Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


Our Marine Infantry Case featuring David Hinds 1966-1968, Vietnam

Our Marine Infantry Case featuring David Hinds 1966-1968, Vietnam, is a case filled with the personal artifacts that David Hinds has so generously allowed us to put on display , everything in here is a part of his experience in Vietnam and his life afterward.  It all starts in 1966, when Dave was sent to Boot Camp in San Diego, California, for 8 weeks followed by 4 weeks Infantry Training & mine detecting and removal & 4 weeks weapons training, Including the M-20 Bazooka, Flame Thrower and the M-60.

 

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M-20 3.5 Rocket Launcher (newer style of Bazooka.)

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M-60 Machine Gun

 

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Flame Thrower

Here he is in his own words,

I arrived in Vietnam 1st of Oct. near DMZ  (Demilitarized zone) Dong Ho, Vietnam.  Search and Destroy Mission of Villages.

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Went to Okinawa mid-December to get more men, our squad was sent to the mountains for cold winter training, when they returned to base from the cold weather training in the mountains, they got in some Submarine Training.

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Boot camp Battalion 300, 1966 group Graduation

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Purple Heart Display w/ Vietnam Bars and a Camera from the day

1967, Our Squad was dispatched , into the DMZ (demilitarized zone, a no no) to provide security for a downed helicopter to be retrieved, we were  there approx. 20 min,when the North Vietnamese started shelling us with rockets. I Received shrapnel in my right and left Hips from exploding rockets behind us, and was transported to a Medical Ship that traveled the Vietnam coast, back to combat duty 2 weeks later.  

Continued several operations near the DMZ zone. First of June, I was walking thru  a rice patty and a guy 20 yards away stepped on a booby trapped bomb. Again I received shrapnel in Left arm & leg.

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Boot camp Battalion 300, 1966 group, Special   Weapons                                                                                     

 

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Dinner Time C-RATIONS CANS BOX

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Pack,Grenade,Canteen & Knife

Treated in the field, 1 week later as I was point man of our squad with an M-60 machine gun, a Vietcong sniper grazed my right arm. (Their snipers aren’t as accurate as ours).

As per regulations, 3 injuries and you survived you had to be shipped away from combat and out of country. I was shipped to Okinawa to recover and finish out my tour of Vietnam, 13 months in all.

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To Honor Your Service To Country

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Daves postcard VFW10 3×2
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Post Card slide show ( courtesy of Davids Hinds collection)

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Dave’s Uniform, Pocket Watches

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Everyone Loves Medals

Thinking I had it made till my 2 yr. enlistment ended . Driving home mid-December to Ohio I was pulled over in Charleston WV. And was advised the  bridge to Ohio, had collapsed 

(was  someone watching over me?).

LIGHTERS AND KNIVES

A few good Men, movie poster

 

 

 

1968, January I got orders to go to Guantanamo Bay Cuba , Marines provided security for Naval Air Bases. You may remember the movie “A Few Good Men” that Tom Cruise Jack Nicholson movie was about Guantanamo Bay.

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Marine Corp Book and Lighters from Vietnam

 

 

 

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Same Lighters and a Couple Knives

I was there till 1 week before of my Discharge, April 23, 1968.

Worked as a press operator at Ohio Bell for several years, then as an auto Mechanic and two years  at Brinks Armored Car.

1974, took a job in The Zanesville Ohio Fire Dept. for the next 23 years, I became a Fire Instructor,a Building Inspector, a Training Officer at local hospitals & rest homes, an Advanced MT Medical Officer, a Hazard Material Tech, an Ohio State Arson Investigator and Deputy Sheriff for 11 years.

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My wife states I must have had 9 lives as I survived 3 incidents in Vietnam,1 as an armed guard for brinks.

And when a wall collapsed, requiring back surgery at a major fire and again 10 years later, when I fell down an elevator shaft amputating my ring finger.

I feel lucky & I still have a couple lives left and will be 70 years young next year.

 In 2013 I was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for my 40 years of volunteering to help Vets, Jaycees Boys Club and Civil Organizations.

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David & Grace and their Daughters Karen Anderson and Amy Hinds

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Ohio Veterans Hall Of Fame

 

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Dave and his Veteran Hall of Fame Event

 

2013,  I  Moved to Paradise (Naples Fl.)

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David Hinds USMC ( Retired)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Hinds has since become a member and intricate part of our Museum, he is a Docent on Friday mornings and is always there when we need help, which just proves there is no such thing as an Ex Marine only Retired Marines.

Oh and Dave ” Thank You for your Service”
C.W.

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