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Pacific Theater re-enactment, Galveston, Texas, USA.
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Here are some photos of a WWII re-enactment we did several years ago at Galveston Island, Texas.
The event was sponsored by the Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksberg, Texas. This was a Pacific Theater re-enactment, simulating a marine landing on a Japanese held island.

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This is me in my USMC uniform.

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  Leading the Convoy - This is my favorite ride. We are enroute to Galveston Island, waiting to board the Point Bolivar Ferry.

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  This is the M4A3 105H Sherman.
It is part of the Texas Armed Forces Museum's collection. I think the turret is post war French. The hull is mid-1944 production. The engine is a modern diesel.

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  It's like figure skating in sand! This is Brent Mullin's M5 playing in the sand. It has the original radial engine.

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  Nice DUKW! There were two of these at the event, both carried troops via the water to the mock invasion beach.

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  Shady spot - This beast went to sea as well. I do not recall which version this one was. (Doug - Looks like an LVT 4 Buffalo to me. We called the open top personnel carrier a "Buffalo" and the turreted fire support model an Alligator.)

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  Staging for Invasion - Various vehicles just prior to moving out for the assault.

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  Time to go - Marines prepare to move out in their landing craft, probably praying that the 'ol girl still floats.

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  Wet DUKW - Great restoration, but how's that bilge pump?

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  DUKW race - These things really ride low in the water!

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  Damned sports cars! - Who does this guy think he is? Mario Andretti?

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  Support Arrives - We show up just in time to blast the Jap bunker that has our boys pinned down.
(Doug - and doesn't it look realistic!)

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  Scratch one Jap bunker - I was the gunner also, unable to get photo of the gun blast.

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  Island Secured -T he boys can move in and mop up with the flame thrower and bulldozer.

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  Driver and Commander - Another job well done, where's the beer?

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  Hetzer and M4 half-track - Unrelated photo. This is the halftrack I helped restore and drive at public events and parades. The WWII German Hetzer is driven by the same fellow seen in the previous photo. This photo was taken at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.

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My thanks yet to Fred.

 

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