Museum hosts special display

June 6, marked the 77th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings in France, known as Operation Overlord, and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum hosted a special two-day exhibit in commemoration.

Green River resident Denny Pace has been a World War II re-enactor for more than 15 years. He has compiled an extensive collection of gear, clothing, and weapons used by American paratroopers of the Second World War era, particularly the 82nd Airborne Division, all of which were on display last Friday and Saturday. D-Day paratroopers jumped with an incredible amount of gear and weapons, including an M-1 rifle or an M-1 carbine, a Model 1911A1 .45-caliber pistol, ammunition, fragmentation grenades, knives and a bayonet, a canteen, a shovel, a flashlight, maps, a compass, a three-day supply of K-rations, an emergency ration packet, a gas mask, a helmet, a first aid kit, a main parachute, a reserve parachute, and an anti-tank mine.

In total, over 156,000 American, British, and Canadian troops participated in the invasion on D-Day.


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