Kansas Museum of Military History

Kansas Museum of Military History Military History from WWI through Present Located in Augusta, Kansas, the museum is housed in the machine shop once owned and donated by the Williams Pipeline Company.

The museum houses over 10,000 artifacts many of which are on display; including a Huey helicopter, Kiowa helicopter, Vietnam era gun truck, Tanks, and many personal items

Operating as usual

This was the Mk-20 before refurb. The combat Mk-20s were painted a satin white. This is a former Weapons Load Trainer.

This was the Mk-20 before refurb. The combat Mk-20s were painted a satin white. This is a former Weapons Load Trainer.

Getting close to being done with the refurbishment of the museum's Mk-20 Cluster Bomb. One example of how your donations...

Getting close to being done with the refurbishment of the museum's Mk-20 Cluster Bomb. One example of how your donations help.

Getting close to being done with the refurbishment of the museum's Mk-20 Cluster Bomb. One example of how your donations help.


We are open today, come by and see what you've been missing!!


Due to the rain today we will not be open, our roof leak rate does not allow for an enjoyable visit while it rains.

In Abrams: We Rock, They Roll
In Abrams: We Rock, They Roll

In Abrams: We Rock, They Roll

In Abrams: We Rock, They RollMusic: Linius x Kordas - Dont Wanna Go Home (ESH Remix) In this video some footages associates ''Department of Defense.''All ima...


We will be open 10AM to 2PM on 3 July for tours.


Due to the large amount of water inside after last nights rain from our extremely leaky roof, the museum will be closed today. we apologize for any inconvenience.

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Chaplain Emil Kapaun fixes a flat on his bicycle in Korea, August 1950. Kapaun often rode this bike from location to location along the fighting lines to visit soldiers. (Photo courtesy Col. Raymond Skeehan)


Due to yesterday's heavy rains, we need a bit of time to dry out so we will be closed today. See you on Saturday of Father's Day weekend.


77 Years ago today, the young men of many nations descended on the beaches of Normandy, France, no this was not a day of sun and fun but the beginning of the taking back of a continent from an evil regime. The event will forever be known as D-Day. Let not the current generation of warriors or the people they protect forget their sacrifices and courage.


Today marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun.

In thinking about his death lately, two phrases Fr. Kapaun spoke before he died have been standing out to me. “Don’t worry about me,” he told his fellow POWs who were devastated at the loss of their friend and chaplain, “I’m going where I always wanted to go, and when I get there I’ll say a prayer for all of you.” And, in a message of reassurance for his superior back home: “Tell my bishop I died a happy death.”

To me, a slow, lonely, painful death in a Communist prison camp halfway across the world doesn’t seem like a happy death, but then, the saints have a different outlook on life, and that’s why we hold them in high esteem. Father Kapaun’s last words are expressions of his hope. Not hope for a life of ease and comfort, but the hope that comes from trusting God’s promises. The hope that comes from knowing that one has lived one's life striving to follow Christ’s commandment of love.

This year May 23 is also Pentecost Sunday. Holiness is the work of the Holy Spirit, and in every age, the Spirit invites and inspires men and women to offer their lives for Jesus and for others. This Spirit was at work in Fr. Kapaun, enabling him to fulfill the words that Christ spoke to his disciples before his own death: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Of course, Fr. Kapaun didn't start living this way only as death drew near, he offered himself in so many little ways throughout his life: by offering words of encouragement and washing soiled fatigues in the prison cam, by braving enemy fire to pray with and rescue GIs on the battlefield, by his hospitality and dedication to daily duties as a priest – even by his simple prayers and kindness to others as a student and son. That’s what makes a saint, and that’s why he was able to die such a remarkable death.

We remember and honor Fr. Kapaun this weekend and with his return to the diocese this coming fall, we pray that he helps us respond generously to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to offer our lives for Jesus and others, so that we too may live and die in our own remarkable manner.

Servant of God Emil Kapaun, pray for us!


open extended hours today until 3:30pm


Edgar R. Huff created his own path through the ranks of the Marine Corps, achieving several "firsts" as an African-American, and earning his spot in USMC history. His career began at Montford Point in September 1942, one of the first blacks to go through the training depot. He did so well that by March 1943, he returned there as a Drill Instructor, and eventually became the field sergeant major over all recruit training at Montford Point.
In 1944, Huff deployed for the first time to the Pacific with the 5th Depot Company. He took part in the battles for Saipan and Okinawa before moving on to North China. After the war, he returned to Montford Point for several years before moving into other billets. He deployed to his second war as a Gunnery Sergeant with 2/1 in 1951, seeing combat at the Punchbowl.
In 1955, Huff achieved the rank of Sergeant Major, becoming the first African-American to reach that prestigious rank in the Marines. He stayed on active duty for 17 more years, serving in numerous billets. Most notably, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam, becoming one of the relatively few veterans of 3 wars. He retired in 1972 after 30 years of service. Among other medals, he earned 2 Bronze Stars with "V" and 3 Purple Hearts. He passed away at Camp Lejeune on in 1994 at the age of 74.
#battlesightzero #bzo #history #military #militaryhistory #veteran #veterans #america #usmc #marinecorps #marines #semperfi #semperfidelis #montfordpointmarines #greatestgeneration #wwii #koreanwar #vietnamwar


Happy 105th birthday to Father Emil Kapaun!

Photos from National Infantry Museum's post

Photos from National Infantry Museum's post


Today is National Medal of Honor Day and it is our privilege to acknowledge the extreme acts of heroism and bravery displayed by all Medal of Honor recipients. Join us at 3:25PM for a #MomentofHonor as we pay tribute to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve, receiving our nation’s highest medal for valor in combat. Thank you for your service and sacrifice! https://mohmuseum.org/national-medal-of-honor-day/


'Unbroken Heroes’

We remember those who heroically made the ultimate sacrifice whilst bravely serving in the Far East. We remember the many Allied Prisoners of War who suffered heinously, and we remember those who eventually returned home, barely recognisable to their loved ones; never to be the same souls who left our shores. Lest We Forget.



A day to commemorate and honour the service and sacrifices of military and working dogs past and present.

'A Winter’s Tale’
In remembrance of the military working dogs and their handlers who bravely served together. In hostile conditions they brought each other comfort and companionship. As they shared warmth and food, unconditional bonds formed between our heroic soldiers and canine heroes. They will always be remembered.


found the break, pretty easy fix. big pipe is cracked from one end to the other through the 90

found the break, pretty easy fix. big pipe is cracked from one end to the other through the 90

found the break, pretty easy fix. big pipe is cracked from one end to the other through the 90


KEEP 'EM FLYING | Today marks the 117th anniversary of the birth of Major Alton Glenn Miller! His remarkable service and legacy during World War II in addition to his overall contributions to American music have allowed him to be celebrated all around the world. We decided to see how much you know about him! (Answer in the comments and we will provide the correct answers tonight.)

1. What medal was he awarded posthumously?

2. What was the song Pennsylvania 6-5000 referring to?

3. Where was he born?

4. Who has the most top ten hits? Elvis, The Beatles, or Glenn Miller?

5. What band appeared in the "Glenn Miller Story" movie as the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band?

6. What instrument did he play?

7. T/F Allied troops called his music the sound of freedom?

8. What W.C. Handy "march" did Miller add a military drum cadence to?

9. What date did his plane disappear over the English Channel?

10. Who was Miller's wife?

We sincerely thank Major Glenn Miller for paving the way for what is now The United States Air Force Band. May he continue to rest in peace!


Due to our recent pipe breakage we will be closed today. I plan to have repairs done on Monday.

G-Day 30 years ago today

G-Day 30 years ago today

G-Day + 30 years. How time flies.

kmmh indoor water park

burst pipe in the museum, water is off now, not much in the way of water damage, thankfully

Photos from Kansas Museum of Military History's post

Photos from Kansas Museum of Military History's post


Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth in the #USArmy:
In 1877, Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at #WestPoint earning a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
#history #westpoint


Due to large amounts of water inside the museum at this time from our leaky roof, we will be closed today, 30 January. We plan on being back open next Saturday.


135 N Walnut St
Augusta, KS

General information

Hours are: Saturdays 10am to 4pm To travel to the museum from Wichita, KS, get on US 54 East to Augusta, once in Augusta one will come to the junction of US 54 and Hwy 77 also known as Walnut Street. Turn South (right) and travel about 5 blocks to the Museum, if you cross the railroad tracks, you have just missed us!

Opening Hours

10am - 2pm


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