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The Armor and Cavalry Gallery is now officially open at the National Infantry Museum after the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this morning, March 27.

The new gallery tells the Armor and Cavalry story through a mix of combat vehicles, uniforms, soldier equipment, displays and dioramas.

Brig. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas says the exhibit is not just about the past, but about connecting the past with the future of the U-S military.

"The Challenges we face today are very, very similar to challenges we've faced in the past," Quintas says. "And for us as soldiers and leaders, we can learn a lot of lessons from how it was done in the past. Some great leaders, some great soldiers, how they overcame adversity and challenges in the past." 

One of the attractions in the gallery is an M113 armored vehicle that was hit by enemy fire in Vietnam, and has now been completely restored.

David Curtin and Warren Williams, veterans of 173rd Airborne Brigade, served together in Vietnam in the same company as the M113 on display. Williams says he was there the day this very vehicle was hit and taken out.

"It's kinda like us," says Williams. "We survived, and it's a survivor too. And that's how it impacts me. It's one of us, it's our heritage, and it's just very rewarding."

David Curtin adds, "The little plaque here says that this is a veteran of the 173rd Airborne, D-16th Armor, and we think of it as a veteran, just like us, a combat-wounded veteran. And so this is one of us on display."

D-16th served as the only tank company in the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War.

The M113 Armored Personnel Carrier is one of three vehicles used throughout history that are now on display in the Armor and Cavalry gallery.

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