Nearly seven decades since the end of World War II, you could still help the war effort.
The National World War II Museum has collected a wealth of items but remains poor in important areas, its curators tell AP.
The museum needs:
Women Airforce Service Pilots artifacts: A WASP uniform, log book, flight jacket, etc., with information about who wore it or used it.
Axis pistols: Especially Beretta Mo.34; Star Modelo B, Astra 300; Mauser C96; Browning Hi Power (with German Acceptance Stamps), Polish P-35 Radom, Walther Last Ditch Volkspistolen, Sauer M38. Steyr-Pistole M 12
Black servicemen memorabilia: Tuskegee Airmen gear or clothing or other artifacts from those who served on the USS Mason — the first Navy ship with an African-American crew
World War II magazines: Editions of the Saturday Evening Post, Infantry Journal, Artillery Journal, Motornews and specific issues of Time, Stars & Stripes (no European Theater of Operations versions) and Yank.
Ration books: Covers manufactured by private companies such as banks. They usually contain patriotic messages about their part in the war effort.
A canteen: From the Battle of the Kasserine Pass in North Africa, where U.S. forces first fought German troops.
What the museum doesn’t need:
Feel free to leave your Samurai sword or Nazi flag to your great-grandchild. The museum’s website says it is no longer accepting those spoils of war.
Updated: If you wish to donate a ration book, etc., go here.