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In just over a month, Weston's new Mountaineer Military Museum will hold its grand opening.

The museum received a generous donation from a Fairmont veteran that will give it a little something extra to feature on opening day.

"I'm here to donate this vehicle in memory of my mother and father who were both World War II veterans to Hogs and Heroes Foundation," said Staff Sergeant Tim Miller, Vietnam Air Veteran. "They will in turn will accept and donate it to the Weston Military Museum in honor of all of the fallen comrades, men and women."

The M151, or MUTT, was used for transportation in the Vietnam War.

"They hauled patients on it, they used it for ambulances, run them back and forth from munitions," said Rob McVaney, Mountaineer Military Museum owner. "Just about anything you'd know. It's a workhorse."

The Patriot Guard escorted the M151 in an honorable mission from Fairmont to its new home in Weston.

"It's just another way to honor them," said Buddy Myers, Patriot Guard. "Today happens to be a good mission. It reflects part of the history of the Vietnam War."

Miller bought the vehicle on eBay for $4,500 and it looks like it came straight off the battlefield.

He said he's happy to help the museum.

"I visited the museum and they needed something like this to complete it," Miller said. "I'm real happy to do it."

"It also means a lot to me because it's a big piece of history and its something that I was looking for," McVaney said. "It's been a God send and I'm tremendously happy."

The Mountaineer Military Museum will hold its grand opening on May 30.