I was married over 50 years to H.N. "Pete” Madison, the founder of the 475th reunion. These reunions began in 1965, the first being at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. After a few years these reunions became an annual event.
I have both financially and physically supported our first museum at Chino and March Air Force Base, then back to its permanent structure at Planes of Fame in Chino.
Pete passed away in the year 2000 and what we have built at Chino and the size and loyalty of the 475th family is more than he ever envisioned.
I have since remarried a widow who has actually embraced the 475th.
I am a Board member of the 475th, a lifelong member of College of the Desert Auxillary-Palm Desert, an ex-member of Stroke Activity Center, Palm Springs, a member of O'Donnell Golf Club Palm Springs and a long time member of Oakmont Country Club, Glendale, CA. My son Christopher is President of the 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation.
Jon Sparrman has had a career spanning all aspects of advertising design, sales promotion, branding and feature film marketing. Beginning his career in the prestigious Chicago-based advertising agency, FCB, Jon was the lead designer for such clients as Wendy's, Coca-Cola,Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands, producing many award-winning campaigns inthe print and broadcast mediums.
Moving his talent to the West Coast, Jon secured a position at WarnerBros Pictures, heading up the print design team at the in-house agency, "The Idea Place." As VP/Creative Director at Warner Bros., Jon's clients included Domestic and International Feature Film Advertising, WB Games, DCComics, Domestic Cable Distribution, Warner Bros. Television, Consumer Products and Home Video. Jon's team developed marketing campaigns from the studio's most highly successful projects, including the blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise films as well as small budget films like the Academy-Award winning documentary "Into the Arms of Strangers."
Departing Warner Bros. in 2005 to start "Strange Cargo," a communications company specializing in film and brand advertising, Jon continues working in his wide range of experience in both advertising and film marketing worlds. Clients include Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, SonyPictures, Universal Pictures, NASCAR, NBC, Pepsi Brands, Tyco, BerkleyBrands, Blu-Ray, Imagi Studios, Bullpen Creative, VU Games, WB Records, Midnight Oil Creative, among many others.
Jon has over 30 marketing and design awards. Including multipleAdvertising Age, Popai and Keyart awards.
Rhonda was born to 475th veteran Tech Sgt. Marvin O. Rose and wife Lourdes Baltazar Rose in Manila, Philippines. Rhonda was raised in the Philippines and moved back to the States after Marcos rule in the early 1970’s. She has an older sister and brother, and several step sisters and one step brother. Rhonda is a Registered Nurse, currently working for a Medicaid Managed Care Organization in Population Health. Rhonda works in Nashville, TN and has hosted a reunion there for the 475th recently. Rhonda’s interests are gardening, cooking, reading, movies, books, junking and music. Rhonda is active in ministry, serving on the Advisory Council of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries in Goodlettsville, TN. She is a member of Forest Grove United Methodist church in Joelton, TN. Rhonda has 2 furry 4 legged babies with tails, named Emma and Petey, who are a great source of joy and laughter.
Military history and service
No military service.
Tie to 475th:
Rhonda’s father was a long time member of the 475th FGHF, serving as a Tech Sgt in the 475th. Marvin O. Rose was an electrical aircraft mechanic whose focus was the magnetos and engines of the P-38s used by the 475th. Mr. Rose was stationed in Papua, New Guinea and helped to liberate the Philippines with McArthur’s return. Mr. Rose met his wife, Lourdes Binuya Baltazar in Lingayen and remained in the Philippines with his family for nearly 30 years. He hosted 2 or more reunions for the 475th and passed away last year at age 93 years after a short illness.
Contribution to 475th:
Rhonda Rose serves as Web Site Director for the 475th, overseeing the development and design of the 475th website. The goal of the website is to serve as a centralized location for 475th information, history and digitalized memorabilia. The future plans for the website are to create a "virtual museum" and educational center to tell the story of the 475th Fighter Group and its veterans. Such sections as "Heroes Hall of Fame" and the downloading of veteran interviews and other relevant information about the 475th is hoped to keep the 475th and its heroes alive for future generations.
Military Experience: 1965-1968 United States Marine Corp, Sergeant Infantry, fire team leader in Vietnam, 2 purple hearts
Aviation Experience: Private pilot since 1967, multi-engine, instrument rated in turbo prop. Own and fly Twin Commander 690.
Work Experience: 1976 to Present: C.E.O., Martin Container, Inc. serving the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor since 1976. Owner of container yards and container leasing fleet. 1971 - 1976: Certified Public Accountant, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. 1965 - 1968: United States Marine Corp.
Education: University of Southern California Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1971
Professional & Charitable Organizations:
Chris is Chairman of Sierra Nevada Investment Group, LLC (“SNIG”), a private real estate investment company located in Eagle Rock that invests, primarily in commercial real estate. Currently SNIG has properties in Southern California and Seattle.
Prior to selling his company, Madison/Graham ColorGraphics, Chris was President, CEO and Chairman of the company. ColorGraphics, Inc. is an industrial printing company with annual sales in excess of $170 million, 500 employees and plants in Los Angeles, Can Francisco, Seattle and Orange County.
Chris started working at ColorGraphics in 1965, while still in high school and all during his college years. He has held several positions since starting his career at ColorGraphics including driving a delivery truck and selling printing until 1978 when he was named president of the company.
Military History and Service:
No military service.
Upon selling his company ColorGraphics, Chris was asked to serve on the board of the 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation. Chris then became president and CEO. In this new role Chris has gone out and recruited sons and daughters and those with ties to the 475th to keep the Foundation alive.
Chris is the son of Pete Madison, the foundation founder and catalyst in getting a museum started. Pete served as a pilot for the 5th army air corp., 475th Fighter Group, 431st Squadron stationed in New Guinea. Pete and a couple of friends and 475th members, Hal Gray and Jim Moreing got their heads together to locate members and get the first reunion going. Pete was instrumental in urging all to send him memorabilia to get a mini-museum set up. Upon his passing, leadership was taken by his close friend and fellow P-38 pilot PJ Dahl who carried on for the next 10 years with Pete’s dream to perpetuate the legacy of the group culminating with the magnificent facility now at Chino, housing a flying P-38 carrying 475th colors.
Chris serves as Chairman of the 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation and President of the 475th Museum.
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