MCRD San Diego Museum

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The MCRD Museum in San Diego shows the history of the Marines in California, and the history of the Marine Corps from 1921 to the present day. Major galleries include: From Sea to Shining Sea: The California Campaign of the Mexican-American War, The Early Days (the construction of MCRD and history up until WWII), World War II, The Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Forward Deployed: The Marine Corps Since Vietnam, The History of Boot Camp, and Medals and Decorations. Other highlights of the museum exhibits include two armories featuring weapons used by the Marines, their allies, and their enemies; the Waterhouse Gallery of artwork of the Marines in the Mexican-American War; a temporary exhibit gallery, currently showing the satellite exhibit From Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse; a recreation of an MCRD Squad Bay. The museum maintains a reference center, comprised of an archives and a research library, which is free for patrons to use. The reference center contains photographs, newspapers, books, maps, cruise books and platoon books, manuscripts, and ephemera such as comic books, blood chits, menus, postcards, sheet music, etc. The museum also has an education program designed to teach Marine Corps history, tradition, and values. Guided tours, classes, workshops are all free. The museum also offers free merit badge workshops for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Museum staff is happy to travel to local classrooms to teach and will gladly send curriculum to out of area educators. The MCRD Museum Historical Foundation is a 501 C-3 that supports the MCRD Museum by fundraising and by providing volunteer support. The Foundation runs the museum gift shop.

Mission: "To provide an educational setting that portrays the legacy of the Marine Corps for the training of recruits and the continuing education of Marines, that functions as a supporting arm to the recruiting effort, and that serves as a bridge to the civilian community."

05/29/2020
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

#CharlieCompany graduates TOMORROW!

Watch their Motivational Run here then come back tomorrow to watch them graduate at 1600 here: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

Come check out the new Marines of Charlie Company as they participate in a Motivational Run here at MCRDSD!!!

Graduating Tomorrow: #CharlieCompanyAfter 13 weeks of training the men of Charlie Company are set to graduate from #MCRD...
05/28/2020

Graduating Tomorrow: #CharlieCompany

After 13 weeks of training the men of Charlie Company are set to graduate from #MCRDSanDiego TOMORROW!

Watch them graduate online at 1600 here: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

Purchase Charlie Company shirts here: bit.ly/CharlieCompanyShirts

Share with families of graduating Marines!

Congratulations to the honormen of #CharlieCompanyHonormen are selected because they exemplified the best the Marine Cor...
05/27/2020

Congratulations to the honormen of #CharlieCompany

Honormen are selected because they exemplified the best the Marine Corps has to offer. After 13 weeks of intense training Charlie Company is set to graduate this Friday at 1600.

Watch graduate this Friday: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, stand in formation for a photo at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, May 22, 2020. These Marines were selected from their platoons as the company honormen because they exemplified the characteristics of a Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary T. Beatty)

MCRD San Diego: #WhereMarinesAreMadeShow your Depot pride with MCRD gear and apparel! Shop online and use code: "Depot A...
05/27/2020

MCRD San Diego: #WhereMarinesAreMade

Show your Depot pride with MCRD gear and apparel! Shop online and use code: "Depot Alumni" for 10% off your purchase! >>> shop.mcrdmhs.org

All proceeds benefit the Command Museum and programs for our Marines, Sailors, veterans, and Gold Star Families!

Looking for a little midweek #MOTIVATION? Take a peek into recruit training at MCRD San Diego!Recruits from India Compan...
05/27/2020

Looking for a little midweek #MOTIVATION? Take a peek into recruit training at MCRD San Diego!

Recruits from India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, battle each other during Pugil Sticks I at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Aug. 2. Recruits were encouraged to use any practiced technique necessary to overcome their opponent during their single match.

Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. India Company graduated Oct. 13 2017.

#OTD: May 26,1969 - Operation Pipeline Canyon began. 1st Battalion, 26th Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines swep...
05/26/2020

#OTD: May 26,1969 - Operation Pipeline Canyon began. 1st Battalion, 26th Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines swept into the “Dodge City” area southwest of Da Nang, Vietnam. The operation would end in late June, lasting over a month with 610 guerrillas killed.

Pictured: CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 [HMM-263] rendezvous with elements of the 1st Marines in the ‘Dodge City’ area south of Da Nang

Graduating this Friday: #CharlieCompany!After 13 weeks of training at #MCRDSanDiego these young men will graduate in a c...
05/26/2020

Graduating this Friday: #CharlieCompany!

After 13 weeks of training at #MCRDSanDiego these young men will graduate in a ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck. Each has learned the necessary skills and completed the requirements needed to earn the title United States Marine.

Watch them graduate this FRIDAY at 1600: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

Order Charlie Company Shirts and Gifts here:
bit.ly/CharlieCompanyShirts

Share with families of graduating Marines!

This #MemorialDay we urge all to take a moment to reflect and remember those who gave their last full measure of devotio...
05/25/2020

This #MemorialDay we urge all to take a moment to reflect and remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion to protecting our nation. " Our fallen heroes represent every branch of our Armed Forces. They willingly embraced dangerous duties during times of peace and conflict. Their sacrifices resulted in our country’s independence and later the end of slavery. They made possible the security and prosperity of our Nation.”

Read a brief Memorial Day message from our Board President, Paul H. Atterbury here: bit.ly/MCRDMemorialDay

#OTD: May 23, 1988 - The V-22 Osprey, the world’s first production tilt-rotor aircraft made its debut; then Commandant o...
05/23/2020

#OTD: May 23, 1988 - The V-22 Osprey, the world’s first production tilt-rotor aircraft made its debut; then Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred Grey gave a speech praising the versatility of the vehicle and the critical role it would play on the battlefields of tomorrow. First deployed by the Marines in combat in 2007, the Osprey would prove to be a useful platform for transporting troops and supplies in the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters. A powerful and frightening sight to behold, the Osprey is both a modern marvel and a vital weapon in the American arsenal.

05/23/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Although time may separate us from the past and social distancing separates us physically in the present, we are united by reverence to the warrior spirit that lives on.

OTD: May 22nd 1912 - First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham was the first Marine assigned to “duty in connection with avi...
05/23/2020

OTD: May 22nd 1912 - First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham was the first Marine assigned to “duty in connection with aviation” by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle. This was the beginning of the USMC Aviation Program; on August 20th of that year he officially took flight in a Burgess Model H in Marblehead Harbor, thus becoming the very first Marine Aviator.

Pictured: A. Cunningham, USMC

CONGRATULATIONS TO #KiloCompany!After 13 weeks each new Marine has left civilian life behind and earned the title of Uni...
05/22/2020

CONGRATULATIONS TO #KiloCompany!

After 13 weeks each new Marine has left civilian life behind and earned the title of United States Marine!

Watch Kilo Company Graduate online here: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation or click the "Watch Video" Button on our profile

Share with any families of graduating Marines!

In honor of Kilo Company graduating today from #MCRDSanDiego we'd like to share another Facebook frame for all the new M...
05/22/2020

In honor of Kilo Company graduating today from #MCRDSanDiego we'd like to share another Facebook frame for all the new Marine families out there. Show your USMC pride with this Facebook frame or search MCRD San Diego Museum to find others!
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Watch Kilo Company Graduate here at 1600: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

GRADUATING TODAY: #KiloCompany!After weeks of intense training the young men who entered #MCRDSanDiego as civilians have...
05/22/2020
MCRD San Diego Graduation Video | Marine Boot Camp Graduation

GRADUATING TODAY: #KiloCompany!

After weeks of intense training the young men who entered #MCRDSanDiego as civilians have emerged as MARINES!

Click the link below to watch their graduation ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck! (bit.ly/MCRDGraduation)

Purchase Kilo Company Shirts, gifts, and family apparel: bit.ly/KiloCompanyShirts

Congratulations to the Marines and families of Kilo Company! Share this link with any parents/families of graduating Marines!

After 13+ weeks of intense training a new class of Marines is about to graduate from MCRD San Diego. Watch the boot camp graduation ceremony online here!

Honoring and remembering our nation's fallen heroes is of the utmost importance to us. Our #FamilyForever program honors...
05/21/2020

Honoring and remembering our nation's fallen heroes is of the utmost importance to us. Our #FamilyForever program honors their legacy by ensuring that their families will always be a part of our family. The MCRD Museum exists as a place where their legacy and memory will never be forgotten.

View a few photos of our nation’s fallen heroes in uniform at the link below. Their memories and legacies are forever honored and remembered by all the MCRD Museum.

www.mcrdmuseum.org/programs/honoring-our-heroes

Graduating Tomorrow: #KiloCompany! After completing several weeks of intense training the men of Kilo Company will gradu...
05/21/2020

Graduating Tomorrow: #KiloCompany! After completing several weeks of intense training the men of Kilo Company will graduate #MCRDSanDiego TOMORROW!

Click here to watch them graduate online tomorrow at 1600:
bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

Order Kilo Company Crest Shirts/Gifts:
bit.ly/KiloCompanyShirts

Share with families of graduating Marines!

MCRD San Diego: WE MAKE MARINES Shop MCRD apparel, gifts, and more online: shop.mcrdmhs.org/The MCRD Museum Gift Shop is...
05/20/2020

MCRD San Diego: WE MAKE MARINES

Shop MCRD apparel, gifts, and more online: shop.mcrdmhs.org/

The MCRD Museum Gift Shop is your #1 source for official MCRD gear, gifts, and apparel. Find exclusive Company shirts, challenge coins, mugs and more online. All products are fully licensed by the Marine Corps and proceeds support MCRD Museum Foundation Programs, the Command Museum, and the Depot community. Shop online to show your Depot pride today!

Looking for a little midweek #motivation? Take a peek into recruit training at MCRD San Diego!Pictured: Fox Company, 2nd...
05/20/2020

Looking for a little midweek #motivation? Take a peek into recruit training at MCRD San Diego!

Pictured: Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conducts bayonet exercises during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program class at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 13 2017

One of the purposes of MCMAP is to teach recruits offensive and defensive techniques, which gives them an opportunity to master skills in preparation for the MCMAP test later in training. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. The pictured Fox Company graduated graduate Sept. 23 2017.

Kilo Company Graduates this Friday!
05/19/2020

Kilo Company Graduates this Friday!

Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, stand in formation for a photo at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 18, 2020. These Marines were selected from their platoons as the company honormen because they exemplified the characteristics of a Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary T. Beatty)

Support our heroes in uniform pursue continued education!We are excited to share that two of our faithful and generous M...
05/19/2020

Support our heroes in uniform pursue continued education!

We are excited to share that two of our faithful and generous Marine Corps veteran donors have offered to match, dollar for dollar all donations up to $2,000 through July 1st to the Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship program.

This scholarship was established by Colonel Smith’s family shortly after he passed in 2003 to help bridge the educational funding gap occurring for the men and women in the Western Recruiting Region and MCRD San Diego and, to honor Colonel Smith’s name and all he gave to our Country and our museum.

Please consider donating today and help us impact those who serve on the front lines and at home.

Give: mcrdmuseum.org/give
Learn More: mcrdmuseum.org/depot-wrr-support/colonel-nate-smith-scholarship

#OTD: May 16th, 1945 - the 22nd and 29th Marines continued their attacks on “Half Moon Hill.” The 6th Marine Division wo...
05/18/2020

#OTD: May 16th, 1945 - the 22nd and 29th Marines continued their attacks on “Half Moon Hill.” The 6th Marine Division would later describe this day as the “bitterest of the entire [Okinawa] campaign.” It would be over a month before Okinawa fell, but because the Marines refused to let up or retreat, the Japanese “Shuri line” was effectively breached and the way opened for further American advancement against the enemy.

Graduating MCRD San Diego this FRIDAY: #KiloCompanyAfter many weeks of intense training these young men will graduate #M...
05/18/2020

Graduating MCRD San Diego this FRIDAY: #KiloCompany

After many weeks of intense training these young men will graduate #MCRDSanDiego in a ceremony later this week.

Watch them graduate this Friday at 1600: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

Get Kilo Company Shirts
bit.ly/KiloCompanyShirts

Share with families of graduating Marines!

05/16/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

#ArmedForcesDay

On this Armed Forces Day, we pause to recognize our nation’s service members who protect our country, our liberty and our founding principles. One team, one fight.

05/15/2020
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

#KiloCompany graduates next Friday! After many weeks of intense training and completing the Crucible they will be able to graduate from MCRD San Diego. Watch Kilo Co take on the Crucible below then come back next week to watch them graduate here: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

Come check out Kilo Company as they take on the Crucible!!

#OTD: May 15th, 1862 - Corporal John Mackie became the first U.S. Marine to earn the Medal of Honor. He received the dec...
05/15/2020

#OTD: May 15th, 1862 - Corporal John Mackie became the first U.S. Marine to earn the Medal of Honor. He received the decoration and a commendation for his service onboard the USS Galena during actions against the Confederate forces at Drewry’s Bluff.

During the attack on 15 May 1862, Cpl Mackie rallied the Marine Guard after the entire Third Division of the four IX-inch Dahlgren Guns and 100 Pound Rifle was killed or wounded. He cleared the deck and resumed the action without awaiting orders. Capt John Rodgers, commander of the USS Galena recommended Cpl Mackie to the Secretary of the Navy during a visit he made to the ship in November 1862.

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #climateMW. Did you know MCRD San Diego has received recognition from SDG&E for various ene...
05/15/2020

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #climateMW. Did you know MCRD San Diego has received recognition from SDG&E for various energy conservation initiatives?

Over the past several years the Depot has worked to install solar tech, implement electric vehicles, and reduce unnecessary water usage. The museum is proud to do its part in supporting the Depot's energy conservation goals!

#USMCMuseum #MuseumWeek

Are you the proud parent of a United States Marine? Add this custom frame to your Facebook Profile photo! Find other Mar...
05/14/2020

Are you the proud parent of a United States Marine? Add this custom frame to your Facebook Profile photo!

Find other Marine family frames by clicking the camera icon on your profile photo then selecting "add frame" and searching for MCRD Museum!

Tag a Marine Parent to share!

Thursday's #MuseumWeek theme is #MuseumMoments! Today we're going to be sharing a few of our favorite museum moments bel...
05/14/2020

Thursday's #MuseumWeek theme is #MuseumMoments! Today we're going to be sharing a few of our favorite museum moments below:

Pictured:
(1) West Coast Iwo Jima Association Visit - The Museum was honored to host a visit by the West Coast Iwo Jima Association. The visit included Iwo Jima Veterans and their families as well as a curated display of Iwo Jima artifacts, books, and maps from the museum's collections.

(2) 1/1 Marines Tour - Several months ago the Museum hosted Vietnam veterans from 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. Among them included Sergeant Major John Canley, a Vietnam War era Medal of Honor recipient. Also in attendance was Dolia Gonzales, the mother of fellow Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Alfredo Gonzalez.

(3) Battle Color Ceremony - This recent event featured an amazing performance by the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, the Silent Drill Platoon, and the Marine Corps Color Guard. A members and VIP reception in the Museum followed the ceremony.

(4) M-5 Tours - One of our favorite frequent events is our M-5 Tours where Museum docents pass down their knowledge and experience to the next generation of Marines

What are a few of your favorite Command Museum moments? Share them with us and tag us!

Commemorate your Marine's graduation with a custom challenge coin from the Museum's Online Gift Shop! Add name, platoon,...
05/13/2020

Commemorate your Marine's graduation with a custom challenge coin from the Museum's Online Gift Shop!

Add name, platoon, and graduating date to this exclusive coin. First, second, and third battalion MCRD SD coins available>>> bit.ly/MCRDCoin

Looking for a little midweek #motivation? Take an inside look into just one part of recruit training at MCRD San Diego! ...
05/13/2020

Looking for a little midweek #motivation? Take an inside look into just one part of recruit training at MCRD San Diego! The confidence course challenges recruits to face their fears and overcome them.

Pictured: A drill instructor with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, prepares recruits to overcome an obstacle during the Confidence Course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Wednesday's #MuseumWeek theme is #togetherMWWe can't wait until the museum is open to the public and we can host events ...
05/13/2020

Wednesday's #MuseumWeek theme is #togetherMW

We can't wait until the museum is open to the public and we can host events like #TunTavernTuesday. We hope to be back to serving you in person soon! Until then, here's a few photos from TTT's this past year

#TogetherAtHome

Shop MCRD Alumni gear straight from the source! Order official MCRD San Diego apparel, mugs, decals, exclusive Company S...
05/12/2020

Shop MCRD Alumni gear straight from the source! Order official MCRD San Diego apparel, mugs, decals, exclusive Company Shirts and more online!

Shop Now>>> shop.mcrdmhs.org/

Tuesday's #MuseumWeek theme is #CultureinQuarantineMW. Today we're challenging you to recreate some of the Marine Corps'...
05/12/2020

Tuesday's #MuseumWeek theme is #CultureinQuarantineMW. Today we're challenging you to recreate some of the Marine Corps' most iconic recruiting posters at home! Here's three of our favorites!

Share your creations and tag us ( @MCRDmuseum )

#MuseumWeek has officially begun! Today’s theme is #HeroesMW. The Marine Corps has produced countless heroes throughout ...
05/11/2020

#MuseumWeek has officially begun! Today’s theme is #HeroesMW. The Marine Corps has produced countless heroes throughout its history. One very special to us is Medal of Honor recipient, General James L. Day. General Day fought in the Pacific in the Marshall Islands, on Guam and on Okinawa and would go on to rise through the ranks and eventually serve in several notable positions including as the Commanding General of MCRD San Diego in 1977. General Day was presented with the Medal of Honor in 1998 over half a century after the WII battle on Okinawa in which he distinguished himself.

The Command Museum building at MCRD San Diego (Day Hall) is named in his honor and a painting of him is featured on the lower deck. Click the link below to read a bit more about General Day: bit.ly/GeneralDay

Who are a few of your Marine Corps heroes? Share them with us in the comments below!

#USMC #MCRDMuseum

Address

1600 Henderson Ave., Bldg. 26
San Diego, CA
92140

The MTS San Diego 10 line stops in front of Gate 4 of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. All visitors must show a valid government ID at the gate to enter the installation.

General information

The museum is closed Saturdays near Federal holidays (see museum calendar on the website, www.usmchistory.org) and most federal holidays.

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 08:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(619) 524-4426

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What's going David Cardenas! How long are you going to be in San Diego?
Fox News will be highlighting MCRD Museum today during the West Coast portion of the Proud American Program with Abby Hornacek. Honored to be part of supporting effort with Len Howard and Silver Star recipient Joe Cordileone, great men and fellow Marines. Happy 4th of July. #proudamercican
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I went thru MCRD in 1953 just turned 18, dumber then a stick but came outta there a Marine and it was an honor to make it thru B.C. and a Sgt. Rice to get me through from a 120 pound kid to 175 pounds and go from 5'5' to 5'10'' boy to a Marine thank you Sgt Rice. Semper Fi.
Do you have anything for Plt. 3083 aug 1966? I was told many years ago that a truck load of boot camp mcrd were lost at Camp Pendelton. s this NOT true?
Does the Museum have anything from plt 3083 Aug. 1966?
How would I go about finding which company my dad was in during basic training? I was hoping to order his basic training graduation picture but dont have that info. All I have is a copy of his DD214
Are there any history articles on the yellow footprints? I’ve been talking to Marines from the 60s and 70s and they mention some near a barber shop others on a black top surface near the theater. One thing they all mention is that they didn’t land on the ones currently in use now.
I wanted to share a few pictures I took at the Battle Color Ceremony. Barbara asked that we post pictures to the page but unfortunately I can't post to this page. Here's a link to my Google drive folder where I have uploaded a few of them for your viewing. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ifcYAq2VtoOm2cz6aiFaqbYPymTtDG92a
Battle Colors this year?