Childhood friends were drafted into their country’s service and only one made it home. A graveside promise was made that “I’ll never let anyone forget you guys.” Ron McVaney vowed to keep his promise. He had collected hundreds of pieces of memorabilia over the last thirty-five years. Upon retiring, he told his wife Barbara that the time had come to share their memorabilia with the public. With the help of the Lewis County Board of Education, Lewis County Commission and the public, the Mountaineer Military Museum became a reality.