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WWII Museum opens Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries

WWII Museum opens Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National World War II Museum on Saturday opens "Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries," its newest permanent exhibit explaining how the war was won by the American-led Allied forces.

Dr. Gordon H. Mueller, President and CEO of The National World War II Museum, said the opening of "Road to Tokyo" will complete Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters, a pavilion that goes to the heart of the museum's mission.

"Road to Tokyo" retraces the path of war that led from the Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on through the Pacific engagements to Tokyo Bay and the atomic bombs in Japan.

More than 400 artifacts are showcased, including a shark-faced P-40 Warhawk aircraft, interactive oral-history kiosks, serialized Dog Tag profiles, short films and recreations of wartime environments.

The museum's growth is not nearly over. A new exhibit will open later this month honoring the US Merchant Marine.

The National World War II Museum, in New Orleans' warehouse district, is open seven days a week.

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