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 April 1st and should you have any questions, please feel free to call the museum at (806) 669-6066