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For the twisted few of you out there like me who have lost anal retention over the closing of the 2d Cavalry's Reed Museum in 2006, I have some good news. Things are finally moving forward towards getting the "Reed" opened up again in Vilseck, Germany, after being in limbo for three years.
The Regiment has a building at their home on Rose Barracks in Vilseck dedicated to the museum. Now all that is needed is about $1.5 million to renovate the building. Hey, it's a start! We also have a museum director now, Mr. Ryan Meyer, which was a major stumbling block holding up the works before. Things should really start moving forward. No target date has been given for the opening yet.
The museum goes wherever the Regiment is home based. It's part of the Regiment. Always been that way.
I thought I was in Nirvana when the Regiment was out here at Ft. Lewis 2005-06. I took a LOT of stuff out there for the museum.
Why Did the museum go to Vilseck. Just doesn't make much sense to me. Can't tell the family jump in the car. we are going to the Reed museum. I would love to see the Reed museum but I would have a better chance seeing Jesus Christ ride a bike down the road before i could get to Vilseck. I donated alot of items when the old site was around. Did not get a thank you or a fuck you. Someone please let me know why it is in Germany. Thank you. George Vesel L Trp 75/77
LTC BRYAN DENNY, 3d Squadron Wolf Pack commander, on his WW II WLA Harley-Davidson after the ceremony. I sent him an original unissued 1942 repair manual for it at Christmas while he was with the Regiment in Afghanistan, and he still had grease on his hands in this photo from working feverishly to get it running in time to ride it to the ceremony.
Under the hood of the WW II jeep, which runs like a dream.
Tankers jacket, helmet, field glasses, and medals belonging to Col. Charles H. Reed, 31st Colonel of the Regiment and commander of the 2d Cavalry Group in WW II for whom the museum is named.
Items from Spanish-American War (top), Indian Wars (middle), and WW I (bottom).
July 25, 2011, the Reed Museum and Regimental Heritage Center at Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany, was rededicated. Shannon Ryan and I were lucky enough to be among the guests at the rededication ceremony. Somehow I managed to be the first person ever to sign the new guest book.
After the ceremony and guests toured the museum, Ryan Meyer, the curator, and Cpt. Matt Simon, Regimental Historian, closed down the museum and had a little private ceremony for me in the trophy room. It was a pretty moving experience, to say the least, and a memory I will treasure all my remaining days.
These were some of the awards presented at the museum rededication.
SHANNON RYAN before the ceremony.
Color guard with RCSM MARK MORRIS.WW II jeep and 2d Cav trooper.
After nearly five years, the Reed Museum is moving forward towards reopening.
Ryan Meyer, museum director, has worked feverishly for several months to unpack and inventory museum artifacts held in storage since 2006.
Renovation is well under way on the museum's new home, appropriately enough, an old horse stable.
Mr. Meyer has recently returned from Afghanistan where he and the Regimental Historian, Capt. Matthew Simon, spent a month gathering history and artifacts for the museums archives and displays. It promises to be a world class military museum.
On the 25th of July, 2011, there will be a rededication ceremony for the museum at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, with the grand opening to be at a later date yet to be determined.
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