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This particular tank was hit and disabled by a German shell. Highly unusual for a museum display, parts of the shell and the resulting internal fragments have been preserved and are also on display.

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Another outstanding feature of this museum is the displays dedicated to the women who also served in France supporting the American Army.

 

This one is about the signal workers of the YMCA.

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Red Cross Nurses...

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Ambulance drivers...

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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General Pershing's command flag...

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Of course, the story would not be complete without covering the Home Front as well...

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Home front...

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Mercifully... the war ended...

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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But the cost was great... with over 400 dead from Kansas City alone...

 

Money was raised, dignataries gathered, and in 1926, the Liberty Memorial was raised to remember the fallen.

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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The story of the Liberty Memorial itself is fascinating, and beyond what I will cover here. Like all monuments it had its high points as well as years of gentle neglect.

 

But today the 217 foot tower, the exhibit and memorial halls, and of course the museum below it have all been restored. The tower features an elevator which takes you within 45 steps to the top, with a sweeping view of Kansas City. Immediately below is the Central Station, where thousands of Midwest troops departed for the Great War.

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Poscript:

 

The National World War I Museum has brought to life a period of our history that was vibrant, full of sound and color, and the dedication of those who lived through it. It has taken an era which could have fallen through the cracks as a "forgotten war" and conveyed drama and the terror of it.

 

I close with a state of the art display found in modern museums... the Portrait Wall. In the main corridor outside of the display areas are three projection screens along with a touch-screen control pad. The visitor is presented with successive portraits of the men and women, most of them young and full of vigor who fought the war. It is like paging through a family album... These are not small, faded, dusty photos drying to dust... these are projections that bring these people back to our immediate view.

 

In some ways, it's one of the best, and most intriguing features of the museum...

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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In a quiet corner of the museum, there hangs this photo without caption.

 

It is Cpl. Frank Buckles, the last surviving US World War I veteran, sitting in the midst of the American displays.

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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I hope you have enjoyed this quick look at this special museum, and hope you have the chance to visit on your own. This is only selection of what it has to offer. It is worth the trip.

 

For more information, please see their website:

 

http://www.theworldwar.org/s/110/new/index_community.aspx

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to post this topic.

 

That is quite the museum

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Gil, Thanks for posting this presentation. Looks like I need to schedule a trip to K.C.!


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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

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The Central Powers greatly underestimated the industrial potential of the United States, both in supplying itself and the Allies. Exhibits discuss the role of wartime production. These numbers here are just for the American Army.

 

As an example, a bayonet scabbard still in its original wrapper, next to one in pristine condition.

Another place I need to visit. Just a note- It is a late war M1917 Bolo Scabbard.

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Without a doubt, my favorite museum. Gil, thanks for posting these great photos!


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What a magnificent collection of artefacts, superbly displayed! Thanks for the virtual tour!

 

Sabrejet :thumbsup:


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Gil, Thanks very much for posting this with such care and well written narrative. I visited there a few times when stationed at Leavenworth, and you're right that it suffered from gentle neglect. It is very inspiring that this great museum has been resurrected and has evolved into such a great place as you've shown.

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Simply outstanding!


"You can't please everyone so you have got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson

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Gil - Top of my list of places to visit before "going west". Thank you for the outstanding tour. Wonderful pics & info. :twothumbup:

Semper Fi.....Bobgee


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Thanks guys. I was really blown away by the museum on my first trip. Unfortunately my camera died in the before I'd gotten even half a dozen photos. It took awhile to get back there, but it was equally impressive the second time around.

 

Note to photographers:

 

The museum is a very dramatic combination of light and shadows. Unfortunately, this plays havoc with photography.

 

You will notice that very few of the cased items are shot directly. This was because I had to shoot at an angle to reduce the reflections from the lit portions of the displays.

 

The items in the display cases were in a muted light, no doubt to aid in their preservation. I really do not believe in using flash photography on museum artifacts, as overtime it will fade printed material and even cloth items.

 

So without a flash, the best I could do was set my little point and shoot Panasonic and my back up Canon for "simple" and hope for the best. The photos all turned out dark, but the miracle of Photoshop made most of them usable.

 

But as you will see on the attached example, the glare made some shots just impossible. (Or artistic, if you like the image of doughboys superimposed on the welcome home banner... take your pick!)

 

By the way, if you read the website, the museum is sponsoring a photo contest over the summer.

 

Thanks again for all the kind comments. For those that come out this way, this really is a gem worth seeing.

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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I drove by this museum not long ago and if I didnt have a 10 hour drive ahead I'd have gone back in. I spent an afternoon there last summer. It's pretty amazing and the design is very cool. The history of the memorials dedication is pretty cool also.

Kevin


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Always looking for quality WWI and WWII USMC items. Particularly 4th Marine Brigade related items, medals, uniforms helmets ephemera, Also WWII USMC items including uniforms, medals, etc. to combat veterans especially Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima. Let me know what you have. Semper Fi


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Spent about 6 hours in it a couple of years ago. The author of this topic is correct. You could spends days talking about what they have in store for people to see.


Son of

CW2 Bernard E Meister 2/14/70

334th AHC 69/70 189th AHC 67/68 155th AHC 67

TAC Officer 1968 Fort Wolters

USMC 1956-1959

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