The Armed Forces Military Museum. - Orlando / Florida Guide
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If you are an ex serviceman or if you just have an interest in The Military then I would like to tell you about the largest such museum in Florida.
The Armed Forces Museum is in Largo, about one and a half hours or so from your lovely theme park area vacation rental.
Tours are self guided (much better to go at your own pace, don' t you think? ) and I would allow a minimum of 2 hours to do this museum justice. This would still give you ample time to visit one of the near by stunning beaches.
The Armed Forces Museum covers all conflicts from World War One to the current day.
World War One covers the military life of President Eisenhower during which he became a top general, General George Patton and General Mark Clarke who was the youngest ever general.
Of course, all three of these men also served in the Second World War and indeed, Patton died in 1945 the year World War II ended. Madame Simone Renaud, the so called Mother of Normandy is also featured. Having witnessed a massacre of American servicemen she pledged to care for their graves, a task that she was committed to do until her own death in the 1980s.
The Korean War features a local hero, Lt Baldomero Lopez who hailed from Tampa. this brave young soldier was awarded a posthumous Medal of Bravery for protecting his comrades from an exploding grenade by using his own body as a shield. Other wars featured are The Gulf War; Iraq and Afghanistan. There is a staggering amount of memorabilia, enough for the most ardent history buff.
There is also the opportunity to ride an authentic M. 8. Greyhound vehicle and a motion simulator. The simulator has experiences such as Explore Volcano Mine, Desert Storm Strike and Wild Africa
and rivals anything you may find in the parks area. There is an extra charge for these last 2 experiences and all I can say is that the guys enjoyed them!
It is worth checking out their website for special events; while we were there they were planning an A. H. F. M. build a model and a Red, White and Craft Beers event.Naturally, there is a museum store here (definitely not a tacky gift shop) Here you can buy replica fire arms, clothes, model planes and I even spotted military Christmas tree balls!
This museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and sunday from 12 noon to 4 p. m.
Closed on Mondays.
The Armed Forces Military Museum
2050 34th Way
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