The Vietnam War was one of the longest and most controversial wars fought by the U.S. military. The war began in 1957 and ended in 1975. The goal was to help South Vietnam prevent the spread of communism coming from the North Vietnamese. The U.S. involvement was intended to be minimal, but we continued to send troops as the war dragged on. Many U.S. soldiers who served in Vietnam lost their lives or suffered long-term effects such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and illnesses due to exposure to Agent Orange. Unlike troops of other wars, Vietnam Veterans were treated disrespectfully and not given the tribute they rightfully deserved.
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 many personal items throughout the museum which belong to the Veterans whose stories you will read in this exhibit.
It is the goal of this exhibit to pay tribute to these Vietnam Heroes because it’s time for us to listen to and value their stories. If you have a story you desire to share, please let us know.
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.
Pantex delivered an empty B53 nuclear weapon case to the Freedom Museum in Pampa today.
The bomb was dismantled in 2011 by Pantex. It weighs around 10,000 pounds and required many engineers to help dismantle it.
The B53 was first put into service in the 60’s during the Cold War. At the time it retired in 1997, the bomb was considered the oldest, largest, and most destructive weapon in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
“A unique fact about this weapon is this is one of three in the United States built from an actual stock pile weapon,” said a representative of Pantex.
Please come by the museum and see this amazing piece of history.
This very special exhibit opened on Memorial Day and will continue through Veterans’ Day 2014. Please make plans to come to the Museum and see all the displays and information regarding the invasion that changed the course of history. For additional pictures, check out our Facebook page: Pampa Freedom
We’ve been lax in adding updates to the blog so you will notice several posts today. There were many more happenings at the Museum; however, we just added the highlights. The first weeks of 2014 hosted an adventure by the Museum in allowing the use of the Half-Track in the Pure Flix Movie “Revelation Road 3”. It was an adventure for one of our Board Members to spend many days on the set and actually participate in several scenes. We are looking forward to the release of the film in September 2014.
During the Annual Directors Meeting several past Board Members were honored for their years of service. Those able to attend were Thelma Bray, James Baird and Doris Robbins. Other former directors who were unable to attend were Mike Porter, Gene Barber and Lewis Epps.
On May 27, 2013 Memorial Day Services were held at Freedom Museum. This is an annual event presented by VFW Post 1657.
November 8-9, 2012 several Wounded Warriors were honored in Pampa. One of the various activities included a visit to the Freedom Museum USA. Continue reading