Aliveo Military Museum

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MISSION: Our Mission is to educate the public, especially the youth, of military history through the protection, preservation, and presentation of military artifacts. It is an important tool to teach our nations military history to our youth and the public at large. For as long as human history has existed an essential part of society has been the recording of its past experiences. Military history is a component of that need, to record the passage of time and the role the military has played in the story of our country. DONATION OF ARTIFACTS: If your military memories are packed away, taking up storage space where no one else can appreciate their historical value, consider donating them to the musuem. We are continuously looking for military related artifacts of any size, shape, or description. Not only will we preserve your artifacts, you could receive a tax deduction for your contribution. The Aliveo Military Museum has a significant collection of military memorabilia such as military pistols, rifles, edged weapons, uniforms, insignia, badges, flags, and equipment. The collections includes relics and artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War to the current Middle-East Wars. We even have a section on the Zulu / British War. Stop in and see us! Free Admission.

The museum now has on display a World War I "1914 McClellan Saddle" along with the Horse Hair Cincha or Cinch.
06/29/2019

The museum now has on display a World War I "1914 McClellan Saddle" along with the Horse Hair Cincha or Cinch.

The museum has secured WWII Navy WAVE uniform now on display.  The United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), better...
06/20/2019

The museum has secured WWII Navy WAVE uniform now on display. The United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), better known as the WAVES (for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), was the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. It was established on July 21, 1942. The purpose of the law was to release officers and men for sea duty and replace them with women in shore establishments. The notion of women serving in the Navy was not widely supported in the Congress or by the Navy, The WAVES served at 900 stations in the United States. Many women experienced workplace hostility from their male counterparts. The Navy's lack of clear-cut policies, early on, was the source of many of the difficulties. The WAVES' peak strength was 86,291 members.

Our Greatest Generation
06/07/2019

Our Greatest Generation

D-Day In Color.
Originals and colorized.

Red Wing Downtown Main Street
05/31/2019

Red Wing Downtown Main Street

Have you been to the Aliveo Military Museum and Learning Center?

It could be one of the best kept secrets in our downtown. It's enjoyed by approximately 2500 visitors each year, mostly people from out of town.

Thanks to the generosity of their visitors, this Memorial Day marks their 10th anniversary!

Their mission is to educate the public, especially the youth, about military history through the protection, preservation, and presentation of military artifacts.

The displayed items started with Dale Hoium's and Bruce Sexton's personal collection of artifacts and memorabilia, but their holdings have steadily grown as visitors have donated unique family items found in chests and closets. New donations allows them to update the displays on a regular basis and accomodate special requests to display items at other locations, including senior centers, etc.

The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm and for special occasions. Special group tours can be requested by appointment.

Thank you, Aliveo Military Museum for being a Downtown MainStreet Partner!

We received a real interesting item in the museum last week.  It is a poster titled: U.S. Army Division in World War II....
04/06/2019

We received a real interesting item in the museum last week. It is a poster titled: U.S. Army Division in World War II. It is a map of the Formation, Expansion, and Campaign history of the 91 Divisions of the U. S. Army ground forces from 1939 to 1945. It also shows the Divisions that fought in the Mediterranean Theater from 8 Nov 1942 to 8 May 1945 as well as the European Theater Campaigns, 6 June 1944 to 8 May 1945,and the Pacific Theater Campaigns, 7 December 1941 to 15 August 1945.

This past week the museum received this neat little booklet  "Indispensable Guide-Book to Visit Paris and Environs".  Wh...
03/23/2019

This past week the museum received this neat little booklet "Indispensable Guide-Book to Visit Paris and Environs". What makes it even more special is that it was mailed to us by a gentleman living in Monaco. The booklet has a fold out map of downtown Paris on one side and a walking tour map on the other. The back cover is signed Sgt. Charles C. Kelly, Paris-Oct. 10, 1945.

03/15/2019

Due to a family illness the museum will not be open this weekend, 3/15/19 and 3/16/19. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The Aliveo Military Museum is very excited to have what we will call the Hallahan Display.  What is so exciting is that ...
03/03/2019

The Aliveo Military Museum is very excited to have what we will call the Hallahan Display. What is so exciting is that Dr. Web Hallahan was an Optometrist here in Red Wing, MN for many years. The Night Adoption Goggles were worn by pilots for a time before they would do any night flying to get their eyes adjusted to seeing in the dark. We are proud to have the Goggles and his leather flying helmet on display at the museum. Stop in and see this display as well as the many other displays.

Final resting place of USS Hornet CV-8 located in South Pacific
02/17/2019
Final resting place of USS Hornet CV-8 located in South Pacific

Final resting place of USS Hornet CV-8 located in South Pacific

The aircraft carrier, best known for launching the important Doolittle Raid in April of 1942 and its role in winning the Battle of Midway, was found more than 17,000 feet below the surface of the South Pacific.

It is always exciting when we get something new here at the museum.  We have a number of older newspapers related to WWI...
02/09/2019

It is always exciting when we get something new here at the museum. We have a number of older newspapers related to WWII, but last week a person brought us, "The Richmond News Leader", dated May 7, 1945. What really got us excited is that the headlines were for when Germany unconditionally surrender to the allies. Back in the 1940's (before TV and the internet), if you wanted news, you listened to the radio or read the newspapers. We now have on display this newspaper with the great headlines that after almost six years the Nazi's had been defeated. Stop into the museum and take the time to read the front page.

America's brutal Civil War did a lot of damage to family's and left a lot of orphan children.   The Mulberry Seminary , ...
01/20/2019

America's brutal Civil War did a lot of damage to family's and left a lot of orphan children. The Mulberry Seminary , located at the village of New Salisbury Ohio, got special permission from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue to do a Raffle for Orphan Children of Union Soldiers and Orphan Poor of Ohio. The Ohio Grand Benevolent Gift Enterprise, as it was called was to be held on February 22, 1867. This Broadside, we have on display advertised the event. It was written in English on one side and German on the other side. What is really unique about our display is the two tickets for this very event that are displayed.

Before Nov. 11 became Veterans Day it was observed as Armistice Day, which marked the day World War I ended in a ceasefi...
11/11/2018

Before Nov. 11 became Veterans Day it was observed as Armistice Day, which marked the day World War I ended in a ceasefire at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that agreement between the Allies and Germany. First recognized in 1919, Armistice Day is still observed by some people around the world who stop at the 11th hour on Nov. 11 for a moment of silence. In 1954, with the return of veterans from World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill designating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day.

The Cats Meow visit was very intriguing with so many different things to look at from the 1940s and the ladies looked am...
09/11/2018

The Cats Meow visit was very intriguing with so many different things to look at from the 1940s and the ladies looked amazing. Thanks for sharing your collections

The Cat's Meow - WW2 girls A great time was had by everyone that stopped by the Aliveo Military Museum this past Sunday....
09/11/2018

The Cat's Meow - WW2 girls

A great time was had by everyone that stopped by the Aliveo Military Museum this past Sunday. The visit by The Cat's Meow - WW2 girls a group of female WWII reenactors was not only fun but enlightening We had an opportunity to see and talk with these knowledgeable gals about the female effort in winning WWII. To ad to the festivities they brought a couple of husbands along and a restored 1941 ambulance. The museum would like to thank those that participated in this event.

The "Cat's Meow" a group of World War II female reenactors just got done rearranging and filling one of our front window...
08/22/2018

The "Cat's Meow" a group of World War II female reenactors just got done rearranging and filling one of our front windows. We now feature a collection of female WWII memorabilia in the window. The role females played in the war effort is often time overlook. We are proud to feature this items, and highlight Americas' female efforts to win World War 2.

During WWII, Government Bonds rallies were held throughout the country with famous motion picture celebrities to help pr...
08/06/2018

During WWII, Government Bonds rallies were held throughout the country with famous motion picture celebrities to help promote the bonds and and the war effort. Free movie days were held in theaters nationwide with a bond purchase as the admission. Disney certificates such as the one pictured were issued as premiums to purchasers of U.S. WWII Savings Bonds at many banks. Stop into the museum to see this unusual item as there is not very many around.

05/28/2018
Aliveo Military Museum
03/21/2018

Aliveo Military Museum

03/21/2018
U.S. Pacific Fleet

U.S. Pacific Fleet

In another amazing discovery, Paul G. Allen's RV Petrel has located USS Juneau (CL 52), best known for the Sullivan brothers, all five lost with 682 of their shipmates during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. The wreckage, found on St. Patrick's Day, rests 2+ miles below the surface in the South Pacific.

Museum Item on Display:CIVIL WAR ERA FIFEWhen played in its upper register, the fife is loud and piercing, yet also extr...
02/03/2018

Museum Item on Display:

CIVIL WAR ERA FIFE
When played in its upper register, the fife is loud and piercing, yet also extremely small and portable. According to some reports, a band of fifes and drums can be heard up to 3 miles (4.8 km) away over artillery fire. Assigned at the company level with 1-2 fifes and 1-2 drums per company. Fifes and drums were used to regulate the daily activities of the troops. They signaled when the troops should rise in the morning and retire at night, when to eat, when to assemble, and to sound alarm.

Merry Christmas
12/25/2017

Merry Christmas

12/07/2017
Navy Times

Navy Times

Remembering the brave souls who lost their lives and those who survived to fight another day after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago.

The Aliveo Military Museum, again this year, contributed items for display at the Associated Bank's Veterans Day display...
11/02/2017

The Aliveo Military Museum, again this year, contributed items for display at the Associated Bank's Veterans Day display. Please take the time to stop in the main bank to look at this display that honors our veterans.

Can anyone identify this patch?
09/14/2017

Can anyone identify this patch?

Before Adolph Hitler made the swastika one of the most hated symbols in the 20th century, American Indian tribes used th...
08/27/2017

Before Adolph Hitler made the swastika one of the most hated symbols in the 20th century, American Indian tribes used the symbol in peace, also the U.S Army's 43rd Infantry Division used it as a shoulder patch. The swastika is made of four L's each rotated 90 degrees and connected. The L's stand for Light, Life, Love, Luck. At the Aliveo Museum we have an original U.S. Postcard dated "1900" showing what a beautiful symbol it was until Hitler totally ruined it.

Propaganda was used by the Allies and the Axis powers all through World War II.  Here at the Aliveo Military Museum we h...
08/27/2017

Propaganda was used by the Allies and the Axis powers all through World War II. Here at the Aliveo Military Museum we have examples of German, Japanese, and American as the one shown here.

Aliveo Military Museum
07/30/2017

Aliveo Military Museum

WWII Luftwaffe LKP-W101 Flying Helmet

During WWII the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer than ten slightly different models of flight helmets, with the main modifications being helmets issued for summer and winter wear and helmets with or without integral radio communications fittings. The LKp-W101 was designed for winter wear and was outfitted with radio equipment as used by fighter pilots and bomber commanders

WWII Luftwaffe LKP-W101 Flying HelmetDuring WWII the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer than ten slightly different models of f...
07/30/2017

WWII Luftwaffe LKP-W101 Flying Helmet

During WWII the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer than ten slightly different models of flight helmets, with the main modifications being helmets issued for summer and winter wear and helmets with or without integral radio communications fittings. The LKp-W101 was designed for winter wear and was outfitted with radio equipment as used by fighter pilots and bomber commanders

New display here at the Aliveo Military Museum.  We recently got in four Nazi German medals from the 1930's
07/22/2017

New display here at the Aliveo Military Museum. We recently got in four Nazi German medals from the 1930's

GERMAN WWII COMBAT AND CIVILIAN STICK PINS The German armed forces and political organizations during WWII awarded a wid...
06/26/2017

GERMAN WWII COMBAT AND CIVILIAN STICK PINS
The German armed forces and political organizations during WWII awarded a wide array of stick pins to their members. In some cases, primarily for the military organizations, the stick pins were a small representation of a larger award. For example, a pilot's badge would be issued in a box with a stick pin. The large badge was used with a regular military uniform. The stick pin was generally used with civilian clothes at parties, rallies and such events. We have the stick pins shown here as well as others on display at the museum.

Our Greatest Generation
06/20/2017

Our Greatest Generation

19th of June 1944 Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.
Battle of the Philippine Sea,

On this day in 1944, in what would become known as the “Marianas Turkey Shoot,” U.S. carrier-based fighters decimate the Japanese Fleet with only a minimum of losses in the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

The security of the Marianas Islands, in the western Pacific, were vital to Japan, which had air bases on Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. U.S. troops were already battling the Japanese on Saipan, having landed there on the 15th. Any further intrusion would leave the Philippine Islands, and Japan itself, vulnerable to U.S. attack. The U.S. Fifth Fleet, commanded by Admiral Raymond Spruance, was on its way west from the Marshall Islands as backup for the invasion of Saipan and the rest of the Marianas. But Japanese Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo decided to challenge the American fleet, ordering 430 of his planes, launched from aircraft carriers, to attack. In what became the greatest carrier battle of the war, the United States, having already picked up the Japanese craft on radar, proceeded to shoot down more than 300 aircraft and sink two Japanese aircraft carriers, losing only 29 of their own planes in the process. It was described in the aftermath as a “turkey shoot.”

Admiral Ozawa, believing his missing planes had landed at their Guam air base, maintained his position in the Philippine Sea, allowing for a second attack of U.S. carrier-based fighter planes, this time commanded by Admiral Mitscher, to shoot down an additional 65 Japanese planes and sink another carrier. In total, the Japanese lost 480 aircraft, three-quarters of its total, not to mention most of its crews. American domination of the Marianas was now a foregone conclusion.

Not long after this battle at sea, U.S. Marine divisions penetrated farther into the island of Saipan. Two Japanese commanders on the island, Admiral Nagumo and General Saito, both committed suicide in an attempt to rally the remaining Japanese forces. It succeeded: Those forces also committed a virtual suicide as they attacked the Americans’ lines, losing 26,000 men compared with 3,500 lost by the United States. Within another month, the islands of Tinian and Guam were also captured by the United States.

The Japanese government of Premier Hideki Tojo resigned in disgrace at this stunning defeat, in what many have described as the turning point of the war in the Pacific.

Our Greatest Generation
06/06/2017

Our Greatest Generation

6th of June, 1944 D-Day.

Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.

With Hitler’s armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his.

On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.

By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.

For their part, the Germans suffered from confusion in the ranks and the absence of celebrated commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was away on leave. At first, Hitler, believing that the invasion was a feint designed to distract the Germans from a coming attack north of the Seine River, refused to release nearby divisions to join the counterattack and reinforcements had to be called from further afield, causing delays. He also hesitated in calling for armored divisions to help in the defense. In addition, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.

Though it did not go off exactly as planned, as later claimed by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery–for example, the Allies were able to land only fractions of the supplies and vehicles they had intended in France–D-Day was a decided success. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.

The heroism and bravery displayed by troops from the Allied countries on D-Day has served as inspiration for several films, most famously The Longest Day (1962) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It was also depicted in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (2001).

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