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Bosque Museum Honors Local Glider Pilot, All WWII Vets in New Exhibit

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(KCEN) -- A local museum honors D-Day, but with a broader scope. Directors want to remember all World War II veterans from the county.

More than 400,000 American soldiers died in the Second World War; 52 came from Bosque County.

Charles Turner survived, and moved to the county after the fighting ended.

"I was initially rated as a Staff Sgt. pilot with glider wings," Turner said. Those wings let him fly gliders, basically planes without engines.

"A lot of my missions were evacuating seriously wounded," he said.

Turner's role in the war is central to a new exhibit at the Bosque Museum in Clifton.

"If we were going to develop an oral history of this time," said museum director George Larson, "we needed to do it now."

The museum has all sorts of different memorabilia from Turner's time during World War II, including one of his uniforms and his flight helmet. But he's not the only soldier featured in the exhibits.

Plenty of artifacts grace the room, everything from weapons, to skis used by a local soldier to spy on enemies in Norway, to silk notes pilots would carry to inform foreign allies they were friendly.

"We actually ended up expanding the scope really to include stories about Texans in World War II," said museum curator Bill Calhoon.

They even have on display two hidden compasses; one of them is a button, and the other goes up your nose. Both in case our soldiers, like glider pilot Turner, didn't make it back across allied lines.

"They say that 'g' on the glider wings stands for guts," Turner said. And that's what museum directors decided to call their exhibit.

"'G' is for Guts!"

You can see more of Turner's story, plus flip through page after page of photos and bios of soldiers who served from Bosque County at the museum.

There's more information on their website.
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