Volunteers needed to maintain aviation museum

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Uvalde has a valuable asset in its own backyard – the aviation museum at Garner Field, home to a cornucopia of World War II-era artifacts. New volunteers are needed to maintain the exhibits.

Housed in one of Garner Field’s original hangars, much of the collection has been donated by descendants of the airmen who trained there during the war. Yet the site bears historical weight far beyond just the memorabilia it contains.

Garner Field, along with other Texas airfields, played a pivotal role in the war as a training ground for young pilots – a history that is worth preserving.

According to Leroy Walther, 82, volunteer curator of the museum since 1998, the history of World War II is not taught extensively enough in schools.

“They really don’t know much about World War II,” he said in an interview with the Leader-News in the spring.


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