Military memorabilia collection grows with items from Navy veteran

A garage may seem an unlikely place for keeping prized possessions, but that’s not how Pat Elsberry sees it.

With nary a speck of dirt in sight, Elsberry’s garage is used to store and display a collection of military memorabilia from her past, as well as the previous military service of other area women.

On Saturday, the Western Chapter of the Territorial Daughters of Colorado donated Doris Moore Wilson’s World War II memorabilia to Elsberry during an informal ceremony.
Wilson, who was born in

De Beque, died in 2004. Her U.S. Navy uniforms, log books, photographs and notes had been with her daughter, Patricia Dupps, in Chandler, Ariz.

Dupps knew her mother would want to be honored in Mesa County, which was why Dupps sent her mother’s military belongings to Grand Junction.

“She was always very proud of her military service,” Dupps wrote in an e-mail to Anamae Richmond, president of the Western Chapter of the Territorial Daughters of Colorado. “And she said, she was one of the first women to go into the service from Mesa County.”
Wilson served from 1943 to 1945.

On Saturday, Richmond donated all of Wilson’s World War II possessions to Elsberry.

“I feel rather honored to have this collection to present to Pat,” Richmond said. “I know it’s in good hands.”

Elsberry, senior vice commander of American Legion Post 37, thanked Richmond for thinking of her garage as the perfect place to display more war memorabilia from American women.

Eventually Elsberry, a U.S. Army veteran, plans to donate all the newspaper clippings, photographs, clothing and posters she has saved through the years to the Museum of Western Colorado.

“I’m a history bug,” Elsberry said.


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