Memorial Day And Rolling Thunder 2016

National USMC Museum UH-43 Display John Voracek

I visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps this year. I just stopped and stared for a few minutes… Amazed at this Beautiful sight… the closer I got the more tears I had. I could have turned around right then after these photos and walked out being totally at Peace with the Museum.

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I hope that all Marine Nam Grunts and brothers take away at least 1/2 the Memories I experienced that day.

Semper Fi Brother Grunts
John Voracek
Nam ’65/’66

5 thoughts on “Memorial Day And Rolling Thunder 2016”

  1. In November of last year, after spending the previous week in D.C. for the 2d Bn/9th Mar Network Reunion, my family and I visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico VA. I was also extremely impressed with the museum layout and displays, and many memories flooded into my brain-housing-group. I was particularly caught off guard in the Vietnam section by the transitional portion comprised of the CH-46 interior with the vibrator floor. When I felt it start to shake, heard the radio calls and rotor sounds I swear for a moment I was transported back to 1969. I could smell the avgas and hydraulic fluid, as well as the sweat and fear as the bird I was aboard was hit in the tail rotor as we were landing. Luckily, my wife saw my eyes go hazed and grabbed my hand and brought me back to the present. I was physically shaken for about half an hour from the experience. Any museum that can illicit this type of reaction has got to be realistic. I salute the staff and all involved in the development of this amazing place. If your ever near, don’t miss it.

    1. I was in golf 2/9 in 1969 in Vietnam and I felt the same thing in the in the Vietnam exhibit, welcome home brother !

  2. I was a crew chief on UH-34, HMM 263 during my tour 66-67. Nearly 2,000 hours flight time. On my first visit to the museum only the CH-19 was displayed, and it broke my heart. I was in Viet Nam before I turned 18 and still consider that to be the best year of my life. I enlisted, and I wanted to be there. Where else can a farm boy strap a .45 on his hip, man a machine gun, and go flying every day. It got me off the farm, away from my parents, and out of Halifax, Pa. I’m going back to the museum, and I expect to be impressed. M P Hershey Semper Fi.

  3. Gentleman, Thank you for sharing your stories, and keeping future Marines like myself (’97-’02) extremely proud of our Brave, Warrior Tradition. SEMPER FIDELIS.

  4. I hope all visitors to the Marine Corps Museum that see the above pictures and the helicopter display know that the faces you see on the men getting out of the chopper, the crew chief/machine gunner & pilots were actually the “faces of real Marines” that served in what you are seeing displayed…extremely proud of our brothers. SEMPER FI !!

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