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Military Tribute Quilt, May 26 - November 11, 2014

The Indiana War Memorial Museum is proud to host the Military Tribute Quilt, created by Grace and Hannah Atherton, to honor veterans of the U.S. military and support those currently serving. In the center is a painting by Grace Atherton honoring those who served from World War II to the present, surrounded by the photographs and signatures of 58 veterans representing all branches of service who previously served or sacrificed their lives. Grace Atherton is partnering with Soldiers’ Angels to raise at least $10,500 through donations to send 350 care packages, at an average cost of $30 each including postage, to current service members. For every donation of $250 or more, Soldiers’ Angels will print and send ten postcards of the center painting to the donor. The quilt will be on display at the Indiana War Memorial from Memorial Day to Veterans Day, 2014. For more information, or to make a donation, please see Grace’s page here: https://www.youcaring.com/militarytributequiltforcarepackages

Colonel H. James Kasler, May 1, 2014

The Indiana War Memorial Museum unveiled a new exhibit honoring Indiana native Colonel James H. Kasler, fighter ace, POW, and the only person to ever receive three Air Force Crosses. Kasler was a veteran of 198 combat missions spanning three wars. He first served as a tail gunner aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber in World War II. He then shot down six enemy MiGs in his North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter during the Korean War, becoming a fighter ace. Finally, his Republic F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber was shot down during the Vietnam War, and he was captured and held prisoner by the North Vietnamese in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for over six years. As of 2014, Kasler is the tenth most-highly decorated person in the US military who did not receive the Medal of Honor.

Governors Edgar D. Whitcomb and Joseph E. Kernan, November 25, 2013

The Indiana War Memorial Museum unveiled a new exhibit honoring former Indiana Governors, veterans and POWs Edgar D. Whitcomb and Joseph E. Kernan. Governor Whitcomb, an aerial navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. After escaping, he continued to serve until the end of the war. Governor Kernan, a Navy RA-5C Vigilante pilot on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during the Vietnam War, was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese and spent eleven months in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton". The exhibit was officially unveiled by Governors Mike Pence, Edgar Whitcomb, and Joseph Kernan on November 25, 2013.