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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Navy Museum Tour Guide, George Young)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
PENSACOLA - As you know, we're celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation, we wanted to take a moment tonight to salute the men and women who are keeping that history alive.

George Young, Navy Museum tour Guide:  "The NC4, which was built by Glenn Curtis at the end of World War I, was actually the first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean." 

George Young is a walking, talking encyclopedia of Naval history.  Mr. Young is a volunteer tour guide at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

George:  "First of all, entertain them.  Make them enjoy the time they spend here at the museum.  Secondly, they can't but get some education out of it."

Mr. Young is one of more than 400 volunteers who give their time and talents to the museum.  They are as much a treasure as the displays here.

George;  "I'm from the old Navy, in that I served on an old battleship, the USS New Mexico, which was an old battleship commissioned in 1918. January, 1943, I went aboard it.  And I was a quartermaster."

Many of the volunteers have their own incredible stories that weave their way into your museum experience.  It brings history to life.

"The movie industry bought them up to make those war films. Do you remember the war films, Tora, Tora, Tora, Midway, Pearl Harbor..."

And they have to be on their toes for the many questions that come their way.

"What is that thing on the right?"
"That tube on the right?  That is an in-flight refueling probe..."

The tour isn't all matter of fact.  There is room for discussion.

"There's a continuing debate even today.  That if we did not know about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor, we should have known because we had broken the military code of the Japanese."

Older visitors recall their past through the exhibits; younger ones are simply in awe.  The guides are pros at reaching, and teaching.

George: "You're not particularly interested in how these planes fly.  But, we try to teach you that as a bi-product of entertaining you."

And if you learn anything at all, that's the reward for the volunteers.

George: "For nearly 50 years, I was a lawyer, practicing law in Birmingham, Alabama.  And I'll tell you this very sincerely.  I wish I could have enjoyed my practice that I made a living at as much as I've enjoyed working here for nothing."

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.      Angels in our Midst (Navy Museum Tour Guide, George Young)

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