M20CW - Museum of 20th Century Warfare

M20CW - Museum of 20th Century Warfare We are an all volunteer museum. We are open weekends 10 to 4 in early spring and fall and 10 to 6 during the summer. Our weekday hours are dependent on available volunteer time. We receive no operating funds or staffing from the IDNR.

Located in the Historic Camp Glenn Area in Fort Harrison State Park. We are right across from the horse stables in building 711. All of our events are listed on M20CW - Museum of 20th Century Warfare on Eventbrite - the main museum building will be open from the first weekend in March to the weekend or just after Veteran's Day. Our Battle of the Bulge display will be open mid December through mid January in one of the nearby rental buildings (701 or 702). The Battle of the Bulge re-enactment is the first weekend in January.

Mission: The museum is dedicated to honoring Veterans while teaching about the soldiers and the technology of 20th Century Warfare. *Education*Charity*Integrity*Honor*

We wanted to share this Easter card that a GI sent to his wife from Hawaii during WWII.  We'll be posting more from the ...
04/12/2020

We wanted to share this Easter card that a GI sent to his wife from Hawaii during WWII. We'll be posting more from the Willie Alley collection in the next few weeks.

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/12/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD - April 12, 1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Springs, Ga. Besides being the nation's longest-serving president, he also was an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

With President Roosevelt dying in the middle of the Okinawa campaign, his successor, Harry Truman, would now have to determine just how much more bloodshed the nation was willing to endure to secure Japan’s unconditional surrender.

Read more about Franklin D. Roosevelt in the latest edition of Navy History Matters:
https://go.usa.gov/xvbcM

Find out more about the effect of his death on the Okinawa campaign:
https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1945/battle-for-okinawa.html

#Okinawa75 #WWII75

Recycling reminder - save those aluminum cans to bring in once we reopen !!
04/12/2020

Recycling reminder - save those aluminum cans to bring in once we reopen !!

3rd Squad
04/12/2020

3rd Squad

Happy Easter to all our friends and followers!

WW2 Colourised Photos
04/12/2020

WW2 Colourised Photos

Easter morning on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima
Their ardor undampened by a drizzling rain, Marines and Navy Seabees attend open-air divine services atop Mount Suribachi on blood-stained Iwo Jima. Covered by a poncho, a small organ provides musical accompaniment while a small choir sings hymns.
Even as Chaplain Alvo Martin conducted these Easter services, on 1 April, fellow Marines and Army troops were swarming ashore on Okinawa, hundreds of miles away.

Colour: @colourisedpieceofjake
Colourised PIECE of JAKE
Catalog #: USN 49025

Happy Easter everyone !
04/12/2020

Happy Easter everyone !

U.S. Naval Institute Archive Photo of the Week: Two women Marines, likely stationed at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., pose cheerfully with a large basket full of baby chicks in honor of Easter Sunday. The exact date of this photograph is unknown.

1962 and the Green Beret's are born.
04/11/2020

1962 and the Green Beret's are born.

Today marks the 58th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s White House memorandum authorizing the green beret as the official headgear for U.S. Army Special Forces. In honor of President Kennedy's support for the Special Forces Regiment and its mission, the Regiment pays its respects by placing a wreath at President Kennedy's graveside at Arlington National Cemetery every October.

04/11/2020
Our "Patches Blanket" display.

The family of Lt Col. Frank Billiter was kind enough to put this on loan to us back in 2011. It is still on display on will be until the family desires to have it returned.

Corn!!!  Indiana staple ---
04/11/2020

Corn!!! Indiana staple ---

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/11/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

Happy 120th birthday to the U.S. Navy Sailors of the Silent Service!

It was #OTD in 1900 when the Navy officially joined the undersea world with the purchase of USS Holland (SS 1).

Learn more about the U.S. Navy's Submarine Force and check out videos, photographs, and read all about the subs of the #USNavy:
https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/communities/submarines.html

Our museum is in the Historic Camp Glenn area of Ft. Harrison State Park. In this map of the buildings in this area we a...
04/10/2020

Our museum is in the Historic Camp Glenn area of Ft. Harrison State Park. In this map of the buildings in this area we are in building "172" renumbered since then to 711.
The "Mess Halls" and "Latrines" still exist as well as several other buildings in the area but they have all gone thru various usages. The area for "Officers Tents" is now a horse trail ride area. All of the small squares are the concrete pads poured in the 1930's for tents to house the Civilian Military Training Corps men as well as men in the CCC at other times.
The color photo is how our the front of our building looked
during it's last use by the Army as a youth center. In 1996-7 it was remodeled to house the state park offices. In 2009-10 when they moved their offices to the far end of the row of "Mess Hall's, that we negotiated with the Indiana DNR to use the building as our museum. We are happy to mutually support the park as they support us and our activities.

It's R.E.D. Friday !
04/10/2020

It's R.E.D. Friday !

Special Forces Association Chapter LX
04/10/2020

Special Forces Association Chapter LX

On this day in U.S. Army SF history......10 April 1952 – Army Psychological Warfare Center established at Fort Bragg, NC.

And so it began.

---Mud

04/09/2020
Best Defense Foundation

Happy Birthday Sir

💯 YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!!!!

Edward Burke was involved in the campaign for Normandy, Brittany Peninsula, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, where they met the Russians at the Elbe. He received over 10 combat medals/awards/citations from the United States Army, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and 5 campaign battle stars. The Silver Star was for gallantry in action in the Battle of the Roer River, the Bronze Star was for service at St. Lô, Villebaudon, Vire, and Brest. He also received 2 presidential unit citations and the Pre-Pearl Harbor ribbon. Edward remained in occupation in Germany until the war came to an end and the occupation of Berlin was determined by the Allies.

We have been fortunate enough to have Ed Burke with us on 2 programs and he has been such an amazing part of our foundation! We look forward to getting back out there with you, Mr. Burke! Happy Birthday!

#Takingcareoftheoneswhotookcareofus

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign
04/09/2020

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign

On April 9, 1942, General Edward P. King Jr., surrenders his American and Filipino troops, ending the Battle of Bataan. The defeat results in about 35,000 American and Filipino soldiers being taken prisoner by Japanese forces.

With the current Covid-19 situation we anticipate we will not be able to conduct our Soldiers Thru Time event we had sch...
04/09/2020

With the current Covid-19 situation we anticipate we will not be able to conduct our Soldiers Thru Time event we had scheduled for May 2-3.
We will be recording short videos of various living history impressions to post on our page and will be emailing our re-enactor contacts with instructions how they can participate and be a part of this educational project.

Happy Birthday Dan !
04/09/2020

Happy Birthday Dan !

Today is Dan McBride's birthday, turning 96 years young. Let's all remember him, and drink one glass on Dan. His health has not been very good lately, but he is slowly recovering.

Happy Birthday, Dan!! Hope you will celebrate at least a dozen more.

CHEERS, MATE

Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center
04/09/2020

Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

Sacrifice means to put the needs of others in front of our own. Staying at home during this national health crisis is a Sacrifice everyone is making, but it's one that is making a positive difference.

To quote Governor Lee, "We are in a war... Be an American hero and stay at home." In the coming weeks, let’s keep working together on this shared Sacrifice so we can win this war against COVID-19.

#Chattanooga #Inthistogether #connectchatt #YouthDevelopment #Education #EducationMatters #EducationIsPower #Educator #Teacher #Teach #HCSContinuedLearning #Valor #elearning #onlinelearning #sschat #MedalofHonor #Heroes #Army #Marines #Navy #AirForce #CoastGuard #SpecialForces #GreenBeret #AmericanHeroes #MilitaryHeroes #Valor #Veteran

Special Forces Association Chapter LX
04/09/2020

Special Forces Association Chapter LX

On this day in U.S. Army SF history........09 April 1987 – Special Forces established as a branch of the Army; crossed arrow insignia adopted as official branch insignia.

This action went a long way in helping Army Special Forces receive funding for SOF-centric PME, develop a productive career field for its officers and noncommissioned officers, and helped to better align personnel resources to SOF requirements. This day is formally known as "Branch Day."

The crossed arrows of the new branch reflected the frontier heritage of the Native American scouts who served with bravery during the latter part of the Indian Wars. As many know, President John F. Kennedy played a key role in the history of the Green Berets and is a particular hero of the Army Special
Forces.

In 1961, when Kennedy was preparing to travel to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to inspect the troops, he sent word to BG William P. Yarborough for all Army Special Forces soldiers to wear their green berets for his visit. There had been tension between conventional forces' commanders and Yarborough's men over the distinctive headgear. The president's request squashed opposition to US SOF in adopting the green beret as their headgear of choice.

Just barely in advance of the visit, the US Army officially authorized the beret as part of the Special Forces uniform, and Yarborough, wearing his green beret, greeted the president. Kennedy continued his support for the Special Forces in 1962, calling the Green Beret "a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom."

In June 1983, the US Army authorized a uniform tab for wear on the left shoulder by SF troops. Additionally the Army established a separate career management field (CMF 18) for SF enlisted men on Oct. 1, 1984. The Special Forces warrant officer career field (180A) soon followed.

On April 9, 1987, the Army Chief of Staff established a separate branch for SF officers (18A), just a week prior to the establishment of the United States Special Operations Command.

---Mud

04/09/2020
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

April 9 is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.

We pause to honor and remember all who were once prisoners of war. Hear from a few of these US veterans who recount their capture and tumultuous time as a POW: vvmf.org/pow-mia

General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley – The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army
04/08/2020
General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley – The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley – The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

General of the Army Omar Nelson BradleyBy Admin Omar Nelson Bradley was born in Clark, Missouri, on 12 February 1893. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1915, was commissioned a second lieutenant, and assigned to the 14th Infantry. In 1916, he married Mary Quayle and was promote...

A reminder from the past...
04/08/2020

A reminder from the past...

Home schooling lesson for 2-5 graders available. Learn about naval ships.
04/07/2020

Home schooling lesson for 2-5 graders available. Learn about naval ships.

As most schools remained closed, Naval History & Heritage Command is sharing lesson plans to help keep students at home engaged.

"Ships to the Sea" comes from National Museum of the United States Navy and provides 2nd-5th grade students with an introduction to U.S. Navy ships and even includes a fun nautical vocabulary list. This lesson plan has everything you need to get started now! https://go.usa.gov/xv2eD

#COVID19

Historia Obscurum
04/07/2020

Historia Obscurum

One of the complications that made the fight for Okinawa stand out was the presence of around 300,000 civilians on the island who had not been evacuated prior to the Allied landings.

During the 2½ months of battle, the Americans often were faced with the difficult task of trying to tell enemy soldiers from local civilians, and since it was not always possible to discern from where hostile fire was coming, many civilians were killed when U.S. machineguns, mortars, and artillery shells ripped through their homes.

Having been told by the Japanese that the Americans were bloodthirsty barbarians, many Okinawan families opted to take their own lives rather than fall under American occupation.

Among the most horrific sights the U.S. troops saw were children, the elderly, even mothers cradling their babies leaping to their deaths from cliffs. Their bodies choked the shoreline up and down the area coast.

In spite of the growing numbers of civilian deaths, the Allied troops went out of their way to care for the Okinawan residents who were suffering because of the battle.

Medics tended to the sick and wounded, and GIs shared their rations and water with the refugees they encountered.

It is unknown how many Okinawan civilians died during the battle, but estimates run as high as 150,000.

#Okinawa75

Historia Obscurum
04/07/2020

Historia Obscurum

As U.S. troops continued moving inland on Okinawa in April of 1945, they encountered more and more refugees - sick, starving, wounded, destitute - clinging to life in the wake of the fighting.

Many GIs who previously had been spared the sights and sounds of civilian suffering found their hearts torn by what now lay before them, and did their best to help.

Men hardened by hardship, thoroughly sick of war, and enraged by a defeated enemy who refused to surrender, found their hearts melted by the plight of the refugees, and openly wept.

In this photo taken in April of 1945 by a U.S. Marine Corps photographer, two Marines - Corporal Earl Brunitt and Private Genare Nuzzi - huddle in a foxhole with an orphaned Okinawan boy to keep him warm and safe.

~*~
"Defend the poor and fatherless:
do justice to the afflicted and needy."
~ Psalm 82.3

#Okinawa75

The ship is in "dry dock" - waiting for her next visitors when we reopen!!
04/07/2020

The ship is in "dry dock" - waiting for her next visitors when we reopen!!

Indiana Historical Bureau
04/07/2020

Indiana Historical Bureau

On April 7, 1942, Republic Aviation Corporation broke ground on a P-47 "Thunderbolt" manufacturing plant in Evansville, which bolstered the city’s economy. The Thunderbolt became renowned for its ability to survive extreme battle damage and its speed enabled it to become the first American fighter to accompany Flying Fortress and Liberator bombers on roundtrip flights to Germany during World War II.

The P-47 had a profound effect on combat in two theaters by bombing communication lines between Italians and Nazis and literally blowing Japanese “lightly built aircraft out of the sky” with machine guns. Along with Republic's plant in Farmingdale, New York, the Indiana factory produced over 6,000 of the fighter planes.

Learn more about the Evansville plant here: https://www.in.gov/history/4220.htm

The image below, showing artist Stan Stokes’ work “P-47 Thunderbolt,” is courtesy of the National Archives.

Really, we're not on a coffee kick but to be fair we have to share this post about a Hoosier coffee company.
04/06/2020

Really, we're not on a coffee kick but to be fair we have to share this post about a Hoosier coffee company.

I can’t fully espresso my excitement!
Today, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs is featuring Hoosier Warrior Coffee (HWC), a Brownsburg, Indiana-based coffee company. What began as a simple love for coffee and a distaste for the boring and noxious brews of deployed chow halls, has now become a booming online business for five military and veteran partners: Alan (Marines & Army) and Courtney (Army) Driver, Andy (Air Force) and Kari Deacon and Brian (Air Force) Phillips. Officially open for business November 2019, Hoosier Warrior Coffee’s local operators, Alan and Courtney Driver, with the help of their children at times, receive and process online orders and make all deliveries themselves.
“Our mission is to provide great tasting gourmet coffee, at a great price, locally roasted and delivered with exceptional customer service,” Alan said.
The family affair extends to Crave Coffee and Tea, where Alan’s cousin Chris roasts and packages all the java goodness from Zionsville, Indiana. HWC will deliver within 50 miles of Brownsburg, but they also ship domestically and internationally, to include military APO addresses.
“We are not just for veterans, we are for everyone,” said Courtney. “Now is a great time to order online and let us deliver quality coffee to your door!”
Eventually, the partners at HWC dream of opening a roasting house and retail store featuring their fine blends from all over the world. Patriotism, an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for that warm, dark and satisfying brew have made this veteran-owned business an Indiana treasure sure to last for years to come.
For more information visit https://www.hoosierwarriorcoffee.com/.

04/06/2020
Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum

Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum

Here is a 2 minute video of when the Charlie 119 fuselage arrived in Columbus (March 30, 2020). The aerial view of the truck was taken at the intersection of Central Ave and 25th Street.

We'll be a force multiplier to that message !
04/06/2020

We'll be a force multiplier to that message !

We want to take a moment to thank the amazing men and women in our communities who are treating those affected by #COVID19 and working with us to #KillTheVirus.

Indiana Historical Bureau
04/05/2020

Indiana Historical Bureau

April 5, 1945, dozens of African American Army officers were arrested after entering the white-only officers’ club at Freeman Army Airfield in Seymour.

The Freeman Field uprising resulted in the War Department revising regulations about segregation and ended segregated officers’ clubs. The incident has been described as a “bellwether for integration of the U.S. military.”

Learn more about the Freeman Field uprising with the #IndianaHistoryBlog: https://bit.ly/33Rz7EX

The image below, showing registration at Freeman Field in 1944, is courtesy of the Indiana State Archives.

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"Um. Guys...Could you hold up on the assault until I finish my cookie?" :)
Some photos from the 03-07-2020 Eastern Front Re-enactment at Ft. Harrison State Park. A great big Thank You to everyone whose efforts made this a fun and educational day.
If you haven't selected a non-profit organization to receive your Amazon Smile benefits please consider registering with my military museum that I am VP of. --Dale
It looked like everyone had a good time at the Back to the Forties dance last Saturday.
Hello. I have had several other reenactors ask me for the Dates of the Battle of the Bulge reenactment and the dates for the Eastern Front Event. Can you please let me know so I can pass those on? Thanks.
Thanks to the Indiana Historical Bureau for this post on Hoosier Sgt John Parks, KIA during the Battle of the Bulge.