Exhibit gives uniform impression of military
Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:00am Josh Rouse
Hobart visitors can see the men and women of the military through a different lens at a new museum exhibit.
"Grunts to Glory: A Uniform History of the Military" opened at the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum and will be on display through the end of February. Warren Martin, executive director of the museum, said the new exhibit focuses on an aspect of the military not often considered uniforms.
"We talk about the men in uniform, but rarely about the uniforms themselves," he said.
The exhibit focuses on uniforms worn by grunts from the trenches and those serving in the White House during World War I. Martin is especially proud the museum has three authentic World War I uniforms. Most of those vintage uniforms have been destroyed over the decades simply because soldiers and their families didn't think they were worth preserving.
"The problem is the uniforms are very rarely preserved," Martin said. "These are extremely rare and quite unique."
Also featured in the exhibit are uniforms from soldiers serving in World War II, Vietnam and several of Franks' own uniforms. Many of the pieces were donated by Thomas Carmichael, a private collector in Oklahoma City. This will be the only chance to see Carmichael's pieces on display.
"This is the first time any of his collection is on display," Martin said. "We're the only museum (where) you will see this exhibit."