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.

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In honor of our Marine families returning to the Depot for public graduations, take 10% off all online purchases through...
04/22/2021

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Celebrate 100 years of MCRD San Diego with this Depot Centennial Coin! Each coin features the iconic yellow footprints a...
04/20/2021
Depot Centennial Challenge Coin - Double Diamond Cut

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Order the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Centennial Coin, celebrating 100 years of the world's finest fighting force in America's finest city. This large, 2-inch diameter coin features a double diamond cut. It also features the Eagle, Globe & Anchor on the front with the words "100 years" above. The...

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04/16/2021
Kilo Company Graduation

Congratulations Kilo Company!

Congratulations to the newest Marines of Kilo Company!

GRADUATION UPDATE:  Great news families!  It appears beginning 22 April, that limited public graduations will return to ...
04/12/2021
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego

GRADUATION UPDATE: Great news families! It appears beginning 22 April, that limited public graduations will return to MCRD San Diego! Please see the below press release from MCRD San Diego. A reminder that you should continue to rely on information from your Marine, your recruiter, and the official base communication channels. While we work aboard MCRD San Diego and directly support the command, the MCRD Museum and Foundation do not directly speak for the base. We will continue to strive to provide you with the most up to date information we have. We are excited to begin welcoming you all back and hope full public graduations are able to commence in the near future. Semper Fi!
official websites at: https://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/
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#OTD: 9 April 2003 - U.S. Forces took control of Baghdad following the collapse of enemy resistance. Marines would also ...
04/09/2021

#OTD: 9 April 2003 - U.S. Forces took control of Baghdad following the collapse of enemy resistance. Marines would also assist Iraqi civilians in toppling a large statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Firdos Square.

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04/06/2021

5 April 2004 - First Battle of Fallujah

Seventeen years ago, on 5 April 2004, Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force shut down access to the Iraqi city of Fallujah in the opening days of Operation Vigilant Resolve.

This was meant to isolate and seek out insurgents hiding in the city after the murder and mutilation of four American contractors.

📸USMC LCpl Kenneth E. Madden III

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2021 marks 100 years of MCRD San Diego. Commemorate the Depot's incredible legacy with our centennial pint glass! Each g...
03/30/2021
Depot Centennial Challenge Coin - Double Diamond Cut

2021 marks 100 years of MCRD San Diego. Commemorate the Depot's incredible legacy with our centennial pint glass! Each glass features the official logo of the 2021 centennial and proceeds help support the MCRD Museum and programs for our Marines, Sailors, veterans, and Gold Star Families.

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03/27/2021

27 March 1996 -- #OTD Marine Major General Carol Mutter is the first female nominated for three-star rank in any of the services.

📸: MajGen Carol Mutter

#WomensHistoryMonth

Congratulations #AlphaCompanyAlpha Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Watch their graduation ceremony ...
03/26/2021

Congratulations #AlphaCompany

Alpha Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Watch their graduation ceremony here on our page!

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Alpha Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today. Watch their graduation ceremony here on our page!

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03/25/2021

Today is #NationalMedalOfHonorDay

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03/20/2021

20 March 2003-Operation Iraqi Freedom begins

On this day in 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) began with the launching of approximately 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles at 5:34 a.m. The missiles, which were launched from six U.S. Navy ships, were aimed at three designated military targets around Baghdad, Iraq, in an attempt to kill or maim Saddam Hussein. U.S. Air Force F117 stealth fighters were also involved in the opening strike. Marines from I MEF crossed the Kuwait border into southern Iraq in the first push to Baghdad. A firefight between American and Iraqi ground forces occurred when a patrol of light armored vehicles from the 1st Marine Division encountered two Iraqi armored personnel carriers. The Marines destroyed the enemy and moved forward quickly, capturing key facilities in Rumelia, Iraq’s southern oil fields. Marines saved all but nine of nearly 500 oil wells from sabotage before continuing toward the Iraqi capital.


📸: Marine M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with Company C, 1st Tank Battalion, line up and prepare to meet the enemy near Safwan Hill, Iraq, during the opening moves of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Congratulations to #MikeCompany who graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today! Watch their graduation ceremony online ...
03/19/2021
Mike Company Graduation

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Marines with Mike Company participate in a graduation ceremony, here aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

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03/17/2021

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03/14/2021

13 March 1943-Women Marines Officer Candidates

#OTD in 1943, the first group of 71 Women Marine officer candidates arrived at the U.S. Midshipmen School (Women's Reserve) at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy's willingness to share training facilities enabled the Marine Corps to begin training Marine Corps Women's Reserve (MCWR) officers just one month after the creation of the MCWR was announced.

PHOTO: The first group of women to be trained as officers pose in their makeshift uniforms with Major Brewster Rhodes and Warrant Officer Edwards.
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Happy 0311 Day to all infantry Marines! Semper Fi, #Marines!
03/11/2021

Happy 0311 Day to all infantry Marines!
Semper Fi, #Marines!

Happy 0311 Day to all infantry Marines!
Semper Fi, #Marines!

03/08/2021

#MarineMonday -- Major General Angela Salinas

For today's Marine Monday, we are highlighting Major General Angela Salinas, a female Marine who broke many barriers.

Salinas served in the Marine Corps from 1974 to 2013 and achieved several firsts for women throughout her service.

In 1989, she became the first female to command a recruiting station during the challenging, peace-time, recruiting environment leading up to Operation Desert Storm.

The Texas native’s continued top-tier performance resulted in her assignment as the first woman to command a Marine Corps recruiting district. In 2006, upon her promotion to the rank of brigadier general, she assumed the duties as the first female Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego & the Western Recruiting Region.

Salinas led her team with fairness, firmness, dignity, and compassion during the time when Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego exclusively trained male recruits.

In 2009, she assumed the position as the Director of Manpower Management for Manpower and Reserves Affairs. Promoted to the rank of major general in 2012, she served her final year on active duty in that post, and in 2013, retired from that post after 39 years of military service.

Find out more about our featured female Marines for #WomensHistoryMonth on our website: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/womenshistory.html

USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Lee

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Congratulations #DeltaCompany!Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today in a ceremony at Shepherd Field ...
02/27/2021

Congratulations #DeltaCompany!

Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today in a ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck. Watch their graduation ceremony here on our page.

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Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today in a ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck. Watch their graduation ceremony here on our page.

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02/26/2021
Crucible Challenge Coin

Marine - A Title Earned, Never Given

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Photos from National Museum of the Marine Corps's post
02/25/2021

Photos from National Museum of the Marine Corps's post

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02/22/2021
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#OTD: 19 February 1945 - US Marines land on Iwo Jima in a morning amphibious landing. The island, defended by heavily en...
02/19/2021

#OTD: 19 February 1945 - US Marines land on Iwo Jima in a morning amphibious landing. The island, defended by heavily entrenched Japanese forces, would be secured after weeks of intense fighting and bloodshed.

The invasion fleet consisted of the three Marine divisions of about 70,000 men, around 450 naval ships of various types, as well as several thousand Navy Seabees. Over five weeks of fierce fighting, the Marines suffered more than 25,000 casualties, including nearly 7,000 dead. The Japanese suffered even more devastating losses, with around 18,000 killed. Few enemy combatants were taken prisoner, the rest were listed as missing and presumed dead.

This battle would go down in history as one of the Marine Corps' finest moments and one of their hardest fought battles.

#OTD: 19 February 1945 - US Marines land on Iwo Jima in a morning amphibious landing. The island, defended by heavily entrenched Japanese forces, would be secured after weeks of intense fighting and bloodshed.

The invasion fleet consisted of the three Marine divisions of about 70,000 men, around 450 naval ships of various types, as well as several thousand Navy Seabees. Over five weeks of fierce fighting, the Marines suffered more than 25,000 casualties, including nearly 7,000 dead. The Japanese suffered even more devastating losses, with around 18,000 killed. Few enemy combatants were taken prisoner, the rest were listed as missing and presumed dead.

This battle would go down in history as one of the Marine Corps' finest moments and one of their hardest fought battles.

Photos from National Museum of the Marine Corps's post
02/13/2021

Photos from National Museum of the Marine Corps's post

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) 524-6719

Products

Museum Gift Shop
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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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