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Born on the Fourth of July

Harold Tatsch was born on July 4, 1927 on Pecan Creek in Gillespie County, Texas. His family moved into Fredericksburg in 1936. Tatsch got a job as a bellhop at the Nimitz Hotel in the summer of 1944 and enlisted in the Navy the following November. When asked during his Oral History interview at the National Museum of the Pacific War on October 28, 2005 why he chose the Navy and why he enlisted at just 17 years of age, Tatsch chuckled, “On account of my brother, I guess.”

Memories of Iwo Jima Part 2

“On the day following that, after the fire fight, we were ordered to move out and we started moving out and all hell broke loose again. Mortar fire and machine gun fire, rifle fire, antitank fire from the enemy,”

Memories of Iwo Jima Part 1

“I didn’t sleep because of the stink of the blown-up bodies. Bodies torn to pieces. We were pinned down, my company, my platoon, was pinned down…every time somebody got up or exposed himself, he was gone… it was thirty-six days of pure hell.”

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter wasn’t famous during World War II.
Neither the poster.
Nor the subject of the poster.
In fact, the iconic poster featuring Rosie with her bicep flexed beneath the promise of, “We Can Do It!” was only on display in a limited location and only for two weeks.

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Statue

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in World War II did not stand eight feet tall.
Nor did he weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds.
And he was never made of bronze.


Experience the human story of WWII in the Pacific Theater told through 55,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, over 900 artifacts, and audio/visual displays.


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