Ceremony

August 21 - August 21, 2018

Star Park, Coronado, CA

Register now

Millie Creager, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, and Coronado Historical Association invite you to join us for a military ceremony in honor of Colonel Arthur S. Mearns, USAF, who was shot down over Vietnam in 1966. Major (later Colonel) Mearns was assumed to be a POW. It took eleven years to receive official notice of his death.

Colonel Mearns' wife, Pat, worked tirelessly with POW/MIA wives to bring home the men. Mrs. Mearns’ picture and story appeared in Life magazine. She was part of the wives’ group that included Sybil Stockdale at the Paris Peace Talks. The Pentagon commissioned a portrait of her daughters writing a letter asking God to return their pilot father from Hanoi. The original portrait hangs in the museum at Wright Patterson AFB. Congressman F. Edward Hebert, Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee, kept a copy in his office for 35 years. Now that Congressman Hebert has passed, the portrait will be officially presented to Mrs. Mearns at the ceremony. 

Become a member

We preserve and share Coronado's unique and wonderful history with intriguing exhibits and innovative programs for all ages.


  • Free admission to the Museum of History & Art
  • Two complimentary tickets to our Historic Walking Tour of Coronado
  • Invites to members-only events
  • ...and much more!
Membership information