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Governors Edgar D. Whitcomb and Joseph E. Kernan, November 25, 2013

The Indiana War Memorial Museum unveiled a new exhibit honoring former Indiana Governors, veterans and POWs Edgar D. Whitcomb and Joseph E. Kernan. Governor Whitcomb, an aerial navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. After escaping, he continued to serve until the end of the war. Governor Kernan, a Navy RA-5C Vigilante pilot on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during the Vietnam War, was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese and spent eleven months in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton". The exhibit was officially unveiled by Governors Mike Pence, Edgar Whitcomb, and Joseph Kernan on November 25, 2013.

SFC Sammy L. Davis, Hoosier Medal of Honor Recipient, May 28, 2013

The Indiana War Memorial Museum unveiled a new exhibit honoring SFC Sammy L. Davis, Medal of Honor recipient from Indiana. SFC Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor for "gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty" in the defense of Firebase Cudgel during the Vietnam War, November 18, 1967. The exhibit features over a hundred artifacts and personal effects, uniform, bio, photos, artwork, and a video interview with Davis himself. Adjacent to the exhibit is a Vietnam firebase display containing a 105mm howitzer like the one SFC Davis crewed. The exhibit was officially unveiled by Governor Mike Pence and SFC Sammy Davis on May 28, 2013.

Virtual Tours of the Indiana War Memorial and Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Spring 2013

Take our new Virtual Tours of the Indiana War Memorial and the Soldiers & Sailors Monument ! At the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, click the forward arrow at the bottom of the screen to start your tour. Then click the left arrow to tour the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, or click the forward arrow again to ride the elevator up to the Observation Deck for a panoramic view of downtown Indianapolis. Click here to watch the Channel 8 News interview with Brigadier General Stewart Goodwin, Executive Director IWM, about the new virtual tours.