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May 22, 2009 by Harley-Davidson  

WWII display opens at Harley-Davidson Museum

From May 22 through August 10, the Harley-Davidson Museum® will host a special display, One American Hero, telling the story of Staff Sergeant Wallace Van Sandt, a young motorcycle enthusiast who was killed in action during WWII. For decades, Wallace's family preserved his memory through his prized possession, a 1941 Harley-Davidson WLD Sport Solo, along with many other personal mementoes from his short life.

The display will be highlighted by a compelling evening program on June 5 at 7pm, when Wallace's nephew Cleve Porter will tell the story of his uncle's life and ultimate sacrifice. A presentation by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) about the B-17 Flying Fortress, the plane on which young Wallace served aboard, will follow. Tickets are $5 for Museum members and military, $8 general public. More details can be found at


2 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Museum honors American war heroes”

  1. Bill Hood on May 23rd, 2009 7:09 am

    I see no mention of to whom the proceeds from this “Honoring” event will be awarded.

    Is it possible that Harley-Davidson would seek to profit from the sacrice of one of America’s fallen defenders of Freeedom and Democracy?

    Would the manufacturer of America’s iconic brand stoop to such a low level?
    Please clarify this for me.

    Bill Hood
    Harley Rider since 1969

  2. Editor on May 24th, 2009 1:49 pm

    Bill: Who said there would be any proceeds? There is no special charge to view this exhibit. Harley actually discounts passes to the Museum for active military and veterans year round. There is a nice write-up on Van Sandt, and his family’s desire to donate the motorcycle in 2009 002 edition of HOG magazine.

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