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Eric Stonestreet shows his secret love — WWII history — on travel show

Eric Stonestreet visits the Pacific Aviation Museum in Hawaii for “Celebrity Adventure Club.”
Eric Stonestreet visits the Pacific Aviation Museum in Hawaii for “Celebrity Adventure Club.”

We’ve seen Eric Stonestreet clowning around on “Modern Family” and tossing a softball for celebrity fundraisers.

But who knew he’s such a history buff?

Stonestreet will lead viewers on a tour of World War II battlefronts on the third installment of the Travel Channel’s “Celebrity Adventure Club,” where famous guests get to delve into topics they love.

On previous shows, “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer chose to look at space exploration, and NFL star turned actor Terry Crews checked out the revitalization of Detroit.

In his segment, Stonestreet, a Kansas City, Kan., native who studied sociology at Kansas State University, journeys to Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state. It’s set to air at 4 p.m. Nov. 9.

“I’m infatuated with the story of when World War II came to American shores,” Stonestreet says in a Travel Channel statement. “It’s not very often you get to stand where history happened.”

His travels begin at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Oahu, where he boards a biplane to follow the Japanese attack fleet’s path over battleship row. He shows WWII aircraft restoration and a tour of Pearl Harbor.

In Alaska, he visits the site of a shipwreck and military barracks on Mount Ballyhoo and learns the legacy of the battle of Dutch Harbor. In Seattle he flies aboard a B-17 bomber.

While filming the episode in August 2015, Stonestreet chronicled his time via Instagram.

 

What an honor and treat to meet this gentleman.

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Going up in this B-17 now.

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Made it to Dutch Harbor. Where's the party at?

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