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Fort Des Moines Museum Welcome to the Official page of the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center. **CURRENTLY OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** The Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center preserves and promotes the history of the African American men who served in World War I and the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) of World War II.

Operating as usual

11/13/2021

TOMORROW, we will be having two events at Fort Des Moines Museum!

11:00am: Des Moines University will be presenting, and the Museum will accept a 15-volume set of books documenting the history and works of the US Medical Corps.

12:00pm: George Whitehair, Ouli Sow, Khoi Pham and Heather Pham will present a program and launch a comic book based on the life of WWI veteran Dr. Frank E. Boston, who served at Fort Des Moines and later became an American hero during and after WWI!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

11/13/2021
2021 November Salute - America250

Check out the National WWI Museum and Memorial's latest display: a mosaic that features WWI hero !Sgt. Henry Johnson and "is comprised of over 3,500 photos and stories of active-duty service members, reservists, guard members, and veterans submitted by Americans nationwide."

Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸
11/12/2021

Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸

Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸

PLEASE JOIN US!🇺🇸This Saturday, November 13th, we are very excited to be hosting two events at the Fort Des Moines Museu...
11/11/2021

PLEASE JOIN US!🇺🇸
This Saturday, November 13th, we are very excited to be hosting two events at the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center!

At 11:00am, Des Moines University will be presenting, and the Museum will accept, a 15-volume set of books documenting the history and works of the US Medical Corps.

Then at noon, George Whitehair, Ouli Sow, Khoi Pham and Heather Pham will present a program and launch a comic book based on the life of WWI veteran Dr. Frank Boston, who served at Fort Des Moines and later became an American hero during and after WWI. I have attached a couple documents with more information.

PLEASE JOIN US!🇺🇸
This Saturday, November 13th, we are very excited to be hosting two events at the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center!

At 11:00am, Des Moines University will be presenting, and the Museum will accept, a 15-volume set of books documenting the history and works of the US Medical Corps.

Then at noon, George Whitehair, Ouli Sow, Khoi Pham and Heather Pham will present a program and launch a comic book based on the life of WWI veteran Dr. Frank Boston, who served at Fort Des Moines and later became an American hero during and after WWI. I have attached a couple documents with more information.

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to approve a bill designating North Broad Street as the “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial ...
11/09/2021
Bill would name Broad Street for iconic doctor

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to approve a bill designating North Broad Street as the “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway." Dr. Frank E. Boston trained at Fort Des Moines for World War I as part of the 92nd Buffalo Soldiers!

https://www.thereporteronline.com/2021/10/22/bill-would-name-broad-street-for-iconic-doctor/

“The life and accomplishments of Dr. Boston are a testament to what materializes from the best qualities in a human being,” said state Senator Bob Mensch,

PLEASE JOIN US Saturday, November 6th, 2021, for Fort Des Moines Museum’s fifth annual MASSING OF THE COLORS. Color guar...
11/03/2021

PLEASE JOIN US Saturday, November 6th, 2021, for Fort Des Moines Museum’s fifth annual MASSING OF THE COLORS.
Color guard units will gather at 10:00am. The ceremony will begin at 11:00am on the Museum grounds, located at 75 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines.
Free admission. The public is invited!

This is a patriotic ceremony to salute our servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans, while also honoring the legacy of those men and women who trained at Fort Des Moines in the last century.

Interesting post!
10/19/2021

Interesting post!

We recently had the honor of a visit from Hilda Griggs, one of the few surviving members of the famed 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. She joined the WACs in 1943 after her five brothers enlisted and served overseas in England and France. Please see the comments below for two articles written about her recently.

A Final Resting Place at America’s Most Hallowed Grounds: The Arlington 14 From the Six Triple Eight | The National WWII...
09/24/2021
A Final Resting Place at America’s Most Hallowed Grounds: The Arlington 14 From the Six Triple Eight | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans

A Final Resting Place at America’s Most Hallowed Grounds: The Arlington 14 From the Six Triple Eight | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans

Just when you thought that most of the stories of the legendary all-black female military unit from World War II had been told, along comes the recent discovery that 14 of the 855 women from the “Six Triple Eight” have a final resting place at America’s most hallowed grounds, Arlington Nationa...

Check out this awesome design honoring Dr. Frank E. Boston and Fort Des Moines Museum!
09/22/2021

Check out this awesome design honoring Dr. Frank E. Boston and Fort Des Moines Museum!

The above challenge coin was designed for Dr. Boston and honors his service with the 92nd (Buffalo Soldiers) and a salute to Fort Des Moines. Look for our upcoming contest for Black History Month where we encourage everyone to get involved and celebrate Black History as we honor Dr. Boston. Details to follow soon………………

09/11/2021

The State Historical Society of Iowa will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a bell-ringing ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Liberty Bell located east of the State Capitol.

The bell will toll first at 7:46 a.m. to mark the time of the attack on the World Trade Center's North Tower in New York City, and then later to mark the attacks on the South Tower and the Pentagon, as well as the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

In addition, the State Historical Museum of Iowa has opened a new display that commemorates those who died during the attacks and honors Iowa City firefighter Glenn Pauley, who assisted in the rescue and recovery operation in New York. Several articles of clothing he wore during the rescue and recovery are on display in the "Iowa's People & Places" exhibition, which will be open to the public 10-11 a.m. on Saturday and during the museum's regular hours of 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

#IowaCulture #Iowa175 #iowa #KCCI WHO Radio WHO 13 News
We Are Iowa Local 5 News #iowalocalhistorynetwork

If I'm not mistaken, one of her coaches was part of the first class of Black officers trained at Fort Des Moines.
08/19/2021

If I'm not mistaken, one of her coaches was part of the first class of Black officers trained at Fort Des Moines.

At the 1948 Olympics in London, high jumper Alice Coachman became the first African American woman to win a gold medal.

Despite nursing a back injury, the Albany State College student recorded an unprecedented jump of 5 feet, 6 1/8 inches, breaking the previous Olympic record of 5 feet, 4 3/4 inches. King George VI, awarded her the medal.

Later on, Coachman reflected, “If I had gone to the games and failed, there wouldn’t be anyone to follow in my footsteps. It encouraged the rest of the women to work harder and fight harder.”

After the Olympics, Coachman was congratulated by President Harry S. Truman at the White House. Upon her return to Albany, a parade was thrown in her honor, but the city’s mayor refused to shake her hand. #HiddenHerstory #GameChangers #APeoplesJourney

Lt. Col. Charity Adams Earley served as the highest-ranking Black woman officer during World War II, confirms the Nation...
08/15/2021

Lt. Col. Charity Adams Earley served as the highest-ranking Black woman officer during World War II, confirms the National Museum of the United States Army.

She served in the 3rd Company, 3rd Training Regiment WAAC, Fort Des Moines! Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center

She was the commanding officer of the battalion of African-American women serving overseas during World War II in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.

Their mission: to organize and sort mail for delivery to U.S. soldiers. Despite segregated living conditions, her troops ensured the delivery of "millions of letters" in months, the museum confirms.

After her service, Earley received honors, worked in academic administration, and was active with community and civic work in Ohio.

Photo cred: Foundation for Women Warriors

Lt. Col. Charity Adams Earley served as the highest-ranking Black woman officer during World War II, confirms the National Museum of the United States Army.

She served in the 3rd Company, 3rd Training Regiment WAAC, Fort Des Moines! Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center

She was the commanding officer of the battalion of African-American women serving overseas during World War II in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.

Their mission: to organize and sort mail for delivery to U.S. soldiers. Despite segregated living conditions, her troops ensured the delivery of "millions of letters" in months, the museum confirms.

After her service, Earley received honors, worked in academic administration, and was active with community and civic work in Ohio.

Photo cred: Foundation for Women Warriors

07/21/2021

We have been steadily researching ways to improve our WAC Recruiting display for upcoming events! Each primary source we come by is a treasure. Pictured below is Adeline Sears LaPlante in her WAAC officer's uniform and wool overcoat posing with a recruiting poster. LaPlante joined the WAAC in 1942, and commissioned in October 1942 after completing Officer Candidate School at Fort Des Moines. She worked as a recruiter in North Carolina, visiting a multitude of cities to help meet WAC enlistment quotas.
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Image Credit: UNCG Women Veterans Historical Project, WV0395 Adeline Sears LaPlante Papers, 1942-1945, WV0395.6.020.

We hope all veterans felt honored today!❤️🤍💙Happy Independence Day from Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center!🇺🇸
07/05/2021

We hope all veterans felt honored today!❤️🤍💙
Happy Independence Day from Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center!🇺🇸

Happy Independence Day from 1st WAC! 🇺🇸🎆

Image Credit: Fort Des Moines Museum

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸..Today we celebrate the Resolution passed in 1777  which made “Old Glory” our National Flag. May it w...
06/14/2021

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸
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Today we celebrate the Resolution passed in 1777 which made “Old Glory” our National Flag. May it wave as our standard forever! #TodayInHistory #WomenintheWac

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸
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Today we celebrate the Resolution passed in 1777 which made “Old Glory” our National Flag. May it wave as our standard forever! #TodayInHistory #WomenintheWac

Photos from The Six Triple Eight documentary's post
05/31/2021

Photos from The Six Triple Eight documentary's post

Who are you honoring today? #MemorialDay
05/31/2021

Who are you honoring today? #MemorialDay

#MemorialDay is a national day of remembrance honoring members of the military who died in service to the nation. The DOD honors all service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Who are you honoring today? #HonorThem

05/31/2021

Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day), began as a way to honor those whose lives were lost in the devastation of the Civil War by decorating their graves. It evolved as a day to honor sacrifices of all war dead after the US found itself in another major conflict – WWI.

In 1971, the day was recognized as a federal holiday for the rest time. Each year the nation pauses to pay tribute to the selfless heroes who have given their full measure of devotion to our country while in performance of their military duties.

Our war dead should never be forgotten, and their sacrifice must be honored by a renewed commitment to the ideals that they fought for. Join us in doing so this Memorial Day. "To the end, to the end, they remain…"

#LestWeForget

05/31/2021

Today, on Memorial Day, we reflect on the lives of U.S. service members lost with a deep sense of gratitude and respect.

The roots of Memorial Day, then known as Decoration Day, date back to the Civil War era. Local commemorations, the first of which were organized by women and African Americans, would lay flowers on the graves of soldiers who perished during the war.

In 1868, Major General John A. Logan called for the creation of a national Memorial Day, writing that "we should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. . .Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic."

Over one hundred years later, in 1971, Memorial Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday by an act of Congress. Discover more history here: https://s.si.edu/2YJSZGe

📷: Decoration Day postcard, early 1900s, Archives Center, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

05/27/2021

"Possibly Adeline Sears LaPlante wearing the WAAC (Women's Auxiliary Army Corps) uniform with a gas mask, October 7, 1942. Caption on back of photograph: "What the well dressed WAAC will wear. Oct. 7, '42""

Adeline Sears LaPlante of Easton, Pennsylvania joined the WAAC in September 1942. After completing Officer Candidate School at Fort Des Moines and commissioning in October 1942, she attended recruiter training in Atlanta, Georgia. From there she was stationed in Charlotte, North Carolina. In September 1943, LaPlante was sent to Intermediate Officer Training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and later Daytona Beach, Florida. Her time with the WAC ended in August 1945, where she was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.

Source: [WAAC in uniform], WV0395 Adeline Sears LaPlante Papers, 1942-1945, UNCG Women Veterans Historical Project, Greensboro, NC. http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/WVHP/id/3169/rec/24

05/26/2021

"Four WACs, including Doris Dickens Wilson (second from right), practicing pushups at Officer Candidate School, circa 1943."

Doris Dickens Wilson enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in July 1942. She completed basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. In 1943, she returned to Fort Des Moines and completed Officer Candidate School and then re-enlisted in the Women's Army Corps post-transition. Throughout her career with the Army, she worked in the Fort Devens, MA base library, served at a passenger station in California, and was eventually transferred to the Officer's Promotion Unit in Washington DC. Wilson was discharged from the WAC in 1945. In 1971, she earned a Ph.D. in home economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and taught until her retirement in 1982.

Source: UNCG Special Collections & University Archives Women Veterans Historical Project

On May 16th, 1942, Oveta Culp Hobby was sworn in by Major General Myron C. Cramer as Director of the newly created Women...
05/16/2021

On May 16th, 1942, Oveta Culp Hobby was sworn in by Major General Myron C. Cramer as Director of the newly created Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps. Also in attendance were Secretary of War Harry L. Stimson, Chief of Staff of the Army George C. Marshall and other government officials. #thisdayinhistory #womeninthearmy #waac #wac

On May 16th, 1942, Oveta Culp Hobby was sworn in by Major General Myron C. Cramer as Director of the newly created Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps. Also in attendance were Secretary of War Harry L. Stimson, Chief of Staff of the Army George C. Marshall and other government officials. #thisdayinhistory #womeninthearmy #waac #wac

Timeline Photos
05/16/2021

Timeline Photos

The Army Reserve is proud to serve with the U.S. Army and alongside the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, United States Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard in defense of our nation.

#ArmedForcesDay #TotalForce

05/16/2021

Today, 15 MAY 2021 is Armed Forces Day. It is a day that we recognize members across all five branches of service that are CURRENTLY serving. Thank you for your commitment to the United States of America and all that call her home!!
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#landofthefreebecauseofthebrave
#sidewinders

And history was made! #WWII #Armyhistory #WAAC #USArmy #military
05/16/2021

And history was made! #WWII #Armyhistory #WAAC #USArmy #military

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TOMORROW, we will be having two events at Fort Des Moines Museum! 11:00am: Des Moines University will be presenting, and the Museum will accept a 15-volume set of books documenting the history and works of the US Medical Corps. 12:00pm: George Whitehair, Ouli Sow, Khoi Pham and Heather Pham will present a program and launch a comic book based on the life of WWI veteran Dr. Frank E. Boston, who served at Fort Des Moines and later became an American hero during and after WWI! We look forward to seeing you all there!
Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸
PLEASE JOIN US!🇺🇸 This Saturday, November 13th, we are very excited to be hosting two events at the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center! At 11:00am, Des Moines University will be presenting, and the Museum will accept, a 15-volume set of books documenting the history and works of the US Medical Corps. Then at noon, George Whitehair, Ouli Sow, Khoi Pham and Heather Pham will present a program and launch a comic book based on the life of WWI veteran Dr. Frank Boston, who served at Fort Des Moines and later became an American hero during and after WWI. I have attached a couple documents with more information.
The Pennsylvania Senate voted to approve a bill designating North Broad Street as the “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway." Dr. Frank E. Boston trained at Fort Des Moines for World War I as part of the 92nd Buffalo Soldiers! https://www.thereporteronline.com/2021/10/22/bill-would-name-broad-street-for-iconic-doctor/
PLEASE JOIN US Saturday, November 6th, 2021, for Fort Des Moines Museum’s fifth annual MASSING OF THE COLORS. Color guard units will gather at 10:00am. The ceremony will begin at 11:00am on the Museum grounds, located at 75 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines. Free admission. The public is invited! This is a patriotic ceremony to salute our servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans, while also honoring the legacy of those men and women who trained at Fort Des Moines in the last century.
Interesting post!
Listen to the podcast and learn more about 6888th Veteran, Major Fannie Griffin McClendon!✨
Check out this awesome design honoring Dr. Frank E. Boston and Fort Des Moines Museum!
If I'm not mistaken, one of her coaches was part of the first class of Black officers trained at Fort Des Moines.