MCRD San Diego Museum

MCRD San Diego Museum Welcome to the MCRD San Diego Museum! This museum is free and open to the public. 'Like' and 'Share' our page! 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.
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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."

Graduated Today: #DeltaCompanyThe new Marines of Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Watch their ...
08/14/2020

Graduated Today: #DeltaCompany

The new Marines of Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Watch their graduation ceremony online now!

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Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Shop Delta Co graduation gifts including company crest shirts...
08/14/2020

Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Shop Delta Co graduation gifts including company crest shirts, coins, frames, and more!

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Watch their graduation ceremony online at 1600!

Today is #NavajoCodeTalkerDayDuring World War II Navajo Code Talkers used their unique language to rapidly relay coded c...
08/14/2020

Today is #NavajoCodeTalkerDay

During World War II Navajo Code Talkers used their unique language to rapidly relay coded communications on the battlefield. Their code was never broken by the enemy and their actions saved countless American lives. Today we honor their service and legacy.

Pictured: The Navajo 382nd Platoon at training in San Diego. On May 5, 1942, 29 Navajo men arrived at the Recruit Depot in San Diego for training. Later they underwent extensive courses in radio operation at the Fleet Marine Force Training Center at Camp Elliot. These 29 original Code Talkers developed the code in conjunction with communications personnel during this time.

08/14/2020
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Navajo Nation Council

Retired USMC General James Mattis shares a message commemorating the 2020 National Navajo Code Talker Day on August 14, 2020.

#OTD: 13 August 1918 - Opha May Johnson Just one day after being authorized in 1918 to do so, Opha May Johnson wrote a n...
08/13/2020

#OTD: 13 August 1918 - Opha May Johnson

Just one day after being authorized in 1918 to do so, Opha May Johnson wrote a new chapter in history when she became the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps to serve during World War I, opening doors and breaking barriers throughout the sea services.

Graduating TOMORROW: #DeltaCompanyDelta Company graduates tomorrow from #MCRDSanDiego! After many weeks of intense Marin...
08/13/2020

Graduating TOMORROW: #DeltaCompany

Delta Company graduates tomorrow from #MCRDSanDiego! After many weeks of intense Marine Corps training and education these young men are ready to graduate. Watch their ceremony online tomorrow at 1600!

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EGA Masks in stock and ready to ship!Get one for yourself, your Marine, or any veteran of the Corps! Each mask is washab...
08/12/2020
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Promoting the legacy of the Marine Corps through historic preservation and conservation, free education programs, and community outreach initiatives that enrich the lives of Marines, sailors, and the communities they serve.

#OTD: 12 August 1918 - Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels authorized women to join the Marine Corps Reserve. Today, ...
08/12/2020

#OTD: 12 August 1918 - Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels authorized women to join the Marine Corps Reserve. Today, women serve in all occupational fields in the Marine Corps. Semper Fi – then and now!

Need a little mid-week motivation? Take a look into recruit training at MCRD San Diego. This week: India Company Final D...
08/12/2020

Need a little mid-week motivation? Take a look into recruit training at MCRD San Diego. This week: India Company Final Drill (06.29.2019)

Pictured: A drill master with 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, inspects recruits with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion during a final drill evaluation at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 29 2019. During evaluations, drillmasters score the platoons based on their uniforms, bearing, movements, as well as the drill instructor’s cadence and sword control.

Graduating Friday: #DeltaCompanyAfter weeks of intense training Delta Company, 1st Battalion are ready to graduate from ...
08/11/2020
MCRD San Diego Graduation Video | Marine Boot Camp Graduation

Graduating Friday: #DeltaCompany

After weeks of intense training Delta Company, 1st Battalion are ready to graduate from #MCRDSanDiego this Friday! Each man has learned the skills and techniques necessary to earn the title of United States Marine.

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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!

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot for the western half of the United States moved from Mare Island, San Francisco, to San D...
08/11/2020

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot for the western half of the United States moved from Mare Island, San Francisco, to San Diego in August 1923, after a nine-month delay. By Aug. 15, there were five platoons of 65 men each in training. Recruits were called “applicants” during the first two days. They watched training procedures and, after that, they could join if they still wanted to. Training lasted eight to 10 weeks and included daily parades at 4 p.m. on the sand-covered parade deck.

Do you recognize any Depot structures from this historic photo?

Pictured: Still unfinished during the 1930s, Marine Corps Base, San Diego was nonetheless an impressive sight. To the left of the building in the foreground is an outdoor boxing ring. White lines in the foreground were designated to hold laundry.

Find gifts fit for a Marine!Get great USMC and MCRD gear, gifts, apparel + more online at the MCRD Museum Gift Shop! Use...
08/10/2020

Find gifts fit for a Marine!

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New on the Blog!The Corps has produced countless heroes during its history, many you may know but a few you might not ha...
08/10/2020

New on the Blog!

The Corps has produced countless heroes during its history, many you may know but a few you might not have heard about. Check out our new blog post by Museum Docent LtCol Howard about legendary WWII Marine, Peter Ortiz.

Read it here: https://www.mcrdmuseumfoundation.org/programs/blog

#OTD: 7 August 1990 - President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. military troops and aircraft to Saudi Arabia as part of a ...
08/08/2020

#OTD: 7 August 1990 - President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. military troops and aircraft to Saudi Arabia as part of a multinational force to defend that nation against possible Iraqi invasion. The following week, the Marine Corps announced that it had committed 45,000 Marines to the Persian Gulf area as a part of Operation Desert Shield, which would become the largest deployment of U.S. forces since the Vietnam War.

Pictured: Three Marines watch as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter comes in for a landing during Operation Desert Shield
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#usmc #marines #marinecorps #usmchistory #marinecorpshistory #desertshield #mcrdmuseum

Today is #NationalPurpleHeartDay, a day which honors all Purple Heart Medal Recipients. The Purple Heart medal is presen...
08/08/2020

Today is #NationalPurpleHeartDay, a day which honors all Purple Heart Medal Recipients.

The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. military. A Purple Heart is a solemn distinction and means a service member has greatly sacrificed themselves, or paid the ultimate price, while in defense of the nation.

Graduated TODAY from MCRD San Diego: India CompanyAfter many weeks of intense training, India Company graduated from MCR...
08/07/2020
MCRD San Diego Graduation Video | Marine Boot Camp Graduation

Graduated TODAY from MCRD San Diego: India Company

After many weeks of intense training, India Company graduated from MCRD San Diego in a ceremony earlier today. Watch them graduate online now!

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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!

#OTD: 7 August 1942 - U.S. Marines made first offensive landings of the Pacific War at Tulagi and Guadalcanal. The landi...
08/07/2020

#OTD: 7 August 1942 - U.S. Marines made first offensive landings of the Pacific War at Tulagi and Guadalcanal. The landings at Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo were met with heavy resistance from entrenched Japanese fighters. The Marines' landing at Guadalcanal was, in contrast, met with little resistance. After fierce fighting Allied forces would eventually secure the location and continue to push through the region, securing strategic islands as part of the famous "Island Hopping" campaign

Pictured: Photo #: 80-G-16485 Guadalcanal-Tulagi Operation, 7-9 August 1942 U.S. Marines come ashore on Tulagi Island, probably during the landings there on 7-8 August 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives

#OTD: 7 August 1953 - Staff Sgt. Barbara Barnwell, USMCR, becomes the first woman Marine awarded the Navy and Marine Cor...
08/07/2020

#OTD: 7 August 1953 - Staff Sgt. Barbara Barnwell, USMCR, becomes the first woman Marine awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism.

Barnwell was on her 2-week reserve drill at Camp Lejeune in 1952. While swimming 100 to 150 yards offshore she heard cries for help from a male Marine who was struggling in the heavy surf 50 feet from her. Without regard for her safety, Barnwell quickly swam to the near-hysterical man and managed to secure a hold on him. For 20 minutes she battled both the Marine and a severe undercurrent as she courageously towed the man to shallow water where she was met by a lifeguard. They pulled the now unconscious man to the beach and administered artificial respiration. Once she realized the artificial respiration was successful, Barnwell modestly left the scene without learning the identity of the man she had rescued. In recognition of her selfless act of physical courage. Barnwell was the first woman to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. (Source: MCWP 6-11, Leading Marines)

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Staff Sergeant Barbara O. Barnwell (MCSN: W-700005), United States Marine Corps, for heroism involving voluntary risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy, on June 7, 1952, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Sergeant Barnwell, while swimming 100 to 150 yards offshore, heard cries for help from a male enlisted Marine who was struggling in the heavy surf fifty feet from her. Without a thought for her own safety, Sergeant Barnwell quickly swam to the near-hysterical man and managed to secure a hold on him despite the fact that he fought and scratched her and pulled her underwater several times. Although both their lives were endangered by the man's struggling and the severe undertow, Sergeant Barnwell courageously swam with the man in tow to shallow water where she was met by a lifeguard. Between the two of them the man was brought to the beach where artificial respiration was administered to the unconscious man. Sergeant Barnwell modestly left the scene without learning the identity of the man she had rescued. Her heroic conduct in the face of great danger to herself was outstanding, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

On 13 August 1918, Opha May Johnson became the first female Marine when she enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve.To cele...
08/06/2020

On 13 August 1918, Opha May Johnson became the first female Marine when she enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve.

To celebrate 100+ years of women in the Marine Corps, we created a one-of-a-kind Women's Centennial Challenge Coin.

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Graduating Tomorrow from MCRD San Diego: #IndiaCompany After completing Marine Corps training at #MCRDSanDiego India Com...
08/06/2020
MCRD San Diego Graduation Video | Marine Boot Camp Graduation

Graduating Tomorrow from MCRD San Diego: #IndiaCompany

After completing Marine Corps training at #MCRDSanDiego India Company is set to graduate tomorrow in a ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck! Watch graduation online at 1600 PST!

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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!

Its well known that Marines have the best uniforms around. Look your best in or out of uniform with USMC apparel from th...
08/05/2020

Its well known that Marines have the best uniforms around. Look your best in or out of uniform with USMC apparel from the MCRD Museum Gift Shop!

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Looking for a little mid-week motivation? Take a peek into recruit training at MCRD San Diego: Receiving.Pictured (06.13...
08/05/2020

Looking for a little mid-week motivation? Take a peek into recruit training at MCRD San Diego: Receiving.

Pictured (06.13.2016): Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Cardona, chief drill instructor, Receiving Company, Support Battalion, instructs a recruit to respond louder during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Although recruits are confused and disoriented during this portion of training, the chaos serves a purpose during the transformation from civilian to Marine.

If you've stepped onto the Yellow Footprints at MCRD SD or MCRD PI you're sure to have experienced a similar intense welcome from Depot DI's. Just another reason why you never forget boot camp!

Photo by Sgt. Tyler Viglione

Buy licensed and support our Marines from start to finish! The MCRD Museum Gift Shop carries fully licensed USMC and MCR...
08/04/2020

Buy licensed and support our Marines from start to finish!

The MCRD Museum Gift Shop carries fully licensed USMC and MCRD San Diego gear, gifts, and apparel! Shop online with full confidence your products are sourced appropriately!

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#NationalCoastGuardDay
08/04/2020

#NationalCoastGuardDay

It’s #NationalCoastGuardDay!

#OTD in 1790 the Revenue Cutter Service was established by the Treasury Department, a forebear of today’s Coast Guard.

On this day we’d like to give a special shout out to the future National Coast Guard Museum which, once built, will share the stories of men and women who have served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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#OTD: 3 August 1966 – Operation Prairie, a U.S. Military operation in Quảng Trị Province, South Vietnam commenced. Opera...
08/03/2020

#OTD: 3 August 1966 – Operation Prairie, a U.S. Military operation in Quảng Trị Province, South Vietnam commenced. Operation Prairie was considered a successor to Operation Hastings (15 July -3 August 1966) which sought to defend areas around the DMZ and prevent enemy forces from crossing through the area.

Operation Prairie would last for six months with the majority of activities conducted by the 3rd Marine Division. Various units fought the enemy usually supported by a mixture of artillery, air, and helicopter support. The operation was largely considered to be a success at the time though history would later reveal that extensive operations in the area would leave other population centers under-protected. 226 Marines were killed in action with estimated 1,700 enemy killed or captured. U.S. Forces would later conduct Operation Prairie II from 1 February to 19 March 1967, Operation Prairie III from 20 March to 19 April 1967, and later Operation Prairie IV from 20 April to 17 May 1967.

Pictured:
1 - A United States Marine with 3d Battalion, 4th Marines moves forward during Operation Prairie of the Vietnam War.
2 - A Marine aircrewman arms rockets on his UH-1E Iroquois helicopter while on the runway at Dong Ha. Another UH-1E is in the background (1 March 1967)

#OTD: 3 August 1950 - Eight Corsair fighter planes launched from the USS Sicily and carried out the first Marine aviatio...
08/03/2020

#OTD: 3 August 1950 - Eight Corsair fighter planes launched from the USS Sicily and carried out the first Marine aviation mission in the Korean War. The raid targeted enemy installations with incendiary bombs, rockets, and strafing runs near Inchon, Korea. The Corsairs were with VMF-214, more famously known as the "Black Sheep" squadron of World War II.

Pictured: Vought F4U-4B Corsairs of Marine fighter squadron VMF-214 Black Sheep on the escort carrier USS Sicily (CVE-118) in 1950 during the Korean War. The Vought F4U Corsair fighter was a carrier based fighter-bomber which primarily saw service in WWII and Korea.

It's with a heavy heart this morning that we mourn the loss of the 15th MEU Marines and Sailor who died recently. May th...
08/03/2020

It's with a heavy heart this morning that we mourn the loss of the 15th MEU Marines and Sailor who died recently. May they rest in peace

Please continue to keep their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

The 8 Marines and 1 Sailor who lost their lives in a training exercise on July 30, 2020 have been identified. Their loss is felt by our entire 15th MEU family, and they will never be forgotten.

Please continue to keep their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Cpl Wesley A. Rodd
Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva
HM Christopher Gnem
LCpl. Marco A. Barranco
LCpl Guillermo S. Perez
LCpl. Chase D. Sweetwood
Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra
Pfc. Evan A. Bath
Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky

Gone but Never Forgotten

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Graduating Friday: #IndiaCompanyIndia Company is set to graduate #MCRDSanDiego Friday! After weeks of training India Com...
08/03/2020

Graduating Friday: #IndiaCompany

India Company is set to graduate #MCRDSanDiego Friday! After weeks of training India Company will graduate in a ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck. Watch online this Friday at 1600!

Watch online here: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation

#OTD: 1 August 1944 - Major General Harry Schmidt, commander of V Amphibious Corps, declared Tinian secure. This declara...
08/01/2020

#OTD: 1 August 1944 - Major General Harry Schmidt, commander of V Amphibious Corps, declared Tinian secure. This declaration came after nine days of fighting enemy forces that were entrenched on the island.

The combination of surprise, heavy preassault bombardment, and effective logistical support resulted in significantly fewer casualties (344 killed and 1550 wounded) than were experienced in previous landings during the Corps' Pacific Campaign. As a result, the assault on Tinian was coined "the perfect amphibious operation of World War II." The battle of Tinian lasted from 24 July 1944 to 1 August 1944.

Pictured: Marines wading ashore on Tinian

Watch #EchoCompany's Graduation Online Now!After weeks of training Echo Co graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. ...
07/31/2020

Watch #EchoCompany's Graduation Online Now!

After weeks of training Echo Co graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Watch their graduation ceremony online now!

Watch here: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation
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Freebie Friday!All orders $20+ get a FREE Yellow Footprints car decal w/ code: FREEBIEMust add decal to cart before chec...
07/31/2020

Freebie Friday!

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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

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(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?