Was an awesome day re-dedicating the Freedom Museum and honoring our Veterans.
Opening weekend starting in July 2021 Renovating. Opening weekends starting in July 2021
Was an awesome day re-dedicating the Freedom Museum and honoring our Veterans.
To understand a Military Veteran you MUST know:
We left home as teenagers or in our early twenties for an unknown adventure.
We loved our country enough to defend it and protect it with our own lives.
We said goodbye to friends and family and everything we knew.
We learned the basics and then we scattered in the wind to the far corners of the Earth.
We found new friends and new family.
We became brothers and sisters regardless of color, race or creed.
We had plenty of good times, and plenty of bad times.
We didn’t get enough sleep.
We smoked and drank too much.
We picked up both good and bad habits.
We worked hard and played harder.
We didn’t earn a great wage.
We experienced the happiness of mail call and the sadness of missing important events.
We didn’t know when, or even if, we were ever going to see home again.
We grew up fast, and yet somehow, we never grew up at all.
We fought for our freedom, as well as the freedom of others.
Some of us saw actual combat, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us saw the world, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us dealt with physical warfare, most of us dealt with psychological warfare.
We have seen and experienced and dealt with things that we can’t fully describe or explain, as not all of our sacrifices were physical.
We participated in time honored ceremonies and rituals with each other, strengthening our bonds and camaraderie.
We counted on each other to get our job done and sometimes to survive it at all.
We have dealt with victory and tragedy.
We have celebrated and mourned.
We lost a few along the way.
When our adventure was over, some of us went back home, some of us started somewhere new and some of us never came home at all.
We have told amazing and hilarious stories of our adventures.
We share an unspoken bond with each other, that most people don’t experience, and few will understand.
We speak highly of our own branch of service, and poke fun at the other branches.
We know however, that, if needed, we will be there for our brothers and sisters and stand together as one, in a heartbeat.
Being a Veteran is something that had to be earned, and it can never be taken away.
It has no monetary value, but at the same time it is priceless.
People see a Veteran and they thank them for their service.
When we see each other, we give that little upwards head nod, or a slight smile, knowing that we have shared and experienced things that most people have not.
So, from myself to the rest of the Veterans out there, I commend and thank you for all that you have done and sacrificed for your country.
Try to remember the good times and make peace with the bad times.
Share your stories.
But most importantly, stand tall and proud, for you have earned the right to be called a Veteran.
I’m a VETERAN! 🇺🇸🇺🇸
(copied from unknown author)
Vet-Par Manassas Veterans Parade this weekend was a success with a tribute to our Veterans from the Freedom Museum.
On this day November 3rd 1945, A Boeing 314 named "The Honolulu Clipper" departed Hawaii carrying 26 military personnel returning to the United States after service in the Pacific. The aircraft lost power in both starboard engines after five hours of flying, and successfully landed 650 miles east of Oahu shortly before midnight. The passengers and crew were successfully evacuated by ships in the area.
The seaplane tender San Pablo then attempted to take the Clipper in tow, but it inadvertently and most unfortunately, on the fourth day, ran into the Clipper, damaging it beyond repair. The San Pablo sunk the Clipper with 20 mm cannon fire, but it took 1,200 rounds and 30 minutes of fire to finally sink the iconic Boeing 314.
The Freedom Museum is jumpstarting our Guest Speaker Series with a very timely guest speaker. Join us at the Freedom Museum’s upcoming Guest Speaker Series session featuring Col. Steve Miska, US Army (Ret). Starting at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 12th at the Manassas VFW – Col. Steve Miska will be sharing his journey of getting his interpreter and others admitted to the United States from his book, Baghdad: Underground Railroad. Col Steve Miska is a US Army veteran with three combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Admission to Freedom Museum events are free, donations are encouraged. The book will be sale at the event as well as the Freedom Museum Store, and he will be signing books after his talk. More details for this event and other upcoming Freedom Museum events can be found here: https://www.freedommuseum.org/upcoming-events #FreedomMuseum #veterans #FreedomMuseumGuestSpeakers
Upcoming Freedom Museum Events Oct 12 Quarterly Guest Speaking Series: Col. Steve Miska, USA (Ret) Tuesday, October 12, 2021 7:30 PM 9:00 PM VFW Post 7589 (map) Google Calendar ICS Join us at the Freedom Museum’s upcoming Guest Speaker Series session featuring Col. Steve Miska, US Army (Ret). Star...
WWII Veteran and Former Secret Service Officer Honored on His 105th Birthday
"Captain Charles Allyn Lewis landed his B-17" Recall "in Belgium after his nose was hit by antiaircraft artillery over Germany. The crew parachuted, was unharmed and returned to Allied controlled territory. The 2 Nose crews were able to sneak out the hatch and save their lives. "(Fk gle trnas)
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Welcome to the galley on board the USS Hancock! On either side of the photo, you can see the huge pots used to make soups and broths to feed the crew. In the middle, the cooks that make it happen! This photo was taken in the 1940s during World War II.
In just a few days, veterans from the USS Hancock will visit Patriots Point for a reunion.
ON THIS DAY: 76 years ago, Allied forces celebrated victory over Japan in World War II. That moment is captured in this image of USS Yorktown (CV-10) Captain Walter Boone announcing the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945.
Corps to fire ship-sinking missile in Pacific as ‘demonstration of force’
Marines will fire a Naval Strike Missile from a Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary (ROGUE) fires vehicle Sunday to sink a Navy hull in the Pacific.
Last week, a #C17 crew from the 6th Airlift Squadron transported 29 WWII remains recovered from various areas around Europe, to include Normandy.
The remains were brought home to the states for DNA testing in Omaha, Nebraska to identify the members.
18th Air Force | Air Mobility Command | United States Air Force
Happy Independence Day! Today, July 4th from 1pm-5pm the Freedom Museum will be open. Stop by and visit our Wall of Honor, read the stories of local heroes and visit the displays of Captain Epps, Private Bean, Carson Powell, Pearl Harbor, The Doolittle Raid, Vietnam and so much more. Significant history packed in this beautiful little treasure. Honoring our local Heroes that have given the ultimate Sacrifice. The Freedom Museum is an all volunteer non profit given the honor of this mission. We exist from the donation of the community and our visitors. Admission is free, donations keep us going. God bless you and this great country and all those who have served.
This Navy Drone Ship Just Traveled Nearly 5,000 Miles from the Gulf Coast to California
It was the second long-range autonomous transit through the Navy's Ghost Fleet Overlord program.
One of the most famous D-Day related Airborne photos, this shot of a trooper boarding a C-47 transport aircraft. The paratroopers were so loaded up with ammo, guns, mines, demolition packs and rations that almost all of them needed help to get into the C-47. Corporal Jack Schlegel recalls: “Two Air Force guys had to push each of us into our C-47.” The plane of Jack was so crowded he had to sit on the ground next to the radioman. The C-47 that Cpl. Jack Schlegel was assigned to was taken off line at the last minute for some reason. The paratroopers from that airplane were distributed among other C-47s. Schlegel was loaded at the end of the stick. It made the plane so crowded that Schlegel was seated next to the C-47’s crew space. Schlegel recalled his exit from the plane and its subsequent crash:
" I was the twenty-second man and last to leave the plane. I saw it go up in a ball of fire after I bailed out. I remember how the plane was going down, and I moved as fast as I could to get out. I sat next to the radioman for the C-47 on the flight. His name was Ward."
Source: Thulaï van Maanen
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Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class James E. Williams: Most Decorated Sailor of the Vietnam War
His first mission was on a landing ship, tied to a buoy!
Robert "Smokey" Noody of F Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne with his M1 Bazooka on the eve of the Normandy landings on June 5, 1944.
A Survivor at the Surrender, USS West Virginia
A pilot with the 190th Fighter Squadron, 124th Fighter Wing flies an A-10 Thunderbolt II with a newly painted World War II heritage paint scheme from the Air National Guard’s paint facility in Sioux City, Iowa to its new home at the Idaho Air National Guard, Gowen Field, Idaho. The heritage A-10 aircraft was painted to commemorate the 190th FS’s 75th Anniversary and made to mimic the 1944 version of the P-47 Thunderbolt flown in WW II by the 405th Fighter Squadron, which was later redesignated as the 190th FS. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Mercedee Wilds)
It is likely not surprising to learn there were some pranksters on board the USS Yorktown in the 1940s. Here you can see some of the crew horsing around in the brig.
The handwritten sign says "Suspect is in custody of ship's police for hot-footing our beloved (???) Chaplain!"
Hot-footing is a prank where the someone's shoe is set on fire with a match or lighter.
In the photo, you can see the culprits Pat Haley (center) and Doc Voris (right) are being shoved into the cell by the Master-at-Arms. You can see the victim of this prank, Chaplain George Wright, nursing his bandaged foot.
Helping coordinate moving the Freedom Museum to our new location in Old Town Manassas today. Stay tuned for the grand opening announcement.
Freedom Museum updated their business hours.
Freedom Museum updated their business hours.
There may be 12 Days of Christmas, but this year there were four days of Wreaths Across America thanks to Covid-19. Despite the social distancing, masks and limited access, it was great to honor our veterans who are no longer with us.
It may be quiet as a tomb inside the Freedom Museum, but our outreach program is starting to come out of hibernation. Our volunteers spent Saturday and Sunday at the Flying Circus in Bealeton with the bomber, Jeep and ambulance for their annual Hot Air Balloon Fest. Then on Monday, we took the ambulance to the Evergreen Country Club to support the Manassas Ballet Theatre's 13th Annual Colin J. Wolfe Memorial Golf Tournament.
Here are some highlights from those events.
Another WW II Veteran was laid to rest today.
Stephen Stanley Krawczyk passed away on June 6, 2020, the anniversary of D-Day. He was 101 years old.
Steve joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after finishing high school, and served 6 years at Hickam Field in Oahu, Hawaii as a Technical Sergeant in the 7th Air Force, 22nd Materiel Squadron. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
In a talk he gave to the Freedom Museum in Manassas, VA, he said his day started early that Sunday Morning because he wanted to go to church. He headed to the Chow hall first, then morning mass. When he arrived at the Chapel, it was then the Japanese air raid began. The first bombs fell on the chow hall where he had just been.
He and another soldier headed to the armory to draw weapons, to fight back. There, he quarreled with the armory chief because he said, “he was not authorized to issue weapons”, even though bombs were falling all around them. Finally, with the proper authorization, guns and ammunition were issued and Steve was able to return fire.
In the ensuing mayhem, Steve was strafed by enemy aircraft though not injured. He said the plane was so low that he could see the pilot looking back at him. Steve talked about the fear and confusion of the moment and how he and his friends tried to fight back and survive.
Following his military service, Steve got married in 1946 (he met his soon-to-be-wife Ruth at a USO dance), raised a family of 5 children, earned a Business Degree at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and spent 35 years with the Sherwin-Williams Company, in various credit and finance positions.
Lifelong learning was a passion and his eternal optimism — an inspiration to others. His interests included mentoring reading for kindergartners, photography, tennis, basketball and participating in the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.
A resident of Manassas for more than 40 years, he was laid to rest today at Quantico National Cemetery and will truly be missed by all of us at the Freedom Museum.
Freedom Museum Remembers Our Heroes
Although our museum is closed due to Covid-19, we still remember and honor those men and women who gave the full measure in service to our country this Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.
A big shout-out and thank you to the Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas, VA, for donating space to store our B-25 bomber nose until we can find a permanent place to put it on display. In our current space at the Manassas Regional Airport we have no room to grow, let alone store or display our beloved bomber, Korean War-era ambulance nor our Vietnam War-era Jeep. We are actively searching for a new home for the Museum, even in this time of quarantine, to properly honor our veterans and their families from Prince William County, as well as all those who have served this country in the past and in the present, whether it be in uniform or the homefront. We are truly honored to have Heritage Brewing as a partner!
Santa flew in for an early visit to the Manassas Regional Airport today for some special kids. The reindeer, however stayed home to get ready for their all-night journey later this month.
After much planning, pounding the pavement to get sponsors and sell ads for the souvenir booklet and getting word out, the evening of the 7th Annual Freedom Museum Hangar Dance and Fundraiser seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. We owe a big thank you to our guests for spending the evening with us, as well as all the volunteers who made it happen
It's Saturday, so the Freedom Museum's Mobile Exhibit Team (MET) is in the move. Today was a Boy Scout Camporee at the Flying Circus airfield. Scouts were working on merit badges. Two days ago it was in the 90s. Today dawned in the 40s. They are sleeping in tents this weekend, but the chill in the air didn't dampen their enthusiasm. It was a true pleasure to be a part of this.
Celebrating history in Brentsville, VA. The county seat for Prince William County during the Civil War, the Brentsville Courthouse grounds were a mustering site for Confederate troops, and like many Virginia towns, suffered great devastation during the war. The town is just 3 miles from the Bristoe Station battlefield (October 1863). But Saturday was a day for celebration, And, of course, the Freedom Museum was there with our B-25 bomber nose and our Korean War era ambulance.
Well, it was another weekend spent on the road with the Freedom Museum's traveling show. Saturday was the American Helicopter/American Aviation Open House, then Sunday is was the annual open house for the Americans in Wartime Museum (better known as the Tank Farm) in Nokesville, VA.These military vehicles are not simply on display, they are working vehicles and put on some awesome demonstrations.
It was the annual open house today for American Helicopters/American Aviation at the Manassas Regional Airport today. The flight school teaches both fixed wing and helicopter pilots and is owned by Kevin and Ann Rychlik, both good friends of the Freedom Museum – and Kevin is a former member of the museum's Board of Directors. There's no better way to spend a Saturday than being surrounded by all sorts of aircraft!
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