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Sneak peek at new Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum

This Thursday it will be 66 years since eastern Iowa lost five of its bravest, the Sullivan brothers. Today we got a look at a new museum named in honor of the five brothers.

The Sullivan family, from Waterloo, served together during World War II. On November 13th, 1942, they all died during the battle of Guadalcanal. Now eastern Iowa is honoring their memory.

This addition to the Grout Museum has taken three years and more than eleven million dollars, but for the veterans in Iowa, they say it's money and time well spent.

Roger Olesen enlisted in the navy shortly after turning 17. He was still going through training when World War II ended. During the war he lost two of his closest friends and now this museum will honor them and all Iowa service men and woman.

"It's a very interesting and very accurate portrayal of all these things," said Olesen.

Robin Venter is the curator of this new addition to the Grout. Over the years she has watched it come together.

"It has been a huge process a lot of people have been involved and it's been a long journey, but it's finally arrived," said Venter.

Now veterans from the Civil War all the way to the War on Terror will have a place to reflect.

"I think it means a lot to us, but I think it's going to mean a lot to the community, the veterans, to all Iowa veterans and even national veterans, because they'll have something honoring them and so for us to provide this for them it really means a lot," said Venter.

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