VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - The Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes is well known across the country. It houses thousands of items from many historical events.
But as News 10 found out, there's a lot more there that you won't find in the history books.
Everyone has a hobby. It can be anything from playing sports or solving puzzles.
That's why it caught our attention when we heard about two military veterans in southern Indiana. Their hobby is spending time preserving U.S. History.
Joe Smith and Mike Kelin have a lot in common; they're from the same area and they both served in the military.
But they only met a few years ago here at the Indiana Military Museum.
"I like to say he's the brain and I’m just the strong back but we work real well together. We don't take each other too serious," Mike said.
They volunteer at the museum working on projects and over time these veterans have become close friends.
That's why they took up a challenge to work on a big project.
"Well we've been on this Humvee for pretty close to 3 years. We aren’t quite got it done but it’s getting there," Joe said.
They have put it together piece by piece from the ground up.
They volunteer around four times a week and it's a hobby with a greater purpose.
"We are here to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in great wars and I feel big meaning in that because if we don't do it then peoples not going to know," Joe continued.
The Humvee is missing a few finishing touches like a radio and a gun mount. It may still take a while to complete this ride but the museum Curator, Jim Osborn, is already looking forward the duo's next project.
"We couldn't it without them and here's the thing, they're not off the hook,” Osborne said. “When they finish this project there's others waiting."
For them it's not a job.
"We goofed up when we let him know we could do things. I know, you do something long enough around here it becomes your job."
It's a way to spend time with a good friend, while giving back to the country which they love to serve.
"Military’s in our blood. It's just there. It never goes away. We may not look like much now but it’s still in there," Mike stated.
They both hope to have the Humvee fully running by the end of the year.
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