Seeing The Battle Up Close

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

It took close to 140 volunteers to bring a battle, fought in 1944 back to life. Brent Mullins is the president of the Museum of the American G.I. and he is one of the people responsible for Saturday's live history lesson.

"This whole re-enactment today was about World War II, which seems to have a great deal of nostalgia to most people," Mullins said.

He says he wants to see that the country's servicemen and military advancements are not taken for granted.

"It stemmed from a life long interest in military history and preserving military vehicles and military uniforms and such," Mullins said.

The museum was formed in 2001 after Mullins and several other like minded individuals decided to work together.

"[In order] to try to preserve all of our accumulations and to do something for the local community and honor the veterans at the same time."

So they began gathering and restoring vehicles and weapons from not only World War II, but World War I, and the Vietnam War.

Saturday's re-enactment is a way for the museum to give crowd members a glimpse into an historic time that many have only heard about.

Mullins says by completing their primary goal, the museum will be able to do the same for more crowds on a long-term basis.

"We are diligently working on trying to get a building for the museum," Mullins said.

They have received help from Texas A&M University's Architecture Department and veteran's group, but funding is dictating when the museum will be constructed and opened to the public.

Mullins says each year he can tell that there is a noticeable interest in the museum.

"Every year our crowds nearly double," Mullins said.

And it is likely the crowds will continue to increase as the museum moves toward a permanent structure.

Anyone interested in the seeing the war vehicles up close can do so by contacting the museum. You can find out more information by going to the related link at the bottom.


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