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Out 'N About with Jimmy Medellin - Confederate Air Force Base

Brownsville Historical Association

Sound | c. 1993

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  •  A date which will live in infamy 
  •  Dec. 7, 1941 began like any typical day 
  •  Bombing of Pearl Harbor 
  •  Col. Stan Stanley discusses aircraft in Valley Headquarters Commemorative Air Force 
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These short educational films, hosted by Jimmy Medellin and George Vasquez, Jr., explore various aspects of Brownsville's history and modern life. Each film combines background on the subject with live interviews and onsite footage. Donning a bomber jacket, Jimmy Medellin visits the Valley Headquarters of the Confederate Air Force Base (now the Commemorative Air Force) to present its contributions during World War II, as well as its continuing role in the present. Col. Stan Stanley of the Confederate Air Force, Rio Grande Valley Wing, introduces the CAFB, where during the war flight crews and pilots were trained for service. Now located in Harlingen, the base serves as a museum with the mission to educate the public about the role each of its large collection aircraft played in the war.
In 1947, the Brownsville Historical Association opened Brownsville’s first history museum at Fort Brown. Since then, the mission of the Brownsville Historical Association has been to promote the history and heritage of Brownsville, Texas through educational and outreach programs. The organization also provides programming at its several venues on a year-round basis. These programs include fine arts exhibitions, school collaborations, preservation education, and community pride celebrations.