U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney

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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Guide to veterans' heritage

November 09, 2018 - 7:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Veterans Day weekend is a time for America to thank our vets for their service and sacrifice. 

But the vets themselves can check out a few nearby spots to celebrate their armed forces heritage.

All our services came under fire at Pearl Harbor to launch America's entry into World War II. But it was the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney — now enshrined at the Baltimore Inner Harbor — that was quick to return enemy fire. 

Crewman Hank Lingenfelder had vivid memories of trying to protect the Honolulu power plant.

"They were dropping bombs on that power station. We started shooting at them. They had to rise up to keep us from hittin' 'em," he remembered.

The Taney is open for visitors, where you can feel the ship and hear the history. 

Museum of the American Revolution
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Meanwhile, a day-trip to Center City and the Museum of the American Revolution celebrates the founding of the Marine Corps and traces the early histories of our Army and Navy. 

This weekend, admission is free for veterans

Air Mobility Command Museum
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Air Force vets will find their vintage aircraft and stories at the nearby Dover Air Force Base's Air Mobility Command Museum. The kids and grandkids will love it.