Saturday, January 28, 2012

Don F Pratt Museum Visit

Today we went to the Don F Pratt Museum. This museum is located on the grounds of Fort Campbell. This museum was established in 1956 as a museum for the 101st Airborne Division. The museum covers the history of the 101st Airborne Division or the "Screaming Eagles" from it's creation in 1942 until the present time.
 Order Creating the 101st Airborne Division
 101st during WWII
Ft. Campbell was a POW camp during WWII. 
 Military Jeep 
 Photos of soldiers during the Vietnam War
 Listings of all the units assigned to the 101st Airborne in Vietnam
 David liked this display of Vietnam Era Weapons.
 Communications during Vietnam
 Display dedicated to the Medical Corps!
 We found the statistics interesting. Amazing how many lives were saved just by having helicopters available.
 Outside the museum was a park with several memorials for division that served out of Fort Campbell.
 Hubby & kids looking into a helicopter.
 Sign in the window of the helicopter above.
The Chinook Helicopter. 
Info on the Chinook. Wonder if my dad rode in this one or one similar to it when he was in Vietnam??

We had a great time at the museum. It was neat to learn all about the 101st Airborne Division. I found the Vietnam Era stuff very fascinating since my dad served in Vietnam. I don't think the kids were as fascinated as I was. They just thought it was cool to be on a real military base. I am very thankful for all the men & women who have served our country & who still are!

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