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West Tennessee's premier WWII heritage museum!
Dyersburg Army Air Base was the largest combat aircrew training school built during the early years of WWII. It was the only inland B-17 Flying Fortress training base east of the Mississippi River, and was located on 2,541 acres of prime farmland, not including the practice bombing range in the Mississippi river bottoms. In less than three years of operation, approximately 7,700 B-17 crewmen received their last phase of training at DAAB before heading for the European theater. Sadly, 114 of these brave crew men lost their lives in training mishaps.
DYAAB Veterans' Museum PX
Gifts and Souvenirs for all ages
Please visit our museum PX to browse our full selection of toys, hats, t-shirts, pens, books, patches, and many other items commemorating DYAAB heritage. All proceeds fund our non-profit museum. We're sorry but PX items may only be purchased at the museum.
The Museum is owned and operated by The Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial Association, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Pat Higdon and Martha Crites, both of Halls.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Veterans’ Museum consists of 15 members drawn from the public and private sectors. They have been chosen from a professionally diverse cross-section of individuals.
The Mission of the Association is to
Collect, preserve and protect accessions for The Veterans' Museum,
Instill appreciation for our military services in our citizens, and
Educate present and future generations about the role of this base during WWII and the lasting effect it had on surrounding towns and communities.
Board of Visitors
The Board of Visitors of the Veterans’ Museum consists of approximately 17 members drawn from the public and private sectors. They have been chosen from a geographically and professionally diverse cross-section of individuals.
The Board provides counsel to the Director, with particular focus on:
Building and expanding relations in the locations where they live and work,
Strengthening the goals of the Veterans’ Museum and improving its visibility, both locally and nationally,
Increasing and strengthening the financial resources of the Veterans’ Museum,
With their unique abilities, based on their experiences, to provide advice to the Director on all matters to maintain the museum and its accessions.
The Docents of the Veterans’ Museum are members of the local community. They have chosen to volunteer their time.
The Mission of the Docents is to:
Advance the mission of the Museum by facilitating tours that engage visitors and provide a positive, meaningful, and relevant experience.
(Voice of the Propeller)
The members of the Vox Prop Organization of the Veterans’ Museum are members of the local community. They have chosen to volunteer their time.
The Mission of the Vox Prop is to:
Continually encourage community minded individuals to actively support The Veterans’ Museum by contributing their service, be it time, ideas, skills, and/or abilities. The service of these individuals will provide financial support through various fundraising events each year.
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Halls is an idyllic town in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, with a population of 2,255 in the 2010 census. It was established in 1882 as a railroad stop along the Newport News & Mississippi Valley Railroad line (later the Illinois Central Railroad) and originally named Hall's Station in honor of Hansford R. Hall, one of the founders. Other founders were J. S. Stephens and S. A. Jordan, early businessmen of Lauderdale County.
E. Stanfield, general merchant, was first to engage in business at Halls in 1882. Other early businesses included Young & Sawyer, a steam-powered cotton gin; D. P. Shoffner, steam sawmill and wagon material; J. H. Farmer, saw-, grist- and planing-mill and cotton gin.