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10/24/07-Longview

Longview Museum Honors WWII

   It's one of the best kept secrets in Longview.

   A hidden treasure museum that tells the stories of those in the service and fought for this country over the generations.

   From rare uniforms to letter home written by troops, the Greggton Military Museum has hundreds of stories to tell.

   Korean War veteran Gene Martin runs the museum for a simple reason, "People can see an item they can touch it. Realize it's real, most people are very surprised and once they come in here they want to come back."

    Rare headlines from the 1940's era Longview Lens newspaper document the war as it was happening. The museum features some very rare items like a U-S Navy gray officer's uniform. The uniform was issued only in 1943 and 44. Plus, the museum has something that's even more rare: a chance to talk to some of the men who wore these uniforms.

   The museum is a meeting place for World War II and Korean War veterans, and a chance for people to hear their first hand accounts.

     90 year old Burton Stansbery is a regular at the museum. The World War II Army veteran lost his brother lieutenant Charles Stansbery when his B-17 was shot down over Germany in 1944.

    "He did what he could for his country. This is a way for the people to actually see some of the things that really happened by the people that made it happen and it reminds them and teaches some that come into see it," Stansbery says.

    "We have several World War II veterans that come in and have coffee with us the stories are just chilling" Martin says.

    And many come away with the feeling of knowing a little better who the men were who fought in these uniforms.

  "There's a lot of history in here" Martin says.

    If you'd like to visit the guys or check out the Greggton Military Museum it's located at 3422 West Marshall Avenue. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5:30 p.m.

 

Bob Hallmark, Reporting:bhallmark@kltv.com   

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