The Vietnam War was the first war in which air power in its many forms influenced virtually every aspect of military operations. While an array of fixed-wing bombers and attack aircraft were engaged in operations throughout both North and South Vietnam, helicopters were a pervasive presence throughout the South and sometimes in the North. The “Air War” session provides an overview of the role of a wide variety of aircraft in the war and reflects the experiences of five individuals who participated, including Lewis Watt, who served as a Marine aviator for two tours—one as a helicopter pilot and one as an F-4 pilot; Al Turgeon, who served as an Army helicopter pilot; Al Sever, who was an Army helicopter crew chief; Bob Booz, who served as an Air Force Caribou pilot; and Ted Pruss.
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 theater. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members.
The “Ground War” session provides an overview of the war as it was fought in the rice paddies, jungles, and mountains of Vietnam. Army, Marine, Air Force, and Navy personnel were involved in numerous roles in the conduct of military operations on the ground. This session will reflect the experiences of six individuals who participated in the war, including Vin Tedesco, who served as an Army artillery officer; Joe DeLauter, who was an Army Special Forces officer; Jay Snyder, who was an Army Infantry officer; Walt Kilareski, who served in the Army Corps of Engineers and constructed roads throughout the Mekong Delta; Ryan McCombie, who was a Navy SEAL; and Victor Campbell, who served as an operations officer on a Navy ship patrolling the Mekong River.
In 1760, an Englishman traveling through the British North American colonies remarked that they were so different that if “left to themselves, there would be civil war among them.” Fifteen years later, thirteen of those colonies were at war with Great Britain. Dr. Lee’s presentation explores how, notwithstanding great diversity and provincialism, Americans shaped and sustained the long war effort and, in turn, how the often desperate struggle for Independence shaped the nation-to-be and its citizenry.
The final Vietnam Lecture Series session will provide a detailed treatment of U.S. military personnel who were captured and held as POWs (Prisoners of War) in North Vietnam until their release in 1973. This lecture will be presented by Robert Doyle, a former Navy intelligence officer who has written several books on this subject.
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.
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.
The worst surrender of U.S. Troops until the Battle of Bataan - what happened to the men tasked with protecting this stronghold and why did they fall? Approximately 12,500 men of the Union Army were captured in September of 1862 during the Maryland Campaign.
By order, edict, and evolution, the U.S. Military has changed tremendously since 1775. Examine how the U.S. Military is in many ways a reflection of the best qualities of America. Light refreshments.
By the time it ended in 1975, the Vietnam War was the longest war in which the United States had ever been engaged. It began as a modest advisory effort in the 1950s following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu and eventually became a major engagement with more than one-half million troops in country during its peak in 1968. The introductory session provides an overview of the war along with a detailed explanation on “how we got in” and “why we got out." Featured speakers are Carol Reardon ("Overview of the Vietnam War") and Al Turgeon ("How We Got In and Why We Got Out").
Museum educators, guides, and re-enactors will demonstrate the proper cleaning techniques for various weapons found in the museum armory while explaining the history of the arm. Donation requested.
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.
Central PA Civil War Round Table: "The New Mexico Campaign and Battle of Glorieta Pass, the Gettysburg of the West"
[Updated 9/16/17] Presented by Lynn and Julianne Herman, this lecture will discuss the Confederate aim to capture the gold and silver mines of California and Colorado. CSA Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley vs. Union forces led by Col. Edward Canby, Col. John Slough and Major John Chivington Feb-Mar 1862.
Visit this Living History Time Line of Uniforms & Equipment from the 18th through the 21st centuries on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Battle dress uniform show and weapons demonstration begins at 1:00 p.m. each day.
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.
In first person period dress, Thomas Aaron will appear as Reverend Leonard Marsden Gardner on - "A Minister, a War, and a Community." Reverend Gardner will tell of his own experience during the Civil War, those of his Curwensville parishioners, and his reflection on that time.
* This lecture will take place in the picnic pavilion on the Museum grounds.
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.
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."
Lecture by Dr. Bruce Venter, President of America's History. Dr. Venter has a major interest in the career of Union General Judson Kilpatrick. His presentation will focus on the infamous 1864 Kilpatrick-Ulric Dahlgren raid on Richmond.
Lecture by Julie Decker, DNP, RN, Penn State College of Nursing. Regular admission rates apply.
Living historians encamp on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum, portraying the combat soldier of the Vietnam era in Southeast Asia. Daily programs include accompanying squads on Recon Patrols and a tactical patrol ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m.
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.
Central PA Civil War Round Table: "The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory That Opened the Door to Gettysburg”
Lecture by Scott Mingus. Mr. Mingus will describe the pivotal battle that opened the door to Gettysburg. Robert E. Lee vs. Union General Robert H. Milroy's Division of the 8th Army Corps, summer of 1863.
Group instruction in close order drill, military etiquette, and history of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine designed as an education adjunct for those enrolling in the August Boot Camp for Kids. Lunch provided. $25/person. Reservations required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org