(CAMP DODGE, Iowa) -- Camp Dodge is hosting an outdoor living history event this weekend. Historians and interpreters in period-correct uniforms will mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Visitors can explore U.S. Army field tents furnished with military radios, cots, rations, and 1960s civilian material culture. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with Vietnam War veterans as they discuss the role of U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1965-1973.
A former U.S. Marine Corps artilleryman will explain the role of field artillery units in Vietnam and demonstrate the operation of a U.S. 105mm howitzer. The authentic living history environment will provide a hands-on historical context to the historical experiences offered by the veterans in attendance.
A rare military “Boston Whaler” fiberglass boat, powered by an outboard motor and armed with an M-60 machine gun will be on exhibit. The boats were operated in Vietnam by all branches of the military for a variety of missions including ambush, interdiction, security, transport, and patrol duty. Other Vietnam War era vehicles on exhibit will include a M151 Jeep in 186th Military Police markings and a M37 Dodge weapons carrier.
The museum’s free indoor gallery, featuring a Vietnam exhibit and a UH-1 helicopter, will be open and available for viewing on both days. Visitors can enter Camp Dodge through either the main gate at 7100 NW 70th Ave., or the historic East Gate at 7700 NW Beaver Dr. Photo identification is required for admittance to Camp Dodge for individuals 16 years and ol
The event is 9-5 Saturday and 9-1 Sunday.