Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Volunteer Recognition Dinner 2014







Senator Harkin presented medals on Sunday, March 9, 2014 to three veterans: James Rupp of Waukee, who served in the United States Army from June 6, 1944 to June 6, 1946; Bob Fessler of Cumming, who served in the United States Army from December 5, 1966 to December 4, 1968; and Duane Otto of Nevada, who served in the United States Army from June 15, 1970 to December 24, 1971 and the Iowa Army National Guard from April, 1982 to February, 2003, when he retired as Sergeant First Class.  All three received the Bronze Star Medal along with other distinguished awards.  The color guard from the Iowa National Guard presented the colors during the ceremony.

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Iowan receives the French Legion d’Honeur Medal
On January 18, 2014 The French Legion d’ Honneur Medal was bestowed upon Mr. Clarence Lippert at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum. The medal was given to Mr. Lippert for his brave efforts during World War II in the Liberation of France from Nazi occupation.
Honorary Consul of France Mr. Mark Schlenker                                Mr. Clarence Lippert

General Tommy Franks and Joe Crookham (from Musco Lighting) visit the Museum.
Introducing the Curtiss P40B Warhawk!
Curtiss P-40B “Warhawk” Fighter Aircraft

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum’s newest exhibit honors the accomplishments of four Iowans who service with the AVG Flying Tigers - Keith Christensen, 3rd Pursuit Squadron (“Hell’s Angels”) from Peterson, Iowa; Noel R. Bacon, 2nd Pursuit Squadron (“Pandas”) from Randalia, Iowa; Robert Neal, 1st Pursuit Squadron (“Adam and Eve”) from Greene, Iowa; and William N. Reed, 3rd Pursuit “Hell’s Angels”) from Marion, Iowa.

Consisting of three fighter squadrons with 33 aircraft per squadron, the American Volunteer Group (AVG) assembled its aircraft and trained its pilots and crewmembers in Burma during the summer and fall of 1941, months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The unit’s mission was to defend China against attacking Japanese forces.
On December 20, 1941, pilots of the AVG flying p-40B Tomahawks attacked a formation of 10 Japanese bombers in the sky east of Kunming, China. Only one Japanese bomber returned to its base in Indochina. This encounter, which comprised the first combat mission of the Flying Tigers, was the first time a modern air force armed with U.S. built aircraft flown by American Pilots, challenged the Japanese in the skies over Asia. A Chinese newspaper described the lop-sided victory achieved by these American pilots, writing “They’re fighting like tigers, Flying Tigers!”
The full-scale replica is painted in the color scheme and markings of the P-40B flown by William Reed, who is credited with destroying 17.5 Japanese aircraft (nine aerial and 8.5 enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground) during his service with the AVG and the U.S. Army Air Force’s 14th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Reed was later killed in action on December 19, 1944, while bailing out of his disabled aircraft over China. He received the Silver Star, the third highest U.S. military award for Bravery, during WWII.
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 The Sherman Tank Move on 29 January 2014

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 Purple Heart Day 2013


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