Greencastle youngster displays models and knowledge in military display at library

Anthony Prevetti chose a variety of combat pieces to highlight military action through the years.

Anthony Prevettti could probably take on any soldier or military historian when talking about equipment from the nation's wars. The 9-year-old is a fan of America's aerial and land power from World War I to the present. He started collecting planes and tanks when he was two. Now a fourth-grader at Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School, he has 100 pieces, which are on display at Besore Memorial Library.

The timing was deliberate. Anthony had notified the library of his collection, and they asked him to put it out in November, which includes Veterans Day.

He doesn't really know how he got started on the hobby, but his grandfather served in the Korean War.

"I like to study about the old wars," he said.

He and his parents, Tony and JoAnn Prevetti, have found many of the toy models in retail stores. They bought a World War II Sherman tank at the Carlisle Military College, and a bi-plane at an antique shop in Las Vegas.

Anthony can identify aircraft in films, and watches documentaries. His favorite movie is "The Final Countdown", which featured an E-2C Hawkeye. The aircraft has a satellite dish on it, a precursor to drones.

He also was excited about his B-17 Flying Fortress with eight machine guns attached.

"A whole bunch of these were lost in Germany," he said.

Anthony is a red belt in karate and also enjoys baseball and the Besore chess club. He wants to be a Navy fighter pilot.

The public is invited to see his display all month.

Patrons are also encouraged to tell Besore about their own collections, for future exhibition.