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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."
Don't forget, Tun Tavern Tuesday is tomorrow in the Command Museum courtyard from 1500-1800! Stop by and enjoy free handmade street tacos, local craft beer, live music, outdoor games, raffle prizes, and more! Bring family and friends, all are welcome! Hope to see you there!
Happy Independence Day to all! Today on the #4thofJuly we celebrate our nation's humble beginnings and reflect on those who made its creation possible
The Command Museum will be closed on July 4th and will close early at 1500 on the 5th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Normal operating hours will resume on Saturday, July 6th. The Museum Gift Shop will be closed on July 4th and 5th and will reopen on July 6th. Have a great holiday weekend!
Mark your calendars, Tun Tavern Tuesday is just a week away!
Next month's event will be held on July 9th from 1500-1800 in the Command Museum courtyard. Come enjoy free and delicious street tacos, Mother Earth craft beer, yard games, raffle prizes, live music, and great company!
As a reminder, Tun Tavern is free and open to guests of all ages!
Today the Command Museum assisted in co-hosting a celebration of life and service for Major General Donald J. Fulham.
About Major General Donald J. Fulham
Right out of high school, in 1946, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and stood on the yellow footprints at MCRD San Diego. After completing his two years of service, he was discharged and enrolled in Linfield College. However, when the Korean War broke out, he joined the Marine Reserves and upon graduation returned to active duty as a lieutenant. He never looked back. Returning from Korea in 1954 he was assigned to two years of sea duty aboard the USS Intrepid. Then in 1955 he married Ann Gary. They had three children, Donna, Erin, and Gary. A variety of duty assignments followed: Montana, Camp Lejeune, Quantico, El Toro, and three tours in Vietnam, where he commanded the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, also known as “the Walking Dead” so named for the intense and unrelenting attacks they endured in 1967. He never forgot the lives lost there.
After Vietnam, he was sent to Quantico, Washington, D.C., the Naval War College, and back to Camp Lejeune where he was promoted to brigadier general. In 1984 he returned to Korea as a major general to serve on the staff of the Commander in Chief. Then in 1986 he was offered command of MCRD San Diego. In 1987 he helped start the MCRD Command Museum and then in 1988 he announced that he would retire, ending his career on the same base where he began as a recruit. In retirement he remained active with the Museum Foundation, serving as its Board President two separate times and as a faithful lifetime member.
An inspirational leader and role model, he was the epitome of a Marine Officer, demonstrating strength of character and uncompromising integrity. He taught those around him important life lessons about the values of self-sacrifice, hard work, being true to yourself, loyalty to family and friends, and that success is as much about what we give as what we receive.
It is estimated that 11-20% of veterans have PTSD.
Here is one Marine’s story.
“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time”
Born on this day in 1898, Chesty served this country with distinction in Haiti, Nicaragua, WWII and Korea. Throughout his time in the Marine Corps he was awarded the Navy Cross 5 times for heroism and gallantry in action. Today, Chesty is known and revered by all Marines and has become an icon of the Corps.
Happy Birthday, Chesty, wherever you are! Here's to the Marine' Marine, Lieutenant General Lewis "Chesty" Puller!
Happy Birthday, Chesty, wherever you are.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
#OTD in 1945, Japanese troops were defeated on the Pacific island of Okinawa after one of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War II. The organized resistance in III Amphibious Corps’ zone ends when the 1st Marine Division takes Hill 81 and the 6th Marine Division reaches the southernmost point of the island of Okinawa.⠀
General Roy Geiger, the first Marine to command a field army, announces that the island is secure. Okinawa was the last critical outpost the United States needed to reclaim before launching an attack on the Japanese home islands. It would be another two months before Emperor Hirohito was forced into an unconditional surrender after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ⠀
Learn more about the Battle of Okinawa in our World War II gallery.⠀
📷: Through “Death Valley”. 10 May 1945. Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo.⠀
#USMCMuseum #OTD #thisdayinhistory #military #marines #wwii #pacific #USMC #Okinawa #Japan #Hill81
It's not every day you get a photo with a former Commandant of the Marine Corps. That is, unless you are Command Museum Docent and retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Arthur "Artie" Allen III! General Conway visited the Depot yesterday and snapped a photo with Artie 13 years after their first encounter during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Thank you for visiting the Depot and the museum, Sir!
Now is the time to shop for Marine Corps apparel, memorabilia, gifts, and more for your new Marine, veteran, or USMC family member! Get $10 off orders of $35+, $15 off orders of $50+, or $25 off orders of $75+! Use offer codes at checkout:
Proceeds from your purchase help fund Command Museum programs designed to support your Marine and our veterans. The Command Museum is, and always will be, a home for all Marines and your support allows us to continue to serve our nation's warriors.
The MCRD Command Museum is now accepting applications for our next cohort of veterans for our Dialogues on the Experience of War discussions. This unique program is designed to help all involved gain a better understanding of how war shapes us as individuals and groups.
The MCRD Museum Foundation hosted this year's 3rd annual Sgt Lucas T. Pyeatt Memorial Golf Tournament on May 17th at the Loma Club Liberty Station. Thank you to all our players and sponsors who made this great event possible! Funds raised from this event help sponsor Command Museum VOICE and Family Forever Gold Star programs. Make sure to join us for next year's tournament!
On this day in 1777, the Second Continental Congress called for an official United States flag. Whether you now know it as the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, or The Star-Spangled Banner, our flag represents all that our nation stands for.
"We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home... But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.” — Calvin Coolidge
Happy Flag Day!
Thank you to all who attended the June installment of Tun Tavern Tuesday! We hope you enjoyed the great food, Ballast Point craft beer, and live music! Also thank you to Frontwave Credit Union, and the USS Midway Foundation for supporting this event!
Legacy Week at the USS Midway Museum was a blast! Thank you to all who visited our USMC uniform display and kids craft table!
On the 75th anniversary of D-Day we honor and remember those who fought on the beaches of Normandy. Continue below to read more about the service of Marines in Europe during the war.
Tomorrow will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the assault on the beaches of Normandy. A few fans have asked, "Were the Marines at Normandy?"
While the bulk of the Corps' fighting force was battling it out in the Pacific Campaign, there were several detachments of Marines participating in the offshore naval bombardment on U.S. Navy ships. Marine Colonel Richard H. Jeschke, an observer, took part in the amphibious operation on D-Day and made liaison visits to frontline Army combat units (pictured here).
Marines were serving in the European Campaign as advisers, liaisons and intelligence officers. Some served behind the lines with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS is the predecessor to the CIA). OSS operative, then-Capt. Peter J. Ortiz received two Navy Crosses, the Legion of Merit, the Order of the British Empire and five Croix de Guerre for his service in Europe. Ortiz's photos and medals are featured in our WWII Gallery.
Read more about the service of Marines in Europe in the Marine Corps History Division publication: https://bit.ly/2WrcHd8
Make sure you check out our sister-service museums' D-Day activities!
>>Follow the National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign on Twitter June 6th as they recount the events of D-Day with live updates on Twitter. Join them at @NatlArmyMuseum and look out for the hashtag #DDay75 to follow along!
Photo: After the Normandy D-Day landing, Col Richard H. Jeschke, second from the right, who was an observer, went ashore with LtGen Omar Bradley, left and MajGen J. Lawton Collins. (Officer on the right not identified.)
Thank you to all who attended our Family Forever BBQ this past Memorial Day Monday. We were incredibly honored to share such an important day with a few of our local Gold Star Families and Command Museum supporters.
HONOR MCRD'S FALLEN
The three Marines and one Sailor pictured in this post were stationed at MCRD San Diego at one time, and later gave their lives during engagements in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iragi Freedom.
The MCRD Museum honors them in our Forward Deployed gallery. We honor them here today. Please take a few minutes today to remember them and their sacrifice. They were fathers, husbands, sons, fiances, brothers, friends. Say their names out loud. From left to right:
SSgt Allan K. Walker
Formerly a DI with 1st RTBN. KIA 6 Apr 2004, serving with 2/4 during OIF.
SSgt Brian D. Bland
Formerly a DI with 3rd RTBN. KIA 26 Jan 2005, serving with 1/3 during OIF.
HM2 Michael Vann Johnson
Formerly a Corpsman attached to MCRD's branch medical clinic. KIA 23 Mar 2003, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, serving with the 3rd Mar Div Det during OIF.
LCpl Hunter Hogan
Formerly a member of MCRD's Supt Bn. KIA 23 Jun 2012, serving with 1/8 during OEF.
This #MemorialDay, we remember and honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation. The MCRD Museum will be open today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Visiting the USS Midway Museum for #legacyweek2019 ? Stop by our Women Marine pop up exhibit! Learn a bit about uniforms and stay to make your own paper USMC cover!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ONE THE CORPS’ NEWEST 2ND LIEUTENANTS!
Former museum intern, Chris Andrada, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant this morning at a ceremony at the University of San Diego. Congratulations, Chris! We wish you fair winds and following seas.
The first of many Medal of Honor Marines. Semper Fi, Cpl. Mackie!
First Marine Medal of Honor?
CORPORAL JOHN F. MACKIE, SIR!
Today our Museum Week theme is #secretsMW, where we get to share a bit of what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum. Here’s a sneak peek into our uniform locker where we store our carefully curated collection of uniforms and gear used by Marines throughout history. Click below to view a small sample of our collection!
Thank you to all who attended the May installment of Tun Tavern Tuesday and our Exploring Careers in Federal Law Enforcement Leadership and Education Forum event! We hope you enjoyed the great food, beverages, and live music! Also thank you to Frontwave Credit Union, and the USS Midway Foundation for supporting this event!
In addition to the beer, food, & music, next month's Tun Tavern Tuesday (June 7) will also feature a seminar on careers in e-Commerce and Tech with special guests visiting from Amazon. Come just to hang out, play yard games, or ask questions about new and exciting career opportunities in the tech space. The seminar will run from 1400-1500 in the Command Museum Theater with regular TTT activities immediately after. Hope to see you out there!
The MCRD Museum Gift Shop is having a Mother's Day Sale! 20% off entire store. Use promo code: USMCMOM.
All purchases support our Command Museum & our programs! Semper Fidelis!
Link below! https://shop.mcrdmhs.org
Registration is filling up for the 3rd Annual Sgt Lucas T. Pyeatt Memorial Golf Tournament on May 17th! In addition to food, drink, and curated swag bags, players will also receive entry into our tournament raffle and have a chance to win our grand prizes: PXG Mustang putter (MSRP: $400), South Coast Winery Experience, and more!
Register to play on our website: bit.ly/MCRDGolfTournament
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.
The museum is closed Saturdays near Federal holidays (see museum calendar on the website, www.usmchistory.org) and most federal holidays.
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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 1/8/19
Tun Tavern Tuesday rolls into the New Year! Thanks to all whom attended our latest TTT featuring Billy Watson and the International Silverstring Submarine Band, Espinoza's Tacos, Mother Earth Brewing Company, and our sponsor USS Midway Foundation.
On February 5th, we host the next one. You won't want to miss it!
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!
#USMC #Marines #SanDiego #craftbeer #u2 #military #history #tuntavern #mcrdmuseum
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
We're making people do push ups for lanyards. #LegacyWeek17 #MemorialDay #mcrdmuseum #usmc #Marines #military #ussmidway #maverick
We had a lot of fun playing cornhole this evening! #tuntaverntuesday #mcrdsandiego #mcrdmuseum #usmc #marines #sandiego #veterans #memorialday #cornhole #craftbeer #wine
@jasminecommerce playing an original at Tun Tavern Tuesday this evening.
Jasmine Commerce playing some Pearl Jam.
Jessica Lerner holding it down at Tun Tavern Tuesday. #usmc #sandiego #marines
Families of Kilo Company, Platoons 3221-3225 are ready to see their Marines!
Mystery of the museum ghost!!
There are no shortage of tales about paranormal phenomena occurring at the museum. Everything from doors closing on their own, to figures of Marines in early 19th century period uniforms staring down from second story windows. To celebrate this Halloween we thought we would share this footage captured by our security cameras in September and try to garner a consensus of who or what is on the tape. Our security cameras are motion censor activated and the footage was recorded around 4am prior to anyone arriving at the museum for work that day. Who do you think was visiting the museum so early?? Was it:
A. Chesty Puller
B. Dan Daley
C. Smedley Butler
D. James Day
E. None of the Above: _____________
A special thanks to a couple of our DIs here at MCRD for helping out with this video. You know who you are!
AND NOW... THE PREMIER OF THE MCRD SAN DIEGO COMMAND MUSEUM INTRODUCTION VIDEO