Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Richard Burton: Psychological Operations, Vietnam, and What I Learned There"
Sep
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Richard Burton: Psychological Operations, Vietnam, and What I Learned There"

Richard Burton will discuss his experiences as a Psychological Operations Officer with the 1st Marine Division from November 1969 - November 1970, even though he went to Vietnam as an Army Infantry Officer/Airborne/Special Forces. He went to Vietnam believing what the government told him and came home very disillusioned. He was told not to wear his uniform when he came home, as the country was torn apart by the war. The country could not separate the veteran from the war, and the veteran suffered as a result. After 45 years, he is now able to talk about his experiences and how meeting a group of Vietnam veterans has given him a clearer perspective on his Vietnam experiences.

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Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "One Death Among Many: The Short Life of Philadelphian Henry Howard Houston, II"
Oct
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "One Death Among Many: The Short Life of Philadelphian Henry Howard Houston, II"

Henry Howard Houston, II, scion of one of the wealthiest families of Philadelphia, was among the many people from elite East Coast families who supported early US intervention in World War One.  He was an ambulance driver in France before US involvement.  When the US declared war, he went back to America, joined the 28th Division and became an artillery staff officer.  He, like so many others, did not survive the conflict.  Mr. Greifenstein will talk about Lt. Houston’s life and how he became one of the many who died in the Great War.

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Inside The Belly of The Beast
Oct
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

Inside The Belly of The Beast

Take a private tour of the inside and outside of the Pennsylvania Military Museum by joining one of our educators for a look behind-the-curtain of how the museum operates and its history. Tour will include the gallery space, collections & holdings, historical vehicle building, and staff-only areas. Tour begins in the museum theatre. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members. E-mail pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com for reservations.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute
Dec
7
12:45pm12:45pm

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute

76 years ago on December 7th, the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Hawaii was attacked by aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy. America was at war. The tribute is held beneath the guns of the battleship USS Pennsylvania, which was a witness to that attack. There will also be guided tours and light refreshments.

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"Christmas on the Front Lines"
Dec
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

"Christmas on the Front Lines"

How has this celebration been observed on the front lines during war time operations? Discover the ways in which brothers and sisters in arms came together for a moment of joy and happiness. Time periods explored include the American Civil War, WWI, WWII, and GWOT. Light refreshments.

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Boot Camp For Kids
Aug
5
8:30am 8:30am

Boot Camp For Kids

A summer day camp of military instruction designed for children ages 8 to 13. Participants are assigned to platoons attending to three training stations stated by prior military service members. A t-shirt, boonie hat, and lunch of Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) are provided. Pre-registration and program fee of $40 required. Registration deadline: July 23, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.

Boot Camp For Kids Online Registration | Printable PDF Application

Boot Camp For Kids Photo Gallery

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Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Reflections on My Experiences During WWII in Germany"
Aug
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Reflections on My Experiences During WWII in Germany"

Dr. Manfred Keune, born in Germany before the outbreak of World War II, will reflect on his experiences and memories of his childhood in WWII-era Germany. Main events discussed include the bombing of Germany, the immediate period of postwar Germany, and the role of the American military. 

Dr. Keune lived in Germany until 1957, when he came to the USA. He was trained and worked in engineering, but decided to study in the humanities at Bowling Green State and graduated from Michigan State with a Ph.D. in German Literature. He joined the Department of German at PSU in 1967 and retired as an Emeritus Professor of German Studies in 1999. After retiring, he has been active in teaching at The Florida Gulf Coast University, Juniata College, and Penn State. He has been consulting and writing in the area of "International Communication and Design."

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“Napalm & Agent Orange: Two Iconic Chemical Weapons of the Vietnam War”
Jul
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

“Napalm & Agent Orange: Two Iconic Chemical Weapons of the Vietnam War”

Developed during WWII, napalm was a psychologically and physically scarring weapon.  Agent Orange was a herbicide used to kill off the thick jungle canopy in South Vietnam thereby denying the enemy any cover and concealment.  Museum volunteer and retired Armstrong chemist Dr. Ron Lenox will discuss the development and deployment of this now banned technology. 

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Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Vietnam On My Shoulder: The War That Never Leaves"
Jun
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Vietnam On My Shoulder: The War That Never Leaves"

Jay Snyder was in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division in 1965-66. He joined the Division fresh out of OCS and Jump School at Fort Benning and traveled to Vietnam as a unit by ship, sailing from Savannah, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader with Charlie Co 1st Battalion (abn) 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade (abn), an Airborne unit for 16 months in Vietnam until it was decided that the 1st Cavalry no longer needed airborne capacity in a jungle war. Incidentally, Charlie Co was one of the most decorated Infantry Companies in the Vietnam War.

Jay Snyder will discuss his personal training and development as a leader, as well as the ways that Vietnam and his experiences there have influenced and molded his careers, family, past, and future. Vietnam has woven through his life through the memorable experiences of his service, the penpal during his time in Vietnam who would become his wife, the growth of their family through an adoption of a young Vietnamese refugee, and the lingering effects of Agent Orange and PTSD. 

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Exploring the Armor
Jun
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

Exploring the Armor

Take a private history tour of the outside tracked vehicles, including a look inside the crew compartments. Tour begins in the museum theatre. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour typically lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members. E-mail pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com for reservations.

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World War II Revisited: Living History Bivouac
May
27
to May 28

World War II Revisited: Living History Bivouac

Axis and Allied living historians encamp on the grounds, portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45. A short history of the war begins at 12:45 p.m., immediately followed by a tactical demonstration against German opposition. Bivouac open to the public 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Musical entertainment at 2:30 on Saturday and Sunday. 

World War II Revisited Photo Gallery

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