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."

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03/11/2020
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03/11/2020

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Happy Birthday to Seabees everywhere!
03/05/2020

Happy Birthday to Seabees everywhere!

Happy Birthday to the Seabees! ⁠

On 5 March 1942, all Construction Battalion personnel were officially named Seabees by the Navy Department. Rear Admiral Ben Moreell gave them their motto “Construmus Batumius”, or “We Build, We Fight.” ⁠

If you know a Seabee, thank one today for their service and dedication!⁠

IMAGE: Seabees retracting causeway in Lebanon. Seabees at Red Beach, Beirut, Lebanon retracting causeway in preparation for moving causeway down the beach to marry with an LST.⁠

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03/03/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

This month, we’re honoring the sacrifices and accomplishments of women in the Marine Corps, in the past and today, who are writing a new chapter in history as we secure our nation's future.

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03/02/2020
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#OTD: March 2nd, 1867: Colonel Jacob Zeilin, who had served as Commandant of the USMC since 1864 was promoted to the ran...
03/02/2020

#OTD: March 2nd, 1867: Colonel Jacob Zeilin, who had served as Commandant of the USMC since 1864 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. This was a rare occasion, the first time in history in which the rank was authorized for the Marine Corps; as a result of this promotion, he became the first general officer in the Marine Corps in the 92 years since its establishment. During his time as the Commandant, he also approved the “Eagle, Globe and Anchor” as the official emblem of the Marine Corps. He previously served with honor, courage and distinction in the Mexican War during the California Campaign, including the Siege and Capture of Los Angeles. He stepped down as Commandant in 1876 (the Centennial Year), having served 49 years in uniform. In the year 1920, Destroyer No. 313, Zeilin was named in his memory, and then in 1941 the Navy transport Zeilin was also named in his honor.

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02/26/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Iwo Jima Newsreel⁠

While Marines were fighting on Iwo Jima their friends and families at home received updates about the war through newsreels. Marines could send letters back home but could not say exactly where they were or what they were doing. ⁠

This is just a short clip of what the homefront would see about the battle of Iwo Jima.⁠

Friends and family members of service members could go to their local cinemas to get the latest news about the ongoing war in the Pacific. ⁠

If you would like to see the full video, head over to the National Archives Youtube and check it out (Link below).

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO6SkYkB9Cg&t=215s

VIDEO: Edited 1945 Newsreel from ⁠the National Archives.⁠

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02/23/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

23 February 1945 – Iwo Jima Flag Raising 75th Anniversary⁠

“We found a water pipe, tied the flag to it and put it up. Then all hell broke loose below. Troops cheered, ships blew whistles, some men openly wept.” – Corporal Charles W. Lindbergh⁠

#OTD in 1945, 75 years ago, the Marines took control of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Onlookers cheered as the assault platoon fought to the summit and raised a small flag. Later that day, different troops raised a larger flag while others respectfully lowered the original. Several combat photographers captured these stirring events on film, but Joe Rosenthal’s snapshot of the men struggling to raise the second flag in a stiff wind became an enduring symbol of American resolve. ⁠

The National Museum of the Marine Corps has both flags raised on Iwo Jima that day in our collection. For the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the battle and the flag raisings, visitors can see both flags on display in our WWII Gallery until March 26, 2020. ⁠

Semper Fidelis.⁠

VIDEO: Video of Second Flag Raising on Iwo Jima.⁠

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#OTD: 19 February 1945: D-Day at Iwo Jima. 75 years ago Marines began their amphibious landing at Iwo Jima. The battle, ...
02/19/2020

#OTD: 19 February 1945: D-Day at Iwo Jima. 75 years ago Marines began their amphibious landing at Iwo Jima. The battle, which would last for over a month, would go on to become one of the most famous in Marine Corps history and would produce 22 Marine Medal of Honor Recipients and 5 Navy Medal of Honor Recipients.

Photos:
1. Iwo Battlefield---Fourth Division Marines surge forward from the beach at Iwo Jima on D-day despite the hail of mortar and light artillery fire which the stubborn enemy defenders are raining on the beachhead. Two attack waves are advancing up the barren slope toward the first airfield while a third assault line has just left the beach. Other waves await their turn and still more troops are headed shoreward in landing craft.

2. Iwo Jima...27th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, lands on same spot in the afternoon." Photographer: Bob Campbell

3. Trigger Man---A Marine machine gunner fires at Japanese positions in support of a Leatherneck advance on Iwo Jima.

Photos from the National Archives Catalog

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National Museum of the Marine Corps
02/18/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Medal of Honor Recipient - Cpl Hershel "Woody" Williams⁠

Hershel "Woody" Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Cpl Williams displayed "valiant devotion to duty" and service above self as he enabled his company to reach its objective. ⁠

For his actions, heroism, and commitment to his fellow service members, Cpl Williams, on 5 October 1945, received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House. ⁠

Hershel "Woody" Williams is the sole surviving Marine Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. ⁠

Cpl Williams will be our keynote speaker at our Heroes Among Us event this Saturday, 22 February. He will be speaking at 1 pm in the Medal of Honor Theater. ⁠

Semper Fidelis, Cpl Williams. ⁠

IMAGE 1: Cpl Hershel "Woody" Williams⁠
IMAGE 2: Cpl Williams receiving the Medal of Honor from President Truman⁠
IMAGE 3: Cpl Hershel "Woody" Williams⁠

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02/15/2020
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02/14/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

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02/13/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Today, the Marine Corps will say farewell to our 28th commandant when Gen. Paul X. Kelley is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, which we will live stream here this morning.

#OTD: 13 February 1943: The Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is officially established. Learn more about the history of wome...
02/13/2020

#OTD: 13 February 1943: The Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is officially established. Learn more about the history of women in the Marine Corps in the Command Museum's Women Marine Exhibit.

Pictured: Private First Class Priscilla Goodrich (left) and Private Elaine Munsinger (right) break down an airplane engine in the Assembly and Repair Department at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.

From the Marine Corps Women's Reserve Collection (COLL/981) at the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.

OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

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#OTD: February 11th, 1922: Brigadier General John H. Russell (who would later become the 16th Commandant of the Marine C...
02/11/2020

#OTD: February 11th, 1922: Brigadier General John H. Russell (who would later become the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps) was appointed by Warren Harding to be the High Commissioner to Haiti. This was done during the time of the US occupation of Haiti, lasting from 1915 until 1936. General Russell served with distinction in Haiti as High Commissioner until November, 1930, six years before the US forces officially withdrew from Haiti.

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02/10/2020

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#MarineMonday – Col Justice M. Chambers⁠

It's #MarineMonday! Today we will be highlighting Colonel Justice M. Chambers who received the Medal of Honor for action during the Battle of Iwo Jima.⁠

Colonel Chambers first enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve as a private in 1930 and two years later he was commissioned. In 1940, at the rank of Major, he and Washington’s 5th Battalion were called into service. ⁠

Lieutenant Colonel Chambers received the Silver Star Medal at Tulagi when he evacuated wounded soldiers and directed the night defenses while he was wounded himself. He commanded the 3d Battalion, 25th Marines in the Roi-Namur campaign. During the Battle of Saipan, Lieutenant Colonel Chambers suffered a blast concussion, but returned to his command and landed his men on Tinian.⁠

During the Battle of Iwo Jima, Lt.Col Chambers commanded the 3d Battalion, 25th Marines. His sector during the landing was beneath enemy high ground and was determined to capture the enemy position. Losing more than half of 3d Battalion’s officers and enlisted strength on D-Day, Lt.Col Chambers won key heights and anchored the right flank of the Marines’ position. On D-Day+4, Lt.Col Chambers fell wounded to enemy machine gun fire, causing him to be medically retired and was promoted to colonel.⁠

Col Chambers was awarded the Medal of Honor on 1 November 1950 and after his retirement, served as a staff adviser for the Senate Armed Services Committee. Col Chambers passed away on 29 July 1982 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.⁠

Semper Fidelis, Col Chambers⁠.

To learn more about Col Chambers and other Medal of Honor recipients, visit our Medal of Honor exhibit in Legacy Walk.⁠

Col Chambers' Medal of Honor will be shown with other Iwo Jima artifacts during our Heroes Among Us event on February 22 and our Family Day event on February 23.

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#OTD: February 6, 1968: The 1st Battalion, 1st Marines (with two companies) and the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines (with thr...
02/06/2020

#OTD: February 6, 1968: The 1st Battalion, 1st Marines (with two companies) and the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines (with three companies) successfully pushed through communist lines in Hue, Vietnam, and recaptured the hospital, jail and provincial headquarters. Recapturing the entirety of the city would take three more weeks of intense fighting, with one thousand Marines dead or critically wounded.

Pictured: Marines of Company H, 2/5, cover a blown wall during operation Hue City. Defense Dept Photo.

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02/05/2020
Navajo Code Talker dies at 96; less than a handful remain

Semper Fidelis, Marine.

"One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers who used their native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. Joe Vandever Sr. died of health complications Friday in Haystack, New Mexico, according to his family. He was 96."

Joe Vandever Sr. died of health complications Friday in Haystack, New Mexico.

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#OTD: February 2, 1944: The 4th Marine Division successfully captured the island of Roi-Namur, in the Japanese-occupied ...
02/02/2020

#OTD: February 2, 1944: The 4th Marine Division successfully captured the island of Roi-Namur, in the Japanese-occupied Marshall Islands. They were also instrumental in capturing eight other nearby islands. As this was the Marines first smashing of the Japanese outer defense, it provided both a significant moral victory for US forces and a blow to Japanese military prestige, with US forces putting the island-hopping campaign to use in advancing on the Japanese home islands. However, it also gave the Japanese time to dig in on many interior islands. The upcoming battles on Peleliu, Guam and the Marianas Islands would prove far more costly to the Marines.

#OTD: February 1, 1968: the 3rd Marine Division commenced Operation Prairie II in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. Taking place...
02/01/2020

#OTD: February 1, 1968: the 3rd Marine Division commenced Operation Prairie II in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. Taking place in and around the Vietnam DMZ, the purpose of this exercise was to flush-out and destroy enemy combatants. Lasting 46 days until mid-March, the operation was successful, with 693 enemy combatants killed.

#FamousMarineFriday: Sergeant Major John L. Canley- MOH Recipient Born in Caledonia, AR on February 1st, 1938. While ser...
01/31/2020

#FamousMarineFriday: Sergeant Major John L. Canley- MOH Recipient
Born in Caledonia, AR on February 1st, 1938. While serving in the Vietnam War, then-Gunnery Sergeant Canley was detached with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines to relieve U.S. and South Vietnamese forces under siege at Hue. Their convoy took sniper fire as they approached the city, forcing them to fight house-to-house to eliminate the enemy resistance. During the fighting Gunnery Sergeant Canley took command after the Company commander was wounded. Canley, joined by Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzales, led several charges against the enemy within several buildings to flush them out and allow the convoy to move forward into Hue City. He scaled a wall twice, fully exposed to communist fire, to carry wounded Marines to safety. They fought to the besieged MACV compound, ending the enemy’s control of the building. For his actions in Vietnam he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal and the Navy Cross. In 2018, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recommended the Navy Cross be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. President Donald Trump praised Canley for his heroism and patriotism, presenting him with the Medal of Honor at an event in the White House on October 17, 2018.

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01/30/2020
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#OTD in 1968: Tet Offensive, Vietnam War
01/30/2020

#OTD in 1968: Tet Offensive, Vietnam War

30 January 1968 – Tet Offensive, Vietnam War⁠

#OTD in 1968, a massive Communist offensive erupted across Vietnam, shattering a cease-fire announced for Tet, the national holiday. In a masterpiece of surprise, the enemy struck every Allied stronghold in the country. The Allies fought back desperately, including the Marine embassy guards in Saigon. ⁠

Most Tet attackers were quickly killed or repulsed, but the battle for the ancient imperial capital of Hue raged for 25 bloody days, flattening much of the city, including its majestic cathedral. ⁠

When ARVN troops finally overran the last NVA diehards, they found shallow graves in the city containing 3,000 civilian corpses. Communist death squads had methodically murdered anyone with an education or other “counter-revolutionary” taint. Hue, the biggest set-piece Marine battle of the war, cost 1,200 Marine casualties. Traumatized by Tet, President Johnson chose not to run for re-election that November. ⁠

Find out more about the Tet Offensive and the battle for Hue City in our Vietnam Gallery. Can’t make it in person? Check out our Virtual Experience to the tour of the Museum online: www.virtualusmcmuseum.com/Vietnam_1.asp

IMAGE: Ready for Anything – Leathernecks of “H” Co., 2nd Bn., 5th Marines were equipped to meet any type of resistance as they combed the streets and alleys of battle-torn Hue, February 1968. Rubble from 25 days of street fighting and rocket and mortar attacks has long since been cleared away. (Official USMC Photo by Sgt W.F. Dickman)⁠

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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

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(619) 524-4426

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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?
I graduated from Boot Camp in May of 1967.