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Salute to Veterans

Tributes to Veterans in Stories, at Museums

Heros: With a B-25 bomber as a backdrop, (left to right) retired Rear Admiral Charles D. Grojean (executive director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation), Leland Sims, Joseph Lajzer, Roger White, Howard Peacock, Chester Gould and Doug Hagie visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Texas Highways celebrates our veterans on this Veterans Day and always. Enjoy a few veteran stories we've shared, and find museums that help keep their stories alive.

Veteran Museums

American Airpower Heritage Museum, Midland

Battleship USS Texas, La Porte

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison

Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum, Gilmer

Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis

Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas

Fort Sam Houston Museum, Fort Sam

H.E.A.R.T.S Veteran Museum of Texas, Huntsville

Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston

Military Museum of Texas, Houston

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, Brownsville

Silent Wings Museum, Terrell

Texas Military Forces Museum, Austin

USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum on the Bay, Corpus Christi

National Museum of the Pacific War tells the story of WWII's  Pacific Theater: Most weekends of the year, crowds flock to Fredericksburg to enjoy the Hill Country ambiance, shop along historic Main Street, or savor impromptu wine tastings. As they wander among the shops and galleries, many visitors may inadvertently miss one of the town’s jewels: The National Museum of the Pacific War.

Letters from Fredericksburg from WWII Heroes: The author tours the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg with five friends whose experiences in the Pacific Theater earned them the title of hero. See the museum through their eyes; the effect is poignant.

A special visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War: Dr. Joe C. Smith MD, an 89-year-old World War II Marine lieutenant veteran of the Allies campaign on the Japanese island of Okinawa, visited the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg with his son, Texas Highways' former photo editor Griff Smith.

Honor Flight salutes Texas Veterans: Frequent one of the state’s airports often enough, and you’re likely to witness the following: A voice comes over the PA system and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re fortunate to have with us a group of America’s Greatest Generation—World War II veterans who are leaving today for Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial built in their honor. Please join us in giving them a round of applause.”

flygirlsWomen Make U.S. Military History: They changed the face of the United States Military when they answered the call of duty in World War II. On Veterans Day, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) will be celebrated at the Bullock Museum in Austin.

Postcards: Sweetwater, Home of the WASP: A wooden sign three miles west of Sweetwater marks the site of a remarkable story of patriotic women who soared into bleached-out West Texas skies from herae during World War II.

From the November 2014 issue.

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