View Full Version : Memorial Day at Nimitz Museum (Link to Photos)

05-31-2005, 08:19 PM
My wife and I live about sixty miles from Fredericksburg, Texas, where Admiral Chester Nimitz grandfather had a motel in the late 1800s.
The state of Texas has built quite a museum dedicated to the war in the Pacific. If you are anywhere near the area, it is well worth the trip to spend a day looking at the exhibits.
On Memorial Day week-end, Independence Day week-end, and (I believe) Labor Day week-end a group of volunteers put on re-enactments of various aspects of the war. This time they re-enacted an attack on a Japanese pillbox. The museum has the only working WWII flame thrower in the state and it is unbelieveable when in operation. You can feel the heat from fify yards away.

In the photos: the first page has photos of a B-25 (B?), Saburo Sakai's flight helmet which he was wearing when he lost the sight in his right eye (you can see the impression the bullet made in the metal frame of the goggles) and his belt buckle. The remains of a crashed Kate, and a Wildcat (FM-1 if I recall) which crashed in Lake Michigan during a training exercise in the war.

Page two, closer view of the engine of the Wildcat, an actual atomic bomb casing (I stood next to it for size comparison...it's BIG!), TBM Avenger, then photos of the re-enactment.

On the last page, four photos of a crashed Val, one with a close-up of a bullet hole in the port wing.

There a lots more exhibits there, we just ran out of time. Check out the link, and if you get in the area, be sure to pay the museum a visit!

(Special thanks to my wife for the great pics, and allowing me to post a link to her personal website)


han freak solo
05-31-2005, 08:28 PM
I haven't been there in over a decade. It looks like it's better than ever! Time to go back! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Are there still "biergartens" down the street?

06-01-2005, 05:00 AM
Yes, beer and sausages aplenty http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

06-01-2005, 02:53 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gifExcellent Photo's... you and your family must of had a Great time there.
Thank's for sharing!

06-01-2005, 06:24 PM

I haven't been to Fred in about 20 years. Been that long or longer since I went through the museum.

I guess I need to drag my rear end down there and check out what's new.

I'm in Cowtown, so it's a bit of trip but not all that bad.