The Blanco County World War Two Museum was created to recognize, record and remember those Blanco County citizens who served during World War 2. It also serves as the home of LST 344 (USS Blanco County), an Assault Ship named after Blanco County. The Museum's European Theater of Operations wing provides a unique and detailed display of the war in Europe to complement the WW2 Pacific Theater (Nimitz) Museum in Fredericksburg.
The mission of the Blanco County WW2 Museum is to preserve and record the lives and memories of residents of the County who served during that conflict. It serves as a reference source for artifacts, images and information that can provide a better understanding of the events of that time.
The museum also serves as the honorary resting place for LST 344. the USS Blanco County, one of the unheralded Assault ships that played a vital role in the landings in Sicily, Italy and at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Blanco was honored to receive several original components from the ship which are on display along with images and the service record of this storied combat ship.
The First Phase of the Museum is scheduled to be open to the Blanco public in mid-late November, 2013.
The European Theater of Operations (ETO) wing provides a comprehensive display of weapons, uniforms, equipment and related items from the ETO. Against a background of art and original images, the campaigns and battles of the war are presented in a series of exhibits that follow the American involvement from the Battle of the Atlantic until the final defeat of Germany.
The theme of the ETO exhibit is the war from the view of the common soldier. The grenades, land mines, and the machineguns that they would have encountered in the Europen Campaign provide a view of what the soldier of each side would have experienced.