Learn more about Don F. Pratt Museum, Ft. Campbell Kentucky.
The Don F. Pratt Museum tells the history of vertical envelopment, Airborne Warfare as well as the history of Ft. Campbell starting in 1942 when Camp Campbell was established as an armor training center, training three Armored Divisions for WWII, the 12th, 14th and 20th Armored Divisions. In 1948 Camp Campbell was designated a permanent installation and designated Ft. Campbell. At that time Clarksville Base was established that held almost 1/3rd of America's Nuclear Arsenal. Clarksville Base is now a national historic monument with a self-guided driving tour. Also in 1948 the 11th Airborne Division came to Ft. Campbell. In 1950 the 11th Airborne Division sent a Regimental Combat Team to Korea, the 187th RCT, the "Rakkasans" where they made 2x combat jumps in Korea. In 1956 the 101st Airborne Airborne Division was re-activated at Ft. Campbell after brilliant service in WWII where the 101st made combat jumps at Normandy on D-Day the 6th of June and in Operation Market-Garden on 17 September 1944. In December the 101st was trucked into Bastogne and history during the Battle of the Bulge.
In 1965 the 101st met it's next "Rendezvous with Destiny" when it sent it's first brigade to Vietnam. The entire Division deployed to Vietnam in late 1967 and stayed until 1972, the last Division to leave Vietnam.
The Pratt Museum is named for BG Don F. Pratt who was the assistant Division Commander who died leading the glider element into Normandy on D-Day.
The Pratt Museum exhibits include an original WACO CG-4A glider, a variety of armor from WWII, and an extensive collection of aircraft used in vertical envelopment ranging from the WWII C-47 to the UH-60 "Blackhawk" helicopter.
The Pratt Museum is currently closed for renovations and is expected to re-open the end of March 2018. Currently there is a sample museum set up in the historic Dryer Field House, a WWII pine-wood field house. The Dryer Field House exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.
5702 Tennessee avenue
2604 Screaming Eagle Avenue (Dryer Field House)
Ft. Campbell, KY 42223