World War Two was the most significant event in modern history. It was the most destructive period of time and effectively changed the world forever. America entered the war reluctantly and emerged as the leader of the free world, a role it maintains to this day.
Blanco County was typical of the numerous rural counties across America that ramped up to support the war effort. Its citizens rallied to the flag and served in uniform or at home cranking out the means and material that eventually overwhemed the enemy.
The Blanco County WW2 Museum provides a view of the era through a series of exhibits. Art of the era, on both sides, provide a backdrop for images that focus on the campaigns that led to the final victory. It is a powerful display that provides a view of the time through the oriignal art developed back in those days. them. The intent is to capture what it was like for those who experienced those days and to record, remember, and recognize those Blanco County citizens who served during World War 2.
The Museum also serves as the home of LST 344 (USS Blanco County), one of the earliest of the Landing Ship, Tank (LST) eventually named after Blanco County.
The Museum's European Theater of Operations (ETO) wing provides a unique and detailed display of the war in Europe designed 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 also 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 December 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.