Board of Directors


Kenneth Eward, president

Eward teaches at American Military University and has consulted for museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and Boston Museum of Science. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, TIME and other publications. His latest book, Ia Drang 1965: The Struggle for Vietnam's Pleiku Province (Osprey Publishing, 2020), written with historian Paul Harris, covers an early chapter in the military use of the helicopter.


Rosemary Marusak, acting treasurer

 Marusak served for many years as chair of the Chemistry Department and secretary of the faculty at Kenyon College prior to her current position as director of veterinary services at Daybreak Foods. Both a chemist and a veterinarian, Marusak has published extensively in academic journals and as a textbook author. Her interest in helicopter history was piqued by her father's experiences in the US Army in World War II. As an airborne trooper, he took part in a number of glider missions that prefigured the helicopter operations of later conflicts. 

Jessica Monson-Donnerbaur, secretary

Donnerbauer teaches social studies at the Hill-Murray School in St. Paul, MN and coordinates our oral history program in addition to her work on the board.


Barry Hammarback

 Hammarback practices agricultural law in River Falls, Wisconsin, but his real passion is flying. An experienced aviator with rotary and fixed-wing certifications, Hammarback regularly flies any of a number of vintage military helicopter types to veterans events on missions organized through his private company, Combat Helicopters, LLC. His newly-restored OH-13H Sioux was awarded a coveted "Lindy" for best helicopter at the 2018 EAA AirVenture expo in Oshkosh.  


Kent Smith

A long-time aviation history enthusiast, Smith is a member of the Commemorative Air Force and is currently working on a book detailing the history of the CAF's Minnesota Wing.

Staff and Consultants


Dr. Paul Harris, consulting historian


Harris is a senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst—the British West Point—where he has taught in the Department of War Studies for more than thirty years. He has published extensively in the field of 20th century military history, having written on the early history of armored warfare, the First World War and the War in Vietnam. Harris' work is widely acclaimed and a 2008 book garnered him the prestigious Templer Prize and Medal, presented by the Duke of Kent. His book Vietnam's High Ground: Armed Struggle for the Central Highlands 1954-1965 (University Press of Kansas, 2016), discusses the advent of large scale use of the helicopter in combat, which established a pattern that would shape the outcome of that war and influence military helicopter operations to the present day.