Butler County Times Gazette
  • WWII History Center brings back memories for veterans

  • It was a trip down memory lane for veterans from the Robert J. Dole VA Transitional Living Center as they visited the World War II History Center.
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  • It was a trip down memory lane for veterans from the Robert J. Dole VA Transitional Living Center as they visited the World War II History Center.
    The veterans started out by getting to look at and hold replicas of several guns from that time period, followed by a tour of the museum.
    Among the veterans was Wilburn Shrum, who was from Hutchinson and doing rehabilitation at the VA Center. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 and was a special investigator. He said he was deployed several places, but never got to leave the United States, something he would have liked to have done.
    Also visiting the museum was Brian Kirkland, who served in the Army from 1968 to 1971. He was in special ops.
    “I went everywhere,” he said.
    Another veteran attending was Fred Calkin, who served in the Air Force from 1970 to 1994. He too traveled to many countries during his deployments, starting out in munitions. By the time he returned to the U.S. he was loading B-52s, then moved to boom operator.
    Following the tour of the museum, the veterans went to Pizza Hut for lunch.
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