Stephen E. Ambrose Legacy Society
Stephen E. Ambrose Legacy Society recognizes special individuals and couples who have included The National WWII Museum in their estate plans. These gifts support our mission to preserve and share the history of the American experience during World War II. The Museum would like to thank these Legacy Society members for their generous support. 

Nearly three decades after Ambrose’s original vision to build a national D-Day museum, The National WWII Museum stands as a testament to his epic dream, and now, you can forever be a part of this legacy.

You become part of this distinguished group when you include The National WWII Museum in your will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance or create a life-income gift.

Download our Stephen E. Ambrose Legacy brochure.

Stephen E. Ambrose Legacy Society Donors:

Let us know!

Please let us know if you’ve included a gift for The National WWII Museum. Providing us with documentation is the best way to ensure that your gift is used in the way you intend.

As a member of Stephen E. Ambrose Legacy Society, you will receive:

Recognition on a Donor Wall in the Museum and in our Annual Report (with your permission)

Invitations to special events and programs

The reassurance that you are defending freedom for future generations by keeping the lessons of WWII alive

Our Legacy Society Members

The 801st 492nd Bombardment Group Association
The 86th ‘Black Hawk’ Infantry Division Organization, Inc.
Robert J. and Maureen R. Avina

IMO & IHO Robert C. Bogash and Charles W. Hendershott

Craig and Lynn Bardell
Jerilyn Batina
Justin M. Bein
David Wesley Ewell Black, MAJ., USA, Retired
Robert and Lenore Briskman
Capt. Carroll Campbell
Edward C. Casaletto, Jr.
CBI Veterans-California Group
Jo Ann Corey
Cathy Cosenza

IMO Corporal Louis A. Cosenza USMC WWII

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Cowan
Gail P. Cox

IMO Everett A. Smith, Pvt.

Leslie H. Cox

IMO 2nd Lt. Howard L. Cox, Jr. USAAC (1924-1944)

Michael Crane
Tom Czekanski
Allen E. Dewitt

IMO Alvin E. and Geraldine K. Dewitt

Wm. Craig Dubishar
Walter H. Duke, Jr.
Trish Eubanks
Roger L. Farney
Charles Faught
Col. Thomas G. Fierke
Capt. John Ford
Jay H. Frankel
Mr. Gail “Bud” Freeman
Stephen Glassey

IMO Maj. John R. Glassey

G. Robert Hamrdla
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tucker Hayes
Robert Hellmers
David Martin Hendrick
Stephanie Nigh Hendrick
Edward J. Hill
Madlyn and Paul Hilliard
Nelson S. Hoffman
Wilbur Jay Huston
Louise James
Tyrone Jamison
Byron R. Johnson in honor of Major Thomas R. Johnson Jr. and 1st Lt. Stewart Kenneth Johnson
Arthur Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Leander
Mr. Lou Linxwiler
Richard and Mae Livesey
Kearby Lyde
Mark P. Norman
Lawrence Nothdurft

IMO Milton H. (Funny) Nothdurft

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph O’Dowd
Eileen Owsiany
James C. Parrie and Sheila J. Parrie

IHO Cpl. William Kenyon RAF

Drs. David J. and Marti E. Peck

IMO 1st Lt. Clifford J. Peck USAAF 111th TRS – KIA Sicily 1945

Aimee Pergalsky
Mary W. Pless
Lewis A. Post
Mr. Robert Prior
Frederick E. Ruccius
Urban G. Rump
Robert V. Siebel
Saundra and Peter Spilotro
IMO Herbert H. Macknick
David & Gail Spivack
Brian Stanley
Frank and Paulette Stewart
Taube Family
Edward E. Thompson
Florence T. Upson

IMO David Richardson Upson

USS Phaon Reunion Group
Michael B. Wanas and Karen Wibrew
Russell D. Warner
Cherry Whitley
Dr. Tryon Wieland
Frank G. Wilson

IMO Charles Wilson, Jr., 282 Combat Engineer Battalion

Jack Wm. Windt
Col. William G. Yarborough
Hank Zachry
Anonymous (10)

We remember with special gratitude the individuals whose Legacy gifts to The National WWII Museum have been realized

Darleen and Donald Alexander
Anne Anthony

IMO Robert J. Hanbury

Patricia Ann Jean Barile

IHO her parents, Antheny A. and Ethel T. Barile

John and Virginia Bettencourt
Pamela Jeanne Brooks

IHO Aubrey J. Brooks, Jr.

Waldo C. and Arabelle J. Burnett>
Edward P. Camp
Daniel Castner
Robert Oliver Cole and Lucille Bishop Cole
Dr. Sol Courtman
Robert W. Dannelly
Richard Dorney
Nathan S. Elder
Erwin Charles Ellerbeck, Jr.
A.H. Feige, Jr.
Carolyn Davis Fernandez

IMO Capt. Julian M. Fernandez

Bertram E. Fetter
Henry and Audrey Fontcuberta
Jerome Gerwitz
Dr. Morris W. Goldberg
Peter Gordon Gray and Julaine Roy Gray
John H. Griffith II – U.S. Merchant Marine
Thaddeus Gruszecki
Aaron M. “Rick” Harris
Judy Harris
Lawrence C. Harris
Genevieve G. Higgins
Grace O’Connor Hogan
Donald A. Hoffman
Jackie Hollis Henderson
Harry H. Howard
William Daniel Huddleston
Mr. and Mrs. Harold P. Jaffe
Loren C. Johnson
Sophia Kallelis

IMO her husband Theodore S. Kallelis

Paul J. Kranick

IMO Frank E. Kranick, MIA 1945

H.W. Lay
Janet L. Merrill
Mrs. Violet Michaels

IMO Anthony Michaels

Manderson Miles Sr. & Joseph S. Miles
Charles R. Murray
Cdr. and Mrs. Henry O’Connor, USNR
Patricia Palmer
Mrs. Kathleen “Kayo” Parker
John U. Parolo
Mr. Felicien “Gus” Perrin
Robert C. Pharher

IMO Irving Harry Pharher

William B. Potasnak
Mary Hom Quan
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin P. Reilly, Sr.
Leonard T. ReVeal
Noah Riley
Richard J. Rinebolt
Paul Rivas
Gordon Rosen
Ida M. Rucklos
Clifford J. Rutstein
Harold W. Schluenz
Harold M. Schubert
Jack M. Schwartz
Lloyd F. Scott
Abraham Z. and Norma Shanzer
Mrs. Kathe A. Shields
Richard Paul Smyers
Marianne K. St. Claire

IMO Col. William K. St. Claire

James H. Stone
Arthur D. Thomas
Margaret B. Thurlow

IMO YNCM Clinton S. Thurlow, Jr.

Mark Anthony Toups
Maria Trainer
Edmund M. Urbas
Georgette “Gigi” Viellion
G. Paula Walter
Edward J. Weber
Mrs. Liselotte Levy Weil

IMO Leo Levy and Ferdinand Levy

Anonymous (2)



Our Mission. Your Legacy.

Each year, the Museum receives support from passionate Members, volunteers, and friends through their estates. Their gifts provide a lasting impact that helps keep the WWII generation’s voice alive. And every gift counts—no matter the size, your gift will help ensure that future generations are inspired by the Museum you cherish today.
Your generous gift will become part of the Museum’s endowment, which was established to help meet current institutional goals and secure resources for future goals of expanding exhibits, infrastructure, and staff. These cherished endowment funds provide support for the Museum’s educational programming, while also supplying our staff with the means to think creatively and design new initiatives for generations to come.

Making a lasting tribute to the Museum through a deferred planned gift is easy and can be as simple as creating provisions in your will or revocable living trust to benefit the Museum, or naming us as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy. A charitable gift in your estate plan is easy to establish, can be changed at any time, and often produces tangible benefits for you and your family.

Through your planned gift, your legacy is secured forever as a member of the Stephen E. Ambrose Legacy Society, an essential part of the foundation of this institution. Ambrose, who passed away in 2002, devoted his life’s work to preserving and honoring the stories of our service members and Home Front workers who helped achieve victory in World War II. Through the Society, you reflect those values and become a part of our mission: to educate younger generations on the lessons of World War II and to honor the men and women who sacrificed so much for us.

 As you plan for your future, we invite you to join our mission so that your legacy can continue through our future educational initiatives. 

Need assistance? We’re here to help!

Shelita G. Bourgeois, M.S.

Shelita G. Bourgeois, M.S.

Planned Giving Officer

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
504.528.1944, ext. 247