Military history has been a favorite topic in my life for as long as I can remember! My father served admirably in the Navy during World War II on a LCI (Landing Craft Infantry). His ship, US 675, was part of the invasion at southern France: August 15, 1944 (Operation Dragoon.) My daughter graduated in 2006 from the United States Military Academy (West Point.) She proudly served in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne. I began collecting military artifacts and memorabilia about twelve years ago. I found it so gratifying to add to my collection, and dreamed of one day sharing my treasures, creating a museum for so many to enjoy and appreciate! Dreams can and do come true if one pursues noble goals! Our Veterans deserve so much respect for their bravery and patriotism! I plan to merge my love of country and my years of teaching experience to deliver a series of military lectures on various topics both at the museum and at schools in western North Carolina which show interest in our country’s great military history.
I served as an embedded photojournalist in Iraq in 2003. I landed in Kuwait three days before Operation Iraqi Freedom began, traveled over the border into Iraq with the 37th Engineering Battalion from Fort Bragg, and convoyed nine hundred miles up the Tigris River to Mosul, Iraq. The trip lasted two months and I got to know the soldiers protecting me and fighting for our freedom very well. I have always looked for ways to give back to our veterans since I had a glimpse of military life. Making sure that our veterans are remembered through my photography is just one way I honor those who fought and died for my freedom.
WNC MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM
The purpose of this military museum is to provide an avenue for people to appreciate and honor the men and women who served so bravely in our Armed Forces.
Some examples of what the museum will feature include one-of-a kind artifacts, uniforms, weaponry, original newspapers, personal letters, etc.
All of these special items and more weave the great and proud stories of World War I, World War II, Korea, The Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
They display and help us empathize with the wonder, but also the danger of our involvement in these wars, and the unique sacrifice of our military men and women!
An added bonus will be lectures outlining battles and their strategies, political aspects of wars, and an expert analysis of all facets of a West Point educational and military experience from a parent perspective.
Love of country plus gratitude to those who served proudly equals the museum’s theme for all ages, both young and old.