Originally opening Memorial Day 2015, “Vietnam, The Real Stories” pays respect to those from the Texas Panhandle area who served in one of the longest and most controversial wars fought by the U.S. military. United States involvement officially began in 1957 and ended in 1975. The goal was to help South Vietnam prevent the spread of communism coming from the North Vietnamese. Unlike troops of other wars, Vietnam Veterans were treated disrespectfully and not given the tribute they rightfully deserved.
Freedom Museum has the honor of having several Vietnam veterans who are willing to volunteer at the museum and share their personal stories with students and adults. The veterans featured in this exhibit, whether volunteer or draftee, served without complaint or regret. Each rose above the controversy and made the most out of every experience. Several of the museum static displays were either actually in combat situations in Vietnam, or an exact representation of such. There are also personal items throughout the museum which belong to the Veterans whose stories you will read in this exhibit.
This exhibit is a favorite of student field trips as they are allowed to have personal contact with Veterans who actually served in Vietnam.
To all the veterans and fallen of the Vietnam War, we express our sincere gratitude for your service. To those who were so brave as to share your experiences, we deeply appreciate your participation. If you have a story you desire to share, please let us know.