(Chuck) The 45th Infantry Museum is located in Oklahoma City. It was a pleasant surprise to find free admission. The 45th was composed of National Guard troops from Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. In WWII they participated in four amphibious landings and served 511 days of combat in Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. Following WWII it was organized as an all Oklahoma division and was again called to serve overseas, this time in Korea. Here they served 429 days in battle in places called Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, Heartbreak Ridge and others. The museum houses many artifacts of the 45ths campaigns with military vehicles and airplanes on the grounds outside. It serves as a good military museum which highlights an important part of our history.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has been our list for many years. It was a good visit, the only bad thing was our legs were tiring out form all the touring that we have done the last several days. It was the most expensive $22.25 for both of us (I got the old guy rate) museum that we have visited. It was also one of the largest in terms of exhibits we have attended in recent years. If you have an interest in the Western culture of America, it is a must visit. Cowboys, Indians, Soldiers, Horses, Guns and a major dose of quality western art make it a great experience. I recommend it to all.
Tonight we’re at the Elks in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. We have the entire parking lot to ourselves.