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My son and I took advantage of free day at our local air museum. They had an open house, open to all who wanted to come, free entry, so hey, we woke up Saturday morn and son said, hey Dad, wanna go see the air field museum, it's a free day, and I said, "Son, you're playin my fiddle, lets go!". So we jumped into the car and headed out to March Air Field Museum and had a wonderful morning, followed up by some fast food on the way back home, burgers and fries with my boy, what a great way to start our Saturday morning! Side note: One of the images you'll see my son standing next to Uncle Sam, he is clearly at attention, this is his first year in AFJROTC as a freshman in high-school. Our son wants to be a medic in the Army, but AFJROTC is available at his high-school. His hair is a tad long, but we fixed that today with a number 1 faded to a number 2. His command will be happy tomorrow. So, here are few images of what we saw. To our war veterans, there are some images of Vietnam and OIF period displays, my intention is not to bring up challenging memories, but to honor our service men and women. Wood props of WW1 Air Planes 17th Pursuit Group, 95th Pursuit Squadron, airplane fabric panel. I loved these old insignias, they had a sense of humor back then as well. A burro! Name plate for above panel. The squadron this panel came from. A diorama of Doolittle Raiders take off. Part of an old prop, with an old saying. B-24 Flying Fortress gunner turret My son standing at the entry of the turret, for context. One of the curators of the museum, saw my boy, and he stated, that is the size of young man they would have looked for to serve in the turret. The men had to be smaller in size. Where my son's forearm is resting, is basically the seat the gunner would sit on, this thing was very small! It's not often I see a memory of the conflict I served in, it was such a small war relative to our current and past, but it was not small to the families of the American men who were killed in "Operation Just Cause", Panama, 1989. The time I spent in that brief span of my life left a deep impact in me and shaped my life for years after. It was short, but for me, impactful. I was in country months before the invasion, and I was in country a year and a half after the invasion, I'll never forget my time there. Not too mention, a year after our invasion, I met my beautiful wife in Panama, so really, the impact of my service in Central America, is life long. Son, standing at attention, next to Uncle Sam. He has a good military bearing doesn't he? Vietnam Vietnam war time night vision scope Vietnam war radios The Tunnel Rats, I don't know how those men did it. Vietnam War What museum is complete without a Wright Bros re-enactment! Remember, the brothers were bicycle builders in the beginning. OIF display Firebase Charlie display, Vietnam War This plaque belongs to the air craft in the next image. Air Cav!!!!!! Many of our Vietnam Veterans will remember these, the Mule. Shuttling supplies to those who needed it, even under fire. This plaque belongs to the air craft in the next image. I love these. The War Dog Memorial Thank you folks for following us along, these are only a small amount the displays we saw, I did not whip out my camera as much as I could of, I was too busy enjoying the sites.
For all of you folks that served, Happy Veterans Day and thanks for your service. A special thanks to those who held our families together while we were deployed. Please announce your service branch, dates served and occupation here. I served U.S. Air Force. 1970-1973. My ASFC was 46250. Nuclear weapons