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If you’re spending this holiday weekend in or around beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas, make sure to stop by the National Museum of the Pacific War.  We have a full weekend’s worth of programs and ceremonies planned to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. And don’t forget to leave time to explore the rest of the museum and historic Nimitz Hotel.  Your museum tickets are good for 48 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to take everything in! 

 

Pacific Combat Program

History comes alive during our exhilarating Pacific Combat Program.  First, our living history staff and volunteers orientate you on the equipment, weapons and tactics used by American forces in the WWII Pacific Theater.  Then, brace yourself as the men of Company K, our volunteer reenactment company, storm the beach in an all-out battle to take the hill from Japanese defenders in our Pacific Combat Zone.

 

Show times are 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. both Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.  Purchase tickets in advance on our website.

 

Can’t make it this weekend?  This popular program is held on scheduled weekends throughout the year.

 

 

Book Signing With World War II Veteran T. Fred Harvey

In "Hell, Yes I'd Do It Again," T. Fred Harvey shares stories of life growing up in Odessa, Texas during the Great Depression and his time as a U.S. Marine in the South Pacific, including a harrowing near-death experience during the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Mr. Harvey will be signing books at the Pacific Combat Zone on both Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Stop by before or after the Pacific Combat Programs to meet Mr. Harvey and pick up your copy of his touching memoir.

 

Memorial Day Ceremony

Join us Monday, May 28 in the Memorial Courtyard at 10:00 a.m. for our annual Memorial Day Ceremony and the laying of wreaths.  This patriotic ceremony includes musical performances, a keynote address from Captain William J. Toti, USN (Ret.), and a three-gun salute from the Nimitz Living History Detachment. 

This event is FREE to the public and tickets are not required to attend.

 

The Story of the USS Indianapolis

From the secret delivery of components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to its harrowing torpedoing and sinking, the true story of the cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35) is a tale straight out of Hollywood. But that's just the beginning of this remarkable story!

The discovery of the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis in 2017 renewed interest in what has been called "the greatest sea disaster in U.S. naval history." Join us this Memorial Day for a special program exploring the aftermath of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Captain William J. Toti, USN (Ret.) speaks on the exoneration of the unjust court martial of Captain McVay before a special screening of the documentary “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy.”  Stick around after the film for a Q&A with co-producer, Melanie Capacia Johnson and a wreath laying in our Memorial Courtyard.

 

This event is FREE to the public and tickets are not required to attend.