Veterans free day at museum


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Menominee Range Historical Foundation Board of Governors will be sponsoring the second annual Free Day for Veterans on Thursday, June 27 from 10:30 to 1 p.m. at the World War II Glider and Military Museum in Iron Mountain.

Janet Bauer-Green, activity director for the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, has made arrangements to transport veterans from the hospital to the museum for their special event.

All other military veterans from this area and the Riders for the Veterans are invited.

“Without a lot of congestion, those in wheelchairs, particularly, can enjoy the displays and exhibits,” said Kathie Fayas, secretary/treasurer for the Menominee Range Historical Foundation.

“The military museum was built in honor am perpetuation of those serving in all divisions of the service, through all wars, to protect this great nation,” she adds. “These brave men are not to be forgotten and this museum will keep a portion of their important history alive for generations to come.”

Along with new additions to displays and videos, of special interest, is a four foot World War II PT Boat replica that was built and donated by Clyde Unger of Spread Eagle, Wis. The Model 596 Patrol Torpedo Boat was the same as those used by the U.S. Navy in the Philippines during World War II. These torpedo armed, fast-attack boats were called “Devil Boats” by the Japanese as they were often used at night as “barge busters” to destroy the Japanese barges that were used for inter-island transportation.

The museum is located on Kent Street in Iron Mountain, adjacent to the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum.

For more information call 774-1086.

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