Author Archives: Marc Sehring
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
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
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
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
Here are some pictures of our M10 Ammunition Trailer, before and after. We have been working on it for the last couple of months and just completed it, the cover is NOS and makes it look as original. The M10 trailer weighs about 2000 lbs and loaded can weigh about 5000 lbs. it would have been towed behind a M7, M10, CCKW and other vehicles. Remember this and other restored vehicles can be seen at open house on September 24 & 25. John S.
As we think back on the Independence Day Holiday… One of the founding principles of the Americans in Wartime Museum is its vision to not only honor the brave men and women in uniform who served our country, but to demonstrate via the museum the sacrifices made by ALL Americans at various parts of our history. Because during the War of Independence fought on our soil, civilians were in the line of fire. The very first shots fired at Lexington and Concord were basically from civilians. And civilians were in the line of fire throughout our military operations. But most importantly, the folks on the home front also made … Continue reading
Here is a short update on the M-1917, it is getting close. Working on the tracks should be sandblasted this coming week, primed and painted. Lot of small pieces that Marc is fabricating. Photos by: John S.
The museum’s M 1917 light tank is coming together and we hope to complete it in the near future. Its progress has been slow due to the difficulty in finding and fabricating parts that are missing or beyond repair. We will continue to post updates of its progress and we plan on having it out for our annual open house on Sept. 24,25.
Why I Volunteer at the Americans In Wartime Museum. Hello, My name is Michael and I am a volunteer at the Americans in Wartime Museum. As we approach the hallowed Memorial Day Holiday, I thought I would take a moment to tell you why I volunteer at the museum. The obvious answer is “Michael, it’s because you get to play with all those wonderful toys!” Well yes, that is a reason. But it is far more than that. So stick with me here. It is about family. When I host tours during Open House, one of my fondest memories was a father bringing his 7yr old son. A call … Continue reading