I was Robert Capa

Train Car Experience, The National WWII Museum - New Orleans, Louisiana

Train Car Experience, The National WWII Museum – New Orleans, Louisiana

Perhaps I was destined to be a Pro Photographer in an alternate life?

As part of the admission to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, you get a RFID card, which allows you to closely follow someone involved in World War II. You can use this card and swipe it on displays to get a customized point of view of the person you are following.

You have the option to select a person you like, which my son did. But my wife and I just got a randomly assigned person, which happens when you sit inside this 1940s Pullman rail car. The train exhibit, while it doesn’t move, reminds me of the more elaborate Hogwarts Express train ride at Universal Studios in Florida. The National WWII Museum has more elaborate displays than a typical museum, which at times, almost crosses into amusement park territory, but is done with professionalism and gravitas.

Out of the 50 possible people, I got randomly assigned to Robert Capa, arguably the greatest combat and adventure photographer in history. He was the only civilian photographer on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He also co-founded the famous Magnum Photos. Quick math reveals that I had a 2% chance of being Robert Capa.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

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