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*

U.S. Army
05/19/2019

U.S. Army

In the #USArmy's 244 year history, we have only honorably promoted three former officers. Yesterday, longtime politician and #Soldier4Life Bob Dole was honorably promoted to colonel in a ceremony at the WWII Memorial.

#ArmyValues #ServeWithHonor

Read more by clicking the link to full story posted in comments.

Battle of Richmond Association
05/18/2019

Battle of Richmond Association

U.S. Naval Institute
05/18/2019

U.S. Naval Institute

On this day in 1987, an Iraqi warplane attacked the USS Stark (FFG-31). Lieutenant Art Conklin, the Stark's damage control assistant, tells of the events on that day.

Indy Honor Flight
05/17/2019

Indy Honor Flight

IHF 30 HOMECOMING
Tomorrow May 18th
*****New Location*****
5251 Kentucky Ave
Decatur High School
Gymnasium Door 16
Doors open 7:30 PM

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign
05/17/2019

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign

Happy Thursday! Take a look inside our Lobby to experience #RainbowMW through our polychrome campaign streamers, representing the many campaigns Soldiers have served in around the world. #MuseumWeek

Military Java Group
05/16/2019

Military Java Group

16 May 1945 – On Okinawa, the US 6th Marine Division (part of US 3rd Amphibious Corps) reports heavy casualties in continuing attacks on Sugar Loaf Hill. Japanese antitank guns knock out a number of American tanks supporting an advance, by US 1st Marine Division, along the valley of the Wana River.

Attacks by the US 77th Division to the north of Shuri continue to be unsuccessful. The US 96th Division reaches the edge of the village of Yonabaru. Love Hill, to the west of Conical Hill, continues to be held by Japanese forces.

05/16/2019
The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum

Staff and volunteers welcome Edgar Harrell for his first visit to the Museum. Harrell survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in July 1945, shortly after the heavy cruiser delivered components of Little Boy to Tinian. Read more of his story here: https://bit.ly/2w9Stp3

Indiana Historical Society
05/15/2019

Indiana Historical Society

On this day in 1902, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis was dedicated after nearly 14 years of construction. Lew Wallace was master of ceremonies, and the program included a poetry reading by James Whitcomb Riley, an address by former Secretary of State John W. Foster and a march composed for the occasion by John Phillip Sousa.

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign
05/14/2019

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign

On May 14, 1942, Congress approves and President Roosevelt signs “An Act to establish a Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps for service with the Army of the United States.”

Watcha doing this Saturday night?  How about welcoming home our Honor Flight veteran's.
05/14/2019

Watcha doing this Saturday night? How about welcoming home our Honor Flight veteran's.

IHF 30 HOMECOMING
This Saturday May 18th
*****New Location******
Decatur Hugh School
5251 Kentucky Ave
Gymnasium Door 16
Doors open at 7:30 PM

The Furious Fourth - WWII Living History Group
05/14/2019

The Furious Fourth - WWII Living History Group

Robert D. Maxwell, formerly the oldest-living Medal of Honor recipient, has passed away at age 98. Maxwell received his nation's highest honor for his heroics while serving in the 3rd Infantry Division in France during WWII. Photo by Christian Heeb. Read more on Maxwell here: https://bit.ly/2E0YVD1.

WWII Veterans History Project
05/14/2019

WWII Veterans History Project

OLDEST LIVING MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT PASSES AWAY

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, WWII veteran Robert Maxwell. He was 98. 🇺🇸

Maxwell was born in 1920 in Boise, Idaho, and moved to Colorado during the Great Depression. He was drafted into the Army in 1942, turning down an offer of conscientious objector status for being a Quaker. He served in the 3rd Infantry Division during the war in North Africa, Sicily, and France.

In September 1944, near Besancon in eastern France, Maxwell risked his own life to protect the lives of others when his unit was under heavy enemy fire. When a German hand grenade was thrown in the midst of his squad, Technician 5th Grade Maxwell unhesitatingly hurled himself squarely upon it, using his blanket and his unprotected body to absorb the full force of the explosion. He survived his wounds from the grenade blast and was awarded the United States military's highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor, on April 6, 1945.

Maxwell was also the recipient of two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, the French Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’honneur.

After the war, he taught auto mechanics at Bend High School in Oregon. He passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the age of 98 in Oregon. He was the only living Medal of Honor recipient in that state.

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US National Archives
05/13/2019

US National Archives

Did you write to Mom? In 1919, the Secretary of War wanted all commanding officers and soldiers to write a letter home for Mother's Day.

By May 6, 1919, those moms had been waiting almost six months for their children to come home. Although the Armistice had been announced in November 1918, it took over a year to transport the millions of American troops stationed overseas back to the United States.

See this telegram on display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.

To all those Mothers serving and especially to those away from home-Thank You and Happy Mothers Day.
05/12/2019

To all those Mothers serving and especially to those away from home-Thank You and Happy Mothers Day.

U.S. Pacific Fleet
05/11/2019

U.S. Pacific Fleet

During this Battle of the Coral Sea 77th anniversary week, we're throwing it back to 1981 with USS Coral Sea (CV 43) approaching Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a port visit. #TBT

Goats and the U.S. Navy
05/11/2019
Goats and the U.S. Navy

Goats and the U.S. Navy

From being a food source to serving as a mascot, goats have a long history in the U.S. Navy. In the early days of the service, many larger ships kept goats and other livestock on board as a source of fresh meat and milk. Not all livestock fared as well as goats. Oxen could get scurvy and sheep did n...

We just learned that one of our volunteers, Chris Paul passed last night. He was a dedicated living historian and mainta...
05/11/2019

We just learned that one of our volunteers, Chris Paul passed last night. He was a dedicated living historian and maintained our commo equipment for us. Rest Easy Paul, we've got the watch.

This morning we found out that one of our members passed away last night. Chris you were a good person with a huge heart. You will be missed by many. Chris was one of the original members of the Indiana MVPA that revived the club in the 90's. Rest Easy Chris.

05/09/2019
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In the final days of World War II, American magazines covered victories in war alongside some of the first widely circulated photographs from concentration camps. American soldiers who liberated concentration camps, or toured the newly freed camps, wrote letters to their families to tell them about what they had seen.

On May 8, 1945, millions took to the streets—from Times Square in New York to Paris, France—to celebrate the end of World War II in Europe. The Allied victory in Europe brought an end to the Nazi threat. #VEDay

The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
05/09/2019
The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The names of eight women, all nurses (seven from the Army and one from the Air Force), are inscribed next to their fallen brothers on The Wall in Washington, D.C. Each dedicated themselves to takin…

Here are a collection of photos from our Soldiers Thru Time event last weekend.  Saturday was wet but Sunday was fantast...
05/07/2019

Here are a collection of photos from our Soldiers Thru Time event last weekend. Saturday was wet but Sunday was fantastic and we had a lot of visitors making the rounds of our living historians camps.

May 4 & 5 - We had a drizzling rain all day Saturday so not many visitors but Sunday was fabulous and a lot of our camps had visitors interested in their time period impressions. A big Thank You to our living historians for bearing with the wet weather. At least everyone went home dry canvas !

May 4 & 5 - We had a drizzling rain all day Saturday so not many visitors but Sunday was fabulous and a lot of our camps...
05/07/2019

May 4 & 5 - We had a drizzling rain all day Saturday so not many visitors but Sunday was fabulous and a lot of our camps had visitors interested in their time period impressions. A big Thank You to our living historians for bearing with the wet weather. At least everyone went home dry canvas !

The Greatest Generations Foundation
05/07/2019

The Greatest Generations Foundation

A HEROES RETURN: 75th ANNIVERSARY NORMANDY (D-DAY) - JOINING US IN NORMANDY WILL BE FLOYD WIGFIELD (100): UNITED STATES ARMY - 22ND INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH DIVISION (UTAH BEACH)

Born October 10, 1918, Floyd Wigfield grew up in the Cumberland, Maryland and was working at a Celanese factory when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 07.

Shortly after, Floyd was drafted into the United States Army with Company G, 22 Infantry Regiment, 4th Division training for the invasion of France.

On June 6, 1944, Wigfield and 22 Infantry Regiment, 4th Division assaulted Utah Beach in the morning during the third wave.

Over the next week, every day got worse for the 22 Infantry Regiment, as they moved inland meeting stiff German resistance and were at the gates of Azeville Battery: the 2nd battalion of the 22nd Infantry Regiment is located to the south-east while the 1st battalion of the 12th Infantry Regiment is positioned to the southwest. AFter several days of violent counter-attacks, the next objective was the Crisbecq Batteries which 22 Americes were killed taking Crisbecq.

On June 12, Floyd was severely wounded during and then evacuated to the General hospital in England. After recovering, Floyd was transferred to the First Engineer Battalion in December, but was soon involved in an artillery barrage during the battle of the Bulge and left again to the hospital in England for the duration of the war.

Floyd returned home to the United States in December 1945 and became an electrical specialist in a local union in Cumberland.

"Every Day is Memorial Day"
The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation
Web: www.TGGF.org

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign
05/07/2019

National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign

On May 6, 1942, Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright surrenders all U.S. and Philippine Army forces in the Philippines. Among the the thousands of American and Filipino Soldiers taken prisoner are nineteen U.S. Army generals.

05/04/2019

Yes, it's been a constant drizzle today but our living historians are dedicated and set up their camps and displays anyway.
They will still be here tomorrow (Sunday May 5) so come out to Ft. Harrison State Park and see them.

National Archives Receives Donation of Monuments Man's Diary
05/03/2019
National Archives Receives Donation of Monuments Man's Diary

National Archives Receives Donation of Monuments Man's Diary

By Kerri Lawrence | National Archives News WASHINGTON, May 1, 2019 — The diary of a “Monuments Man” who wrote the official report on Adolf Hitler's looted art collection and supervised the identification and return of more than five million artistic and cultural items to the countries from whi...

The U.S. Army Registries
05/02/2019
The U.S. Army Registries

The U.S. Army Registries

These public databases for the American Soldier and the people and animals that support the Army are the only public listings of individuals' army service.

M14 Rifle - The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army
05/01/2019
M14 Rifle - The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

M14 Rifle - The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Written By: Patrick Feng Throughout World War II, the M1 Garand rifle, which was manufactured in large quantities, served the U.S. Army extremely well. Despite the Garand’s undeniable reliability and effectiveness in combat, the experience of the German Gewehr 43 and the Soviet Tokarev SVT-40 semi...

Indiana II (BB-58)
05/01/2019
Indiana II (BB-58)

Indiana II (BB-58)

(BB-58: displacement 35,000; length 680' ; beam 108'2

Rangers, Lead the Way !
04/30/2019

Rangers, Lead the Way !

On this day, we remember the life of Colonel William Orlando Darby, KIA on April 30, 1945, Nago–Torbole, Italy 🇺🇸
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Col. Darby said it best: "When this war comes to an end, most of you will return to the way of life which you fought so hard to return to, to pick up the threads of your civilian pursuits. You will bring back with you many nostalgic memories of your fighting days both bitter and pleasant. But above all, you will bring back with you many personal characteristics enriched by your experiences with the Rangers.
In whatever field or profession you may follow, I know that you will continue as civilians with the same spirit and qualities you demonstrated as a Ranger. Your aggressiveness and initiative will be tempered to adjust to civilian life with little difficulty.
In your hearts as in mine, you will always have that feeling...of being a Ranger always!" 🇺🇸 RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!
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#veterans #sot #sov #thedarbyproject #darbyproject #wheresdarby #rltw #gallantfew #armyrangers #coldarby #settheexample #veterantransition #armyrangers #rangerregiment #rangerbattalion #suasponte #arits #airbornerangerinthesky

04/30/2019
Crestwood Village Senior Communities

Support Indy Honor Flight. We can't say enough about what they do in honoring our Veteran's.

John Cory, Crestwood resident and Korean War Veteran, shares his experience going on the #IndyHonorFlight.

The National Navy UDT SEAL Museum
04/30/2019

The National Navy UDT SEAL Museum

Please join us for this special ceremony Monday, May 27. The Museum will be open on Memorial Day 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

The tragedy of being the last to die in a war.
04/29/2019

The tragedy of being the last to die in a war.

29 April 1975 - Forty-four years ago today, Charles McMahon (May 10, 1953 – April 29, 1975) and Darwin Lee Judge (February 16, 1956 – April 29, 1975) were the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The two men, both U.S. Marines, were killed in a rocket attack one day before the Fall of Saigon.

Charles McMahon, 11 days short of his 22nd birthday, was a Corporal from Woburn, Massachusetts. Darwin Judge was a 19-year-old Lance Corporal and Eagle Scout from Marshalltown, Iowa.

Fair winds and following seas, Marines - may the Good Lord hold you close until you are once again in the arms of your loved ones. Rest in Eternal Peace...

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D-Day Overlord - Marc Laurenceau
04/29/2019

D-Day Overlord - Marc Laurenceau

It is with great sadness that I announce that Bernard Dargols, French veteran of the Battle of Normandy, died on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the age of 98 years.

Goodbye, Bernard. Thank you for our freedom.

His biography 👉 http://bit.ly/2Ldndzx

#DDay #DDay75 2nd Infantry Division

Soldiers that liberated these death camps knew exactly why they were fighting.  To free Europe of this evil.
04/29/2019

Soldiers that liberated these death camps knew exactly why they were fighting. To free Europe of this evil.

Today, 29 April, The Liberator - Lt. Colonel Felix Sparks - led the first Americans into the first concentration camp in Nazi Germany. He is shown here - after five hundred days of war - firing his pistol to stop his men killing SS soldiers in the coal yard at Dachau. He and his men are the subject of the forthcoming Netflix drama, based on my book, The Liberator. #theliberator

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