Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inside the museum

After spending time visiting the grounds of the National Museum of the Pacific War it was time to step inside. The first thing we were given was a map of the place.

Starting with the lower numbers and moving to the higher numbers this map leads you through the museum and through the Pacific phase of World War II. From pre-war through Pearl Harbor, to the end of the war on the deck of the Missouri.

I was pretty excited when they told me they were going to give me a tour mate, but all I got was the handheld device.

Actually it was very helpful, you typed the corresponding number of the area you were in and it gave you a historical narrative of what you were seeing.

Most everything displayed was recovered from the battlefield where it saw action. The above Australian tank was disabled by Japanese anti tank weapons and the audio story was told by the man who was in the turret at the time.





Similar to the plane Jimmy Doolittle used to bomb Tokyo.

For my friends in New Mexico, the battleship New Mexico.



Had to get an LST in the group.

This is an actual cruiser bridge. Sorry about the lighting, but wartime blackout conditions, you know

A replica of the bomb that ended it all.

Where the peace treaty was signed. You can't see it in the picture, but this model is a replica of the signing and the little white specs are thousands of sailors manning the decks.

This just really gives a glimpse into an amazing museum. If you are ever in the neighborhood be sure and check it out. 

The Cardinals made the playoffs yesterday and we have one more regular season game to watch tonight, my way of enjoying the good life.



18 comments:

  1. WOW They have really been busy improving the museum since my last visit. I definitely must get back up there.

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  2. It is on my list. As a long time student of military history, I look forward to spending some time there, no rushing thru it like the way I drive.

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    1. Now I'm sure that will be a pleasant change for Marti.

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  3. At least that travel mate only talked when you wanted it to. :)

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  4. Thanks for the tour. I have put that museum on the list of things to see.

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  5. Looks like a super museum. Our friend was the radio guy who was on the plane that dropped the practice bomb right before they drop the real one. So scarey to hear him tell about it.

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    1. One of the things in this museum was the living history stories they had captured from veterans. Lots of good stuff and well worth the stop.

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  6. Getting caught up on blog reading after being in internet limbo for days on end. Nice story and pictures of the museum. War may be Hell, as the saying goes, but sometimes it is necessary. I am forever grateful to our military personnel.

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    1. And the nice thing about this museum is that it honors those men and women who made these sacrifices for us.

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  7. Thank you for sharing your museum tour. That place looks really large with it being in and out.

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  8. oh, admit it. You got handed a remote control..what man wouldn't like that! ;-)

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