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Hometown Hero: Marsh Military Museum

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Clarice Tinsley's Hometown Heroes this week are the middle school students who created an amazing military museum saluting the service of the troops from World War I through Afghanistan.

David Bates was a corporal in the United States Army. But since 1999 he's been the Leadership Cadet Corps teacher at Marsh Middle School in the Dallas Independent School District.

Over the past year he's helped his JRROTC students put together a museum on campus without spending a single tax dollar.

The Marsh Military Museum is housed inside a Quonset hut, which is a structure every veteran can relate to. Inside is an amazing salute to the five branches of the military – the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard.

The students asked local veterans to donate uniforms, helmets, photographs and all manner of military memorabilia. About 1,000 items were arranged in displays created by the students, who also serve as tour guides.

Retired Judge Bill Coker and his wife Betty live in the neighborhood. They know Bates and the students. The Cokers wrote the first big check last year to get the museum rolling and other volunteers have pitched in with money or muscle.

The Marsh Military Museum is open four days a week. Veterans, adults and schools are welcome to make a reservation for a tour by calling 214-549-1826.

Veterans are also encouraged to think about donating their military items. Monetary donations are also welcome.


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