Sam Lindberg, of Bishop Hill, donated to the Henry County Museum two guns picked up by his father on the beach at the Pacific Ocean in World War II,and several books.

Sam Lindberg, of Bishop Hill, donated to the Henry County Museum two guns picked up by his father on the beach at the Pacific Ocean in World War II, and several books.

The guns Lindberg donated were an M1 Garand and a Japanese Type 99 “Last Ditch.”

He donated the rifles in memory of his parents, including his father, William “Lindy” Lindberg, who came to Galva from Tarnsjo, Sweden, in 1927 when he was 17.

After arriving in the U.S., William began working at the creamery in Galva before entering the Navy in about 1943. He was sent to the Pacific Theater to serve on a troop transport, the USS Brighton.

During time ashore, William found the M1 rifle and the Japanese rifle, both on the beach.

The two guns will be added to the museum’s collection and displayed in its military room.