‘Vietnam War Revisited’ coming to Military Museum at Boalsburg
Encampment is July 20-21
BOALSBURG — More than 340,000 Pennsylvanians served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County, remembers that event with its annual VIETNAM Revisited encampment on July 20-21.
Living historians representing U.S. Army ground/airborne units, Navy Seals, USN Seabees and North Vietnamese irregulars bivouac (camp) on the grounds for the weekend, presenting an interpretation of life in the field for combatants in a jungle environment.
“With the help of our volunteers, we transform the greenspace adjacent to the Museum into an immersive/interactive “Firebase” exhibit, complete with tents, vehicles, weapons, and enemies skulking about,” says Museum educator Joe Horvath. “However, the coolest part of our weekend event that’s different from almost all other similar public programs is that visitors get to accompany a man ‘on point’ as they navigate a combat trail full of surprises.”
After completing a patrol, visitors may rest their feet in a Welcome Tent at “In-Processing” while listening to original Armed Forces Radio -Vietnam stations over the camp loudspeaker. A narrated combat ambush demonstration is scheduled for 1:30 each day, rain or shine. In keeping with the Vietnam War theme, Former SGT of Marines Mike Poorman will discuss the siege of Khe Sanh at 3 p.m. in the Rosborough Theater on both days.
New to the event this year is the addition of an operational Huey used by the 101st Airborne in-country 1968-69. Liberty Warbirds out of Lititz, PA will be on station with tail number #823 on Saturday July 20 or 21 offering membership flights for visitors. “The sound of a Huey is unmistakable, as is its build and storied used in Vietnam” says Tyler Gum, Museum Director. “The addition of this asset is a great compliment to our existing encampment – visitors can hear, feel, and smell the history.” The Warbirds will provide a one of a kind experience for those joining their organization while at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, which includes a brief flight in the helicopter from the grounds of the Museum. Flights are weather dependent, and will take place on one of either of the two days, Saturday or Sunday.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine at 51 Boal Ave, 16827 is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information on activities visit www.pamilmuseum.org; call 814-466-6263 and like us on facebook.