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."

Thank you to all who attended our first Tun Tavern of the new year! We're looking forward to another year of providing f...
01/16/2020

Thank you to all who attended our first Tun Tavern of the new year! We're looking forward to another year of providing food, drink, entertainment, and great times to our military, veteran, and local community. Thank you to our partners at Ballast Point and Frontwave for supporting Tun Tavern Tuesday.

Next month's event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/3110019755697438/

Thank you to all who attended our first Tun Tavern of the new year! We're looking forward to another year of providing food, drink, entertainment, and great times to our military, veteran, and local community. Thank you to our partners at Ballast Point and Frontwave for supporting Tun Tavern Tuesday.

Next month's event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/3110019755697438/

#OTD in 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins as a U.S.-led Coalition launches air-attacks against multiple Iraqi military...
01/16/2020

#OTD in 1991: Operation Desert Storm begins as a U.S.-led Coalition launches air-attacks against multiple Iraqi military and infrastructure targets. This was part of the process of liberating Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s occupational forces. Allied forces were also sent to enforce the resolutions of the UN Security Council against Saddam Hussein. More than 415,000 American troops served in the Allied Coalition against Iraq.

Pictured:
1. Two Marine Corps M-1A1 Abrams main battle tanks move across the desert during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

2. Marines prepare a defensive position on the perimeter of a desert encampment following the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm

3. A Marine Corps LAV-25 light armored vehicle rolls past a desert landing zone following the withdrawal of Iraqi troops during Operation Desert Storm

4. Marines from the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (4th MEU) crowd along a railing aboard an amphibious ship as it arrives at the pier. The Marines, who were deployed aboard the ship for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, will disembark at Morehead City to return to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C

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01/15/2020

FLASH SALE: Take 15% off all hats, beanies, and more for #NationalHatDay! Use discount code: NationalHatDay at checkout to save!

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We're less than a day away from Tun Tavern Tuesday at the Command Museum! January's Tun Tavern will feature delicious st...
01/13/2020

We're less than a day away from Tun Tavern Tuesday at the Command Museum! January's Tun Tavern will feature delicious street tacos, craft beer and wine, live music, games, raffle prizes, and great company! All are welcome to stop by between 1500-1800!

Event Information: www.facebook.com/events/451783435722444/

National Museum of the Marine Corps
01/11/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

11 January 2007 - Medal of Honor Cpl Jason Dunham⁠

#OTD in 2007, President George W. Bush presented the Medal of Honor to Cpl Jason L. Dunham’s family during a private ceremony at the White House. Dunham was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantly giving his life to save fellow Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). ⁠

In 2004, during a battle with insurgents in Karabilah, Iraq, Dunham covered an enemy grenade with his helmet and body, absorbing the full impact of the explosive and saving the lives of fellow Marines. He would die from his wounds eight days later. Dunham was not only the first Marine to receive the Nation’s highest military award for valor for OIF, but also the first Marine to receive the award for any action since the Vietnam War. ⁠

On August 1, 2009, the USS. Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, was christened by his Dunham’s mother, Deb Dunham. The mast of the destroyer contains Cpl Jason Dunham’s Purple Heart, a set of his dog tags, a pieced of the Kevlar helmet he used to absorb the blast, and the last letter he sent home to his parents Dan and Deb Dunham.⁠

Find out more about Dunham in our Medal of Honor exhibit on Legacy Walk. In the future, the Museum will include his story in the new Hall of Valor gallery.⁠

Semper Fidelis Marine. ⁠

IMAGE 1: Cpl Jason Dunham. ⁠
IMAGE 2: The items forever stored in the mast of the guided-missile destroyer the USS Jason Dunham include Cpl. Jason Dunham’s Purple Heart, a set of his dog tags, a piece of the Kevlar helmet he used to absorb the blast from a grenade in Karabilah, Iraq, April 14, 2004, and the last letter he sent home to his parents Dan and Deb Dunham. ⁠
IMAGE 3: BATH, Maine (Aug. 1, 2009) Deb Dunham christens the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. ⁠


#USMCMuseum #military #Marines #USMC #SemperFi #MedalofHonor #history

Famous Marine Friday: P.X. Kelley – 28th Commandant of the Marine CorpsBorn November 11, 1928, Paul Xavier Kelley, serve...
01/10/2020

Famous Marine Friday: P.X. Kelley – 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps

Born November 11, 1928, Paul Xavier Kelley, served 37 years active duty in the Marine Corps. Kelley commissioned through Villanova College’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1950. Throughout his career Kelley held a number of commands including: Commandant of the Marine Corps, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, 4th Marine Division, 1st Marine Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. Kelley was named Commandant of the Marine Corps on July 1, 1983 succeeding General Robert H. Barrow. #famousmarinefriday

New year, new gear! Shop our USMC workout gear, apparel, hats, and more! Whether you're training for the PFT or working ...
01/07/2020
USMC Workout Gear | Marines Tank Tops & Shorts

New year, new gear! Shop our USMC workout gear, apparel, hats, and more! Whether you're training for the PFT or working towards a New Year resolution, we've got the gear you need. Click to browse then use one of two included discount codes to save on your purchase!

Tun Tavern is just a week away! Join us for food, drink, live music, raffle prizes, games, and great company! Please not...
01/06/2020

Tun Tavern is just a week away! Join us for food, drink, live music, raffle prizes, games, and great company! Please note Tun Tavern Tuesday will be held on the second Tuesday of the month (14 January).

Event link: www.facebook.com/events/451783435722444/

National Museum of the Marine Corps
01/06/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

On 6 January 1859, the fifth Commandant of the Marine Corps, Archibald Henderson passed away quietly at the home of the Commandants in Washington, DC.

Known as the "Grand old man of the Marine Corps," Henderson would be the longest-serving Commandant, holding the position for 38 years.

Find out more about Henderson on our Virtual Experience: http://www.virtualusmcmuseum.com/DNR_11.asp.

Happy New Year to all! Thank you to everyone who has supported our mission this past year, we are so grateful for your g...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year to all! Thank you to everyone who has supported our mission this past year, we are so grateful for your generosity. We look forward to another year of serving our Marines, Sailors, veterans, and Gold Star Families!

The MCRD Museum Foundation's Family Forever - Gold Star Outreach Program honors the sacrifices of families who have lost...
12/31/2019

The MCRD Museum Foundation's Family Forever - Gold Star Outreach Program honors the sacrifices of families who have lost a service member on active duty. Providing consistent, local support, our program benefits families by helping build their network of local, trusted contacts who understand and empathize with their needs. This unique program includes remembrance events, social support & community building events, and connection to local resources open to immediate family members. Although these families no longer have a loved one in the military community, they are and continue to be our "Family Forever."

Donate today through the end of the year and have your donation matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous veteran donor! Give Today: https://www.mcrdmuseum.org/give

General Paul X. Kelley, the 28th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, passed away yesterday at age 91.In Vietnam, Kelley...
12/30/2019

General Paul X. Kelley, the 28th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, passed away yesterday at age 91.

In Vietnam, Kelley earned a Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Valor device, and two Bronze Stars with Valor device. Kelley served as the 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps from July 1, 1983, to June 30, 1987

"We should honor Gen Kelley’s lifetime of service to the Corps and to the nation," Berger said on Twitter Monday afternoon. "From his service in Vietnam, to leading our Corps through the Beirut bombing aftermath, Gen Kelley served with honor and distinction." -Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger

Semper Fi, Sir

12/30/2019
MCRD Museum Foundation: Family Forever, A Gold Star Program

The MCRD Museum Foundation's Family Forever - Gold Star Outreach Program honors the sacrifices of families who have lost a service member on active duty. Providing consistent, local support, our program benefits families by helping build their network of local, trusted contacts who understand and empathize with their needs. This unique program includes remembrance events, social support & community building events, and connection to local resources open to immediate family members. Although these families no longer have a loved one in the military community, they are and continue to be our "Family Forever."

Donate today through the end of the year and have your donation matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous veteran donor! Give Today: https://www.mcrdmuseum.org/give

The MCRD Museum Foundation supports our nation's Gold Star Families through the Family Forever Program. This program provides support and community to the fa...

During this season we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our members, community partners, military, vete...
12/25/2019

During this season we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our members, community partners, military, veterans and families. Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season! -MCRD Museum Foundation Staff

12/25/2019
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U.S. Marine Corps

From our Marine Corps family to your family, happy holidays. Semper Fidelis!

The MCRD Command Museum will be closed 24, 25, 26 December with normal hours resuming the following day. We wish everyon...
12/23/2019

The MCRD Command Museum will be closed 24, 25, 26 December with normal hours resuming the following day. We wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

#OTD in 1941...
12/23/2019

#OTD in 1941...

23 December 1941 - Wake Island Surrender⁠

Following a dawn landing by a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force and 12 hours of fighting, the battered garrison of Wake Island surrenders. Total Marine casualties during the battle are 56 killed and 44 wounded. ⁠

IMAGE: Painting by artist Albin Henning shows Marines firing a .30-caliber Browning machine gun as Japanese landing force sailors splash ashore. While inaccurate in details (barbed wire, for example, is an artist's invention because no such obstruction existed at Wake Island, since the coral reef surrounding the atoll was bare of any holding ground for the stakes or anchors necessary to keep them in place), it does capture the desperate nature of the Marines' final day's fighting. Department of Defense Photo.⁠

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On December 20, 1989, US Marines and other troops were sent to Panama in Operation Just Cause in order to restore that c...
12/20/2019

On December 20, 1989, US Marines and other troops were sent to Panama in Operation Just Cause in order to restore that country’s democracy and remove Dictator General Noriega from power. The operation was also intended to protect Americans there and preserve the Panama Canal’s neutrality. During the invasion, a Marine Corporal, Garreth C. Isaak, was killed during the fighting and 3 others were injured. Eventually Noriega was captured and flown to Miami to face trial for drug-trafficking charges. Following the success of this mission, Panama officially became neutral and guaranteed the neutrality of the Canal under Panamanian rule.

Pictured: Marines of Company D, 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion, stand guard with their LAV-25 light armored vehicles outside a destroyed Panamanian Defense Force building during the first day of Operation Just Cause.

A HUGE thank you to our community partner The UPS Store for adopting our Gold Star Families this year and helping make t...
12/19/2019
Gold Star Family: Kellee and Alex Turpen

A HUGE thank you to our community partner The UPS Store for adopting our Gold Star Families this year and helping make their holidays Merry and Bright!

We will join the team tomorrow for their gift presentation - stand by for photos and more, in the meantime, check out the video they have shared with their incredibly generous team.

LAST DAY to order for Christmas shipping!! Whether you're shopping for a Marine, veteran, or family member you can find ...
12/17/2019
MCRD Museum Gift Shop Blog | USMC Gift Suggestions

LAST DAY to order for Christmas shipping!! Whether you're shopping for a Marine, veteran, or family member you can find great USMC gear, apparel, and gifts they'll love! Take 20% off your order with code: HOLIDAY

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for your Marine? Shop online at the MCRD Museum Gift Shop! Each purchase helps ...
12/16/2019

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for your Marine? Shop online at the MCRD Museum Gift Shop! Each purchase helps support museum programs and our military community. Order now through 17 December and use code "Hoilday" to get 20% off your order and shipping by Christmas!

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On December 15, 1948, Navy Secretary John L. Sullivan signed a memorandum with the State Department, starting the proces...
12/15/2019

On December 15, 1948, Navy Secretary John L. Sullivan signed a memorandum with the State Department, starting the process to establish the Marine Security Guard program. They proudly serve today at US embassies all throughout the world. Their duties include proper care of the American flag, along with being the first line of defense of the US embassies and ambassadors against hostile forces.

We are thankful to The UPS Store for honoring the MCRD Museum Foundation Gold Star Families this holiday seasonThe incre...
12/12/2019

We are thankful to The UPS Store for honoring the MCRD Museum Foundation Gold Star Families this holiday season

The incredible team at the UPS Store has been working hard to make sure our families and their loved ones have a Christmas to remember by placing ornaments on their "giving tree" and sharing the stories of our family's fallen Heroes.
The generosity and thoughtfulness of the staff, the president, everyone involved is awe-inspiring as they are given the opportunity to choose an ornament and purchase gifts and necessities for the family it corresponds to.

They really have gone above and beyond, we are touched, we are humbled, and we are so very grateful. THANK YOU!

#ThankfulThursday

Shopping for your Marine or veteran loved one but not sure what to get them? The MCRD Museum Gift Shop has USMC apparel,...
12/11/2019
2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping for your Marine or veteran loved one but not sure what to get them? The MCRD Museum Gift Shop has USMC apparel, gear, and gifts you know they'll love! Browse our gift guide collections, then take 20% off your purchase total with code: "Holiday"!

Order by 1100 on 17 December to receive your item by Christmas!

The holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone doing last minute shopping for loved ones. Luckily, the MCRD Museum Gift Shop is here to make gift giving easy! Browse our curated collections of high quality and fully licensed Marine Corps gear, gift, and apparel! Our collections include exclus...

Thank you to all who attended November's Tun Tavern Tuesday! As usual the tacos were delicious, the drinks were cold, an...
12/10/2019

Thank you to all who attended November's Tun Tavern Tuesday! As usual the tacos were delicious, the drinks were cold, and the music was great! Join us next month inside the Command Museum for more tacos, craft beer, live music, and raffle prizes! Next month's event will take place on January 14th 2020! Join our Facebook Event Page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/451783435722444/

Thank you to all who attended November's Tun Tavern Tuesday! As usual the tacos were delicious, the drinks were cold, and the music was great! Join us next month inside the Command Museum for more tacos, craft beer, live music, and raffle prizes! Next month's event will take place on January 14th 2020! Join our Facebook Event Page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/451783435722444/

Operation Restore Hope began on this day (December 9) in 1992, in the twilight days of George H.W. Bush’s presidency, wi...
12/09/2019

Operation Restore Hope began on this day (December 9) in 1992, in the twilight days of George H.W. Bush’s presidency, with the intent to provide humanitarian relief to famished Somalis following their particularly brutal civil war. Marines from the 15th Expeditionary Unit landed in Somalia to lead the operation. The Marines would also help provide material and equipment to aid in the withdrawal of United Nations Peacekeepers, and conducted raids on Mogadishu Harbor and the airport to establish a foothold for the arriving troops. This mission proved to be a success in delivering the necessary food and aid to the starving Somalis, and was the largest humanitarian relief operation of its kind.

"December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked b...
12/07/2019

"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."

7 December 1941 – Pearl Harbor⁠

“Yesterday, December 7th, 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.” – President Franklin Roosevelt, Washington D.C., December 8, 1941⁠

#OTD in 1941, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor. ⁠

The Marines at Pearl Harbor had been surprised by the attack that descended upon them, but they rose to the occasion and fought back in the “best traditions of the naval service.” While the enemy had attacked with tenacity and daring, no less so was the response from the Marines on board the battleships and cruisers, at Ewa Morring Mast Field, and at the Marine Barracks. ⁠

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Private Roy F. W. Rieck, a Marine bugler, sounded the call to arms with this bugle as Japanese planes flew overhead. Later, he used the same bugle at funeral services for the dead.⁠

Find out more about Pearl Harbor and this bugle in our WWII Gallery.⁠

IMAGE 1: The bugle that Private Roy F. W. Rieck used to sound the call to arms and at the funeral services at Pearl Harbor. ⁠
IMAGE 2: USS Shaw exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. Official Navy Photo.⁠
IMAGE 3: Pearl Harbor, T.H. taken by surprise during the Japanese aerial attack. Wreckage of the Nas, Pearl Harbor. Dept. of Defense Photo⁠

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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

Telephone

(619) 524-4426

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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?
I graduated from Boot Camp in May of 1967.