Grout Museum District Opens New Exhibits Grout Museum District Opens New Exhibits
The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, 503 South Street, continues to collect stories, interviews, photographs and artifacts relating to veterans from the Civil War to Current Conflicts. Recently, the museum has added three new exhibits that showcase new acquisitions. In the WWII Veterans Theater a battle flag that flew onboard a submarine called the USS Piranha is displayed next to the story and photograph of the crew, including Harold Smith from Waterloo who served onboard from 1943-1946.
In the Vietnam exhibit a state flag has been carefully placed in a case. It belonged to Sergeant Bob Raisty who wrote to his father and asked him to send the flag. From 1970-71, he carried it in his back pack through the jungles of Vietnam as he moved from base to base. At night, he flew the flag in camp as a reminder of home.
The final exhibit includes a set of over 40 - 1:1200 scale model ships. These models were used to teach soldiers and civilian spotters how to identify ships so they could tell friend from foe. They are on loan from a private collector.
The Museum is always working to enhance the stories and exhibits of yhe Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. Look for more changes in the future and visit the museum often as new items are added and more stories are told about Iowa Veterans and support groups at home.
Viewing these exhibits is included with regular admission: Adults $10, Veterans, Active Duty & Children 4-13 $5, Members and children 3 & under are free. For more information call 319-234-6357.
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