National Museum of the Pacific War

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Our trip has now taken us to another time in history: World War II, specifically the Pacific Theater.

Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German immigrants and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. One of the founders was Charles Henry Nimitz, the grandfather of Chester William Nimitz. Chester Nimitz rose to the rank of Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Forces in World War II.

The National Museum of the Pacific War was originally called the Admiral Nimitz Museum, devoted to the life of Comander-in-Chief Nimitz. Founded in 1964 it was housed in a hotel built by the grandfather of Nimitz in 1852. It was called the Steamboat Hotel because of its ship's bow facade. In 2000 the museum was given its current name and devoted to the Pacific Theater battles of WWII.

While the main thrust of the museum is the Pacific portion of the war, there are exhibits which explain the conflicts between China and Japan and then other countries in the war. One of the things I enjoyed about the museum were the recordings of veterans' recollections of different aspects of the war....you can select the topics you want to hear about.

The admission ticket is good for 48 hours so we were able to visit the Pacific Combat Zone portion of the museum today. It is a superb look some of the larger relics of war. It is a quided tour and our knowledgeable guide made us appreciate the significance of the equipment to our ability to defeat the Japanese. We saw a rare Avenger bomber and a restored PT boat. The museum does reenactments which I think would be interesting to see...
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