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Museum Wins Most Patriotic Float!

On July Fourth, the museum took part in the Heritage and Freedom Festival parade in O'Fallon. We live in a wonderful community, and it was heartwarming to see how our neighbors love and appreciate the sacrifices of our veterans.  We won 1st Place for Most Patriotic...

Thank You Show Me Mustang Club

Today the museum hosted the Show Me Mustang Club. The Mustang has been an icon since it was first produced in 1964.  Today, dozens of these beautiful American Muscle Cars paraded into our lot and filled the corral at the museum.  They are as beautiful under the hood...

Mustang Car Display

The Show-Me Mustang Club will return to the St. Charles County Veterans Museum on Saturday 25-JUN 2022.  Free admission to the Museum and the display.  The event includes children’s activities.  The Museum will serve grilled items such as hot dogs, brats, and burgers...

Womens Veterans Day June 12th

Womens Veterans Day June 12th

Thank You Women Veterans! Did you know that June 12 is designated as Women Veterans Day? The first Women Veterans Day was held June 12, 2018, marking the 70th anniversary of the groundbreaking Women's Armed Services Integration Act, signed into law by President Harry...

The U.S.S Frank E. Evans, “The Collision”

On June 3rd, 1969, 53 years ago the destroyer U.S.S Frank E. Evans was participating in SEATO war games in the South China Sea.  Just days before, the Evans and her crew earned two Vietnam Service Medals on the “gun line” supporting ground troops in South Vietnam. On...

Freedom is Never Free!

On Memorial Day we take time to honor and remember the fallen.  By telling their stories and remembering them, we honor them.  Say a prayer this Memorial Day to thank the fallen that gave their life, for your freedom. [video width="1280" height="720"...

Thank You Mayors’ of St. Charles County

Thank you to the Mayors of St. Charles County for hosting the Mayors’ Ball in April.  We live in a generous community led by amazing leaders.  The museum was selected to be a beneficiary of the charity event and the other day we received a significant donation.  Our...

Thank You Central States Manufacturing!

Many thanks to Central States Manufacturing of St. Peters and their Community Outreach Program.  Their help at our Corvette Show on Saturday was greatly appreciated.  At a time when the museum is struggling to find volunteers, Mike, A.J., David, and Jason saved the...

Our Favorite Stories – Eric Larson

Our Favorite Stories – Eric Larson

Eric "Boomer" Larson shares one of his favorite stories.  Stephen K. Scott was born in North St. Louis County Missouri, graduated from Riverview Gardens High School in 1971, joined the Army in 1973.  He would serve 35 years before being killed in Iraq just weeks...

29-APR 1945, Dachau Liberated

On this day on 29-APR 1945, Dachau was liberated by U.S. Troops.  Dachau, was the first concentration camp built by Nazi Germany, opening on 22-MAR 1933. The camp was initially intended to intern Hitler's political opponents which consisted of communists, social...

Hero’s Medals & Legacy Found in the Trash!

Hero’s Medals & Legacy Found in the Trash!

This shadow box preserving the story, photo, and medals of Sgt. William Browning, of Costa Mesa CA, was found unceremoniously discarded in the trash. It was called to the attention of Sheldon Hartsfield, who retrieved it and presented it the museum. We honor the...

22 Days in April 1967

The Museum Has Proudly Added a New Exhibit.  The Display is called "22 Days in April 1967."   The St. Charles County Veterans Museum is honored to be a recipient of a retired portion of the “Wall that Heals”.  This Panel, 18-E, contains 653 names of those who died in...

Local Hero Coming Home – 81 Years Later

Local Hero Coming Home – 81 Years Later

Paul Louis Boemer was born on January 29-JAN 1921 in St Louis, Missouri.  His father was Albert Albert Daniel Boemer (1879–1963) and his mother was Julia Bridget Bowers (1883–1962).  In 1930 the family lived on Dewey Avenue in St. Louis.  In 1940, the family lived on...

God Bless Our Iraq War Veterans

When Determining the Cost of War, Why Do We First Think of DOLLARS? This day, 20-MAR 2003, marked the beginning of the Iraq War, also known as the Second Persian Gulf War. U.S. Troops would remain in Iraq until 18-DEC 2011, when the last U.S. soldiers left Iraq,...

Our Favorite Stories – Jim Higgins

This month, Jim tells the story of Paul Sebacher, one of our favorite stories in the museum.  Come by the museum and visit his display or read his complete story on this website.  His display includes the ship's log, Paul's carved model of the Picuda and much more....

Field Trip Reservations

Field Trips or Group Outings Application. The museum can be a valuable educational resource for your students. It was the dream of our founder Ralph Barrale to teach our youth about the sacrifices of our veterans.  Our museum is unique in that it tells the veterans...

They Call it the “VetShed”

They call it the “VetShed.”  Many thanks to Vision St. Charles County Leadership Class.  The VetShed is being built with the generous support of these donors: Archway Contractors CCFR Community Outreach Cottleville Firefighters Outreach Central States Manufacturing...

Young Marines Clean Museum Grounds

Young Marines Clean Museum Grounds

Oorah! Many thanks to the St Charles County Young Marines for making the museum grounds ceremony ready. These pre-boots dug, shoveled, raked, and tidied up the grounds today. We're very grateful for the help.

Interview with Heroes – Our Veterans

On March 1st 2022, we completed our first of hopefully many Interviews with Heroes - Our Veterans.  Joey and Sydney conducted our first interview with Johnathon, an Iraq veteran.  At the end of the interview, we recorded their thoughts about the interview.  Click on...

Our Favorite Stories – Renee Essary

MSG Matthew Sims, U.S. Army This month, Air Force Veteran and museum volunteer Renee Essary tells one her favorite stories in the museum.  The story is about Matthew Sims who was awarded three Purple Hearts on one tour in Iraq in 2005.  Matt's complete story can also...

Rest In Peace Frank Stahlschmidt

Rest In Peace Frank Stahlschmidt

We lost one of our local Heroes on 26-JAN 2022.  Francis (Frank) Stahlschmidt was a longtime resident off the county.  Frank served honorably in the United States Navy from 1959-1961 as an air traffic controller RATCC-17, radio name “Gandy” while stationed at US Naval...

Do You Want to Be Part of Something Special?

Do You Want to Be Part of Something Special?

Here's a chance to be part of something special.   Click on this link at apply: https://stcharlescountyveteransmuseum.org/volunteers/ The museum is looking for a little help.  Here is a brief description of the positions we have open.  Many of these roles do not...

The Tet Offensive January 1968

In late January 1968, during the lunar new year - the Tet holiday - North Vietnamese, and communist Viet Cong forces launched a coordinated attack against dozens of targets in South Vietnam. The first phase of the assault began on January 30th, when National...

31 Years Ago Today…

On 2-AUG 1990, Saddam Hussein led a well-equipped Iraqi army into Kuwait, a major supplier of oil to the United States.  In response, more than 500,000 American troops deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield. Early on 17-JAN 1991, Operation Desert...

In World War II, 79 Years Ago

The early months of 1943 were a dark time for the submarines of the US Navy in the Pacific. Within a little over two months, four American submarines went missing.  They were the Argonaut, Amberjack, Grampus, and Triton.  Of the four, only the Argonaut, lost 10-JAN...

Museum Awarded Humanities Grant

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $1947.00 to the St. Charles County Veterans Museum in support of the project “Interview with Heroes – Our Military Veterans.”  The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to...

Our Favorite Stories – Garvis Pollard

On his 18th birthday 1943, Bud Haedike received his draft notice. Bud reported and pleaded to join the Army rather than the Navy. Bud got his wish and was sent packing to the Army Air Corps. On their first mission they received a baptism by fire on their bombing...

Operation Linebacker II

49 Years ago, Operation Linebacker II unfolded over the 12-day period of 18­-29 DEC 1972. Because there was a one-day stand-down on Christmas Day, the operation came to be known by many as the “11-Day War” or the “Christmas War.”  The museum features stories...

Our Favorite Stories – Bob Shaner

Every veteran has a story at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum.  In the months ahead we’ll bring you a short video telling our volunteer’s favorite stories.  This month Bob Shaner tells the story of his parents Odette and Elmer.  His mother served in the French...

Battle of the Bulge Anniversary

On December 16th, we remember the Battle of the Bulge.  Called “the Greatest American Battle of the War” by Winston Churchill, the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes region of Belgium was Germany’s last major offensive in World War II. Hitler’s aim was to...

Brix Brothers Visit the Museum

We were honored by a visit of the five Brix family brothers.  Their sister, Grace was the husband of Christian Brix (1942-1995) whose Annapolis uniform, and artifacts are on display at the museum.  The brothers are Andre, Phil, Pierre, Ray, and...

Wentzville Christmas Parade

Wentzville Christmas Parade

On Sunday December, the St. Charles County Veterans Museum officially rang in the Christmas season.  We participated in the annual Wentzville Christmas parade.  It was our third year and by far, the most pleasant weather.  Our 1959...

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is estimated there are fewer than 20 survivors still alive in 2020.  The attack killed 2,403 service members and wounded 1,178 more. Six U.S. ships were sunk. Additionally, 169 U.S. Navy...

Toys for Tot Drive

Toys for Tot Drive

Toys for Tots at the Museum You have been very generous! The Toys for Tots Drive ends Thursday, December 9th.  Bring your new, unused toy to the museum next week.  Your donation of a toy helps less fortunate children throughout our area experience...

Kid Approved by Maddie & Andrew!

Kid Approved by Maddie & Andrew!

The St. Charles County Veterans Museum is kid approved!   Welcome to another tour of the museum by Maddie and Andrew.  Today, Maddie and Andrew learned a little bit about Vietnam.   Bring the kids to the museum soon…Remember the museum...

God Bless Our Veterans!

God Bless Our Veterans!

Armistice Day 1918 On the 11th month, the 11th day, the 11th hour in 1918, World War I ended.  In 1954, Congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day.  PVT Paul Cyrus Rhoads captured the...

Kid Approved Museum!

The St. Charles County Veterans Museum is kid approved!   Welcome to another tour of the museum by Maddie and Andrew.  Today, Maddie and Andrew remind us not every soldier comes home for the holidays.  Maddie encourages us to become pen...

Kid Recommended, By Kids!

The St. Charles County Veterans Museum is kid approved!  Or at least approved by Maddie and Andrew (Drew).  There is so much to learn at the museum.  The museum features a “please touch” and “go inside” tent full of authentic artifacts...

Ambassador of the Year 2021

The O’Fallon Ambassador the Year award is awarded to the citizen or group who has had a positive impact through their outstanding representation of the city.  The recipient is not an active city volunteer.  The award is for service benefiting the...