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On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe which would change the course of world history. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.
Visit Freedom Museum to read the personal accounts of men from the Panhandle area who were part of this great battle.
In October 2018, the submarine periscope which has been in storage off-site for many years was delivered to Freedom Museum through the generous efforts of Coyote Trucking of Pampa. Plans are made to install the periscope in such a way as local students and visiting guests will be able to see exactly how the periscope worked. This installation will require considerable renovations to the museum building. If you would like to be a part of this project, please submit your donations to Freedom Museum USA.
Freedom Museum is excited to announce the arrival of its newest static display and looks forward to finding out about its military history and sharing it with museum visitors. Stop by soon and see all that Freedom Museum has to offer. Thanks to Andy Epps, curator, and Joe Reed with Koyote Trucking for bringing this vehicle to Pampa.
Each year Freedom Museum USA and VFW Post 1657 pay homage to the men and women of the 26 Texas Panhandle Counties who have distinguished themselves in military service to our country.
At the close of 2016, the photos and names of 188 inductees grace the walls in the Waters Holt Room of the Freedom Museum in Pampa. Those inductees include one woman, a WASP Pilot from WWII; three Medal of Honor recipients, two Doolittle Raiders, two survivors of the Bataan Death March, one survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, and many from various other noteworthy battles. The inductees were servicemen from wars since the Mexican Campaign of the early 1900s. One was a veteran of the Mexican Campaign, World War I and World War II. There are two from WWI, eighty-three from WWII, fifteen from Korea, twenty-six from Vietnam, four from Iraq and one from Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom). Sixteen were killed in action and twelve suffered the horrors as a Prisoner of War. There are more Purple Heart, Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Silver Star and other commendations than can be counted.
The lives of these warriors are not taken lightly and it is with great honor and privilege that they grace the walls of our museum. Each of the inductees have so much more to their stories than can be told on one small page. So, the museum is in the process of digitizing all the information provided on each one of the inductees and making that information available to visitors for review.
The Panhandle Veterans Hall of Honor induction ceremony and banquet is held in August of each year at VFW Post 1657.
If you would like to nominate someone for consideration or simply share the stories of your military family and friends with Freedom Museum USA, send the museum as much information as possible about that person’s time in the military. Please provide a short biography about their life before and after the service, any supporting documentation such as discharge papers, commendations, journals, letters, etc. Also, include a photograph while in the service for use should that person be chosen as an inductee. The submission deadline is March 1st and should you have any questions, please feel free to call the museum at (806) 669-6066
Freedom Museum received its newest static display today due to the gracious donation of the VFW Post in Childress, Texas. Special thanks to VFW Post 1657 and Allen Snapp for delivery, painting and set-up.
This US 76mm T-124 Anti-Tank Gun is based on a tank main gun. These types were fitted onto lightweight carriages for airborne service in the Korean War. The T-124 was produced in very limited numbers (less than 100), but it seems that many of this number currently exist as monument guns.