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.

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 fea

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 fea

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09/18/2021

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Aim High

Happy 74th birthday to the United States Air Force and all the Airmen flying high past and present. Fly-Fight-Win.

#Airforce #Birthday #Military #Flying #USMC

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09/17/2021

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On #POWMIARecognitionDay, we honor the memory of Americans who were prisoners of war, and those missing in action who have yet to return home. Thank you to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for their continuing efforts. The agency’s most recent accounting of a Marine occurred on August 19th, 2021, in the case of Marine Cpl. Andrew Pellerito, 22, killed in WWII on the island of Betio during the Battle of Tarawa.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, or find them on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

You are not forgotten. Semper Fidelis

#Marines #USMC #HonorThem #UntilTheyAreHome

09/16/2021
Photos from National Museum of the Marine Corps's post
09/15/2021

Photos from National Museum of the Marine Corps's post

On this day 20 years ago almost 3,000 people lost their lives during the attacks at the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and aboar...
09/11/2021

On this day 20 years ago almost 3,000 people lost their lives during the attacks at the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. This tragedy was felt by every American across the nation and around the world. On this day we remember those lost in the attacks and the bravery and resolve of our first responders. #wewillneverforget

On this day 20 years ago almost 3,000 people lost their lives during the attacks at the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. This tragedy was felt by every American across the nation and around the world. On this day we remember those lost in the attacks and the bravery and resolve of our first responders. #wewillneverforget

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09/10/2021

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08/29/2021

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On this day, the Marine Corps Reserve was born.

Marine Forces Reserve

Since its inception, just prior to U.S. involvement in WWI, the Marine Corps Reserve has stood ready and answered the call to arms when the country needed them most. Of the 589,852 Marines serving in WWII, approximately 70% were reservists. The Reserve mobilized again in response to the conflict in Korea, constituting 50% of the force that would prove pivotal in defense of the Pusan Perimeter, the Inchon landing, and breaking out from the Chosin Reservoir. The pattern would continue throughout every major conflict in our country’s modern history; the Reserves always provides ready Marines, which is vital to mission accomplishment.

Marines ready to answer the call to go fight, win, and keep our honor clean are the foundation of a Marine Corps Reserve that has proved its reliability for over 100 years. Not only do Reserve Marines serve side-by-side with those on Active Duty across the full spectrum of crisis and global engagement, but the unique skills and incredible knowledge they bring from their civilian occupations enable the Marine Corps to #InnovateAdaptOvercome and continue building the #FutureForce.

We thank you for choosing to continue wearing the uniform, and standing ready knowing that you will be called upon when you are needed most. For Marines transition out of Active Duty, we encourage you to reach out to your career planner or monitor to ask about how you can continue your service and leadership contributions to a grateful country while pursuing an active civilian life.

Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fidelis.

#Marines #USMC #USMCHistory #TheFewTheProud #ProfessionOfArms

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08/28/2021

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Today, the Department of Defense announced the names of the 13 service members who were killed in action while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. For the Marine Corps, the deceased are:

Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California.

Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California.

Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska.

Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.

Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.

Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.

Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming.

Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.

The Marine Corps mourns the deaths of our 11 Marines, and joins together in grief with the Navy and Army over the loss of our teammates:

Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corrytown, Tennessee.

“These fallen heroes answered the call to go into harm’s way to do the honorable work of helping others. We are proud of their service and deeply saddened by their loss,” said Gen. David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps.

The official Marine Corps press release can be found here: https://www.marines.mil/News/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Display/Article/2755994/marine-corps-identifies-casualties/

#Marines #USMC #SemperFidelis

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08/27/2021

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Statement from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David H. Berger:

"It is with extremely heavy hearts that we learned several Marines and other service members were killed and wounded in the Kabul attacks today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as they are notified of this devastating loss.

These fallen heroes answered the call to go into harm’s way to do the honorable work of helping others. We are proud of their service and deeply saddened by their loss. As we mourn, we also keep those who are still over there protecting Americans and our Afghan partners at the forefront of our thoughts. Our Marines will continue the mission, carrying on our Corps’ legacy of always standing ready to meet the challenges of every extraordinary task our Nation requires of her Marines.

I am continually humbled by the courage and warrior spirit exhibited every day by Marines across the globe. The sacrifices Marines make on behalf of freedom must never go unnoticed or unappreciated. I ask that you keep these Marines and service members, and especially their families, in your thoughts and prayers."

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08/26/2021

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#OTD, the first African Americans to enlist in the Marine Corps arrived at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC. Camp Montford Point would go on to produce over 20,000 Marines from 1942-1949. The largest number of African Americans to serve in combat during the Second World War occurred during the Battle of Okinawa, with an estimated 2,000 seeing action.

Their courage in joining, and valor on the battle field, helped pave the way for the desegregation of the armed forces in 1948, exemplifying the Marine Corps’ values of selfless service and perseverance. Thank you for your legacy. Semper Fidelis.

#Marines #USMC #USMCHistory #MontfordPoint

Time is running out to apply for this years Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship! Open to Marines and Sailors and their depend...
08/24/2021

Time is running out to apply for this years Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship! Open to Marines and Sailors and their dependents at MCRD/the WRR this scholarship provides funds for those enrolled in higher education programs.

Download the application and apply before Aug 31: https://www.mcrdmuseum.org/programs/depot-wrr

Time is running out to apply for this years Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship! Open to Marines and Sailors and their dependents at MCRD/the WRR this scholarship provides funds for those enrolled in higher education programs.

Download the application and apply before Aug 31: https://www.mcrdmuseum.org/programs/depot-wrr

#OTD: 24 August 1814 - Captain Samuel Miller led a detachment of Marines from Marine Barracks, Washington in defense of ...
08/24/2021

#OTD: 24 August 1814 - Captain Samuel Miller led a detachment of Marines from Marine Barracks, Washington in defense of the nation's capital. After repulsing several British charges, the Marines were forced to withdraw to avoid capture. The battle was a victory for the British and later resulted in the capture of Washington D.C.

Pictured is Colonel Charles Waterhouse's The final stand at Bladensburg, Maryland, 24 August 1814.

#OTD: 24 August 1814 - Captain Samuel Miller led a detachment of Marines from Marine Barracks, Washington in defense of the nation's capital. After repulsing several British charges, the Marines were forced to withdraw to avoid capture. The battle was a victory for the British and later resulted in the capture of Washington D.C.

Pictured is Colonel Charles Waterhouse's The final stand at Bladensburg, Maryland, 24 August 1814.

#OTD: 21 August 1968 - PFC James Anderson Jr. is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam, bec...
08/21/2021

#OTD: 21 August 1968 - PFC James Anderson Jr. is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam, becoming the first African American Marine to receive the nation's highest military honor.

In December 1966, PFC Anderson arrived Vietnam, where he served with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Quang Tri Province. On February 28, 1967 during Operation Prairie II he was killed when he covered a gr***de with his body to save the lives of his fellow Marines.

#OTD: 21 August 1968 - PFC James Anderson Jr. is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam, becoming the first African American Marine to receive the nation's highest military honor.

In December 1966, PFC Anderson arrived Vietnam, where he served with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Quang Tri Province. On February 28, 1967 during Operation Prairie II he was killed when he covered a gr***de with his body to save the lives of his fellow Marines.

Apply now for this year's Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship! Held in honor of Colonel Nate Smith, this program provides $1,...
08/20/2021

Apply now for this year's Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship!

Held in honor of Colonel Nate Smith, this program provides $1,000 scholarships to Marines, Sailors, and dependents at MCRD San Diego/The Western Recruiting Region. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to apply. Applying is free and easy, simply download our application online at: www.mcrdmuseum.org/programs/depot-wrr. Submit applications and questions to: [email protected]

Apply now for this year's Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship!

Held in honor of Colonel Nate Smith, this program provides $1,000 scholarships to Marines, Sailors, and dependents at MCRD San Diego/The Western Recruiting Region. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to apply. Applying is free and easy, simply download our application online at: www.mcrdmuseum.org/programs/depot-wrr. Submit applications and questions to: [email protected]

A message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps:
08/19/2021

A message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps:

A message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps:

#OTD: Makin Island Raid, 17 August 1942 - Marine Raiders under LtCol Carlson land on Makin Island after launching from t...
08/17/2021

#OTD: Makin Island Raid, 17 August 1942 - Marine Raiders under LtCol Carlson land on Makin Island after launching from the submarines Nautilus and Argonaut. The raid destroyed a seaplane base, two radio stations, a supply warehouse, in addition to killing approximately 100 Japanese soldiers. The raid also provided a morale boost as well as a successful test for Raider tactics.

Pictured:
1.Sailors and Marines assembled following the Makin Island raid
2. Makin as seen by USS Nautilus

Today is recognized as #NavajoCodeTalkerDay. On this day we honor the incredible heroism and bravery of the code talkers...
08/14/2021

Today is recognized as #NavajoCodeTalkerDay. On this day we honor the incredible heroism and bravery of the code talkers, as well as the critical role they played during WWII. Due to their complex and mostly unwritten language they were able to effectively and securely relay coded communications on the battlefield. Throughout the war their code remained unbroken by the Japanese. Their elite communication skills saved countless lives and greatly aided the war effort.

Due to COVID-19 this year's Navajo Code Talker Day event will be held virtually. See below for more information from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez:

On Saturday, August 14th at 9:00 a.m. (MDT), Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, and Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne will honor and pay tribute to all Navajo Code Talkers, their families, and communities during a live virtual tribute event on the Nez-Lizer page and YouTube channel. The virtual tribute will include addresses from Navajo Nation leadership and Navajo Code Talkers, honor songs, Laying of the Wreath, Taps, 21 Gun Salute, and performances from the U.S. Marine Corps Band and the Navajo Nation Band.

Today is recognized as #NavajoCodeTalkerDay. On this day we honor the incredible heroism and bravery of the code talkers, as well as the critical role they played during WWII. Due to their complex and mostly unwritten language they were able to effectively and securely relay coded communications on the battlefield. Throughout the war their code remained unbroken by the Japanese. Their elite communication skills saved countless lives and greatly aided the war effort.

Due to COVID-19 this year's Navajo Code Talker Day event will be held virtually. See below for more information from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez:

On Saturday, August 14th at 9:00 a.m. (MDT), Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, and Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne will honor and pay tribute to all Navajo Code Talkers, their families, and communities during a live virtual tribute event on the Nez-Lizer page and YouTube channel. The virtual tribute will include addresses from Navajo Nation leadership and Navajo Code Talkers, honor songs, Laying of the Wreath, Taps, 21 Gun Salute, and performances from the U.S. Marine Corps Band and the Navajo Nation Band.

#OTD: 13 August 1918 - Opha May Johnson becomes the first female to enlist in the Marine Corps. Johnson, 40 years old at...
08/13/2021

#OTD: 13 August 1918 - Opha May Johnson becomes the first female to enlist in the Marine Corps. Johnson, 40 years old at the time, would serve as a clerk in the office of the Quartermaster General. By the end of WWI she she was the senior-enlisted woman, holding the rank of sergeant. After the war she worked in the War Department and as a civil servant for the the Marine Corps until 1943. As the first of many, Marine Opha May Johnson not only made history but also helped pave the way for all future female Marines.

Semper Fi, Marine

#OTD: 13 August 1918 - Opha May Johnson becomes the first female to enlist in the Marine Corps. Johnson, 40 years old at the time, would serve as a clerk in the office of the Quartermaster General. By the end of WWI she she was the senior-enlisted woman, holding the rank of sergeant. After the war she worked in the War Department and as a civil servant for the the Marine Corps until 1943. As the first of many, Marine Opha May Johnson not only made history but also helped pave the way for all future female Marines.

Semper Fi, Marine

The MCRD Museum Foundation is proud to announce the arrival of our newest team member, Amanda Thompson!  Amanda Thompson...
08/11/2021

The MCRD Museum Foundation is proud to announce the arrival of our newest team member, Amanda Thompson!

Amanda Thompson began her career as a research historian at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA. She has worked for the National Park Service at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial since 2006 serving in many roles including historian, event coordinator, and independent program development consultant. She was in charge of the Oral History Collection at Pearl Harbor and created the Military Morale Program to connect active duty service members with their history. As a military spouse, moving to San Diego, she has also worked for the USS Midway Museum and the Armed Services YMCA. She earned a B.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis in American History as well as a Graduate Certificate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Museum Studies. Amanda currently serves as the Special Events and Program Manager for the MCRD Museum Foundation.

Welcome aboard Amanda!

The MCRD Museum Foundation is proud to announce the arrival of our newest team member, Amanda Thompson!

Amanda Thompson began her career as a research historian at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA. She has worked for the National Park Service at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial since 2006 serving in many roles including historian, event coordinator, and independent program development consultant. She was in charge of the Oral History Collection at Pearl Harbor and created the Military Morale Program to connect active duty service members with their history. As a military spouse, moving to San Diego, she has also worked for the USS Midway Museum and the Armed Services YMCA. She earned a B.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis in American History as well as a Graduate Certificate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Museum Studies. Amanda currently serves as the Special Events and Program Manager for the MCRD Museum Foundation.

Welcome aboard Amanda!

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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 8:30am - 4pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4pm
Friday 8:30am - 4pm
Saturday 8:30am - 4pm

Telephone

(619) 524-6719

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Open Monday-Friday
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 PM

Lots of Marine Corps souvenirs available!

Every other Monday the hours are 0800-1500
Closed Saturdays and federal holidays

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Need some help Marines. I’m trying to find anybody who served with PFC SIPPLE, OLIVER W, he also went by “Billy.” He was originally from Detroit, MI but looks like he enlisted at Houston, TX and went to boot at MCRD San Diego on October 10, 1967 and graduated on December 14. I don’t know his platoon # at SD but he was trained at 2nd Bn. He then went onto Pendleton for infantry training at 3rd Bn, 2nd ITR and got sent to Vietnam with Kilo Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines. From what I’ve got so far, he didn’t make it for the 13 months. He got wounded in the head in December of 1968 and was medevac’d to Camp Butler on Oki and then sent to Navy Hospital Philadelphia via Seattle. He stayed in Philly until he was medically discharged on March 23, 1970. He was in Philly and then NYC for a while and then he moved west and ended up in San Francisco where he died in 1989 at 47. He was a known face at the Frisco VA hospital before he passed. Any help or guidance would be much appreciated. Semper Fi. Sincerely, Dick Coxe
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Proud to be a new member. Semper Fi
My sons recruiter said that there is a virtual family day on FaceBook today. How can I find it? (BRAVO COMPANY)
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?