El Monte US Military Museum helps preserve history for future generations

EL MONTE (KABC) – The pandemic has also made life difficult for local museums. And on top of that, the US Military Museum at El Monte has also recently had to deal with a fire.

Craig Michelson’s father, a World War II officer, established the museum almost 60 years ago. It now has more than 180 screens. From military helicopters to rare buses and a comprehensive collection of WWII tanks.

“A lot of veterans will come by, they’ll bring their kids, they’ll have their grandchildren, and they’ll say ‘oh I served on that tank, that was the truck I drove’, and that reminds me a lot. of memories, ”Michelson said.

That’s why Craig breathes a big sigh of relief – last week he lost almost everything … when a fire broke out on the neighboring property. He thanks the firefighters for saving him from grief.

“There was absolutely no damage,” Michelson said. “I love LA County. They stepped up their efforts and did a great job.”

Tight call after already difficult year, closed due to COVID; now the museum is open again on Saturdays and Sundays. The support has been enormous which keeps the museum going.

“Because once you’ve lost the story, that’s it!” Michelson said.

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