As I stated in my previous post, In Jesus name., my husband and I visited the cutest little sleepy town over our Anniversary weekend, June 23rd. Fredericksburg, Texas is an immediate trip back into time. No matter what shop you visit or street you travel down, you are transported back into time.
On our last day in Fredericksburg we visited the Pacific War Museum, in one of the most beautiful buildings, located at the East end of Main Street. My husband is a former Soldier in the Elite Unit of the 82nd Airborne located at Ft. Bragg North Carolina, so whenever we can we visit Military Museums, we jump at the chance. The Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg is not like any other I have ever visited. From the front of the museum it doesn’t look as big as it actually is, and you would never expect to be able to visit more than one or two locations for one economical price.
This museum is one of the most amazing places that I have ever been. The interaction with the displays, the amount of information, the mere square footage inside and out had me and my husband in “awe”, the entire (almost) 4 hours it took us to visit each location. The photographic opportunities alone are overwhelming, to say the least. I could not snap enough pictures.
This amazing full-scale plane is a TBF Avenger, designed by General Motors, and sent into action in the Battle of Midway on June 04, 1942. The crewmen of this plane were; Pilot Albert K. (Burt) Earnest, Radioman 3rd Class Harry H. Ferrier, and Seaman 1st Class Jay D. Manning. Manning operated the .50 Caliber Machine Gun Turret. Earnest was wounded so severely in his leg he was unable to push the brakes, he overshot the landing but managed to land what was left of the plane safely. Ferrier was grazed by a bullet on the top of his head, leaving a gaping wound, and unfortunately Manning was killed in action on this mission. These brave men were attacked by a Japanese fighter plane, Earnest and Ferrier were the only men to survive out of 48 men, and 21 plane Squadron that were sent out that deadly day.
All info collected via;
Pacific War Museum, located in Fredericksburg, Texas; pacificwarmuseum.org
Listen to Harry’s recollection of the battle; youtube.com/watch
Capt. Albert K. (Burt) Earnest Obituary; findagrave.com/…21566/albert-kyle-earnest
Commander Harry H. Ferrier Obituary; legacy.com/…ies/goanacortes/obituary.aspx
** I want to send out a sincere and heartfelt Thank You to all service Men and Women who put their lives on the line for our freedom, every single day. Also a Thank You to the families that stand by these brave Men and Women and support them through every battle, on and off the battlefield. **