Nat’l Museum of Military Vehicles Opens Korean & Vietnam War Galleries

Dubois' National Museum of Military Vehicles announced Monday that its new Korean and Vietnam War galleries will open Wednesday, May 26.

Bill Sniffin

May 11, 20213 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

DUBOIS –The National Museum of Military Vehicles (NMMV) announced Monday that its new Korean and Vietnam War Gallery will open Wednesday, May 26. 

The  40,000 square-foot, multi-million dollar gallery dedicated to the two conflicts uses immersive dioramas, interactive exhibits, oral histories, vehicles, and other artifacts to honor the millions of Americans who served in those two countries. 

“Our museum was voted one of the ten best new attractions in the U.S. in 2020 on the strength of our World War II Gallery,”  said Dan Starks, Founder and Chairman of NMMV. “We raise the bar in our Korean and Vietnam War Gallery by making the exhibits even more immersive and captivating.”

Starks said the Korean War sometimes is called The Forgotten War. “More than 5 million Americans served in the Korean War between June 1950 and July 1953,” he said. 

Approximately 140,000  were killed or wounded. 

He invited folks to visit the museum to find out why, along with how the American experience in the Korean War impacted American conduct during the Vietnam War.

“Over 3 million Americans served in the Vietnam War,” Starks said. “More than 200,000 were killed or wounded during their service. Many more died afterwards from their exposure to Agent Orange,”

More than 200,000 veterans still suffer from PTSD. 

Starks invited folks to come to the museum to learn more about the Vietnam War and about why veterans and their families deserve so much appreciation.

The National Museum of Military Vehicles (NMMV) south of Dubois, will also recognize another big event relating to the Vietnam War. 

A ceremony will be conducted May 15 on the 46th anniversary of the battle to recover the S.S. Mayaguez and its crew. This was the last battle of the Vietnam War and claimed the lives of 41 Americans, along with 50 wounded. 

“We will have Patriot Guards Riders escort a tribute truck to the museum, read the names of the 41 fallen Americans, and host a reunion of survivors of the battle,” Starks said.

NMMV is a privately funded, 140,000 square-foot facility located near Dubois. The museum is home to more than 450 military vehicles, the largest private collection in the world.

The museum is a 501(c) non-profit organization with a mission “to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families, educate next generations on the history of American freedom, and share historic military vehicles.”

The museum’s World War II gallery opened to the public in August 2020. 

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