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State Museum Exhibit Honoring 101st Airborne Opens On D-Day

State Museum Exhibit Honoring 101st Airborne Opens On D-Day

CREATED Jun 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a special exhibit commemorating the service and tradition of the 101st Airborne Division opened at the Tennessee State Museum.

On June 6, 1944, units of the 101st Screaming Eagles parachuted behind enemy lines in France. They were charged with disrupting German defenses while providing invaluable support to Allied troops when they stormed the beaches hours later.

“Going there, being that highly trained and knowing they were that highly trained, and knowing what they were facing, knowing what was demanded of them, and ready to execute that mission. They knew what they were getting into, and they did it with glee almost,” said Colonel John O'Brien, Fort Campbell’s Installation Historian.

The exhibit features several historic artifacts from the museum at Fort Campbell and from the collection of the State Museum, as well as the uniform, pistol, and other personal items of Dick Winters, borrowed from a private collection. The exhibit also showcases some selected scenes from "Band of Brothers," with cooperation of HBO.

“Rendezvous with Destiny: the 101st Airborne and D-Day” opened Friday at the Military Branch of the museum located inside the War Memorial Building. It is free and open to the public.