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FMHA SALUTES DEPARTED VETERANS

FMHA wishes to salute and extend our sympathies to the families of Horace Knowles and Elmer Tyndall.

Horace Knowles proudly served in the U.S. Army at Fort Miles with the 261st Coastal Artillery from 1940 – 1944.  He was 95 when he passed on January 17 2017.  FMHA was honored to have Mr. Knowles present at the September 2 2016 opening of the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park.  We thank him and his family for all of their support of FMHA over many years.

Col. Elmer (Newt) Tyndall served his country for 30 years in an Air Force career that spanned World […]

February 5th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

FORT MILES MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

February 25, 10AM – 3PM

FMHA will host additional Open Houses in March, April and May.  See “February and March Happenings” for the full schedule.

The February 25th Open House will feature a 1PM film and lecture to be conducted by FMHA President and well known local historian, Dr. Gary Wray.  Gary will discuss the World War II German submarine attacks on U.S. military and commercial ships that frequently occurred just off the coast of the United States.  The surrender of U-Boat U858 at Fort Miles on May 14 1945 will also be discussed.  U858 was the first German warship to […]

February 4th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

TWO SUBMARINES BROUGHT WWII TO DELAWARE

By Dr. Gary D. Wray

uboatsOperation Drumbeat by the Germans was the first major attack on our homeland. We are telling that story at our Fort Miles museum, through the prism of U 853 and U 858.

The history of Fort Miles and the Fort Miles museum is closely linked to the story of two famous German WWII submarines, U 853 and its sister, U 858. Both were launched in Bremen, Germany, in 1943, and each is a key part of Fort Miles and our Fort Miles museum. This is that story.

Of all of […]

February 4th, 2017|History in Action, News & Updates|0 Comments

TIME LAPSE VIDEOS OF THE ASSEMBLY

Below are time lapse videos of the assembly of the 16-inch Missouri barrel into its new mount.

May 14. You’ll see the girder being placed at the end of the day.

https://www.facebook.com/FortMiles1942/videos/vb.1056500171049707/1191681870864869/?type=2&theater


May 16. Go ahead and look for activity around 2:30 pm (1430 hrs.). What you’ll see is a 500-ton lift crane stacking 80 tons of counter-weights to itself. It’s interesting to watch.

https://www.facebook.com/FortMiles1942/videos/vb.1056500171049707/1192897014076688/?type=2&theater


May 18. On this day, the slide was placed into the girder. It is through the slide that the barrel is placed. When the […]

June 8th, 2016|USS Missouri Gun|0 Comments

MISSOURI BARREL ASSEMBLY COMPLETED

Missouri Gun Assembly CrewAt about 4 p.m. June 1, 2016, the Missouri barrel assembly was completed and these are the guys who made it happen. There is still work to do, but the biggest part of the job is done.

June 8th, 2016|News & Updates, USS Missouri Gun|0 Comments