Pacific Combat Zone Reenactment – November 8-9

Pacific Combat Zone Reenacment at the Nimitz museum November 13-14Living History re-enactors at the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War will present three Pacific Combat Zone renenactment shows on both Saturday and Sunday. The 90-minute shows begin at 10:30am, 1:00 and 3:30 pm each day at the Pacific Combat Zone.

Visitors will learn about the American and Japanese forces as they prepare for battle on a Pacific island. Weapons will be discussed and demonstrated and later used in a final attack on the Japanese-held island. Attendees will feel the rumble of a Stewart tank as it moves past the audience and onto the battle field. The only operational WW II flame-thrower in Texas is used in the final assault.

Appropriate for the entire family, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. World War II veterans and children under six are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased at the Pacific Combat Zone at the beginning of each performance or in advance at the Front Desks of the Admiral Nimitz Museum on Main Street and the George H.W. Bush Gallery on E. Austin Street. The majority of the programs are standing room only so it’s advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show times.

While 80 percent of the seating is shaded, sun screen and hats are recommended. Ear plugs will be provided.

The Pacific Combat Zone’s “Ship Store” will be in full operation before, during and after each performance. In addition to various snacks, bottled water and soda, there will be an assortment of adult and youth field gear, hats and tee shirts. Children’s helmets, toy guns, army action figures and gliders will be offered for sale. Rounding out the list are photographs of the volunteer re-enactors (available for autographs, too).

Book Signing at the National Museum of the Pacific War

Award-winning author, James Hornifischer will be available this Saturday to sign copies of his new book, Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street at 2 pm on Saturday.

Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States and the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an “Admiral in the Texas Navy.”  He has appeared on the History Channel and Fox News and frequently speaks to veterans’ organizations, civic groups and professional naval organizations on the subject of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

Dedication of the Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Sculpture – February 7

nimitzbookpicA humble man from small beginnings in the Texas Hill Country who went on to command over two million men and women in the Pacific during WWII will be remembered in his childhood home in Fredericksburg, Texas. Join us as an eight foot bronze sculpture of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz will be unveiled and dedicated in the Nimitz Platz on Main Street between the Command Post and the Nimitz Hotel, 340 East Main. The statue was sculpted by Rip Caswell of Troutdale, Oregon, and was commissioned by the Navy Order of the United States. The statue is one of two casted. The other sits on Ford Island, Hawaii overlooking the USS Arizona.

10:30 am. Program is free and open to the public. No seating will be available. Call 830-997-8600 for more information.

Columbus Day Authors Forum – Today!

Join the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 East Austin, for an Authors Forum featuring James Hornfischer and Stephen Moore. They will talk about their most recent books, take questions from the audience and be available to sign books at the end of the program. Copies of Hornfischer’s book, Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal, as well as Moore’s book, Battle Surface: Lawson P. “Red” Ramage and the War Patrols of the USS Parche, will be available for purchase at the event.

Pacific Sea Power Exhibit at George H. W. Bush Gallery – October 12 to January 14

The National Museum of the Pacific War will open their first temporary exhibit in the George H.W Bush Gallery from October 11, 2012 to January 14, 2013. The exhibit will highlight Pacific Sea Power, and display award winning ship models of Doug McVey along with some of the museum’s collection that is not in currently on display.

Dave McVey’s models have won eight blue ribbons at the State Fair of Texas. His collection includes models of both American and Japanese ships from World War II. Dave has been building models since high school as a hobby, and after his wife got him a model of the Titanic it became a passion. “My Grandpa was in the Navy, so I am much honored to have my work be a part of the museums temporary collection”, said Dave McVey. Dave’s models start out from the basic model kits you get at any hobby shop, and then he adds small details to them. Be it planes, weapons, people, or vehicles, Dave makes the models his own with these small touches. Ten of Dave’s models will be on display in the temporary gallery of the George H.W Bush Gallery at the National Museum of the Pacific War, along with some of the museum’s collection. The models of Dave McVey feature intricate details, such as the individual tail numbers of the 16 B-25s of Doolittle’s raiders on the flight deck of the USS Hornet.

“This exhibit will allow visitors a chance to view high quality models of some of the surface ships that shaped the struggle for control of the Pacific during World War Two”, said Mike Lebens Head Curator of the collection at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Admission to the exhibit is included in your museum ticket. The exhibit will open to the public Friday October 12, 2012.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. For more information please contact Brandon Vinyard at or at (830)-997-8600 x.205

Veteran’s Day Program

Veterans DayThe Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street, will host a program honoring all Veterans of the United States’ Armed Forces on November 11, at 11 am.  U.S. Senator John Cornyn will deliver the keynote address in the Memorial Courtyard.  Ambleside School choir will provide music.

Afterward, B Wayne Quist will be signing copies of his book God’s Angry Man: The Incredible Journey of Private Joe Haan.