Four decades after the Vietnam War ended, a new exhibit opened this morning at the Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen reports.
All of the icons are here: a Huey helicopter, Ho Chi Minh sandals, M-16 rifles, napalm, a captured North Vietnamese flag, and even a life-like patch of jungle. Former POW Brad Whitmore from Storm Lake was among the first veterans to see the exhibit.
“I see a lot of this and it brings back memories, the helicopters. I was shot and captured with four of my best friends two of us made it out, three died in that four month period.”
The Gold Star Museum is open every day but Sunday. In Johnston, I’m Rick Fredericksen, Iowa Public radio News.