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We Happy to introduce our new You Tube Channel!! Please subscribe and let us know if you have any ideas for things you w...
02/19/2020
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

We Happy to introduce our new You Tube Channel!!
Please subscribe and let us know if you have any ideas for things you would like to see on the Museum YouTube Channel! Click the link below to see several videos!!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP2abm9BsXlDiJLnY0vxLCQ/featured

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum's mission is to honor and depict the military experience of Iowa citizens in all wars, homeland defense and Iowa service. ...

The museum will be honoring the 75th Anniversary of The Battle Iwo Jima with a presentation and panel discussion,  Satur...
02/17/2020

The museum will be honoring the 75th Anniversary of The Battle Iwo Jima with a presentation and panel discussion, Saturday, February 22nd at 11am.

For more information go to our website www.goldstarmuseum.iowa.gov and "CLICK" on the Event Page. Hope to see you there!

Today, the museum had a VIP Guest Vice Admiral Michael T. Franken from Sioux Center. Iowa. A few of his accomplishments ...
02/13/2020

Today, the museum had a VIP Guest Vice Admiral Michael T. Franken from Sioux Center. Iowa. A few of his accomplishments include initial director Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, special assistant to the director of Navy Staff, the Joint Staff, Chief of Staff, Dept of Navy Chiefof Legislative Affairs and Commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Look for opportunities in the future to hear about his experiences.

Korean War Veteran, Iowan Leroy Owens, Sr. Mr. Owens was part of the desegregation of our military, serving honorably in...
02/06/2020

Korean War Veteran, Iowan Leroy Owens, Sr. Mr. Owens was part of the desegregation of our military, serving honorably in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Owen's is part of our NEW Korean War Exhibit at the museum.

Thank you Leroy Owens, Jr and June Owens for sharing their father's story.

Korean War Photos
02/06/2020

Korean War Photos

Korean War Photos

01/17/2020

Due to weather conditions the Museum will be closed Saturday, January 18th.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

01/11/2020

Due to slick and snow covered roads, the museum will be closed today.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

01/09/2020

THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED THIS AFTERNOON
SO THE WE CAN COMPLETE ELECTRICAL UPDATES


We Apologize for Any Inconvenience This May Have Caused You
WE WILL OPEN TOMORROW (FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH) AT OUR REGULAR TIME
8:30 A.M.

01/08/2020

We are back!! Stay tuned for more museum events and Iowa Military history.

Iowa National Guard
02/14/2019

Iowa National Guard

Come out to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to hear Paul Bridgford speak about the history of Fort Des Moines - for free! ⭐️ Bridgford spent two years as the administrator of the Fort Des Moines Museum. His presentation will include photos of the post's activities during the World Wars. 🖼 #IowaGoldStarMilitaryMuseum #IowaNationalGuardHistory #FortDesMoines

December 17, 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, made the first airplane flight with a dis...
12/17/2018

December 17, 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, made the first airplane flight with a distance of 120 feet in 12 seconds. The brothers started with kites and gliders before moving on to powered aircraft. At the Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they made the first successful flight of a powered, controllable airplane. On the first launch, Orville manned the controls of the Flyer while Wilbur ran along side, steadying the right wing.
Three more flights were made that day, with the brothers alternating as pilot. Wilbur made the last flight, covering 852 feet in 59 seconds. The Flyer, slightly damaged from the last landing needed additional repairs. However on the way back to Kitty Hawk, a gust of wind overturned the airplane damaging the craft extensively. The Wright Flyer never flew again.
During the next few years, the Wright brothers continued to develop airplanes but kept a low profile about their successes in order to secure patents and contracts on their flying machines. By 1905, their aircraft could perform complex maneuvers and remain aloft for up to 39 minutes. In 1908, they traveled to France completing their first public flights, arousing widespread enthusiasm and public interest. In 1909, the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps purchased a specially constructed plane from the brothers allowing them to establish the Wright Company to further create and market their invention.
In 1928, the Wright Flyer left America bound for England for a display at the Science Museum on Exhibition Road in London. It returned to the United States in 1948 and is currently on display in the Wright Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.
Iowa tie: The parents of the two boys are Susan and Milton Wright. Milton, a bishop of the Church of the Brethren, traveled frequently to different parishes throughout the Midwest. In 1878, Milton had been assigned to a post in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Wright family settled into a house on Adams Street. During their first year in Iowa the boys received a toy helicopter-type spinner device that flew around operated by a rubber band. The boys became fascinated by the toy and successfully duplicated the device a number of times. In 1881, the Wright family would return to Dayton.

December 7, 1941 – At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun appears out...
12/07/2018

December 7, 1941 – At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. Following the lone fighter, a variation of squadrons totaling over 360 Japanese warplanes, zero in on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor to begin their aggressive assault. The surprise attack deals a critical blow to the U.S. Pacific fleet and draws the United States irreversibly into World War II.
On Sunday morning, several military personnel with passes left base to attend religious services within the community. At 7:02 a.m., two radio operators verified a large group of aircraft in flight north of the big island, but with B-17s expected in from the United States mainland during this time, the indication did not raise alarms. These missteps helped set the stage for Japan’s devastating air assault on Pearl Harbor. After the onslaught, most of the Pacific fleet had been rendered useless: five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships sank or had been severely damaged, and more than two-hundred aircraft destroyed. The combined total losses suffered by the American armed forces included 1,200 wounded and 2,400 killed during the surprise incursion. During the attack, Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and civilians valiantly attempted to repulse the invaders and aid their fellow Americans, including acts of heroism from Doris “Dorie” Miller, Kenneth Taylor, George Welch, Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt (from Dubuque, Iowa) and many others. The Japanese total losses included thirty planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than one hundred men. Perhaps the only silver lining in the outcome came in knowing all three aircraft carriers in the Pacific fleet happened to be out at sea on training maneuvers. These monolithic carriers would later enact their revenge upon Japan forces six months later at the Battle of Midway and reverse the tide of WWII.
The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared in front of a joint session of Congress with a brief but powerful speech, invoking Congress to approve a resolution recognizing a state of war between the United States and Japan. Roosevelt declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. …No matter how long it may take us to overcome the premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through absolute victory.”

11/20/2018
State Historical Society of Iowa

For Eastern Iowans, go see the mobile World War I Honor Roll exhibit, now on display at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque. The display is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa featuring thousands of stories from WWI. The video is when the display visited the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

The World War I Honor Roll is in Dubuque! Come and check it out at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, now through December 17.

The WWI Honor Roll, a State Historical Museum of Iowa traveling display, features thousands of names and corresponding photos the State Historical Society collected from Iowa families who lost loved ones during the war. The society sent out an initial call, in 1920, and then again in 2017, to shore up the official records during the war’s 100th anniversary. The display is the result of that research – and a tribute to a generation of Iowans who sacrificed their lives to the cause of freedom.

Check out this video when the display visited the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Learn more about the display at iowaculture.gov/honorroll

On Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley, paid a visit to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum on Camp Dodge ...
11/15/2018

On Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley, paid a visit to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum on Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA. His visit was twofold, to present a variety of medals to veterans and family members of veterans and to promote the Veterans History Project associated with the Library of Congress.
Prior to the medal ceremony, the senator had an opportunity to meet with museum staff and volunteers. Robert Holliday, Board President at the museum, escorted the senator through the newly renovated World War II exhibit with interactive displays and additional artifacts.
During the ceremony, held between the WWII and Vietnam exhibits, Grassley would present medals to David L. Pontious, a Vietnam Veteran and the family members of William O. Davenport, a WWII Veteran, who has since passed away.
Grassley also spoke on behalf of the Veterans History Project, how veterans and family members can contribute their stories and individuals can volunteers to help support the program. For more information, go to Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

There are still some free seats remaining for the performance of "Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson,"  which is bei...
11/13/2018

There are still some free seats remaining for the performance of "Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson," which is being held this Thursday, Nov. 15, at Camp Dodge.

The tickets are for all Veterans or currently serving military members and a complimentary guest. The event will start at 7:00 p.m., at the Freedom Center (S-70) on Camp Dodge, 7105 NW 70th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131

To secure tickets please send and email, include the name of servicemember and guest, to [email protected] or call (515) 961-6221 ask for Dennis or Scott.

#GloryDenied #FreeEvent #CampDodge

On Saturday Nov. 10, 2018, in honor of Veterans Day, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum hosted to a Veterans Day Celebra...
11/13/2018

On Saturday Nov. 10, 2018, in honor of Veterans Day, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum hosted to a Veterans Day Celebration with guest speaker retired Naval Cmdr. Larry Spencer, Vietnam POW. Nearly 300 guests were in attendance for the event.
#VeteransDay

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum hosted a Veterans Tribute Celebration today. 🇺🇸️ Current and retired veterans and civilians alike sang along to performances by Military Tribute Singers and the Young Patriots Club. 🎶 Guest speaker Larry Spencer, former naval commander and Vietnam prisoner of war, also spoke at the event. #VeteransDay #KnowYourMil #Thankful

📸 A Flickr photo album will be posted later today!

The Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums of Iowa  participated a global Veterans Day tribute in conjunction with The Th...
11/11/2018

The Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums of Iowa participated a global Veterans Day tribute in conjunction with The The National Piping Centre Otago Street out of Glasgow, Scotland and over 2,500 pipers worldwide playing ‘When the Battles Over’ at 6:00 am, which is noon in the United Kingdom.

To honor Veterans Day the Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums would give a very special performance this morning at th...
11/11/2018

To honor Veterans Day the Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums would give a very special performance this morning at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum on Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. Observed annually on November 11 to honor all military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. The day formally ends the major hostilities of WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
At the urging of major veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
The Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums of Iowa participated in a global Veterans Day tribute in conjunction with The National Piping Centre Otago Street out of Glasgow, Scotland and over 2,500 pipers worldwide playing ‘When the Battles Over’ at 6:00 am, which is noon in the United Kingdom.
The Gold Star Museum pays honors to Iowa veterans daily, come see the new expansion of the WWII exhibit and the many other displays in the gallery. And to all those who served, Happy Veterans Day!

Don't forget about the Veteran's Day Celebration going on at the Gold Star Museum this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, with gue...
11/09/2018

Don't forget about the Veteran's Day Celebration going on at the Gold Star Museum this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, with guest speaker retired Naval Cmdr. Larry Spencer, Vietnam POW. Doors open at 10:00 am, admission is free.

For the first time since 1994, the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival was held in Iowa.On Sunday, November 4, 2018...
11/06/2018

For the first time since 1994, the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival was held in Iowa.
On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Central Iowa Health Care System hosted the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, where over 3,500 Veterans from 128 VA medical facilities competed.
The organization is designed to spotlight veteran's talents in four creative art disciplines including art, music, dance and drama. Gold medal winners in the art division displayed their works in the Atrium in Capital Square Nov. 1-3, 2018, and the festival concluded with performances at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater in Des Moines, Iowa.

Des Moines Metro Opera
11/06/2018
Des Moines Metro Opera

Des Moines Metro Opera

"Experience GLORY DENIED, an opera that chronicles the compelling true story of Col. Jim Thompson and the nine years he was held captive as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. A collaboration of Des Moines Metro Opera and the Iowa National Guard, the opera will be presented Nov. 16-18 at Camp Dodge in Johnston."

Check out this great preview of Cipullo's Glory Denied in dsm Magazine's gorgeous Nov/Dec issue!

Learn more→bit.ly/glorydenied

World War II exhibit drops in 101st Airborne from aboveOctober 24, 2018 - The World War II exhibit continues to grow wit...
10/25/2018

World War II exhibit drops in 101st Airborne from above

October 24, 2018 - The World War II exhibit continues to grow with the addition of two 101st Airborne paratroopers jumping into the European theatre. Mike Vogt, Museum Curator, and Will Thompson, Creative Director and proprietor of Armadillo Arts, with the help of workers and staff members lift two mannequins, in full 101st Airborne attire, into the rafters of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum.
Walking into the WWII section there are two paths, to the left is the European theatre and to the right is the Pacific theatre. The paratroopers will be located near the end of the exhibit on the European side. One soldier is positioned at beginning his freefall while a second is standing in the doorway, just waiting for the ready to jump signal.
A rededication ceremony in November 2017 signified the completion of the Pacific section in the exhibit. With the addition of the Airborne paratroopers, the European side will also receive an interactive display module and additional exhibit cases. Currently there is no scheduled date for a rededication ceremony on the European theatre side.

Dr. Russell W. Currier, D.V.M., recently provided a lecture on the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 at the Iowa Gold Star Mili...
10/23/2018

Dr. Russell W. Currier, D.V.M., recently provided a lecture on the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum located at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. His lecture focused on the origins of the influenza virus, the effect it had on Camp Dodge and the Soldiers training there for duty in World War I and the preventative measures taken to protect the local population. Dr. Russell, a retired veterinary corps officer from the U.S. Army Reserve, worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before taking a position with the Iowa Department of Public Health as the State Public Health Veterinarian. He spent nearly 30 years working with medical professionals, hospitals and local health departments investigating acute disease episodes around the state.

Monday, October 1, 2018 – Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Curator, Michael Vogt, attended the Iowa Council for Social Stu...
10/02/2018

Monday, October 1, 2018 – Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Curator, Michael Vogt, attended the Iowa Council for Social Studies Conference yesterday at the Prairie Meadows Convention Center in Altoona. Approximately 250 educators gathered to listen to keynote speakers, attend informative breakout sessions and visit various booths.
Vogt had the opportunity to speak with educators about the opportunities and resources the museum has to offer for both students and teachers. Several educators provided positive feedback surrounding recent fieldtrips to the museum and some indicated they will be returning with classes this year.
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum hours of operation are M-F 8:30AM – 4:00PM,
Saturday 10:00AM – 2:00PM, Sunday - Closed.

Address

7105 NW 70th Ave
Johnston, IA
50131

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Hours of Operations Monday - Friday: 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Closed Sundays, Holidays, & Holiday Weekends) -Free Admission -Tour Bus Parking -Museum Store -ADA Accessible

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

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(515) 252-4531

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WHERE IS HOPE AT TODAY? PART 3 The music was blaring out of the sound bar next to the TV, the Mercy Me song, "I Can Only Imagine". The second verse had just begun as I tried to follow suit with the words. "Surrounded by You glory, What will my heart feel, Will I dance for you Jesus, Or in awe of You be still"... when a loud voice comes from the "Hope is a Weapon", book box. "Can I be the next volunteer?" I sneak a look as Bud Jr. asks another way, "please, can I?" "Sure", I fire back. What you got in mind?". "I have a namesake, a Retired Maj. Gen. Warren G. “Bud” Lawson who was the Iowa National Guard's 26th adjutant general. He was a visionary during his 44-year career. I would consider it an honor to represent for us", Jr. alluded. "How about we go to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum?", he said. While Lawson did not have a direct involvement with the museum, his hand prints and connections are all over it. The choice was easy. Within the hour, Bud Jr. and I were on our way to Camp Dodge. Upon arriving , we connected with Sherrie Colbert, Museum Director and Michael Yogt, Curator and presented a 5X7 bundle of pride to the Museum. Sherrie mentioned a Book Festival that could be upcoming in the Spring and if we would/could come back. "Uhhhh, for sure", I said. "Would love tooooo. Stay tuned. Bud Jr. enjoy the new surroundings. Now, it's time to start imagining ...Where will Hope be next?
Lt. Col. William N. Reed, highly decorated World War II fighter pilot from Iowa who was killed in China in December 1944, would be turning 103 years old today (Jan. 8). The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum contains a prominent display of Reed memorabilia. My new biography of Reed is due for release from Osprey Publishing on Feb. 20, 2020. For more information and a link for pre-ordering the book, please take a look at my web site: https://www.carlmolesworth.com/flying-tiger-ace-/-the-story-of-bill-reed-chinas-shining-mark
Big help on my family genealogy
Thank you Mr. Michael Musel for sharing your knowledge of Camp Dodge and WW I with our DAR chapter. This seven minute video is a great summary of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) work during WW I.
AN EXCERPT FROM MY GRANDFATHER'S WWI DIARY ON THIS DATE EXACTLY 100 YEARS AGO October 8- Next morning we advanced up the hill before us and then down where we suffered heavy losses from cross machine-gun fire coming at us from three sides. As we reached the foot of the hill we halted while a group of 328th Infantry reconoitered to wipe out the machine gun nests harassing us from the left (This was the day Sergeant York of the 328th earned the Medal of Honor for taking out these nests). When we halted here it was about 9:00 AM and as I lay on the ground I watched machine-gun bullets hit the ground a few feet in front of me. The next thing I remember it was dark and everything seemed very quiet. It was seven o'clock in the evening. I didn't know until later what had happened. But it was this: While I lay on the ground in the morning a machine gun bullet had penetrated my helmet through the edge which probably knocked me unconscious and I lay on the field all day while a fierce battle raged around me. For three counter attacks the Germans had recaptured the town which was behind me. I had probably been left on the field for dead. Of course I knew none of this when I regained consciousness but when I tried to put on my gas mask as the odor was very strong I found that I couldn't do it as I had to vomit and I knew then that I had been gassed. I got to my feet and turned in what I thought was the direction I had come in the morning, but when I reached the riverbank it was far below the town and while the men I met were members of our division, they belonged to different regiments. At the river bank was a group of wounded lying side by side and two men bearing a stretcher over their heads were wading through the river transferring these men to the opposite bank one by one. I waded through the river with another soldier and as we stood up after reaching the other bank he dropped dead. He had been gassed and the exertion was too much for him. I made my way to the first aid station in the town of Apremont, was tagged and told to lie down on the floor of a room in front of the building. The floors were so covered with wounded that it was a difficult matter to walk among them. I found a place however. I had just fallen asleep when a shell tore out the front wall of the building killing many of the wounded. I had my face cut by broken glass. We were moved out in a barn and lay in the straw filled stalls. Here we were to await the ambulance. Edwin F Forrer
Do you have National Guard records from the 1950's for those who served in the Red Bull Division?
Interesting cover story by Mike Vogt in the July/Aug issue of Iowa History Journal about how Japan bombed North America during WWII - including Iowa. Wow! Who knew?
Can someone please give me information on who to contact regarding Veterans recording stories about their time in the Military?
Gold Star Board President Bob Holliday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa TAG, MG Tim Orr, visit during the Memorial Day Open House.
This little girl and dad are from your city, i thought id share this in the hope the Miller family ( dad and girl ) get to see it , sorry for posting if unsuitable
Will you be open on Good Friday?