Carolinas Veterans Museum reopens with WWII Jeep exhibit | Local News

The Carolina Veterans Museum will reopen in March with a Jeep exhibit.

Michel Robertson, courtesy photo

According to staff reports

The Carolinas Veterans History Museum reopens for 2022 on March 2, and new this year is an exhibit featuring a WWII Willys Jeep.

The exhibit places the restored 1943 Jeep in front of an Army Post Office (APO) somewhere in the European theater, along with a vintage WWII Harley Davidson motorcycle. The exhibit was a major undertaking this offseason as the Jeep had to be carefully disassembled to fit through the museum gates and then reassembled in its permanent location.

“It really is an amazing exhibit,” said museum curator Emmett Casciato. “The APO has lockers where soldiers put their letters. We have 100 sandbags in the exhibit to make it look authentic, and we put an old Nazi flag on the floor with German guns on it, as if captured in battle.

Opened in 2016 in downtown Brevard, the museum tells the stories of the nation’s modern wars through the eyes of veterans. Visitors go from room to room, encounter battlefield artifacts donated by veterans, and learn first-hand stories about the brave men and women who served.

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The trip encompasses conflicts from World War I to Afghanistan, including the Cold War and the War on Terror. On display are one-of-a-kind artifacts, uniforms and weapons, as well as original journals, vintage photographs, video documentaries and more.

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