MILITARY MATTERS: National Infantry Museum -, GA News Weather & Sports

MILITARY MATTERS: National Infantry Museum

Posted: Updated:
  • More on WTVM.comMore>>



    Thursday, July 28 2011 12:32 PM EDT2011-07-28 17:32:48 GMT
    For local flavor, WTVM talked with a Columbus soldier about his life as a brat. Lt. Gen. Bill Caldwell, whose father spent his career in the Army, now heads up the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan.       More >>


    Thursday, July 21 2011 9:45 AM EDT2011-07-21 13:45:24 GMT
    Whatever you do, try to avoid the words ‘mess hall' when discussing the buildings at Fort Benning where food  is served. Marshall Fowler says that phrase is part of your father's Army.

    More >>
  • MILITARY MATTERS: Ranger Joe's

    MILITARY MATTERS: Ranger Joe's

    Thursday, July 14 2011 6:34 PM EDT2011-07-14 23:34:19 GMT
    Stars and stripes can be found on more than just flags. Military uniforms also carry them as insignia. But what's a soldier to do if he or she loses one? They can always get a replacement at a specialty store in Columbus, which has been serving the military for almost 50 years.

    More >>

By Chuck Leonard

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - When it comes to local attractions, the National Infantry Museum may be the jewel in the crown of Columbus and Fort Benning.

Three-quarters of a million people have visited the museum since the doors opened with fanfare two years ago. Those visitors have come from all corners of the globe.  

Devin and Cathy Martin made their way here from California. They traveled to the region for their son's basic training graduation, but when the ceremony got moved up, the Martins suddenly had an extra day to kill. They chose to spend it at the museum.

Devin's glad they did. "My son said it was awesome. He said I've got to bring you here. So much history here, you know, war history." The exhibits bring home the reality of war, a fact not lost on the parents of a brand new soldier. Cathy says, "It's very emotional to think what these men and women had to endure in life, and I pray for each and every one of them, including our son."

Each artifact has been carefully chosen to represent the price Americans have paid for freedom. A glass encased flag, for instance, takes us back to a late Spring morning on the coast of northern France.

National Infantry Foundation Education Director Matthew Young,  explains its significance. "This is the original flag that was carried up Pointe du Hoc on D-Day, June 6, 1944 by the 2nd Ranger Battalion, as they landed to try to secure the position." The mission succeeded, but by the time it was over, two-thirds of the battalion were either dead or wounded.  

Like the Rangers, the National Infantry Museum leads the way in telling the story of war. Not just the modern-day version, but the way it was when the country was beginning. 

For instance, the Battle of Yorktown leads off the exhibit known as the The Last 100 Yards. 

Every major conflict involving the U.S. is on display. The exhibit concludes with an image that has moved even the strongest to tears, an endless line of soldiers doing what they do.

Copyright 2011 WTVM. All rights reserved.


Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.