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California 7th graders visit Missouri military museum

California 7th graders visit Missouri military museum

October 18th, 2017 by David Wilson in Local News

Museum Director Charles D. Machon speaks to more than 100 California seventh graders about the C-130 Hercules cargo plane. (Seen at the right of the photo.) The prop blades of two of the four turboprop engines can be seen overhead. C-130 planes, which are capable of transporting a large amount of cargo, including some tanks, are still in use 60 years after the first ones were put into service. A Huey Cobra helicopter is visible in the background.

Photo by David Wilson /News Tribune.

The Museum of Missouri Military History was visited by the seventh graders and their teachers from California Middle School Oct. 13.

The facility is located at the Missouri National Guard's Ike Skelton Training Center, east of Jefferson City.

Checking out the outdoor displays of military equipment, the students received information from Museum Director Charles D. Machon and Curator/Historian Douglas L. Sheley on the history and use of the various aircraft, tanks and other items. The outdoor items on exhibit include an F-15 Eagle fighter, F-4 Phantom II fighter, Sherman tank, Sheridan Tank, as well as a C-130 Hercules cargo plane.

Once inside, the students split up into small groups and spread out to see the wide variety of displays with artifacts from all wars, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and II, Vietnam and the more recent conflicts. Many of the displays included uniforms, equipment and weapons from the period covered by the display. Several of the displays include Missouri National Guard uniforms worn by guards men and women during the military actions.

One display the museum staff is proud of includes the authentic uniform of a Civil War Union officer. It was explained that such uniforms, especially in good shape, are very rare. The display also contains swords and a period rifle. There is also a restored military staff car from pre-World War II, a Huey helicopter from the Vietnam era and a Jeep similar to those used from the early 1950s though at least the 1970s.

The Museum of Missouri Military History is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of Missouri's military history. Current exhibits include artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the present era.The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except federal holidays.

Call 573-638-9603 for more information.