The Armed Forces Heritage Museum

The mission of the Armed Forces Heritage Museum is to Preserve, Honor, and Educate the public
on the Military history of New Jersey and the surrounding region.

In keeping with the mission of the Armed Forces Heritage Museum, we wish to capture the stories of New Jersey and surrounding areas military members that have been activated in support of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

If you are active duty, Reservist, National Guard or a Veteran and are responding to the COVID-19 emergency, please take time to submit your pictures and story to info@afhmus.org.

Again, we want to capture and preserve as many COVID-19 individual military response stories as possible and as soon as possible.

Stay safe!
AFHM Leadership

Lifetime memberships are now available for $250.
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Events & Announcements


 

Something great is coming!

Although we don’t have set dates and times yet, we’re in the planning stages and we’re basing our programs on facility openings, safety measures and the most up-to-date COVID guidelines.

Stay tuned and check back here often. We’ll keep you as updated as we can.

Portraits of the Greatness of Our Generations Trailer

The Armed Forces Heritage Museum (AFHM) is continuing its effort to Honor, Preserve and Educate the public on the rich military history of New Jersey and the surrounding region. The AFHM is excited to announce their latest accomplishment/achievement. Reel Original Productions LLC has been contracted to produce a documentary of the military legacy of American heroes and special interest subjects.

Through grants received from the Burlington Count Freeholders and Lockheed Martin Corporation, we are proud to announce the production of a Six Part Tribute recognizing the heroic accomplishments of Great American Heroes.

We are announcing the release of the video trailer that provides a preview of the 80 Year Legacy of interesting Military History for your viewing pleasure. It is being posted here and the Armed Forces Heritage Museum Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/armedforcesheritagemuseum.

The Six Part Video Episodes are scheduled to be released serially throughout the year. Enjoy the Trailer Video as it will provide an excellent preview of what to expect in the final version.

 


In The News


 

From Buchenwald Prisoner to Bronze Star Medal Awardee

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the General Mercer Chapter of NJDAR proudly hosted Ernest Kaufman and members of the Armed Forces Heritage Museum (AFHM) to their spring luncheon and speaker meeting at the Old Florence Firehouse which houses the Florence Historical Society.  Ernest resides in Burlington County. He is a well-known for his story as a Holocaust survivor and distinguished service in the American military during the Second World War. to becoming a poultry farmer in New Egypt is compelling to many audiences.

Kaufman advanced to the rank of major during his nine years of military service, along the way taking a bullet in the back and left arm-, thus adding a Purple Heart to his Bronze Star.  But how does a young Jewish man imprisoned in Buchenwald Concentration Camp on the Night of the Broken Glass “Krystal Nacht”, make it to America?  He was one of the fortunate few whose parents could arrange for his passage out of Germany to America. It was done through the generosity of a decent family in America.  Ernest related how he never learned their name; he never met them, so he could not properly express his gratitude.  Ernest considers himself one of the blessed few who survived Nazi tyranny. His parents and the remaining members of his family perished in the Holocaust. He does not dwell on his loss, his humor and joy of life shine through.

He was young and planning to be married when the attack on Pearl Harbor changed the course of his life. Ernest vividly described how he could not ignore the very country that saved him. Trained as an Intelligence officer he landed at Normandy on D plus five and fought through to wars end. He utilized his ability to speak fluent German and limited French in situations where he was able to persuade enemy soldiers to surrender without firing a shot. His intensive work as a strategist and translator saved an entire American army from drowning when the Germans planned to blow up dams as the Americans approached in the valley below. In the waning days of the war he risked his life to save the German town of Einbeck. Entering the town in the accompaniment of the town mayor, he convinced a German Field Marshall to surrender rather than fight an unnecessary battle .His story would make a compelling motion picture!

Severely wounded just four weeks before the war ended in Europe, he was hospitalizes for six months. He returned to duty and served as an investigator for lessor criminals at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials. He was assigned to Fort Dix, and when his injuries required a disability discharge, he and his wife purchased a failing chicken farm. Through their collective “grit” they turned it into a thriving operation. 

In 2016 Ernest published his story in a book titled From Fright to Fight to Farm: A Journey of Survival, available from Amazon in paperback.   Ernest’s neighbor, AFHM member and book editor, Joanne Thomas, utilized her years teaching English at the college to assist Ernest in creating a captivating narrative…Ernest sure knew how to pick a next door neighbor!

 


LIVING HISTORY - VETERAN INTERVIEWS

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AFHM Multimedia Mobile Museum

The Armed Forces Heritage Museum is in the process of releasing a traveling, educational and multi media 30 foot display trailer (please see image) that will feature some of the current ongoing projects, as part of the mission of the AFHM. 

(Lynch Exhibits owns the copyright to the rendering image shown)

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AFHM Multimedia Mobile Museum Reservation Request

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Acknowledging Our Supporters

Investing in the mission of the Armed Forces Heritage Museum benefits us all. The AFHM could not accomplish our goals without the support, involvement and enthusiasm of our dedicated supporters.


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Dignitaries Introduce Living History Documentaries

Many of the Armed Forces Heritage Museum documentaries are introduced by dignitaries such as Former U.S. Congressman Tom MacArthur (pictured to the right of Ernest Kaufman), and others such as Former NJ Lt Gov Kim Guadagno, former Congressman Jon Runyan and NJ State Senator Troy Singleton.

Feature Profile

SANDRA J. CONVILLE - Director

Sandra is a retired Registered Nurse, whose career spanned 50 years. Highlighting her career are positions of Practice Manager for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Administrator of a Physician Practice in Burlington County; Business Department Supervisor for a large Medical Group in Princeton; and Public Health Nurse for the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky....

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AFHM News Update

Never Forgetting Our Heroes

Watch Roy Plummer's tour of this awesome Military Mobile Museum keeping their stories alive!

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In Memorium

ALAN BUCHAN

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I would like to thank the Armed Forces Heritage Museum for taking this effort to remember, honor and educate what we do for our country.

Major General Rick Martin

It’s a story that I’m glad the Armed Forces Heritage Museum is going to preserve forever.

NJ Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Heroes are individuals who do a lot of ordinary things extraordinarily well under difficult circumstances.

NJ Assemblyman Troy Singleton

Look at the men and women that serve our nation, and see all that they’ve done to restore freedom and preserve our way of life in this world.

Congressman Tom MacArthur, NJ 3rd Congressional District