Author Archives: Marc Sehring

That Sound You Didn’t Hear

That Sound You Didn’t Hear, 1 April 2019   Last Friday I was down at the Museum restoration facility helping with some work that needed to be done. As I was changing into my coveralls, I heard the mobile recording studio being fired up. Lacing up my boots and stepping outside, the studio departed on its mission for the day. But I will circle back to that in moment. That “Sound I Didn’t Hear” that Friday was the sound of a Veteran dying. I didn’t know about it until I got home and read the email from my friend. It was his Father-in-Law. 104 years old. Wounded twice in the … Continue reading

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Toothbrush, USS Hornet

Toothbrush, 13 February 2019 USS Hornet (CV-8) was nearly 30,000 tons of fighting machine on the morning of 26 October, 1942. Steel formed her tough outer skin, while miles of pipes holding fuel, water, and a myriad other things pumped vital fluids throughout her skeleton. Her decks were crammed with thousands of rounds of AA ammunition, and her magazines held dozens of bombs and torpedoes. But by the early hours of 27 October, 1942, she disappeared beneath the waves of Pacific Ocean, near the Solomon Islands. Her service life was incredibly short….barely a year. 140 of her 2,200 sailors never came back from that day. Many of her sailors were … Continue reading

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Soggy

Soggy Northern Virginia, 31 December 2018   As a very wet, soggy 2018 changes into 2019, I am focused more on a different set of numbers. 200,000, or 400,000, or perhaps a number somewhere in between. Depending on which government source and which moment of a particular day, there are somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 members of our Armed Forces not sleeping in their own bed tonight. The numbers change continuously and by the second. These guardians of our freedom—be they men or women. Marines, Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard or other. Whether on permanent change of station or temporary duty—they are manning the ramparts so that the rest … Continue reading

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NMAW on Veterans Day

NMAW will be bringing a World War 2 Dodge Weapons Carrier  to the Mission BBQ in Chantilly, VA. on Veterans day. We will be set up from 10am until after 2pm. Please drop by to say “Hi” and  support this great business that does so much for our veterans.   > Chantilly, VA Chantilly, VA 13067 Lee Jackson Mem. Hwy. Fairfax, VA 22033 Directions 571-325-0975  Restaurant 703-495-2746  Catering

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Gabriel Field, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

Gabriel Field, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky   Gabriel Field, Fort Campbell Kentucky, is a place I did not know about until last week. But it will be forever etched in my memory from now on. It is a parade ground surrounded by lines of trees. Not just any trees. These trees are planted each time a base member dies in combat. At the foot of each tree is a small bronze plaque inscribed with the Fallen Hero’s name, Date and Place of Death. Too many names. Too many far off places. Some trees are now 30-40 years old. Unfortunately, some are brand new. American flags flutter in the breeze at the … Continue reading

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100 years ago at Cambrai

100 Years Ago at Cambrai It is not often that a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) occurs, but approximately 100 years ago one did. On 20 November 1917, over 400 tanks were deployed en masse for the first time by the British at Cambrai, France. This ushered in a new era of warfare…that of armor. Prior to Cambrai, the tank was deployed primarily in scattered pockets and small numbers, negating some of the shock and awe of the new weapon. Particularly since the early tanks were very unreliable. But something needed to be done to stop the massacre of human wave offensives and trench warfare. Thoughts on how to break … Continue reading

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July 4th

Thinking about the 4th of July…………..AFTER It is now several weeks since the 4th of July; the grills are once again cool, the fireworks have exploded and America’s celebration of her Birthday has come and gone. I thought about this because my Birthday is coming up in a few days and it caused me to think about what I saw and did on the 4th. My lovely bride and I braved the heat to attend the National Parade down Constitution Avenue. Having never attended previously, I did not know what to expect. But all along the march route were thousands of eager faces, young and old. Many waving American flags. … Continue reading

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Face of Battle

The Face of Battle…………..like History, is Timeless. Yesterday was the first 90 degree day in DC and I was hot, so spying the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum entrance, I knew it would offer an air-conditioned respite from the heat and humidity. Little did I know I would leave an hour later with a lump in my throat, thinking once again about the tremendous sacrifice of all Americans during war. The Portrait Gallery has a new exhibit titled “The Face of Battle” since 9/11 and it documents literally that….the face of Americans during War. In this case, the War on Terror. As you enter each small room of work by an … Continue reading

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Thank you volunteers for another great year!

As another year comes to a close, I wanted to thank all the volunteers that have made it possible for us to put on another open house. It is their tireless dedication to the collection, museum and all those who have served and continue to serve that make it possible to bring NMAW to the public. As the operations manager of Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles I have the honor to work alongside this dedicated group of people on a daily basis and have the utmost respect for their dedication and positive attitude. We have now winterized the collection and have moved all our work inside the shops for the … Continue reading

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From the gunners position, an open house story.

WHAM!!! WHAM!!! A Perspective on being a Sherman Tank Gunner at the Americans in Wartime Museum Open House I recently had the honor and privilege to serve as the Gunner on our M4A1 Sherman Tank during the 2016 Open House. The experience was so incredible I thought I would share the sights and sounds of what it was like. Preparation started well before the Open House. We carefully carried the un-charged (but primed) rounds out to the Sherman to make sure each would fit into the cannon’s breech. Museum staff then made arrangements to have blank 75mm rounds charged with powder under controlled conditions. After the powder was carefully measured … Continue reading

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