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Veterans museum returns to original site

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Community members gather at the Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum for its grand reopening in Tarboro.

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By JOHN H. WALKER
Staff Writer

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum is officially back home.

After about a year-long closure and relocation due to a bat infestation of its building at 106 W. Church St., the all-volunteer facility is back home and officially open.

More than 125 people turned out for the ribbon cutting, which featured veterans Lee Hall, Norfleet Sugg, Gloria Vaudo and Calvin Anderson.

Sugg, who handled the scissors, said the museum, "Is a tribute on behalf of all the military veterans of all the wars who wore the uniform of the United States, but respectfully those veterans who didn't get to come back home."

Sugg, inducted in the Twin County Hall of Fame in 2011, is a Navy veteran who served 22 months in the Pacific Theater during World War II, primarily on the USS Sabine, which was a heavily armed tanker. While his duty station was the engine room, Sugg manned a 20mm anti-aircraft gun when the call to battle stations sounded.

Sugg saw battle action in late 1944 with the Third Fleet in the Philippines, later participated in the invasion of Okinawa and anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 18, 1945, following Japan's surrender.

The museum, dedicated to Edgecombe County veterans, has photographs and uniform dating from the Revolutionary War through the present time. Included in the extensive collection is more than 1,200 photographs of service men and women and more than 1,000 uniforms.

The museum is organized by war (time period) and includes a wide variety of memorabilia donated, including uniforms, flight suits, weapons, patches and medals. Included are artifacts from all branches of the United States military.

The museum also includes a replica of a trench from World War I to allow visitors to get a feel for what it was like to have to fight and live under those conditions.

The museum also has a large library that includes books on every war in which the United States has been involved, extensive maps, war advertisements and videos.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and is located at 106 W. Church St. in downtown Tarboro. For more information, call 252-823-0891.

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