Monday, August 6, 2012

Don Pratt war museum is must-see for post visitors: Displays lead through 70 years of Fort Campbell, 101st Airborne history

FORT CAMPBELL, KY. — In the course of 70 years, the division that, in 1942, had “no history, but … a rendezvous with destiny” has accumulated a lot of history, because of many of rendezvous. 

Much of the 101st Airborne Division’s history is on display at the Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum on Fort Campbell, laid out to enable a visitor to walk through time, from the World War II era until the present day.

Along the route, the changes in weapons, vehicles, uniforms and soldier culture tell the larger story of a changing U.S. Army.

WWII beginnings

For those visitors coming to Fort Campbell to take part in the Week of the Eagles 70th anniversary celebration, the museum is a must-see stop. Despite its small size, the available space is well-used in displaying the story of one of the Army’s most storied divisions. The story begins with its advent in World War II, as an experiment, dedicated to turning the rawest of raw civilians into a fighting force capable of going toe-to-toe with anyone.

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