Actor injured in WWII reenactment sues Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Website for National Museum of the Pacific War
Website for National Museum of the Pacific War

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — A Hill Country man who was injured while performing during a World War II reenactment at the National Museum of the Pacific War is suing for damages he sustained.

According to a civil lawsuit filed on March 31, on Aug. 30, 2014, Bode McKay was a performer in one of the museum’s reenactments. The re-creation of historic battles usually includes explosions that simulate cannon and mortar fire. During the performance, McKay had to act like he was dead while two of McKay’s fellow actors dragged him to another location on the battlefield.

The lawsuit says the two actors dragged him and put him “directly on top of an explosive charge,” as stated in the lawsuit. The charge was set off at random while McKay’s head and neck was on top of it, which caused him severe injuries, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit contends the Admiral Nimitz Foundation was negligent and failed to properly train the actors, which lead to McKay’s injuries. The lawsuit also names the two other actors as defendants because they failed to “reasonably inform himself as to the location of the explosive charges on the battlefield.”

The plaintiff is seeking damages for pain and suffering, loss wages and medical expenses.

KXAN reached out to the president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation President for a comment but he said, “No comment.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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