Fascinating WWII Attractions Around Louisiana
We are still feeling patriotic from last week's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, so we thought about how many wonderful WWII sites there are to visit around our beautiful state.
- National WWII Museum - New Orleans. Affiliated with the Smithsonian. Revolving exhibits, and a 4D film narrated by Tom Hanks are part of this uptown property.
- Barksdale Global Power Museum - Bossier City. Located at Barksdale Air Force Base, and home of the second Bomb Wing of the Eighth Air Force.
- Chennault Aviation and Military Museum of Louisiana - Monroe. Named after famed WWII Flying Tiger General Claire Lee Chennault. Original home of the Selman Field Army/Air Force Navigation School.
- USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial - Baton Rouge. One of the cool things about the Fletcher class destroyer - it survived a direct kamikaze hit in 1945 that killed 38 sailors.
- The Louisiana Maneuvers - which includes the the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum at Camp Beauregard near Pineville, and the Museum of West Louisiana in Leesville. Home to a training exercise that was held in 1945 and overseen by Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Patton.
- Regional Military Museum - Houma. Newly opened living history museum, staffed by veteran volunteers who give a first hand account of their military experience.