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Weekly Artifacts | Uniforms of Nurses

3 months ago

Nurses played an extraordinarily important role in World War II. They saved so many lives and helped so many wounded. Often times they worked in the middle of war zones under incredible pressure to help as many soldiers as they could. The bravery these nurses had was outstanding. They had impossible circumstances to overcome. Warfare wasn’t the only setback. There were diseases, unclean water, and sub-par structures to perform medical work. These nurses’ work cannot be praised more highly.

Without them, the death toll would have been far greater than it already was. They went above and beyond the call of duty to help soldiers and their country. I know nurses nowadays have it hard. I can't imagine what it was like for them back then. They must've been at least mentally stable enough to push through all the trauma and horrible scenes they experienced. That's extremely inspiring.

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Weekly Artifacts | Heavy Water Barrel and Trinitite

3 months ago

The atomic bomb was the most devastating weapon used during World War II. The United States of America used two. They've never been used again for war in the history of this world. I like how these two artifacts are in the same case. One represents the creation, the other represents the destruction. Let me put it more eloquently. One of these artifacts contained a component that the atomic bomb needed to exist. The other was literally made out of the destructive forces of this brutal weapon.

The atomic bomb is such a divisive topic. On one hand Japan may have never surrendered. On the other, hundreds of thousands died because of it. It’s extremely difficult to think about this day and age. I feel emotionally heavy whenever I walk into the two parts of The Museum that have Atomic Bomb content. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a part of making this decision back then.

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We need to always remember the absolute tragedy of this situation. This world must not experience something like this ever again. I think it’s good The Museum didn’t overlook anything about this War. We need to know everything so that we hopefully don’t repeat history. The Museum really does provide an excellent and necessary service so we can get educated and never forget what happened.


Weekly Artifacts | Opel Sedan

3 months ago

Both sides needed to make the most of what they had during World War II. This vehicle is a prime example of that. It was a civilian car converted into a military vehicle. Each side did whatever they thought needed to be done to help them in this horrific battle. It makes me think, "Was this car willingly given up to the military? Did the owner actually agree with the Nazi ideals? Or was it forcibly taken?"

There's so much more behind an artifact if you think about it. We can never forget everything that was given for this war; nor can we forget everything that was taken.

Ordinary things became extraordinary. Their original purposes did not matter anymore. Anything goes. Anything could have been used. When they were destroyed, they would just seize more and more. I'm sure this tactic increased resources on either side. I don't know much about war, but I can't imagine what it would be like for my car to be seized to be used by the military.

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Weekly Artifacts | Case Outside My Office

3 months ago

These artifacts are in a case literally right outside my office. It’s a collection of items that caused destruction. I pass by these every single day; however, I’ve never really looked at them in detail. I feel neglectful. I should be taking advantage more the opportunities I have to learn about the artifacts in this Museum.

They are huge. I can’t imagine the damage they must’ve inflicted. They’re were so dangerous, and yet they’re right outside my door. I know I’m being dramatic, but it’s a little crazy to think about especially given what they were used for.

They were used for desctruction and devastation. They were used for killing. We're just looking at them, thinking how big and bad they look. Most of us have no experience handling anything like these artifacts, let alone actually using them.

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Weekly Artifacts | Finding His Audience

3 months ago

So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope has officially opened at The National WWII Museum. I saw this exhibit quite full every time I passed by it yesterday. That’s so exciting, and I know the curators and all those involved are really happy about that. I went a couple of times yesterday, and I’m really interested in reading more about the artifacts there. The most prominent object in this exhibit gallery is the stage. It’s the largest thing in there, and it’s the first thing you can see before walking into the actual exhibit gallery.

The stage is designed to mimic what Bob used to perform on for the troops. He was famous for many things including radio, tv, and movies; but he’s also known for being an important source of entertainment for our troops during World War II. He's estimated to have entertained over 11 million troops. That's incredible. The stage has a screen that plays a movie detailing what he did and the kind of effect he had on people.

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I really like this exhibit a lot. The details of the stage and the objects around it help put you in that atmosphere that Bob and his team performed in. It helps give a sense of what it was like for these soldiers to enjoy his show. The exhibit really tries to put you in the soldiers’ shoes; it’s important for us to understand their perspective of being in battle and living this life and needing this sort of relaxation and entertainment. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a good amount of seating.

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There’s so many cool things in So Ready for Laughter. I’m really excited to spend more time in here and learn more about what Bob Hope and his team did for our soldiers during this incredibly trying time.


She Will Be Loved (Cover)

8 months ago

Hey, everyone! I recorded another cover, this time being Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” Please go check it out and let me know what you think!


Weekly Artifacts | Military Strength

3 months ago

When World War II started the United States had a much smaller military in comparison to the Axis powers, especially Japan and Germany. This must not have been a very comforting fact to those soon entering battle. This exhibit displays to scale how much larger Germany’s and Japan’s militaries were—it’s absolutely ridiculous.

When I look at this exhibit, I think to myself, “How did we do it? How did we win the war?” I know how we did it, but it still seems impossible. It must’ve seemed impossible to so many people back then. I can’t imagine what was going through people’s minds, whether they were fighting or helping back home. We were not ready for this war as you can read in the picture. I think this shows 2 things. One, we were really trying to keep peace which is evident by our military not being that large. Two, when we decided to join the war, everyone wanted to join the military.

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Japan and Germany each had been building up their militaries. We were still trying to make the peace from World War I last, so we weren’t focused on increasing our numbers. The United Stated didn’t even want to fight in this war, so why would we grow our military? By the time we decided to join, it was too late to be prepared for this.

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By the end of the war, we had more than 12 million soldiers in our military. For our military to grow from 335,000 to 12 million is awe-inspiring. Yes, most of these were from the draft, but over 6 million volunteered. That’s 2x’s more than what Germany started with. It shows how many people believed in our cause. It shows how many people wanted to fight for what’s right.

This exhibit does a great job with conveying how much catching up we needed to do with Japan and Germany. We did that and some.


Weekly Artifacts | The Jeep

3 months ago

The Jeep was an integral part of The War. This exhibit goes to great lengths to show some of how they were made. This exhibit has so many parts to it. There's a whole section of an assembly line. There's pretty much 2 Jeeps. There's even an interactive portion. I think this is one of the coolest exhibits in The Museum.

I really enjoy the lengths the curators went to illustrate the process of making the vehicles we used in this war. This exhibit conveys the industrial feeling that was ubiquitous during this time in our country. Fighting in World War II was truly made possible by the population working back home making things like the Jeep to help those fighting win.

This exhibit isn't just about the Jeep. It's also about oil and how it provided a variety of supplies for the Allied Forces. The interactive portion shows a little bit of the actual welding process. There's just so much going on with this exhibit. I think it offers a lot for people to enjoy and learn. That's why I like this exhibit so much. It has so much to offer to help educate us about this aspect of The War.

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Weekly Artifacts | The C-47

3 months ago

The C-47 is the largest artifact in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. It's one of the largest on campus. It's pretty surreal walking out of the office, and this thing is the view. It's huge, but for me I think it seems bigger when viewing it from below. I catch myself being in awe of it from time to time.

Sometimes I hear people talking about it, and they're so excited and interested in it. It was extremely versatile and used extensively during The War. Think about all the soldiers and all the supplies it carried. I can’t even fathom that. I can’t even imagine what it must’ve been like, what it must’ve felt like to be in this plane flying over the battlefields. I’m so glad this Museum exists. I'm so proud of its mission and what everyone that works for The Museum does to perpetuate it. Even though so many of us will never know what it was truly like back then, we can at least learn about the past so we can make sure this never happens again.

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Weekly Artifacts | Wally Parr's Beret

3 months ago

This beret was one of the original artifacts on display when The National World War II Museum opened as The National D-Day Museum on June 6, 2000. It’s part of The D-Day Invasion of Normandy exhibit that has all the other original artifacts including The Air and Sea Armada. It’s breathtaking to think about how far The Museum has come and how much it’s grown.

This Museum has so many incredible artifacts. The story behind this beret (as pictured) is that the owner was shot at, and the bullet pierced the beret and left a gash in Wally’s head. This beret was actually worn during the war that changed the world. Let that sink in. It was worn by a man that fought for our freedom and helped us win. Wally could’ve been killed, and The Museum probably wouldn’t have gotten this piece of history. It's small artifacts like this one that really bring a sense of humanity and personal experiences to this Museum.


Weekly Artifacts | The Air and Sea Armada

3 months ago

This exhibit is one of the most photographed things at The National WWII Museum. There’s a lot to like about it. It has its own space so nothing else will be in the pictures you take of it. The lighting is superb for your Instas. The simplified geometric shapes of the models fit a lot of people’s aesthetics. However, this exhibit doesn’t look this way just for the sake of it.

This exhibit is positioned away from other things. There’s really nothing next to it. I really like that because there’s nothing else grabbing for your attention. You’ll spend more time looking at the models and reading the information, and that will enable more critical thinking about what happened on D-Day and during World War II in general. I think it’s incredibly important for someone to realize the gravity World War II carried with it. So many people lost their lives fighting for what they believed in.

Operation Overlord was the codename of the plan for D-Day. It was extremely complex. We needed this plan to work. Every ship, every plane, every man counted. The simplified models make you shift your focus from exactly what the planes and ships looked like to the sheer number of our forces needed to execute Operation Overlord. It’s overwhelming to think about how many soldiers fought for the freedom that we have today.

Every time I go see this exhibit, it humbles me. It is indeed beautiful, but we mustn’t forget what it represents.


Weekly Artifacts

9 months ago

I'm going to start a new weekly article on my blog called Weekly Artifacts! I'm going to be taking pictures of artifacts and exhibits at The National WWII Museum and writing about 1 a week. I think this project is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I'll get to learn a lot more about the place where I work! I'm really excited about this idea, and I can't wait to start!