Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up - Vietnam War

Selected readings from The Vietnam War
Selected readings from The Vietnam War

Our study of The Vietnam War wrapped up with a visit to The Cpl. Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum.  I had no idea that this treasure and wealth of information was literally in our backyard!

Run by Vietnam Veterans, we were treated to an excellent HANDS-ON tour.  We spent our morning hearing, touching and seeing first hand the equipment, artillery, uniforms, geography, and more up-close.  This was so much more than you would ever get in a text book!  My children came away with a greater appreciation of the sacrifice these men made and how it impacted the world.

Uniquely, there's no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.  Open weekends only, tours can be scheduled during the week by contacting the museum directly.
Douglas A4-B Skyhawk Aircraft
Douglas A4-B Skyhawk Aircraft

Gear from The Vietnam War
Gear from The Vietnam War

M113 APC
M113 APC

Now THAT's a hummer! (Gulf War)
Now THAT's a hummer! (Gulf War)

A Memorial in remembrance of the fallen soldiers of Orange County.
A Memorial in remembrance of the fallen soldiers of Orange County.

A medical helicopter (UH-1 Huey) that you are encouraged to climb up into
A medical helicopter (UH-1 Huey) that you are encouraged to climb up into.  

A scaled down replica of a bunker gives you a feel of how these soldiers 'lived' on the front lines.
A scaled down replica of a bunker gives you a feel of how these soldiers 'lived' on the front lines.

Vietnam War - Medical Helicopter


authentic Vietnam War era jeep
The Nip Napper and my 10 year old pretend to 'take a drive' in an authentic Vietnam War era jeep.  I love that people are encouraged to touch these vehicles!

inside a tank!
The view from inside a tank!

'driving' a hummer!
My Princess 'driving' a hummer!

he turret
My oldest at the turret
fighter jet.
Visitors are encouraged to climb up and look inside this fighter jet.  Think you could have handled this cramped space?

This is an AMAZING replica of an army base created by the son of a fallen soldier!  This picture doesn't do it justice as the detail is remarkable !!  I believe there are over 100,000 handmade/molded clay 'sandbags' on this replica!
This is an AMAZING replica of an army base created by the son of a fallen soldier!  This picture doesn't do it justice as the detail is remarkable !!  I believe there are over 100,000 handmade/molded clay 'sandbags' on this replica!

We also finished our comparison of the Korean and Vietnam Wars for our Modern History Lapbook.
Korean and Vietnam Wars for our Modern History Lapbook


Join us next time for a wrap up of the 60's

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing way to finish your study! Very memorable!

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