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Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas to showcase WWII era Amtrack at movie premiere of Flags of our Fathers. Museum artifact used in the filming of Iwo Jima movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

Jacksonville , NC . – October 20, 2006 – The Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas will display one of its artifacts at the local premiere of the DreamWorks/Warner Brothers production of the Flags of Our Fathers motion picture. The WWII era amtrack is a part of the museum’s collection, and was used in the filming of the picture’s Iwo Jima battle scenes.

“This is a unique opportunity to share with the public this historically significant artifact while the museum is still in development, said MCMC Executive Director Jim Williams. The movie, Flags of Our Fathers, tells the story of one of the Marine Corps most iconic symbols. We are proud to have this vehicle in our collection.”

This historic vehicle will be on display outside of the Carmike 16 cinemas (located at 350 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC) from 5:30 pm to 12:00 am on Friday, October 20 th. Mr. Dave MacGilvery operator of the vehicle during the filming of the movie in Iceland will be on hand to answer questions about the vehicle and his experiences. Survivors of the battle of Iwo Jima have also been asked to be on hand to share their stories. A drawing will be held for a decorative knife, engraved with the image and names of the first flag raising on Iwo Jima. Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas board members and staff will also be available to answer questions about the museum.


Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas announces Jim Williams as new Executive Director

Former New Bern Police Department Services Division Commander Selected to head up museum effort

Jacksonville , NC . – August 24, 2005 – The Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas announces Jim Williams as their new Executive Director. Williams, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, comes to the Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas from the New Bern Police Department, where he served as Grants Manager and Volunteer Coordinator until his promotion to Services Division Commander, responsible for logistics, communications, and finance.

“Jim’s strong background in finance and his dedication to community enrichment made him a natural choice to drive the development efforts of the museum.” said Col. Bill Ayers, USMC (ret) Chairman of the Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas Board of Directors.

“The Board's Search Committee was unanimous in its choice of Mr. Williams. We were impressed with the manner in which his Marine Corps and civilian experience fit the needs of our organization. We are excited about his ability to move the Museum from dream to reality.”

Williams has over 20 years of experience as a comptroller in the Marine Corps. His distinguished military career includes assignments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Secure Tomorrow, and Operation Unified Assistance, providing support for the Asian Tsunami relief effort. While with the New Bern Police Department, he successfully completed a major evolution of the Department’s 10 year strategic plan, established plans for a modification to the Police Service Technician program, and introduced a deliberate planning process that greatly enhanced staff coordination.

"I am humbled and thrilled to have this opportunity to be a part of the effort to preserve the rich military and community heritage of this region. From what I have seen, this Museum will be unique to the Carolinas and distinctively different from the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. It will truly be a celebration of and a memorial to those people, both military and civilian, that shaped this region".

Williams is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied science, and of the Naval Postgraduate School, with a Master of Science degree in management.


About the Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas

The Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of Carolina Marines and Sailors, and to highlight the unique contributions of those communities that helped form the Marine Corps presence in the Carolinas since 1941. The museum will be built in Jacksonville, NC, with a projected opening date of 2009. When complete, the Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas will be a 40,000 square foot complex featuring hands-on, multimedia experiences, first-person stories, recreated environments and displays of original uniforms and equipment, including war-fighting vehicles and aircraft. This world-class museum will be a major tourist destination that will impact the economic development of the entire Carolina region. The Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.

For more information on the Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas, visit www.mcmuseum.com.

MEDIA NOTES: For more information, contact Claire Woodward at (910) 937-0033 or cwoodward@mcmuseum.com.




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