DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) There’s a hidden gem in our own backyard that many people have probably driven right by. Frank and Nancy’s Marine Corps Museum can be easy to miss off County Road E, but you do not want to miss out on what’s inside.
Frank enslited with the Marines in 1952 right out of high school. He moved up quickly and was in charge of his 80-man platoon. He was commisioned twice as a 2nd lietenant – once during the Korean War, and again nearly 10 years later during the Vietnam War.
He retired after 22 years of service as a master sergeant. He was later retired as a captain eight years later.
Frank and Nancy now enjoy collecting things. In their basement, you’ll find Troll dolls, Packers memorabilia, antiques, and an impressive frog merchandise collection.
However, the building next door is home to their most impressive collection.
What was once an old laundromat, is now a private museum filled with all sorts of Marines and military-related items. The couple says half of their collection is theirs, and the other half is donated items.
“I think it’s important that everybody, not just the young kids, should know a little bit about the service,” Frank said. “How hard it actually is to become a Marine, and the things they have to endure to serve their country.”
The two-room, private museum contains uniforms, weapons and artifacts of all kinds. Be sure to check it out for yourself!
Tours are encouraged for individuals or groups. Nancy says she would like to have schools bring their students out. You can give them a call at (920) 869-2709 to make an appointment.
Keep your eyes peeled for the museum at N6126 County Road E in De Pere.
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