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FROM READERS: World War II museum in New Orleans is a must-see

By ALBERT PRICE/MISSOURIAN READER
July 30, 2012 | 2:38 p.m. CDT

Albert Price is the retired president of Boone County National Bank and treasurer of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

The "Big Easy" — New Orleans — Dixieland jazz, Creole cooking, oyster po'boys, chicory coffee and beignets, the Super Bowl, Tulane University — but there is a new attraction that should lure you there on its own. En route to our annual trip to see Civil War battlefields, my three sons and I spent two days in New Orleans at 945 Magazine Street to take in the new and fantastic Museum of World War II.

I had answered a solicitation in 2009 when the museum was starting. I sent in $100 because as a vet from the war, I liked the plan. Of course, this put me on the list for more solicitations, but also their follow-up was impressive. It turned out to be a great experience and learning opportunity for WWII vets, their children and grandchildren, war buffs, and scholars alike.

When we walked into the lobby and looked up at a Douglas SBD hanging in the 60-foot ceiling, along with a C-47 also suspended over a Higgins landing craft on the floor for inspection, I knew that this enterprise was going to be successful.

Actually the chief underwriter was the Higgins family. They designed the landing craft that made both the European and South Pacific landing possible. The main building has three stories of exhibits, interactive displays and videos of WWII action.

It is a must-attend for all Americans who want to learn and share, the fellow Americans who turned the tide in Europe and won the Pacific War, all of us should make the trip down South to see why America is so great. It is well funded, well planned and has an active public relations department.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.