Katy Veterans Memorial Museum and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post

Updated on April 14, 2020
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Sign Outside of the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum
Sign Outside of the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum | Source

Combination Museum and VFW Post

Katy Veterans Memorial Museum (a non-profit entity) honors all those who have served in all wars in which the U.S. has participated. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Floyd E. Breedlove Post 9182 holds meetings in the sizable room to the back of the museum.

The address of the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum and the VFW Post is 6206 George Bush Drive, Katy, Texas 77493.

Before entering the museum, there is a grand old oak tree in the front with a dedication plaque.

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Exterior of Katy Veterans Memorial MuseumLiberty TreeLiberty Tree Dedicatio
Exterior of Katy Veterans Memorial Museum
Exterior of Katy Veterans Memorial Museum | Source
Liberty Tree
Liberty Tree | Source
Liberty Tree Dedicatio
Liberty Tree Dedicatio | Source

Floyd E. Breedlove

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 bears the name Floyd E. Breedlove (born 01-13-1917, KIA 03-18-1944).

“Lieutenant Breedlove was lost in combat while piloting a B-17 in the early days of World War II on a return from a bombing mission over Augsburg, Germany. Floyd was a 1934 graduate of Katy High School.”

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Floyd E. Breedlove photo Floyd E. Breedlove portrait Lt. Floyd E. Breedlove’s combat mission notes
Floyd E. Breedlove photo
Floyd E. Breedlove photo | Source
Floyd E. Breedlove portrait
Floyd E. Breedlove portrait | Source
Lt. Floyd E. Breedlove’s combat mission notes
Lt. Floyd E. Breedlove’s combat mission notes | Source

The Price of Freedom

Immediately upon entering the building is a hallway with rooms branching off of it. In the hall is a large board with names of the deceased. People honor their loved ones, or in the case of former President George H.W. Bush, he acknowledged his shipmate who was killed in action.

It is a reminder to everyone that the price of freedom is never free.

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In Memoriam plaques inside of the museumPresident H.W. Bush honored his former shipmate
In Memoriam plaques inside of the museum
In Memoriam plaques inside of the museum | Source
President H.W. Bush honored his former shipmate
President H.W. Bush honored his former shipmate | Source

General Patton Room

Named the General Patton Room, this is the first door on the right. In the General Patton room are displays of every conflict that our nation has been engaged, starting with the Revolutionary War going forward to the present day.

Visitors can also research by reading books, and even watching tapes and movies in this room.

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War information and displays inside the General Patton Room of the museumExhibits inside the General Patton Room of the museumWWII displaysKorea displaysVietnam and Cold War displaysWar on Terror displays
War information and displays inside the General Patton Room of the museum
War information and displays inside the General Patton Room of the museum | Source
Exhibits inside the General Patton Room of the museum
Exhibits inside the General Patton Room of the museum | Source
WWII displays
WWII displays | Source
Korea displays
Korea displays | Source
Vietnam and Cold War displays
Vietnam and Cold War displays | Source
War on Terror displays
War on Terror displays | Source

Playing Cards

So many fascinating details are on display, and by spending some time in this room of the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum, much can be learned. Were you aware that decks of playing cards served a war purpose? See the photo below.

Decks of Playing Cards
Decks of Playing Cards | Source

Legacy Room

Across the hall from the General Patton Room is the Legacy Room. Every branch of the service is represented in this room, along with many artifacts, uniforms, medals, different types of weaponry, and other examples of what was utilized during wartime and peacekeeping missions.

Many photos also tell a visual story. Information printed alongside the pictures and artifacts is instructional. The images below show only a portion of what is on display in this room. The same could be said for what is displayed above in the General Patton room. Interested parties could spend much time in both places, reading and learning about our military and history.

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U.S. Coast Guard DisplaysPOW-MIA DisplayWomen in Service DisplaySpoils of War on displayA portion of U.S. Army DisplayU.S. Navy Displays
U.S. Coast Guard Displays
U.S. Coast Guard Displays | Source
POW-MIA Display
POW-MIA Display | Source
Women in Service Display
Women in Service Display | Source
Spoils of War on display
Spoils of War on display | Source
A portion of U.S. Army Display
A portion of U.S. Army Display | Source
U.S. Navy Displays
U.S. Navy Displays | Source

Mae West Life Preserver Information

Attached to the Mae West life preserver was a card with the following information typed upon it.

The Mae West was a common nickname for the first life preserver, which was invented in 1928 by Peter Markus with his subsequent improvements in 1930 and 1931.

The nickname was originated because someone wearing the inflated life preserver often appeared to be as physically endowed as the actress Mae West as well as rhyming slang for breast. It was popular during World War II with U.S. Army Air Forces and Royal Air Forces servicemen, who were issued inflatable Mae Wests as part of their flight gear. This Mae West is similar to the one former President George Bush wore when he was shot down in the North Pacific during World War II.

Photos of President George H.W. Bush plus a Mae West Life Preserver
Photos of President George H.W. Bush plus a Mae West Life Preserver | Source

The Devil’s Brigade

Typed information in front of a uniform is the following regarding The Devil’s Brigade:

Properly designated as the 1st Special Services Force, the Devil’s brigade was a joint World War II American-Canadian commando unit trained at Fort Harrison near Helena, Montana, in the United States. Many modern American and Canadian Special Forces units such as the Green Berets, Delta Force, the Navy SEALS, and the Canadian highly secretive JTF2, trace their heritage to this unit.

Officially activated in July 1942 under the command of Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick, volunteers for this 1800 man unit consisted primarily of enlisted men with experience as lumberjacks, forest rangers, hunters, game wardens and the like. They were given rigorous and intensive training in stealth tactics, hand-to-hand combat, the use of explosives for demolition, parachuting, amphibious warfare, rock climbing, mountain warfare, and ski troops.

It was at Anzio in 1944 that the Germans dubbed the 1st Special Service Force the “Devil’s Brigade.” A passage in a dead German soldier’s diary referred to them as “black devils,” referring to the black boot polish the members smeared on their faces for covert operations at night. Their campaigns took them through Italy, Southern France, and the Rhinelands.

The Devil’s Brigade exhibit
The Devil’s Brigade exhibit | Source

Medal of Honor

Were you aware that there are three distinct medals of honor? Pictured below on the left is the one awarded to U.S. Army personnel who deserve it. In the middle is the one assigned to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard recipients. On the right is the one given to U.S. Air Force combatants.

Medals of Honor Display
Medals of Honor Display | Source

Much to Discover!

In the museum are models of airplanes such as the Boeing B-17, called the Flying Fortress. There is also the Boeing B-52, called the Stratofortress and the North American B-25, named the Mitchell, among others, along with printed information about each airplane.

Pictures of battleships, artifacts such as an old WWII field telephone, and Morse Code equipment are just some of what is on view in the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum.

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VFW Meeting Room

The cavernous meeting room to the back of the museum accommodates VFW meetings and affairs. Members are always welcomed to join.

A bronze plaque over the framed 48 Star Flag indicates that it was first flown over the dedication of the Floyd E. Breedlove Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9138 in 1947.

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48 Star U.S. FlagPhoto of the large VFW meeting room to the back of the museum
48 Star U.S. Flag
48 Star U.S. Flag | Source
Photo of the large VFW meeting room to the back of the museum
Photo of the large VFW meeting room to the back of the museum | Source

Hours

If you wish to visit this fantastic Katy Veterans Memorial Museum, be aware that the hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. They are also open the first Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Admission is free! Call this number, 281-291-8387, to arrange group tours at other times.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

— Thomas Jefferson

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      That must have been an interesting museum to visit in Rheims, France. You should write about it sometime.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      This looks like a fascinating museum. It reminds me a little of one we visited in Rheims, France, where General Eisenhower accepted the German surrender after World War 2.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I agree that we owe much to the men and women of today who volunteer to join our military forces. During the time of the draft, it was just expected, and most people complied.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts

      What a nice tribute to those who have served our country. Very educational. Thankfully their are men and women willing to sacrifice for the benefit of all. Well done.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      You are lucky that your husband likes to play cards. It is a pleasant way to while away some hours. Stay safe up there!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was another beautiful post. I used to go to the VFW here and play bingo. Now I must stay at home. I am thankful that my husband loves to play cards.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      That is so true. We need to honor their service to country always.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless the veterans! They do the ugly work so the rest of us can live normal lives.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Judging just the size of the room, the VFW in Katy, Texas, seems to be an active one. The Veterans Memorial Museum is a lovely one.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      It’s interesting that the VFWs don’t seem to hold the same appeal to the younger generation of service people. This one is a fine example of history and commemoration of the sacrifices that our service people made in behalf of our country.

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