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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a group of local Vietnam veterans decided they wanted to spruce up the American Legion Hall and make it look like the officers’ and enlisted personnel’s clubs they remembered.

“So we started bringing artifacts up here,” veteran Ernie Stevens said. “Before you know, we started getting all kinds of stuff from World Ward II veterans, Korean veterans, even World War I.”

The word “museum” began to creep into the conversation.

“Our goal at the time was simple — if we could make it work, that’s fine, but if not, we’ll have fun,” Stevens said.

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