Thursday, October 3, 2019

Military Heritage Collection of North Texas, Nevada, Texas

The Military Heritage Museum we went to today had a lot of historical artifacts that have been donated to the museum by people from all over the world. There were some very unique items in the museum and unfortunately, they did not have tags by the items as the gentlemen who runs the museum gave us a personal tour and explained all the items to us as we walked through the museum. (I did mention the tag issue to our guide.)

The museum seeks to honor the men and women whose service and sacrifices built and defended this country. There are lots of small arms, uniforms, military equipment and artwork depicting all factions of the military. A lot of the vehicles they had inside were in the process of restoration.

The collection contains an extensive collection of uniforms and other artifacts donated by veterans or their family members. The collection also houses original artwork, which I have included pictures of.

The museum is free of charge and does accept donations, which they use to keep the museum open and repair and fix the vehicles that are donated to them.

Drone Propeller Blade

On April 27, 2013, a reception was held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas to honor Congressman Ralph Hall for his support of the NASA space mission. In attendance were many astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. As a memento many of those present a signed propeller blade recovered from Iraq. 

Hanoi Hilton

The Hanoi Hilton was the infamous prison used during the Vietnam War by the North Vietnamese to hold captured prisoners of war, primarily downed American pilots and air crews. To the Vietnamese, the prison was known as Hoa Lo; the name "Hanoi Hilton" was a nickname used by American GIs. It was built in the late 1800s by the French colonists who used it to hold political prisoners. A series of renovations expanded the prison well into the 1930s to cope with a growing population, but by all accounts, the prison was extremely crowded and conditions were very poor. In 1954, when the French left Vietnam the Maison Centrale as it was known, was closed and turned into a museum to commemorate the horrors of colonialism.

In 1964 the first American prisoner of war was brought to the Hanoi Hilton and was quickly joined by numerous others, especially after the Vietnamese began closing outlying prison camps. Occupants of the prison were routinely interrogated by the North Vietnamese to gather information, and some were executed. After 1973, when the prison was closed, numerous guards and government officials denied claims that prisoners war had been tortured at the prison despite ample evidence to the contrary. 

Until the mid-1990s the Hanoi Hilton remained largely intact, the major part was then demolished and the Vietnamese government decided to restore the remaining portion so that it could be used as a museum. The museum chronicles the use of the site by both the French and North Vietnamese.

Brick from the Hanoi Hilton

This brick was recovered from the Hanoi Hilton By Gary Flanagan, a former USAF Msgt and linguist. After the war, Flanagan returned to Vietnam and was instrumental as part of the JTA-FA task force in returning the remains of many US servicemen to their loved ones.

Mural painted by Eugene Francis Savage (1883-1978)

Uniforms depicting various armed services

USS Arizona Memorial

The memorial, built in 1962, has been visited by more than two million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The battleship's sunken remains were declared a National Historic Landmark on May 5, 1989.

The battleship USS Arizona sank after being bombed when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. More than one thousand of the ship's sailors lost their lives with at least 900 of them still rest with the submerged ship. In the 1950s, plans took shape for the creation of an Arizona memorial. However, by 1960, less than half of the $500,000 needed had been raised. That would change after Elvis Presley performed at a benefit concert for the memorial on March 25, 1961.

USS Arizona (BB39)

The USS Arizona was named in honor of the 48th state's recent admission into the union. The Arizona was bombed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. After a bomb detonated in a powder magazine, the battleship exploded violently and sank, with the loss of 1,177 officers and crewmen. Unlike many of the other ships sunk or damaged that day,  Arizona was irreparably damaged by the force of the magazine explosion, though the Navy removed parts of the ship for reuse. The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Dedicated on 30 May 1962 to all those who died during the attack, the memorial straddles but does not touch the ship's hull.

Except from her diary
Sgt. Eleanor Jean Moody,
US Marine Corps Women's Reserve

She was the first female refrigeration technician in the USMWR. She was a lathe operator prior in a factory making military components prior to enlistment. Due to her mechanical ability and excellent record as a refrigerator tech, she was one of only 100 women marines that were stationed in Hawaii that completed repairs to all aircraft the USMC operating in the Pacific theater.

Arnhem Bridge

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

This is the actual jacket worn by Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq. It was sent to the museum in a bag with dirty underwear, so it was not searched or confiscated. 

Cigarette Holder

Quotes for the day: "Men who have offered their lives for their country know that patriotism is not fear of something; it is the love of something." ~~ Adlai Stevenson

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet not withstanding, go out to meet it." ~~ Thucydides, Greek historian

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