Friday, December 07, 2012

NEW JERSEY: Millville Air Museum dedicates wing to chairman

MILLVILLE — A museum that celebrates the city’s military history now has a wing named for one of its biggest supporters.

A new section of the Millville Army Air Field Museum has been named to honor Hugh McElroy. It was dedicated during a ribbon-cutting on Friday, which was also the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Frankly, it’s a coincidence, but it’s nice to do it on Pearl Harbor Day,” said Chuck Wyble, president of Millville Army Air Field Museum.

McElroy, chairman emeritus of the museum board, has supported the museum — housed at the Millville Airport in a structure that dates back to World War II — for many years.

“If you accumulate all that he’s given to our museum it would be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Wyble said.

Even after moving to Texas for his job, McElroy still kept ties with the museum and Millville.

“Even though my address has changed ... my heart and the DNA that connects me with this place has done nothing but grow,” McElroy said. “I remain totally and unequivocally connected to this museum.”

McElroy is a firm believer in both the museum and the history lessons it teaches.

“It chronicles history in so many ways, and in such a personal way, because it pertains to this community and the many men and women who were stationed here in World War II,” McElroy said.

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