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|DAR chapter visits museum|
Nell Calloway, granddaughter of General Claire Chennault, conducted a guided tour through the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum of Louisiana in Monroe for Chief Tusquahoma Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
At the museum, club members learned what it was like for the men stationed at Selman Field through the many exhibits and models of the field. Exhibits include pictures of B-17 bombers and F4U Corsairs sitting on the field right in front of where the current terminal building is located. The actual equipment used in the navigation training program is also in display. There were 15,000 navigators who graduated from the school during World War II. Club members say the history of the field can be felt while walking through the building.
Club members also learned that Claire Chennault, born in Texas in 1893, became legendary after forming the American Volunteer group known as the "Flying Tigers" who assisted in the fight against the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, the museum preserves the memory of General Chennault with many artifacts. The Chennault room is just one of the many exhibits at the museum which pay tribute to veterans.
The Flying Tigers were known for delivering supplies to China over "The Hump" or the Himalayan Mountains. There is a large painting that depicts this scene. They flew 24 hours a day, seven days a week in unheated planes. Frost bite became a major problem. General Chennault became a hero to the Chinese people.
After the tour, tea was served at the home of Viola Nugent, Chief Tusquahoma registrar. Toni Rodgers, treasurer, was a hostess as well. Special guest was LSDAR Treasurer, Sue Simpson.
Each member brought items to be delivered to the Veteran's Home by Barbara Gewin, chairman. Others attending were Delores Gewin, Jo Bennett, Lillian Dunlap, Jean Downing, Katherine McLendon, Wyolene Rainer and Gwen Clark.