Naval War College Museum Announces New Exhibit “This is No Drill”

7 December 2016
CONTACT: Liz DeLucia, Director of Education/Naval War College Museum
The exhibit runs from 7 December 2016 to 1 June 2017
NEWPORT, RI— The Naval War College Museum is now hosting a new exhibit, “This is No Drill: The United States Enters World War II.”  The exhibit occupies the museum’s art gallery on the first floor and will be on display until 1 June 2017. 
On a Sunday morning in 1941, an “urgent” radiogram went out to all U.S. Navy ships near Hawaii: “AIRRAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL.”  Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, then-Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC), sent the message on 7 December 1941, moments after Japanese aircraft began dropping bombs on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.  Less than two hours later, more than 2,400 people had lost their lives and many more were wounded in the attack that pushed the United States into World War II.  This is No Drill features artifacts related to the events at Pearl Harbor including a metal fragment of USS Arizona, and a diorama by Robert D. Bracci entitled, “Last Liberty,” which depicts a poignant scene on the evening of 6 December 1941, as many of Arizona’s crew prepare to go ashore for what will turn out to be their final evening of rest and relaxation.  Also on display is a Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve uniform worn by American Alex Cherry, and models of Japanese naval aircraft used in World War II.
You can find out what’s new at the Naval War College Museum on Facebook and by following their blog – Soundings in Narragansett Bay’s Naval History. One of nine official Department of the Navy Museums, the Naval War College Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits artifacts and documents dating from the 1500s to the present day to interpret the naval history of Narragansett Bay, the Naval War College, and the history of naval strategy. Located in the historic Founders Hall built in 1820, the museum is open to the public although advance reservations are required.
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