World War Two was the most significant period of time in modern history. America entered the war reluctantly and emerged as the leader of the free world, a role it maintains to this day.
The Blanco County WW2 Museum provides a view of the era through a series of unique exhibits. Art of the era, on both sides, provide a backdrop for displays that focus on the campaigns that led to the final victory. It is a powerful display that provides a view of the era through original images developed during the war. The effect is to capture what it was like for those who experienced those days and to record, remember, and recognize Blanco County’s contribution to the war effort.
The Museum also serves as the home of LST 344, the USS Blanco County, one of the earliest of the Landing Ship, Tank (LST) ships which was eventually named after Blanco County. The USS Blanco County earned its battle stars at the invasions of Sicily, Italy and Omaha Beach in Normandy.
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. It is backdropped with an extraordinary display of original artwork from that era.
The museum serves as the honorary resting place for LST 344, the USS Blanco County, one of the unheralded combat 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.
LST 344, the USS Blanco County, landing on the beach near Salerno during the invasion of Italy.
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 machineguns that they would have encountered in the European Campaign provide a view of what the soldier of each side would have experienced.