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It was shortly before 8.00 a.m. on December 7, 1941. In a surprise military attack, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service bombed the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor. This officially drove the United States into World War II.

During the next four years, a vast area of the Pacific ocean, islands, and surrounding area, were plunged into a violent and devastating war unlike any other in terms of scale, scope, and savagery.

Today, The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in WWII.

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Billings Army Navy supports a very special venture in Maasai Mara, East Africa. The Anne K. Taylor Fund (AKTF) is a non-profit, charitable organization begun more than 15 years ago by Anne Taylor. During four decades working in the safari business, Anne saw growing pressures on wildlife including rampant illegal poaching activity along with escalating predator–livestock conflicts around the Mara reserve.

Early heartbreaking experiences were the seeds that became the nonprofit foundation AKTF is today. Around 1999, Anne was doing informal anti-poaching patrols. She found several elephants, a lion, and a giraffe badly entangled in life-threatening wire snares. These were deeply embedded into the animals’ limbs and elephants’ trunks, causing unfathomable pain and damage. Remarkably, once the wire snares were removed and the wounds treated, the animals made full recoveries.

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Festooned with colorful flags from port to stern, Sharla Tester smashed a bottle of bubbly wine across the bow of the newest addition to the U.S. Navy Fleet, the USS Billings. The ship’s sponsor proclaimed, “For the United States of America, I christen thee Billings. May God bless this ship and all who sail in her.” Her husband, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana), named the ship in honor of the patriotic and hardworking citizens of Billings, Montana.

Amidst hundreds of cheers and whistles, the Freedom-class LCS 15 (a littoral combat ship (LCS) built by Marinette Marine for Lockheed Martin) was launched into the waters of the Menominee River in Wisconsin. It marked a major milestone in the journey of the USS Billings to join the U.S. Navy Fleet.

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We just visited the World War II National Museum in New Orleans, and what an awe-inspiring experience!

As history buffs ourselves, we spent the entire day absorbing each and every exhibit that took us from ‘America Goes to War’, the ‘Train Car Experience’, ‘D-Day Invasion of Normandy’, ‘D-Day: The Landing Beaches’, the Pacific campaign... through to the ‘Stage Door Canteen’ where the Victory Belles paid tribute to all the WWII-era performers who helped entertain and inspire the troops during those dark, hard-fought days. We remembered through precise details of each display, moments of experiences from our fathers and great grandfathers — and it made us very proud to be Americans.

We discovered too, that many display pieces we saw in several exhibits, had also passed through our doors at Billings Army Navy Surplus, right here in Billings, Montana.

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