My dad Harold “Randy” Randen served in the army and was part of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He brought back quite a few artifacts of the war both German and American and I have been trying to figure out what to do with them since he died 40 years ago. I decided I didn’t want to sell them and wanted them to go to someone who would appreciate their historic value.
My patience paid off and yesterday I took all of the items to the new Greenville Military Museum. It is in an old hanger at the downtown airport across from the Runway Restaurant and playground. It is open on Sat. afternoon and some Sundays. They are still remodeling but I was quite surprised to see all the exhibits they have. Admission is Free. They will focus on military action from the Spanish American War to now.
Their curator with loving care went through every item. What I gave them will go in their permanent collection and all things were items they did not have so no duplication. Bob and I learned quite a bit about the items so that was pretty interesting. I am 110% sure these special military items could not have gone to a better home. My dad would be very happy to know how they will be shared with the public. We might even get one whole display case for his things. Whatever they decide, I know I made the right decision. Enjoy a few photos. They have much more and will feature people bringing in their special collections too. The hospital unit complete with an ambulance is pretty neat.
They also have as part of their mission to do education especially for 5th grade students. They have “hands on” items that the kids and adults can interact with. They have a ways to go to finish the place but it is already well worth a visit. http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/MHCCMilitaryMuseum…