The Miami Valley Military History Museum is somewhat hidden on the campus of the Dayton VA Medical Center. But its collections of artifacts and stories, most of them donated, range from the Revolutionary War to the present.
Here's a sampling of what the museum has to offer.
World War I uniforms are on display. The uniform at right was worn by Corporal Harold C. Smith from Clifton, Ill. Smith ran away from home at age 14, changed his name and enlisted in the Army. He was served in France and was discharged in 1919 at age 16.
Range of uniforms
A large selection uniforms is on display.
Thinking of escape
American Richard Albricht was shot down while flying for the British Royal Air Force before the United States joined World War II. Albricht was taken prisoner and carved this replica of a Model 1911 pistol for use in a possible escape attempt. He kept the replica after his liberation. The replica is part of the WWII display.
An Army women's hot weather combat uniform worn by a nurse serving with the 44th Medical Brigade in Vietnam.
This Army helicopter uniform was donated by Vietnam veteran Capt. William Kruckemeyer, who later flew Chopper 7 for WHIO-TV.
Medal of Honor
This Medal of Honor was awarded to Specialist 4th Class Joseph Guy LaPointe, Jr., who was killed in action while trying to save fellow soldiers in Vietnam.
A Vietnam Tour Jacket, Vietnamese dolls and examples of the punji stick booby trap are part of the museum's Vietnam-era display.
Not just war
This anti-war protester helmet was fashioned from a World War II helmet and is on display in the Vietnam section.
Going way back
The sword at the bottom of this display was made in 1799 under the first military contract to produce weapons domestically.
Pieces of history
A piece of the U.S.S. Arizona is on display. The ship was bombed and sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
The Sept. 11, 2001 display includes artifacts from the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash site in Pennsylvanina.