Vietnam War Exhibit

Aside from the World War I trench, the Vietnam Exhibit is probably one of the most unique areas of the museum. A section of the museum is enclosed so visitors can actually walk through a replica of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. As visitors enter the trail, they hear the all too familiar sound associated with the war-a helicopter flying amongst enemy fire. This diorama serves as a reminder to visitors of the darkness which often plagued the soldiers as in some places the thickness of the jungle prohibited sunlight to reach the surface. Vietnam Firebase- Another diorama in the Vietnam Exhibit depicts a Vietnam Firebase. These bases were temporary, military encampments set up throughout Vietnam. These bases provided artillery fire support to the infantry and operated in areas that were beyond the normal firing range of their own base camps. Inside the Vietnam Firebase exhibit at the AFHM are two American soldiers ready to assist with an 81 mm M1 Mortar. Above the Firebase, Carey McGriffin, a volunteer at the museum, recounts his days in Vietnam during the Battle of Khe Sanh. Carey talks about how cooperation, rather than competition is what assisted this group of 6,000 in holding off 20,000 enemy soldiers.

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