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Military Museum Of Southern New England Inc

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Mission: To operate a museum dedicated to the preservation of american military history and engage in education activities to increase knowledge, understanding and awareness of our nation's military and its history.

Programs: Operation of american military history museum including designing and installing exhibits, running the gift shop, planning and conducting public events.

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Rating: 5

This is a great museum if you are looking for a place to take your kids or like American history. While visiting most museums you can only look at the displays from behind a plexiglass wall, or from behind a barrier, but once a month this museum has "Open Turret Weekend" when you can actually climb up and into WWII tanks, as long as it isn't raining. (Tanks are slippery if wet.)
My favorite interior artifacts- As you enter the WWI gallery, there is a serrated bayonet used by the Germans. It was such a cruel way to kill a man, it was outlawed, and any German caught with it would not be taken prisoner if captured.
As you turn the corner of the museum's first display room, take notice of the map of the world. All the countries that were involved in WWII are in solid black. it was the entire globe except for parts of South America and central Africa. Look up - you'll see one of the dummy parachutists dropped on D-Day to confuse the Germans about where we were landing.
Last but not least of the artifacts I find the most fascinating is the signed "Meatball" Japanese flag. It is the best example I have ever seen. These flags were given to Japanese soldiers and signed by their friends and families as gifts before these men went off to war. After the war, Japanese families wanted the flags back if their soldier was killed. Many U.S. Marines gave them back, but some still remain in the United States.

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