Phillip Hall, veteran tank recovery specialist in WWII, shares details about them at the WWII Museum.
When the long awaited World War ll Museum opened in New Orleans last winter, my nephews Ben and Billy got to visit it with their Grandfather (my Dad), a WWll Veteran.
Here is Ben’s story of their visit…
Going to the WW II Museum with my Grandpa was incredible. Each time we stopped at an exhibit, Grandpa knew something about it from personal experience. It was like a living history book was next to me- which made it so much more interesting than just reading about it.
When we got to the tanks, Grandpa was in his element. This is where he served as a tank recovery specialist. Grandpa was able to tell us many details and stories about the tanks. By the time he was through talking, we had a small crowd of people listening!
When veterans arrive at the museum, they are given a special ID to wear. All day long people were coming up to Grandpa, shaking his hand, and thanking him for serving.
Grandpa was only 19 years old when he went to Germany to fight. I know he had to have been scared beyond belief, but he did what he had to do regardless.
People think that my generation (twenty somethings) forget about the sacrifices made to win this war. I will tell you that is a total misconception. Deep down we all wonder if we could do the job, and are in awe of those who have done so. My Grandpa is my biggest hero! Hear that, Grandpa – you ROCK!!
WWll Veteran Phillip Hall w family at the WWll Museum, Ben Brooks is second from the right.