Photo taken near Monument Valley, Utah

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The National Museum of the Pacific War and Killer BBQ

At Majestic Pines RV Resort, Willis, Texas...

Since our rally in Marble Falls was so close to Fredericksburg, we decided to drop in there and take a look at the Pacific War Museum. I had heard that it had seen a massive expansion and, since I am a WWII history buff, I really wanted to check it out. 

I must tell you that the museum is unrecognizable from the rather sparse exhibit that it was many years ago when I first visited it.  We were surprised at how large and well done it is, arranged as a labyrinthine timeline beginning with the ancient history of Japan's conflicted past and its quest for hegemony among its neighbors, the principal of which was China. I found this history particularly interesting and revealing, as I really didn't have a good understanding of the influences over centuries prior to WWII that led to its aggression toward the United States; this large exhibit explained it nicely. The exhibits continued until the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the resulting Japanese surrender. There were many other exhibits, some interactive, along with plenty of narrative, including a walking audio, that explained each presentation like, for example, a B-25 from the Doolittle raid over Tokyo:

Japanese defensive weapons:

A Willys WWII Jeep:

I found the interactive displays especially interesting, in that they depicted in a video presentation the strategy and plans for many of the most important battles in the Pacific theater.

As might be expected here in the hometown of Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, his presence was certainly apparent in videos and in a separate building where his life story was presented:

What was evident from the presentations was that Nimitz, who eventually rose to the five-star rank of fleet admiral, was the right man in the right place at the right time to ensure Japan's defeat. His inspiring values of hard work, coolness under duress and wise decisions, along with a little good luck, served him and our country well. I found his strategy at the battle of Midway, about which a really good movie was made, particularly fascinating.

We weren't able to see the entire museum in one day, so we'll have to return to see it all. We couldn't stay any longer this time, as we needed to get back to Conroe for my (yuck) colonoscopy that has been scheduled for some time. And, while I'm on the subject of colonoscopies, if you are over 50 years old and not having these done every few years, you are playing Russian roulette with your life. I am an ardent proponent of these, having even devoted a couple of posts to the subject, one of which you can read here. You can also search on "colonoscopy" to see the other one.

On the way back, we stopped in Elgin at the Southside Market for some barbeque:

One of the nice things about this place was that it had a huge parking lot that would accommodate Phannie and even several other motorhomes as well. And the barbeque! Well, see for yourself:

This was their "small" brisket sandwich!  This large place also sports a meat market where you can buy their products like smoked meats and sausages. And yes, this goes on my list of favorite restaurants, linked over there in the right margin. 

We'll be in Conroe for a few more weeks, then we'll be making our way to Branson with an interim location yet to be determined. Stay tuned!

Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; 
please forgive me if I don't appreciate it as I should each day.

I had rather see the world and own little than to own the world and see little of it.  
--Alexander Sattler


  1. After I turned 60 my doctor was shocked that he had not sent me yet. When they asked what my parents died from and the answer was Cancer that raise me to a moderate risk. When it was noted my father died of Colon Cancer that put me at high risk. When I mentioned that I had been a Welder for nearly Fifty Years i went to maximum risk and was having my first Colonoscopy two days later. I've had two more since and believe in early detection.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Good for you, Rick. So many have perished needlessly because they didn't get this done.

  2. We're headed to Fredericksburg in April and the first stop will be that musuem.

    1. Well, you will enjoy it a lot. There's a lot to see in Fredericksburg; if you like music, the Rockbox Theater has some really good acts from time to time.

  3. Sorry we missed you guys while you were in Fredericksburg. Did you see the scale model of the USS New Mexico? Jo's father was a Chief Petty Officer on that ship during WWII so we really enjoyed the museum too.

    1. Well, it was our loss that we didn't get to meet. But as I wrote in the piece, we didn't get to see everything we wanted to at the museum, much less anything else, because we were on such a tight schedule with the weather and all. We will try again, for sure. See ya down the road!


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