Recently I visited the ‘Bill’ Lee museum here in North Carolina. The museum is quite small, being of his old house – purchased after his death to keep his memory alive. The museum had a ton of original artifacts that were amazing. the museum also had some serious flaws in their displays. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Original Infantry Journals and other artifacts from his inter-war years.
A very exquisite display of the Generals’ original early war Test Platoon ‘balloon suit’, mint M1941 Jump uniform, and Air Force Coveralls for training.
A mint M1942 Jumpsuit
Early Riddell football helmet, the Generals’ actual helmet
Another shot of the M1941 Parachutist Suit
A close up of the Balloon suit.
Original 325 GIR Ike Jacket
Col Bob Pipers’ overalls, 505 PIR 82nd Airborne
Another used M1941 Parachutist suit
A salty M1942 Parachutist suit
Notice the white thread stitching for reinforcement. Commonly done in the MTO with 82nd and 2/503rd (509 PIB)
Close up of the jacket reinforcement
Overall it was a great visit, and there was a plethora of information on the General. I was most intrigued about his Inter-war visits to France. At one point he was considered the go-to man for European tank tactics. He eventually gave it up for the pursuit of vertical envelopment theory.