I apologize as this has been a long time coming. We've been really busy preparing for Halloween. Our daughter's birthday is also Halloween, so it simply adds to the craziness. These photos were taken in September at Prado Dam. Every year military and history buffs gather together to showcase the various uniforms, equipment, tactics, and history of various time periods. More on that later... short version is it was a family day and the kids had a blast. I want to stress this now. This does not involve politics, or a glorification of warfare, or a glorification of the military. I served, but I will not push my kids into the service. That is their decision to make when the time comes. This is a history lesson, and Tink and I both feel strongly about getting the kids out to see it.
This Humvee greeted us at the entrance. It was sponsored by the California Guard. Seeing my kids behind a 50cal made me miss my grandpa. There is a photo of me around that age "driving" a Willy's Jeep.
This is EXACTLY the type of Hummer I worked with when I was in. They didn't have the radio installed but I was able to show the kids were everything goes. I explained about the antennas on the back, even talked about why you had to ground the antennas before using the radio (I didn't tell the fried monkey story to the kids but I did say it would hurt if it wasn't grounded). I actually ended up with a few other people listening in and pretty soon the California Guard was asking about my service. The Humvee was great for the kids, and a recruiting tool for anyone interested in the Guard.
This is a specialized jeep built in China during Korea. Only about 3,000 of them were made. It was amazing to look over this little gem.
The beloved 5 ton!
The sign pretty much sums it up
I hadn't realized they had a semi-graphic display in there. However this was a chance for the kids to see a field hospital.
Most people have seen MASH, but few realize they did surgery in the field. This was an "interesting" time for the hospital. The Korean War is when the US Army switched from glass IV bottles, to plastic IV bottles. The reason was simple; a blood transfusion in a glass bottle took upwards of 5 minutes, with a plastic bottle you could squeeze it and do the same transfer in 3 minutes. Bags were introduced shortly after the plastic bottles because they were even "faster" and more efficient when you squeezed them. Today MILLIONS world wide benefit from this breakthrough.
The field medicine cabinet. They also had a display on the surgical tools but I kept the kids away from that section.
Outside I found this little gem
I couldn't resist the "shot through history"... 1840's stage coach behind 1940's Marine encampment.
This was all near the entrance. While I was enjoying it, the kids were restless, so we headed to a more interactive area and came back to this later!