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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Comments from our Guest Book

- "My husband and I felt in awe as we stood in the midst of memorabilia. I could almost feel the not forgotten heroes and their "ghosts".

- "Fantastic for education. Pontiac shows it has respect and pride for those who gave for our security."

-"This is the best "war museum" I've visited and I've been to several in our country".

- "Awesome museum. I could spend hours in here."

-"Extremely well done. One could spend a whole day in here!"

- "It was nice to see the items kept so well."

- "Very emotional, moving!"

- "Impressive display, very welcoming and educational."

- Thank you. This place reminds me of what my Grandpa used to talk about when he was in the Korean War. He told me lots of stories."


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

Honoring our nation's servicemen and women and our veterans. "All gave some, Some gave all"

Our museum board members that we have lost and are missed:
Dal Estes - World War II, Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge, 467th AAA U.S. Army
Fred Croft - World War II, Iwo Jima and Saipan, 4th Marine Division
Clark Husted - World War II, European and Pacific Campaigns, 97th Infantry Division U.S. Army
Elmer Kaisner - World War II, Battle of the Bulge, 18th Corps, gliders, U.S. Army
Don Peters - World War II, B-17 pilot, 35 missions over Germany with the 8th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Don Peters - We Will Remember...

Don Peters was a member of our museum and a good friend. He contributed many items from his World War II flying days which we proudly display. Don served with the Army Air Corps from 1942 - 1945 and then served with the Reserves until 1955. He was a B-17 pilot where he served in 35 missions over Europe. He was a proud veteran of World War II and a Captain in the 8th Army Air Force, 92nd Bomb Group. He received the awards of Air Medal of Honor with five oak leaf clusters and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with two Silver Stars. Don was always ready to share a story with us and we will greatly miss him. The Museum Staff

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Jack Murphy

From the Museum President - Jack Murphy

Welcome to the blog of the Livingston County War Museum/ Dal Estes Education Center! We are a non-profit museum with no charge to visit us. We welcome tour groups and school groups to tour our museum. We have a staff of war veterans to talk with groups and individuals. We have a great many weapons, uniforms and artifacts that veterans or their families have donated. Our regular hours are from 10 am until 4 pm Monday through Saturday and other hours by special arrangement. Please stop by and visit with us!
Jack Murphy
Korean War Veteran
25th Infantry Division

Monday, May 14, 2007

Museum Officers

President: Jack Murphy
Vice-Pres: Chuck Dunning
Treasurer: George Pouliot

Dal Estes - Our Founder

This blog is dedicated to my father and the founder of our Museum - Dalmain H. Estes of Pontiac IL. A veteran of the 467th AAA (SP) half-track battalion, he landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, captured and took a Nazi flag from bunker WN65, and fought on to the Battle of the Bulge. Inspired by the reception he received by the French during the 50th Anniversary ceremonies in 1994,he dreamed of starting a museum to show respect to the American soldier, sailor and airman. My father worked tirelessly with a local "Band of Brothers" to create a hands-on, living history museum staffed by veterans whose aim is to bring to the public the stories and artifacts of true American heroes - our Veterans.