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This state-of-the-art facility will tell the history of the Army through the stories of bravery, innovation, service, and sacrifice of the American Soldier. While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you don't comply, your message will be removed:
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-You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. Also, the appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the Department of the Army or Department of Defense. We are excited and anxious to hear from you. We truly believe this will help us to better tell the Army Story. Check here often for news and information, and throw us a note on our wall!
We honor the service and legacy of our Desert Storm Veterans as we commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Gulf War. Watch Episode 5 of Curator’s Corner and learn about two pieces of Soldier art from that period.
A combat role open to African-American units in a segregated U.S. Army was manning the Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun. Learn more about these World War II units.
“I was a young artist and I excelled at landscapes. I took landscape class every Saturday for five years. When World War II broke out and Hitler was marching across Europe, I volunteered for the Army and was selected to be a Soldier-artist. The next thing I knew, I was on the battlefield painting landscapes, just like all those Saturdays, the only thing different was that I may be killed.”
You still have time to make it to class! Join a Museum educator for a free Virtual Field Trip exploring the commitment, challenges, and bravery of African American Soldiers serving during World War II. February 24 at 10 am. Register now!
Generations of African Americans have served their country, many serving in segregated units and not always given the respect and honor due to them. Although African Americans fought with distinction in World War II, they returned home to a segregated America. In 1948, President Harry Truman issued....
Director’s Seminar - March 2 at 7 pm EST.
Join the Museum Director, Tammy E. Call, and her special guests for a conversation about the Army values and how those values shaped them as leaders and as citizens. This flagship event includes guest panelists Kathleen Miller, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis Wilson, USA-Retired, President, Military Women’s Memorial; and Command Sgt. Maj. Donna Brock, USA-Retired, board member, Army Women’s Foundation and Military Child Education Coalition.
The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was one of the first military units consisting of black Soldiers to be formed in the North during the Civil War and became famous for its fighting and the courage of its Soldiers, including MOH recipient Sgt. William Carney.
A canteen is just a canteen - until you see the Soldier Story.
Pfc. Charles W. Trent, a member of Company D, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, recorded his service by engraving the names of towns on the front and bottom of this aluminum canteen. Trent carried this canteen in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.
Learn more about the all-black cavalry and Infantry regiments that came to be known as the storied “Buffalo Soldiers.” #AfricanAmericanHistoryArmy
It’s not too late to reserve your spot for tomorrow’s Virtual Book Talk. Jeffrey J. Matthews will discuss "Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot," the fascinating story of Powell's professional life and legacy. https://tickets.thenmusa.org/Info.aspx?EventID=12
On March 2, Museum Director, Tammy E. Call, hosts a virtual panel discussion of Army values with three distinguished female Army leaders. Join as they explore topics of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage and how these values influenced them as leaders and as citizens. Learn more - https://tickets.thenmusa.org/Info.aspx?EventID=12
Virtual Field Trips! Join a Museum educator and explore the commitment, challenges, and bravery of African American Soldiers serving during World War II.
Participants will be introduced to U.S. Army history through artifacts, primary sources, and personal Soldier Stories. The material is appropriate for students grades 6-12 and learners of all ages are welcome. This program is free and offered February 17 and 24 at 10 am. Register now!
George Washington was truly a “Founding Father.” Serving as the Army’s first commander-in-chief, he led the Continental Army to victory in the battle for independence and then as America’s first president. Today, we remember General George Washington for his extraordinary vision and leadership in forging the United States Army and the nation.
“Love + millions of kisses to the best husband and father in the world.”
This Valentine’s Day, we share the descriptive letter Delores Letourneau, a young Army wife and mom to a newborn baby, writes to her husband, Pvt. Vincent P. Letourneau during World War II. She paints a vivid picture of her and their baby boy’s daily activities, keeping Pvt. Letourneau up-to-date while he is stationed in Tunisia and she is at home in Minnesota awaiting his return.
This letter is on display in the Army and Society Gallery. Read the letter and learn more about the Army’s innovative V-Mail in this Army Historical Foundation article: https://armyhistory.org/vmail/
This Valentine's Day, send a note of appreciation through the new Army Historical Foundation Thank a Soldier Postcard Program!
The Army Historical Foundation is excited to announce our NEW Thank a Soldier Postcard Program. Though Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate the ones we love, we believe we should share our love and support of our Soldiers all year long! Consider joining us in sending the love this year by writing your own message of gratitude to a Soldier. Submit your personal message off our website and the Foundation will share your note as a printed postcard for one of our brave Soldiers. Visit: https://dev.armyhistory.org/share-the-love-with-us-this-valentines-day/ #sharethelove
Installed by hand and with careful precision, each Soldier figure represents 5,000 American Soldiers who served during World War II. Together they form “A Massive Effort.”
11,260,000 Soldiers served in the United States Army during World War II. 318,274 died in the service of their country. 565,861 suffered non-mortal wounds.
Did you miss last week’s Battle Brief? Catch tomorrow’s session at 12 noon EST and learn more about the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Registration closes February 9 at 11:30 AM EST: https://tickets.thenmusa.org/Info.aspx?EventID=12
Sgt. Stanley C. Goff was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. In January 1968, his platoon came under enemy fire. Goff exposed himself, charged the enemy position, and provided covering fire that allowed the rest of the company to advance. Goff received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest award for valor, for his actions that day.
A little different than carving your initials into a tree, but still a lasting love note for your valentine!
This Valentine’s Day honor your loved one with a Commemorative Brick at the National Museum of the United States Army. It is a lasting tribute to show your love at the Army’s national landmark. Visit armyhistory.org/bricks/ #sharethelove
Happy National Weatherperson’s Day! DYK the Military Weather Service, a meteorological division of the Army Signal Corps, helped establish the science of meteorology and launch the comprehensive weather services we enjoy today? Learn more about how the Army laid the foundation for weather reporting.
Four Chaplains Day is observed to honor the four U.S. Army Chaplains who rendered aid and gave up their own life jackets to save hundreds of men aboard their torpedo-damaged transport ship during World War II. The actions of Lt. Alexander Goode (Jewish Rabbi), Lt. George Fox (Methodist Minister), Lt. John Washington (Roman Catholic Priest), Lt. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed Minister) are profound examples of courage and selfless service and they were posthumously awarded a Special Medal for Heroism, The Four Chaplains’ Medal in 1961.
Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Bill Green, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains, reflects on the significance of #FourChaplainsDay as we celebrate, we pause, and we reflect on the actions of four chaplains and the sacrifice they made for their fellow Soldiers on Feb. 3, 1943.
#ArmyChaplainCorps #FourChaplains #Care4Souls
Our new virtual program, Battle Brief, starts tonight! Join us at 7 PM EST to explore the 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Free registration closes at 6:30 PM EST. If you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry. This Battle Brief will be offered again live on February 9 at 12 noon EST. Find registration and more information here! https://tickets.thenmusa.org/Info.aspx?EventID=12
Retired U.S. Army General Lloyd J. Austin III became the first African American Secretary of Defense on Friday, January 22, 2021.
During his Army career, Austin was awarded the Silver Star for his actions leading 3rd Infantry Division troops in their charge toward Baghdad in March 2003.
This M3A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle is featured in the Changing World Gallery which shares the story of 48 hours of constant and bitter fighting, ultimately securing the Baghdad International Airport and opening the door to Iraq’s capital city.
Making plans for February? Look ahead and add the next Virtual Book Talk to your schedule. On February 18, Jeffrey J. Matthews will discuss “Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot,” the fascinating story of Powell’s professional life. This event is FREE. Register early at https://tickets.thenmusa.org/Info.aspx?EventID=12
One family. Three Soldiers. Three divisions.
It wasn’t uncommon for multiple family members to serve in the military during World War I due to the extent of the draft and widespread volunteering. For the Myers family, three sons were serving overseas at the same time. George was an infantryman in the 2nd Division. Frank, an artilleryman in the 3rd Division. Paul served as a military police officer in the 80th Division. All three returned home safely. Their service jackets and Soldier Stories appear in the Nation Overseas Gallery. https://www.thenmusa.org/soldier-profile/the-myers-brothers/
Duty. Honor. Country. Gen. MacArthur’s family presented one of MacArthur’s service caps to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)recognizing their support of MacArthur’s 1964 funeral with military honors. See it here and on display in the Global War Gallery. https://www.thenmusa.org/exhibit/global-war/
#OTD in 1880, Gen. Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. MacArthur graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1903 and went on to serve as Superintendent of USMA from 1919-1922, Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1930-1935, Supreme Commander of the Pacific from 1941-1945 and Supreme Commander, UN Forces Korea from 1950-1951.
Enjoy beautiful images from inside the Museum every month of the year!
Many people may see this weapon and ask—is this real? Did the Army really develop a portable nuclear weapon? The answer is YES. Learn more about the Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapon System in our latest episode of Curator’s Corner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXyykAZFs5o
In an effort to combat Soviet forces during the Cold War, the Army developed for the first time, the Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapons System, a portable nuclear...
DYK the events that inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner?”
This sword, on display in the Founding the Nation Gallery, was used by Capt. John Berry during the September 1814 defense of Fort McHenry. After he and other Soldiers of the Maryland Militia endured a 25-hour bombardment of shells and rockets, British ships withdrew in defeat. A large, locally made, American flag flew over the embattled garrison during the defense and inspired Francis Scott Key’s lyrics which became America’s national anthem. #WorthTheWait
Watch the final episode of “Living History: Battle of the Bulge” to hear stories like Capt. MacDonald who commanded an infantry rifle company during the Battle of the Bulge. Ordered to hold a vital crossroads, MacDonald and his company held off several attacks by German infantry. After the war, he wrote “Company Commander,” widely considered to be the classic account of infantry combat in World War II. MacDonald’s Soldier story is also told in our Global War Gallery. #BattleoftheBulge: https://www.army.mil/botb/.
The U.S. Army Battle of the Bulge
Bring a lucky start to your new year by participating in our next Virtual Book Talk on January 21, 2021. Mark Maloy will discuss the moments General Washington turned the tables and breathed life into the dying cause for liberty during the Revolutionary War. Register for free at https://tickets.thenmusa.org/Info.aspx?EventID=12. Registration closes at 6:30 PM EST.
On this day, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of compassion, justice, and equality for all.
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Every Soldier has a story. The Museum will tell the Army story through the stories of ordinary men and women from all historic periods who served this country.
The most common WWII anti-aircraft weapon that had impact beyond the battlefield. Our Soldiers’ stories are America’s stories.
“First into Bastogne” and now at the National Army Museum.
The “Cobra King” and other artifacts that showcase the rich history of America’s Army and its Soldiers can be seen in the Museum, starting November 11, 2020.
Revolutionary War Cannon
In the winter of 1775-76, Col. Henry Knox captured and transported nearly 60 artillery pieces. His display of ingenuity laid the foundation for many Soldiers to come.
Opening Veterans Day 2020, the Museum tells America's stories through the eyes of the Soldier.
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The U.S. Army has a rich history and this Museum is over 245 years in the making.
Through our dynamic time period scenes, you will see that the Museum was truly worth the wait.
In 1814, with the War of Independence still fresh in the minds of Americans and the War of 1812 still being waged, Congress enacted legislation directing the Secretary of War, the precursor of today’s Secretary of Defense, to gather symbols of combat from the young nation’s military struggles. The British invasion of Washington, and the subsequent burning of the White House and many other federal buildings would occur just four months later. Such was the start, some 200 years ago of what is now the National Museum of the United States Army.
As the Army’s national landmark, the National Army Museum is an enduring effort to tell the Army’s story and honor the accomplishments, sacrifices and commitment of American Soldiers.
The Museum is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display and interpret over 240 years of Army history. The Museum brings to life that history in times of war and peace as told through the eyes of Soldiers.
The Museum also offers educational experiences illustrating the Army’s role in building and defending our nation, humanitarian missions and technological and medical breakthroughs built on Army ingenuity.
The construction and maintenance of a national museum of this scale was and is a massive undertaking. The Museum is a joint effort between the U.S. Army and the nonprofit Army Historical Foundation. The U.S. Army designated the Army Historical Foundation as the official fundraiser to support the building’s construction on federal land—an 84-acre site at Fort Belvoir, Va.
A combination of Foundation and Museum contracts brought the Museum to life. Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, designed the building and Clark Construction Group, LLC, began construction of the 185,000 square-foot facility in 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers coordinated the site preparation, road construction, and utility installation.
Exhibit designers Christopher Chadbourne & Associates and Eisterhold Associates Inc. created the Museum’s story line and exhibit design. Design and Production, Inc. fabricated and installed the gallery exhibits. The Scenic Route, Inc., designed, fabricated and installed the Experiential Learning Center, the Army Theater and the Medal of Honor Experience. In total, over 30 different organizations brought their expertise to this important project.
While a joint construction effort, the U.S. Army now owns and operates the Museum. The Foundation will continue its fundraising role in support of Museum programs and will manage all retail, catering and special event services.
While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you don't comply, your message will be removed:
We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.
We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.
We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.
You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.
Also, the appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the Department of the Army or Department of Defense.