Traveling with Jerry (part 2)
Out and about in100 degree heat
Retired Colonel Gerald (Jerry) Sargent called me and asked if I would come and take him for a drive. My grandson Michael Brooks had called me the last time I was there and he asked me if I would bring him along. Michael and I arrived at 10 hundred hours sharp. When you are working for an Army Colonel time given is military time. Not knowing where we were going had us both wondering what we were going to do. Jerry greeted us and spent about a hour talking to Michael. He is eleven and has always liked to read and watch everything military. It was a match made in heaven. Michael had his tank book with him and they looked through the pictures and Michael read him the captions. Jerry's eyesight is less than 50%. Finally we loaded up the car and left. First stop was McDonalds and then Jerry told us where we were going. Camp Atterbury was our intended destination. He wanted to show Michael the tanks and equipment and the museum. Atterbury is located about ten miles south of Franklin, where Jerry lives.
Atterbury is not a fort but a camp, a training facility for both reserve and active units. Sitting on a 33000 acre maneuver training site. It also trains with the A-10 Thunder bolt aircraft used in today's scrimmages. Built in 1942 ( and yes Jerry helped build it) Atterbury also serves the public with great hunting,camping and fishing. It has a motto "Preparamus" means "we are ready"
We were ready but the museum was closed. The outside museum was open and you could wander around all the old and some new equipment. My car thermometer said 102 not a good idea to be wandering about. We drove aroud the camp and decided to go to Columbus, Indiana just seven miles futher south. Columbus is a great city with more interesting outdoor art and architect than the big city of Indianapolis the state capital.It is the home base to Cummins Diesel the diesel Doge uses for its' trucks. Columbus is also known for its architecture. J. Irwin Miller Co founder of the Cummins Engine Company instituted a program in which the Cummins Company paid the architects' fee if the client selected a firn from a list compile by Mr. Miller. The plan was inituated with public schools. It was so successful that Miller went on to defray the design costs of fire stations. public housing and other community structures. Columbus was voted last week as one of the top five places to retire.From there we traveled to the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum located at the Columbus Municipal Airport where you will see all things Air Force from 1942 thru 1970. Michael and Jerry were like old army buddies
The next day Jerry had plans to go to the Garfield Conservatory and Gardens in Indianapolis. The park is one of Indianapolis's oldest and has a top-notch Amazon jungle. For one dollar you can walk among giant plant and orchids beside waterfalls and small ponds. The problem is that when it is 100 degrees outside ......well guess what temperature the gardens are? 100 degrees plus 100 plus humidity. We didn't stay long. The park has many statues and Jerry knew them all. At 85 his memory and knowledge is better than anyone I know. He is like an animated history lesson. I am very lucky to experience this. Until next time. Who knows where we will go.