So, There I was......* A blustery** Winter Friday in the Hill Country of Texas, the day before a Winter Storm is set to drop freezing rain and Ice and I'm Free! No Work, no School, no Company and Mrs Juvat has relieved me from Honey-Do taskings. Free at Last!
What's the Plan of the Day? I've been meaning to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War for quite a while. I'd visited it when we'd first moved to the area, but they had completed a massive renovation and I hadn't been back. Today was the day.
|This one was in the section for Midway|
|They don't allow flash photography and I'm still figuring out my phone. This is one of the Japanese Mini-Subs from the attack|
This was the gear, Ensign George Gay was wearing when he and the rest of Torpedo 8 were shot down at the start of Admiral Nagumo's "Hero to Zero" Moment on 4 June 1942. Ensign Gay was the sole survivor being picked up by a PBY a couple of days after the battle ended.
Around the corner were Guadalcanal and Buna exhibits. Knew quite a bit about Guadalcanal, so I spent more time on the Buna part. Below is a picture of a M-3 Stuart tank. I was positive I took a picture from the front also, but ...
Directly above the main gun, you can see a TV Monitor, on it is an older Australian Gentleman detailing his experiences in Buna while riding in THIS tank. Essentially, he came head to head with one of these 3 inch cannons.
You can see the damage just below the main gun on the right side of the tank. To hear him talk about the incident was, well there seemed to be a bit of dust in the air around me.
I came upon another part of the exhibit and immediately thought of Old NFO for some reason
The Tarawa exhibit was next. This next exhibit demonstrated an old saw that I've always stood by "I'd rather be lucky than good"
They guy in the picture is landing on Red Beach One on Tarawa and takes a machine gun round through his helmet (next to the photo). All he gets is a scratch. Someone yells at him to put his helmet on, he does and keeps it on for the rest of the battle. The photo is post war, so lucky is better. The gun but behind the helmet is a BAR. I took a picture of that for Murph, but...still trying to figure out the camera thing.
So, I got a picture of these instead
Took this picture again for Old NFO, then stepped forward to look at it closer. You definitely want to enlarge it. It's signed by the three surviving Marines in Rosenthal's picture. Ira Hayes, John Bradley and Rene Gagnon.
I then came upon this letter (which you may have to blow up to read). It's the Captain of the USS Minneapolis reading the riot act to his crew. Here is the wikipedia description of their record under his command, so I guess it must have worked
There was one other exhibit that interested in and that was the immediate post war activities.
According to the graphic on the day the Bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan had 5.6 million troops deployed in the Pacific. The Allies couldn't leave them in place, so they had to bring them home. Regrettably, I had been in the Museum almost 5 hours and they were closing. I guess I've got to go back.
*SJC (So much Easier!)
**Yesterday's High was 34.2 Today it's 63. Gotta love Texas, but not its weather.