BEATRICE – A display of the history of Nebraska National Guard Company C-134th Infantry was dedicated Saturday, at the Gage County Historical Museum. Entitled “All Hell Can’t Stop Them: Gage County’s Citizen Soldiers”, depicts the long history of the area’s role in wartime and peacetime service.
Retired National Guard Sergeant-Major Ted Guenther says the display, put together by the Nebraska National Guard Historical Society with private support, marks decades of service.
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In addition to World War Two, Company C member have served in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq. The unit’s members also served Nebraskans during tornadoes and flooding.
Nebraska Army National Guard Commander and Adjutant General Daryl Bohac said it’s important that we remain a community-based force to protect Nebraska citizens in time of need, but also when the nation calls on soldiers to do the hard things to protect the interests of the nation.
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Bohac said it’s also important to preserve history and the stories of those who fought for their nation, along with the sacrifices of their families.
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Darin Krueger, President of the Nebraska National Guard Historical Society said it was not difficult to choose Beatrice as the beginning site for the Guard historical exhibits, because of the Gage County Museum and the history of community support.
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The display occupies a room in the south part of the Gage County Museum, a former Burlington Train Station from where many soldiers left their community, to go off to war.
Organizations that contributed to the exhibits’ creation include:
- The Gage County Tourism Board
- The Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation
- The Gage County Foundation
- Security First Bank of Beatrice
- The Beatrice Plus Committee
- Exmark Manufacturing
- Leigh Coffin Foundation
- The Nebraska National Guard Historical Society
- The Charles D. Young Family
- Beatrice Company C Reunion
- Retired Colonel Allen and Linda Grell
The exhibit was designed by Doug Hartman of Hartman Historical Services, who served in the National Guard for twenty years.