Fairfield native honored at museum
Fairfield native Lt. Gen. Warren “Bud” Lawson, who retired in June 1999 after a 44-year career in the United States Army and Iowa Army National Guard, is included in a new photographic exhibit opening Friday at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Johnston.
The new Notable Iowa Veterans exhibit honors the military and civilian accomplishments of notable Iowa veterans.
A few others in the new exhibit include: The Honorable Leonard Boswell (Lt. Col., USA, Retired); The Honorable Terry Branstad; The Honorable John Culver; Simon Estes; The Honorable Tom Harkin (Cdr., USN/USNR, Retired); and The Honorable Robert Ray.
Photographed by Grandview University professor emeritus Bill Schaefer, the Notable Iowa Veterans exhibit is the latest addition to an already unique collection of military vehicles, aircraft and equipment from U.S. and foreign military services on display in the main gallery, which also includes: a working, 42-foot Cold War-era periscope from a U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarine; a Desert Storm-vintage AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter; a UH-1 Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War-era; an M3 Half-Track armored troop carrier and P-40B Tomahawk fighter aircraft from World War II; a World War I German artillery piece; and many other artifacts from Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery up through the modern-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In honor of Veterans Day, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Monday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.
Normal museum hours resume Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors should use the Northwest 70th Avenue entrance to Camp Dodge, which is open 24-hours a day. Photo identification, like a driver’s license, is required for adults to gain admittance to Camp Dodge.
Admission to the museum is free.
Lawson, who now lives in the Ankeny area, is a 1951 Fairfield High School graduate. He was among the first group of three to be inducted into the FHS Wall of Honor in 2004.