There was a new exhibit open to the public at the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum in Abilene that featured 3D dioramas of each of the seven main parts of the Battle of Herrlisheim.
Saturday, veterans of the 12th Armored Division, who helped stop the German Army in WWII, showed their friends and families where they were during the battle, but they never expected the dioramas in the museum to be so spot on.
"I was flabbergasted by the correctness of their picture and to see it in 3D the presentation is magnificent," said George Rich who served with the 12th Armored Division.
The new exhibit opened to the public three days ago. and for those that were there in real life, it was an emotional reminder.
"It was a terrible day for our company and all my comrades, which at least 50 some people were killed there in that field," Rich said as he pointed to one of the scenes depicted in the new exhibit.
"I have to look back. It was such a horrendous experience and it's sort of a main thing in my whole life," he added.
Museum workers said the decision to build the seven dioramas depicting the Battle of Herrlisheim was obvious.
"Their sacrifice was really great. They were almost wiped out at the Battle of Herrlisheim and a lot of people don't know that," said Dan Joplin, who helped build the new exhibit.
The museum staff said they hope the exhibit will help veterans get the recognition they deserve.
"They thought for the longest time that they were failures, but they weren't. They stopped the Germans," said Joplin.