Joseph WWII Museum, Munda, New Georgia
Joseph WWII Museum pictures
the island’s capital of Munda
there are two fascinating places.
first is the Peter
Joseph WWII Museum, which is a trove of militaria
picked up on the many local battlefields, and then a
number of US landing now lying at the back of a house
being covered by jungle.
are greeted at the
Peter Joseph War Museum by WWII helmets and waterbottles
attached to fence poles around the property.
are American, British and Japanese ones and they make
a cool, but slightly surreal, display.
at the door of the deep green building are large shell
casings and on the wall is a small signs telling you
this is the Peter Joseph Museum.
is named after a United States serviceman whose dog-tags,
that is discs identifying the person, the owner of the
museum Barney Paulsen found one day while searching
for World War II relics. (As a side note he has the
permission of relatives of Peter Joseph Palatini to
keep the dogtags.)
museum is roughly double-garage sized, but it has a
nassive number of artifacts to look at.
is an array of Japanese machinegun barrels, including
almost full versions of a Type 99 light mchinegun and
a heavy machinegun.
are bullets, knuckdusters, bombs, a barrel of a mountain
gun, bayonets, water canteens and glass bottles.
all of the artifacts are rusting and have seen better
days but this adds to the feel of the museum as these
items have been either dug out of the ground or left
on the battlefields for almost seven decades.
is really interesting to listen to as he talks about
how he has found various items and then he brings out
is a simple, olive-green wooden box, but in it are his
treasures. They include bayonets, dogtags, rare and
valuable shell money and the metal section of a Thompson
short drive away behind a house is an astonishing resting
ground for US military equipment.
After they no longer needed landing craft and other
vehicles the Americans cut them in half and bulldozed
them off the beach to where they now lit being swallowed
by the encroaching jungle.
It is very eerie to see the mighty wreckage of war peeking
out through vines and branches – not to mention the
fact landing craft are so far from the water!