Americans in Wartime Museum

Americans in Wartime Museum Located just 23 miles from the nation’s capital and along the dynamic “Corridor of Military History,” the American Wartime Museum will illustrate how the nation’s wars have changed the lives of our citizens and defined the character of our co
The American Wartime Museum™ will be unlike any other museum in our country: * We will tell the stories of veterans from all military branches as well as corresponding units of the Reserves and National Guard. * We will share the wartime experiences of Americans on the home front who supported our men and women in uniform. * We will cover all major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, including World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraq/Afghanistan. * We will have a collection of over 100 operational military vehicles that visitors will be able to see in action and explore firsthand. * We will tell outdoor stories of wartime experience in the outdoors. * We will honor and serve millions of American veterans through the National Veterans Visitor Center and Veterans Recording Studio. * We will offer an interactive experience where visitors can learn about their heritage, their nation’s unique wartime experience and the contributions of their fellow citizens. Located just 23 miles from the nation’s capital and along the dynamic “Corridor of Military History,” the American Wartime Museum will illustrate how the nation’s wars have changed the lives of our citizens and defined the character of our country. The Museum’s leadership team and our many partners are dedicated to making the American Wartime Museum a reality. But we can’t do it without you. As you learn more about the Museum and its mission, we encourage you to get involved. Tell us your story of wartime experience, share your photos, become a member, attend our events – be a part of the American Wartime Museum!
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06/14/2020

Happy Birthday to the United States Army.

06/06/2020
D-Day 76th Anniversary // We Still Remember

D-Day 76th Anniversary // We Still Remember

#WWII #Veteran Jack Foy reads the prayer that Franklin D. Roosevelt gave just before the invasion of #Normandy 76 years ago on June 6, 1944. We have been tak...

Today should have been day 1 of the 2020 World War II Weekend in Reading, PA.  Instead, we are forced to remember years ...
06/05/2020

Today should have been day 1 of the 2020 World War II Weekend in Reading, PA. Instead, we are forced to remember years past, and look forward to next year.

*****For immediate release*****On April 28, 2020 a donation to the National Museum of Americans in Wartime was made by C...
05/29/2020

*****For immediate release*****

On April 28, 2020 a donation to the National Museum of Americans in Wartime was made by Caroline Kilgore, a World War II Rosie Riveter, and received by Jim Bish, a representative of the Museum. The donation is an aileron wing structure made of materials from an American World War II aircraft. It has clear anodized rivets with an aluminum finish which was standard for that time. Setting the rivets required two very skilled workers. One person used the pneumatic rivet gun and the other used the rivet set or “bucking bar” as they continuously communicated. Riveting was an art form that took craftsmanship. Any metal with scratches or dents from the rivet gun was deemed unacceptable.

The aileron wing was made by Dave Fulcher and gifted to Caroline Kilgore in honor of her service as a Rosie. Dave’s mother, Ruth, was also a World War II Rosie. She worked in the famed Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Dave and his brother Kin own a business, Highway Chopper, in Glendale, Arizona.

This donated World War II era aircraft wing was signed by over twenty Rosies from the Sun City, Arizona Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association before a clear glaze finish completed the historic one of a kind piece. Nine of these Rosies have been interviewed by the National Museum of Americans in Wartime Voices of Freedom project. They are, Frances Ellis, Caroline Kilgore, Arkie Huffman, Mary Jo McCully, Corinne Kellar, Eileen Blackler, Erlinda Avila, Marie Brannan, and Eileen Berger. Their interviews can be viewed on the Museum’s website at www.nmaw.org. On the back of the aileron wing, some daughters of Rosies, called Rosebuds, have also signed.

Until the Rosie signed aileron wing gets a permanent place in the museum, it will be on temporary exhibit with many other artifacts in the Voices of Freedom’s mobile recording studio, which also serves as mobile museum. The mobile recording studio is driven to museum and military events every year in the eastern United States.

This piece along with numerous other artifacts, tanks, and various other operating military vehicles will be on display at the museums annual open house scheduled for August 29 and 30 in Nokesville, VA. Visit our website at www.nmaw.org for more information and directions to the event.
WUSA Stars and Stripes NBC Washington ABC 7 News - WJLA

05/25/2020

Remembering the 1.2 million American soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coasties who have died to keep us free.

05/20/2020
Motor Pool at the Wartime Museum

Motor Pool at the Wartime Museum

Come see, 75+ military vehicles, 200+ living historians, large ordnance displays plus much more. Our 2 day event is visited by 6 to 8 thousand guests each year. www.nmaw.org

05/02/2020

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds and United States Navy Blue Angels over Heathcote Hospital in Gainesville, VA. #americastrong #inthistogether

05/01/2020

What your favorite war movie?

05/01/2020
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
04/30/2020

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Baltimore, D.C. and Atlanta - we are heading your way this Saturday! Check back Friday for routes and overhead times. Stay home and stay safe! Air Force Thunderbirds

#AmericaStrong
#InThisTogether
#HealthcareHeroes

The M24 Chaffee light tank is the favorite tank in the collection of our founding chairman, Allan Cors.  Tell us which o...
04/18/2020

The M24 Chaffee light tank is the favorite tank in the collection of our founding chairman, Allan Cors. Tell us which one is your favorite?

We had these 2 cameras donated to us a couple of months ago.  Neither is American made, but both were made by members of...
04/16/2020

We had these 2 cameras donated to us a couple of months ago. Neither is American made, but both were made by members of communist block countries during the Cold War.

The camera on the left is a Zenit-B and was made by the East German camera company Zenit between 1968 and 1977.

The camera on the right is a Pentacon Six TL and was made in the Soviet Union by Pentacon between 1966 and 1992.

This collection of Vietnam era Marine Corps Master Sergeant insignia was donated by the Hayes family.  Each hashmark rep...
04/15/2020

This collection of Vietnam era Marine Corps Master Sergeant insignia was donated by the Hayes family. Each hashmark represents 4 years of service. Semper Fi!

Check out this neat little model we had donated to us.  It was made in 1919 and is a replica of the French light tank of...
04/14/2020

Check out this neat little model we had donated to us. It was made in 1919 and is a replica of the French light tank of the era.

This week we are going to share some of the items we have had donated to us over the last year.  As we travel to differe...
04/13/2020

This week we are going to share some of the items we have had donated to us over the last year. As we travel to different events throughout the year, we have people wanting to donate things that belonged to family members that they would like us to preserve and display so others may enjoy and learn from them. We are always thrilled and humbled when somebody trusts us with items that once belonged to their loved one.

This first set of items comes from a larger collection of items donated by the Watson family; A pistol holster, ammunition pouch and firearm oil can. All three are from World War II.

50 years ago today, James Lovell (Navy), Jack Swigert (Air Force) and Fred Haise (Air Force) began their journey to the ...
04/11/2020
NASA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13 ‘A Successful Failure’

50 years ago today, James Lovell (Navy), Jack Swigert (Air Force) and Fred Haise (Air Force) began their journey to the moon aboard Apollo 13. Two days and 210,000 miles later, disaster struck and their hopes of walking on moon ended. Because failure was not an option, a team of dedicated Americans back on Earth got to work in getting the crew home safely. As we always do when times are tough, we overcame adversity and succeeded.

As NASA marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission – which has become known as “a successful failure” that saw the safe return of its crew in spite of a catastrophic explosion – the agency is sharing a variety of resources, recognizing the triumph of the mission control team and the...

04/02/2020

American is at War

The Americans in Wartime Museum will chronicle all aspects of how our people respond during a time of war. And right now, America is at war. With an unseen, microscopic enemy called COVID-19.

Our heroes not only wear OCP camouflage, but sometimes they wear green scrubs. Right now, the doctors, nurses, and clinicians are on the front line of our war on COVID-19. They risk their lives daily, exposing themselves to a virus that we know little about. But they kiss their family goodbye in the morning and commute to work, knowing they are putting themselves in danger. That is bravery and courage.

But that is what Americans do for each other. And what we all must do for each other. Americans put aside their differences, and do what is right—what is needed to be done. I am amazed as each day shows how the spirit of America will conquer this latest threat. From high school students turning out new forms of medical personal protective equipment on the 3-D printer, to children holding rallies to collect money for those temporarily out of a job. To my neighbors waving and cheering on the sanitation people as they keep our neighborhood clean and safe.

Not only are our medical professionals on the front lines, valor can be in police blue or firefighter’s red. The cap of a long-haul trucker delivering food or supplies symbolizes that America will not be deterred. Essential workers wearing coveralls to keep our water, electricity and sewage systems running—they too are worthy of mention.

The Tank Farm is doing its part. We are self-isolating all staff and volunteers at this time. Where possible, planning and meetings are occurring via telecommuting. We are looking for tank parts and planning for our next Open House.

We are following CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing. You should too. The Americans in Wartime Museum WANTS TO SEE YOU in 2020. So please self-isolate, check on the elderly, call friends, play games, order delivery from local restaurants, from wineries , from breweries and cook great food. And we all will conquer this enemy.

Be Safe

Welcome home.
03/29/2020

Welcome home.

Many of our staff and volunteers served in the military.  If you served, we’d love to see a picture.  Post in the commen...
03/28/2020

Many of our staff and volunteers served in the military. If you served, we’d love to see a picture. Post in the comments. #supportthetroops #veterans

We passed on the news last week about the passing of Navy veteran Jim Bourke.  Wanted to share his obituary to hopefully...
03/24/2020

We passed on the news last week about the passing of Navy veteran Jim Bourke. Wanted to share his obituary to hopefully give everybody a glimpse into the man he was.

Jim’s interview can be seen here>>> https://www.nmaw.org/war/jim-bourke/

Command Master Chief Corpsman

James J. Bourke, II, “Stoney”, 73, of Dale City, Virginia, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020.
Jim was born February 24, 1947, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to James and Eloise Bourke. He graduated from Sheridan High School in May 1965 and entered the Navy on July 9, 1965. He is survived by his wife, Gwendylon of 46 years who was also a Corpsman.

Jim retired from the Navy in 1989 and continued in the fleet reserves for 4 more years to fully retire with 30 years of service. He had a highly decorated career in the Navy, as he earned seven Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars and was part of Seal Team One. He also served three tours in Vietnam. Jim retired as a Command Master Chief and was very respected and loved among shipmates, family, and friends.

Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed watching Westerns (especially anything with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood). He was a big Star Wars fan and animal lover, enjoyed camping, loved BBQs, and valued spending time with family and friends. Oh and loved online shopping. And as with any true sailor, he loved his seafood. Jim was always the man who would step in and help anyone out and was the first to perform “minor” surgery (like giving stitches) on family and friends in their time of need.

Jim was a strong man and one of a kind. He survived a liver transplant of 22 years (which is very uncommon) and was a kidney transplant recipient of 1.5 years. Anyone who knew him could say he had more than nine lives and was made of steel.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in honor of James J. Bourke II.

The M5A1 Stuart Light Tank in action at the 2018 Oatlands WWII Weekend.                                 #tanks #tankfarm...
03/23/2020

The M5A1 Stuart Light Tank in action at the 2018 Oatlands WWII Weekend. #tanks #tankfarm #tankrestoration

We are sorry to have to report the loss of another of our greatest generation.  Dick Donald served his country with hono...
03/19/2020

We are sorry to have to report the loss of another of our greatest generation. Dick Donald served his country with honor as a member of the United States Navy during WWII. He was a regular at the Army Heritage Days in Carlisle, PA and at WWII Weekend in Reading, PA. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview him in 2018. Rest In Peace Dick.

https://www.nmaw.org/war/dick-donald/

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Navy veteran Jim Bourke.  Jim served 3 tours in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman and...
03/17/2020

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Navy veteran Jim Bourke. Jim served 3 tours in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman and received several Purple Hearts. The injuries he received while serving his country would remain with him for the rest of his life.

https://www.nmaw.org/war/jim-bourke/

We think she turned out pretty good.  What do you think?
03/13/2020

We think she turned out pretty good. What do you think?

Finishing up with the Centurion
03/12/2020

Finishing up with the Centurion

Had the pleasure of meeting Romuald Lipinski and showing him around the farm today.  Romuald served in the Polish milita...
03/06/2020

Had the pleasure of meeting Romuald Lipinski and showing him around the farm today. Romuald served in the Polish military during WWII where he drove a Sherman.

Work continues.
03/05/2020

Work continues.

Getting her camo paint today.
03/04/2020

Getting her camo paint today.

03/02/2020
Iconic 'Memphis Belle’ to Stop Flying

Iconic 'Memphis Belle’ to Stop Flying

The ever-rising cost of insurance premiums of Memphis Belle, coupled with steadily rising fuel and labor costs have forced the hands of the board of

It’s been a very good weekend for the Voices of Freedom in Crystal City interviewing Desert Storm veterans who are atten...
02/23/2020

It’s been a very good weekend for the Voices of Freedom in Crystal City interviewing Desert Storm veterans who are attending the 29th Anniversary VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Memorial & Reunion. Thanks goes to the VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association for their hospitality.

Happy New Year!  To all the volunteers and staff of the Americans in Wartime Museum, we thank you for all you did in 201...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! To all the volunteers and staff of the Americans in Wartime Museum, we thank you for all you did in 2019. The tanks are amazing, but its people who are the driving force behind what we do. We are excited about the progress being made and look forward to a great 2020 and beyond! Big things are on the horizon.

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12/31/2019

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To all the men and women who sacrificed their lives and fought for our freedom. Thank you.
One of the last surviving WWII US Navy aces dies at 100 years old.
Want to check to see if you have a Guadalcanal veteran in your archives. His name is Jim Smith.
Marc, I have not abandoned you guys. Just staying in for a week or so per my doctors request. He said I couldn't go out and play. I'll get back with you next week.
Found this picture. Fog on the farm. Probably early to mid 90’s.
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Nothing better than walking in the snowy woods with snow falling down the back of your neck.
Collection of time-lapses I shot at this past year's Tank Farm Open House.
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A great site and very informative and a great WWII history lesson.
What is the physical address of the museum? We drove around looking for it all morning.