WORLD WAR I – WORLD WAR II
KOREAN WAR – VIETNAM WAR
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
246 US 231 North, Troy, Alabama
Located at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama,
located on US 231 about 3/4 mile north of the Quality Inn
(formerly Holiday Inn), and Motel 6 (formerly Holiday Inn Express)
in Troy, where the train engine sits out front
Open Wednesday through Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and some holidays
Mobile: (334) 372-2399
Mail: 1305-A South Brundidge St., PMB 105, Troy, AL 36081
Help our wounded veterans through
the Wounded Warriors Project.
Website related to various veterans’ benefits in Alabama.
My M151A2 in front of the museum during “Military Through the Ages” program in 2007
After going through basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC in 1962, I subsequently spent time at Third Army HQ at Ft. McPherson, GA, Ft. Bragg, NC, and Ft. Benning, GA. I volunteered for a government-sponsored trip to Southeast Asia,
but somebody higher than me decided I wasn’t needed there. In 1966, I entered into a 36 year career in law enforcement in Florida, serving in a wide variety of assignments, including all levels of supervision in patrol; criminal investigations; crime scene investigation; criminal intelligence & crime analysis; narcotics & organized crime, etc. I also served in various special units, including as supervisor of the Negotiations Response Team. I often had the opportunity to interact with the FBI, BATF, DEA, Secret Service, and other Federal agencies as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. I was fortunate to have the opportunity in 1982 to attend the FBI National Academy at
Quantico Marine Corps Base, VA. Those of you familiar with Quantico know of what
I speak when I say I completed the Yellow Brick Road. After retirement in 2002,
I moved back to some of my family roots near Troy, Alabama, and opened
the Conecuh River Depot Military Museum in 2003.
This is a private museum comprised of my extensive personal collection of military memorabilia assembled over a period of more than 30 years. The nucleus for my World War II collection came from my father, who served as a
combat liaisson officer in HQ III Corps, Third Army, in the European Theater.
Other items have been obtained from veterans, their families, estate sales, reputable dealers,
and various other sources.
Besides U. S. Military items, the museum contains German items from World War II, Chinese Communist items from the Korean War, numerous NVA and Viet Cong items from the Vietnam War, and Iraqi items from
Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This museum is intended to be a memorial to the American fighting men and women,
who have insured the freedoms we all enjoy.
It is hoped you will come and view the museum, and think of the sacrifices
that at all veterans have made for us.
There is no charge for the Conecuh River Depot Military Museum.
We had a great trip to Vietnam in May of 2012. We spent 4 nights in Saigon, two in DaNang, and a couple in Hue. We made many side trips to villages, and many sites of interest. We even went in the VC tunnels in Cu Chi. The highlights were interacting with the children at a school in a small village south of DaNang, visiting a Catholic orphanage in DaNang, a Catholic convent in Hue, The Citadel in Hue, and the overall friendliness of the Vietnamese people towards us. Saigon now has 10 million people, but had the feeling of a much smaller city. I believe nine million must ride motor scooters. We had absolutely no negative experiences while there. Also, I picked up some items for the museum at the “mother lode” of war memorabilia in Saigon, thanks to a young Vietnamese who
was the son of a South Vietnamese soldier who took two of us there.
Return to Vietnam II has been postponed until 2015. I’ll post information when available. Please check back.
My large collection of memorabilia from the War Between the States is on display next door at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. I encourage everyone to tour the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. Besides over 30 acres containing many 1800s buildings, there are over 18,000 items on display in the main building. Come on by and visit.
BS, Florida State University
MS, Eastern Kentucky University
American Legion Post 70, Troy, AL
Senior Vice Commander, 2004-2005, 2008-2009
Commander, 2009- present.
OIC, Post 70 CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
Alabama State Defense Force (Ret.)
Captain (AL), Commanding, HHC, 203rd BN, 2nd BD
Captain (AV), 304th BN, 3rd Brigade
Life member, Disabled American Veterans
Life member, Vietnam Veterans of America Assoc.
First Cavalry Division Association
Society of the Third Infantry Division
Sons of the American Revolution
Life member, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Life member, Military Order of the Stars and Bars
Commander, Alabama Society, 2010 – 2012
Order of the Southern Cross
Charter member, National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA
Member, U.S. Army Aviation Museum, Ft. Rucker, AL
Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
Southeast Coalition of Authentic Reenactors
Pike County Historical and Genealogical Society
Vice President, 2009 – present
Gainesville Lodge 41, F.& A.M. (Florida)
Fleta Lodge 223, F.& A.M. (Alabama)
32nd degree, Scottish Rite Bodies
PM, Confederate Military Lodge of Research
Troy Exchange Club, Troy, AL
Member, Pike County, AL Salvation Army Disaster Team
Our Gift to the Fallen
by Charlie Gragg
For each soldier that has fallen so that many may stand
We honor their spirit as they pass to God’s hand.
For without their sacrifice we would live forever in fear.
We pray for their loved ones and provide a salute and a tear.
God help us heal the wounds of hate and the misery of war.
That is our gift to our fallen heroes that are amongst us no more
You never know who might show up at
Conecuh River Depot Military Museum
AMERICAN LEGION POST 70
As Commander of American Legion Post 70 in Troy, I want you to know that the Post Home in Troy is available for rent. Organizations and individuals can rent the Post for meetings, or for special functions, on a one-time basis, or for on-going dates.
Restrooms and kitchen included.
See Page 9 of this website.
Tour this website for photos of the museum,
living history activities, and additional information
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Page 2 – Photos of the museum
Page 3 – Truths about the Vietnam War
Page 4 – Military Impressions
Honoring veterans through living history
Page 5 – Blackhorse Publishing, etc.
(Books – 53rd Alabama Cavalry, etc.)
Page 6 – Eclectic Items –
American Legion Riders,
Patriot Guard Riders, etc., etc.
Page 7 – Announcements
Meetings, events, reenactments, etc.
Page 8 – Chaplain Stephen A. Pilley
Military Order of the Stars & Bars
Page 9 – American Legion
Pike County Post 70
No matter what your thoughts are on the war,
always support our troops!