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 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."
Operating as usual
Congratulations #MikeCompany who graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today! After many weeks of intense training each member of Mike Company has earned the title of United States Marine!
#MikeCompany graduates from MCRD San Diego tomorrow morning! Watch their graduation ceremony online at 1600 tomorrow!
Mike Company Graduation Gifts: bit.ly/MCRDGraduationGifts
Just a few hours left to shop our extended Cyber Monday Sale! Get USMC gear, gifts, and apparel including our Yellow Footprints Floor Mat, EGA Face mask, and more for 10% off! Orders $60+ ship free! Use code: CYBER at checkout to apply discount!
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Proceeds help support the MCRD Museum and programs for our military community!
This #GivingTuesday consider donating to support the MCRD Museum! Donations support not only the exhibits but also valuable programs for our Marines, Sailors, veterans, and Gold Star Families.
There's just a few hours left to get USMC Gear, Gifts, + Apparel up to 25% off! Order before 11:59pm tonight to save on our exclusive Yellow Footprints Mats, Mugs, Apparel, and more! At checkout use code BF15 for 15% off all orders or code BF25 for 25% off orders over $125!
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70th Anniversary of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in Korea
Never was a Marine division in greater danger of being cut to pieces. The 9th Chinese Army Group hurled over 100,000 men against the 20,000-man 1st Marine Division, its units strewn along miles of the bad road near the "Frozen" Chosin Reservoir. The 5th and 7th Marines, surrounded at Yudam-ni, faced the greatest danger.
Critical to their safe extraction was Toktong Pass, the choke-point of the escape route, defended against Chinese assaults for five bloody nights by Fox Company, 7th Marines, commanded by Capt William Barber. Fox Company's gritty defense of Toktong Pass remains one of the most compelling stories in American military history.
Whether you're celebrating at home or are stationed abroad, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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#OTD: 25 November 2001, the Marines and Sailors of the 15th MEU (SOC) conducted an amphibious assault over 400 miles (640 km) into the land-locked country of Afghanistan. The Marines and Sailors set new standards for Marine Corps amphibious doctrine. Landing at a remote airbase, 90 miles (140 km) southwest of Kandahar, the Marines established Camp Rhino, America’s first Forward Operating Base while maintaining the first significant conventional ground presence in Afghanistan. The Marines and coalition forces later moved north to Kandahar International Airport securing a new forward operating base. With the move, the Marines and coalition forces were able to continue with new missions and build a prison camp that housed numerous Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters.
Pictured: Camp Rhino (December 2001)
Learn more about the 15th MEU and Camp Rhino here:https://mca-marines.org/wp-content/uploads/The-15th-Marine-Expeditionary-Units-Seizure-of-Camp-Rhino.pdf
MCRD San Diego Platoon Photos + Graduation Books available online! Order now to receive your photo before Christmas!
*Select platoons/grad years available, quantities are limited
#OTD: 20 November 1943 - Marines Land on Tarawa. On the morning of 20 November Marines commenced their attack on Tarawa. For the next three days the Marines fought to secure the tiny island. Over 76 hours roughly 4,000 Japanese and 1,100 Americans were killed. Valuable lessons about amphibious landings were learned at Tarawa which were put into use during later battles.
Pictured: Lt. Alexander Bonnyman (4th from right) and his assault party storming a Japanese stronghold. Bonnyman received the Medal of Honor posthumously.
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Graduating Tomorrow: #HotelCompany
Hotel Company is set to graduate tomorrow! Watch their graduation ceremony online at 1600!
Hotel Company Graduation Gifts: bit.ly/MCRDGraduationGifts
#OTD: 19 November 1868 - The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem is approved. Whether it appears on a uniform, printed page, or a flag, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor is an icon of greatness.
In 1868 then Commandant, Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin, appointed a board "to decide and report upon the various devices of cap ornaments of the Marine Corps." On 13 November 1868, the board recommended the modern insignia. It was approved by the commandant four days later, and by the Secretary of the Navy on November 19, 1868.
Per the Marine Corps:
The Eagle is the symbol of the United States, and it is the one part of the emblem that readily associates the Marine Corps with the United States.
The Globe signifies the worldwide commitment of the Marine Corps and its areas of responsibility. Marines serve in any clime or place.
The fouled Anchor, whose origin dates back to the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775, represents the amphibious nature of the Marines’ duties and emphasizes the close ties between the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy.
Looking for some mid-week motivation? Take a peek into Marine Corps recruit training. This week: Initial CFT
Recruits perform the fireman’s carry during a CFT. This is part of the maneuver under fire portion of the event, which simulates carrying a wounded individual in combat.
Though the Museum is closed to the public we're continuing to bring Marine Corps history into your home! Today, we're featuring the iconic Summer Service Uniform. This uniform as proudly worn by Women Marines starting in 1966. Each uniform also included black pumps, a black handbag, and white gloves. Note the unique seersucker fabric used, selected specially for its comfort and laundering ease.
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#OTD: 16 November 1942 - Marine Night Fighter Squadron 531 (VMF(N)-531) was activated at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The squadron participated in action during WWII and the Vietnam War before decommissioning in 1992.
Graduating this Friday: #HotelCompany
This week Hotel Company graduates from MCRD San Diego! Watch their graduation ceremony online this Friday at 1600!
On this day in 2004, Marine Sgt Rafael Peralta made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. During a firefight in Fallujah, Peralta, after being shot several times, fell mortally wounded. His body absorbed the blast of an enemy grenade, shielding fellow Marines only a few feet away. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Peralta's battle-damaged M16A4 rifle and Body Armor Vest are to be displayed in our Final Phase historical galleries. His M16A4 rifle, shown in these images, bears the physical damages of the blast.
Sgt Peralta's service and sacrifice will forever be a part of our nation's history.
Semper Fidelis, Marine.
Delta Company graduated from MCRD San Diego earlier today! Each man will leave MCRD San Diego as a United States Marine!
Watch Graduation: bit.ly/MCRDGraduation
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#OTD: 13 November 1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in a ceremony in Washington D.C. The monument features names of the fallen inscribed into black granite. Each year countless visitors come to pay their respects and collect etchings of their loved one's name.
Our annual USMC Birthday Sale has been extended through Friday! Shop USMC hats, coins, apparel, and more online at 20% off! Use code: BIRTHDAY20 at checkout!
Proceeds help support the MCRD Museum and programs for our military community!
Graduating Tomorrow: #DeltaCompany
Delta Company graduates tomorrow from MCRD San Diego! Watch their graduation ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck online tomorrow at 1600!
Delta Company Graduation Gifts: bit.ly/MCRDGraduationGifts
This #VeteransDay we salute all men and women who took an oath to serve and defend our nation. Thank you to all in uniform both past and present!
Get the Marine in your life something to celebrate the birthday of the World's Finest Fighting Force! All orders 20% off today through Veterans Day with discount code: BIRTHDAY20
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Happy Birthday Marines! Here's to 245 years of Honor, Courage, and Commitment and fighting and winning America's battles across the globe. Wherever you are, whether at home or deployed abroad, we wish you a Happy 245th Birthday! #SemperFi
Graduating Friday: #DeltaCompany
This Friday Delta Company graduates from MCRD San Diego! Watch them graduate in a ceremony at Shepherd Field Parade Deck this Friday at 1600!
Delta Company Graduation Gifts: bit.ly/MCRDGraduationGifts
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It's #MarineMonday and we're highlighting PFC Henry Gurke who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions against the Japanese at Bougainville during WWII.
Henry Gurke enlisted in the Marine Corps on 15 April 1942. After serving for over a year, Burke was promoted to private first class on 1 August 1943. Transferred to Company M, 3d Raider Battalion, 2d Raider Regiment of the I Marine Amphibious Corps in June, Gurke was at Noumea, New Caledonia, in October and met the enemy at Bougainville in November. He "celebrated" his 21st birthday on 6 November and three days later gave his life for a fellow Marine.
Around dawn on 9 November 1943, Gurke was in a shallow two-man foxhole with a fellow Marine, a Browning Automatic Rifle-man, delivering a fierce stream of fire against the advancing Japanese in defense of a vital roadblock in the area near Empress August Bay. When a Japanese grenade landed in their foxhole Gurke thrust his companion aside and threw himself on the deadly missile
For this action, Henry Gurke was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The medal was presented to his parents on 31 May 1944.
Semper Fi, Marine.
#OTD: 7 November 1942 - The Marine Corps Women's Reserve is approved by then Commandant LtGeneral Thomas Holcomb. Women would serve throughout WWII in a variety of roles supporting the war effort.
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Giving Tuesday Now: Supporting our Military Community
Supporting the military community and our Gold Star Families is a cause close to our hearts. This #GivingTuesdayNow and everyday we are so thankful for all who have sacrificed so much for our country.
To support programs for our Marines, Sailors, veterans, and Gold Star families: mcrdmuseum.org/give
#ICYMI #RiseUpNetwork recently hosted MCRD Museum Foundation Deputy Director Chris Weimer for a podcast conversation on his service, the Command Museum, and some of the exciting programs the museum offers. Check out the episode preview and listen to the the full podcast at the linked below!
Listen Now: https://bit.ly/2phqofF
Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a museum gallery or exhibit? Watch here to take a behind the scenes look at the exhibit design process at the Command Museum!
Forward Deployed Gallery
Located in the Command Museum, The Forward Deployed Gallery covers a period of time from 1976 to present day. Included in the Gallery are weapons, artifacts, and displays on Marine Corps campaigns, expeditions, conflicts and more. Watch here to learn about the Forward Deployed Gallery from Command Museum docent, MGySgt Artie Allen III (USMC, Ret.)
We invite you to learn a little more about the Command Museum and the initiatives we support in order to achieve our goal of preserving the legacy of the Marine Corps. Our artifacts and our galleries are just the beginning of what we represent, and we hope you enjoy hearing a bit about how we are more than a museum.
To learn more, visit us online: mcrdmuseum.org/programs/voice
Tun Tavern Tuesday 2/5/19
February's installment of Tun Tavern Tuesday was a blast! Great to see everyone who made it out to this month's event. Special thank you to Married Music, Ballast Point, Axiote Tacos, and the USS Midway Foundation for supporting this event. Next month's TTT will be on March 5th and will feature more delicious tacos, Mother Earth Brewing craft beer, and Billy Watson and the International Silverstring Submarine Band. Hope to see you there!
Tun Tavern Tuesday 12/4/18
On December 4, 2018 the MCRD Command Museum hosted the monthly Tun Tavern Tuesday and here is a video recap of special moments we captured from the event.
2018 Memorial Christmas Tree Ceremony & Holiday Celebration
Last Saturday, the museum hosted its 2018 Memorial Christmas Tree Ceremony and Holiday Celebration for museum members, volunteers, and Gold Star Families.
We also presented the annual volunteer awards to recognize all the volunteers who contributed to the MCRD Command Museum this year.
Thank you to all whom attended and contributed to our annual Toys for Tots Drive.
We wish you Happy Holidays! Semper Fidelis!
75th Anniversary of Marine Corps Women's Reserve
As we continue to celebrate Women Marines History Month at the MCRD Command Museum, we wanted to share this video. We want to wish all the Marines attending the Women Marines Convention this weekend to have a great time!
Lastly, as a reminder, don't forget to pre-order your Women Marines Centennial Challenge Coin from the Museum Gift Shop! Pre-order sale ends September 1st!
All proceeds support the MCRD San Diego Museum and its programs for Marines, Sailors, Gold Star, and their families.
#USMC #WomenMarines #Semperfi #SanDiego
Tun Tavern Tuesday here we go!
You already know it's Tun Tavern Tuesday!
We're having a blast at Tun Tavern Taco Tuesday
Tun Tavern Taco Tuesday!
Married Music at Tun Tavern Tuesday!
Married Music live at Tun Tavern Tuesday
The Silver Bar Band is killing it tonight at Tun Tavern Tuesday!
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Tun Tavern Tuesday with Chipp Cordermann and the PC’s
A big thank you to Pacific Marine Credit Union for continuing to support the Command Museum's VOICE Program. VOICE, or Veteran Outreach & Increased Community Engagement, provides programs, resources, and events annually for our active duty, veterans, their families, and the community at large that provide resources, information, and connect people from all walks of life within the greater San Diego area. In the video clip below, Bill Birnie, President and CEO of Pacific Marine, talks about why it is important for him personally and for PMCU to be involved in the VOICE program. Thank you Pacific Marine for continuing to be so supportive of the Command Museum and our Marine Corps family!
The Silver Bar Band playing for us at Tun Tavern Tuesday!
Bill Watson and his International Band at Tun Tavern Tuesday. Come on over to the museum. We'll be here until 7PM.
Dannie Marie and her band playing a great set at tonight's Tun Tavern Tuesday!
We're making people do push ups for lanyards. #LegacyWeek17 #MemorialDay #mcrdmuseum #usmc #Marines #military #ussmidway #maverick
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.
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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.