National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps A lasting tribute to U.S. Marines --past, present, and future. Admission and parking are FREE! Open daily from 9 AM-5 PM (except Christmas Day). This is an official Marine Corps page. The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement.
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This is an official US Marine Corps Facebook account for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps. Please note security at the Museum: When you visit the Museum you will be greeted by our security personnel who will ask you to empty your pockets and walk through the metal detector. Average size and smaller handbags will be x-rayed and diaper bags will be hand-checked. Handbags larger than 14" wide x 12" high x 6" wide, briefcases, backpacks, large camera bags and suitcases will NOT be allowed into the Museum. Other prohibited items include: weapons, pepper spray and mace, sharp objects, food or drinks, and pets. (Service animals are, of course, always welcome.) Please leave these items in your vehicle to avoid any inconvenience. If you bring them into the Museum you will be required to either dispose of the item or return it to your vehicle. Museum personnel are not permitted to store items for visitors. Conduct and Page Guidelines ---------------------------------- We strive to provide our audience with information about the National Museum of the Marine Corps while maintaining an issue driven, principle based and audience focused conversation online. While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep any comments clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines may be removed: -We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. -We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. -We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. -Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice. -You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. - For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don�t post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense. You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy. Semper Fidelis.

3 May 2000 – Kosovo Campaign Medal Created⁠⁠#OTD in 2000, the Kosovo Campaign Medal was established by President Bill Cl...
05/03/2020

3 May 2000 – Kosovo Campaign Medal Created⁠

#OTD in 2000, the Kosovo Campaign Medal was established by President Bill Clinton. It was awarded to personnel for participating in prescribed operations, campaigns, and task-forces ranging from 24 March 1999 to present. ⁠

The area of operations for these various campaigns included the total land area and air space of Serbia (including Kosovo), Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and the waters and air space of the Adriatic Sea. ⁠

IMAGE: Kosovo Campaign Medal in Legacy Walk.⁠

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It’s #NationalFitnessday! Did you get your PT in?⁠⁠IMAGE: Parris Island S.C. ⁠.⁠.⁠.⁠.⁠.⁠.⁠⁠#USMCMuseum #military #Marine...
05/02/2020

It’s #NationalFitnessday! Did you get your PT in?⁠

IMAGE: Parris Island S.C.

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Who is ready for a little history and a cocktail?In our new blog series, "The Drinks of the Marine Corps" our curator, O...
05/01/2020

Who is ready for a little history and a cocktail?

In our new blog series, "The Drinks of the Marine Corps" our curator, Owen Conner shares how Smedley Butler got his nickname, “Old Gimlet Eye,” and how a cocktail came to be named after him:

https://bit.ly/3f7RAlX

#FridayFeeling #MuseumFromHome #FridayVibes

1 May 1898 - Philippines⁠⁠#OTD in 1898, Marines man secondary batteries of Admiral George Dewey’s fleet during its lopsi...
05/01/2020

1 May 1898 - Philippines⁠

#OTD in 1898, Marines man secondary batteries of Admiral George Dewey’s fleet during its lopsided victory over the Spanish in the Battle of Manila Bay.⁠

IMAGE: “Battle of Manila” Contemporary colored print. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph Collection. ⁠

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04/30/2020
Iwo Jima Flags

The flags are still standing!

Back in February 2020, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima with a special display of the flags that were raised on the island during the battle. When we reopen, we will continue to display both flags together for a few additional weeks.

The first, smaller flag was raised on the morning of February 23, 1945. Within a few hours, Marines lowered the first flag and simultaneously raised the second flag. It was the second flag-raising that was captured in the iconic photo by photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Both flags are part of the Museum's collection. The second, larger flag--the flag captured in the iconic USMC photograph -- will remain on display in the WWII Gallery.

At this time, the Museum does not have a date set to reopen. We'll post updates on our social media platforms and website as new information becomes available.

Stay safe!

Semper Fidelis

#ThrowBackThursday #MuseumFromHome #USMCMuseum #USMC

NMMC Kids recently launched their newest digital program, NMMC at Home: The Wilkes Expedition. Take a look at one of the...
04/29/2020

NMMC Kids recently launched their newest digital program, NMMC at Home: The Wilkes Expedition. Take a look at one of the activities that your family or students can do at home, the cabinet of curiosity!

One of our educators shared his example of a cabinet of curiosity based off his love of the "Legend of Zelda" video game series.

Head over to their page and learn about the Wilkes Expedition (1838 - 1842) with more activities to do at home!

#historyathome #history #STEM #science #homeschool #museum #USMCMuseum

Have you taken part in our newest digital program, NMMC at Home: The Wilkes Expedition from the National Museum of the Marine Corps? In case you haven't, we are highlighting one of the activities you can do with your students or family at home, the cabinet of curiosity.

One of our educators decided to make another example of a cabinet of curiosity. This particular one is based off his love of the "Legend of Zelda" video game series. He says:

"The 'Legend of Zelda' has always been a big part of my life. I always loved the spirit of adventure and the necessity to solve problems. When I met my future wife, we bonded over the game, and began putting together a collection of items from the game. When it came to naming our daughter, we didn't hesitate on the name: Zelda. The items in this curiosity cabinet represent Zelda from the past, present, and future. The past includes original copies of games, magazines, and strategy guides; while the present includes everything from Zelda's themed backpack she takes to preschool to a note my father sent to her during the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine."

Check out his creation in the series of photographs below.

Make your own cabinet today, along with a variety of other activities that cover the history and science behind the Wilkes Expedition (1838-1842). Download the resource packet at bit.ly/NMMC_Wilkes to begin! Virginia Association of Museums #historyathome #history #STEM #science #homeschool #museum

04/29/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

On this day 45 years ago, the Marine Corps aided – both on ground and in the air – in the successful evacuation from Saigon, South Vietnam during Operation Frequent Wind.

On this day 45 years ago, the Marine Corps aided – both on ground and in the air – in the successful evacuation from Saigon, South Vietnam during Operation Frequent Wind.

29 April 1975 – Vietnam#OTD in 1975, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade executes Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation from...
04/29/2020

29 April 1975 – Vietnam

#OTD in 1975, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade executes Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation from Saigon of Americans, third-country nationals, and some South Vietnamese officials and citizens.

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Artifact Highlight - M1917 Smith & Wesson Revolver with Modified M1916 Holster⁠⁠As production of the semi-automatic M191...
04/28/2020

Artifact Highlight - M1917 Smith & Wesson Revolver with Modified M1916 Holster⁠

As production of the semi-automatic M1911 Colt Pistol was unable to satisfy the demand for sidearms to equip the quickly expanding army in 1917, the double-action, six-shot revolver was speedily developed by two manufacturers, Colt and Smith & Wesson. It was chambered in the same caliber rimless ammunition intended for the M1911, .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol). More akin to the traditional service revolver the M1911 replaced, these heavy revolvers were manufactured to supplement the pistol issues along with the iconic automatic. ⁠

A woven ammunition pouch was provided to carry 18 rounds in 6 half-moon clips, each clip holding 3 rounds, contained in three pockets. The pistol was carried in a russet leather holster with securing flap fastened on the waistbelt with the ammunition pouch. A lanyard fastened to a ring screwed into the buttplate of the stock.⁠

The pistol was sturdy and of solid construction, and along with trench knives and other improvised weapons of shock, like clubs or brass knuckles, were useful in the hand-to-hand combat of the trenches.⁠

This M1917 highlighted here was carried by PFC Paul Kane. He used it in the battles for Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa.⁠

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As requested by our fans, it's #TankTuesday!Today, we are highlighting our M60A1 Main Battle Tank which was installed in...
04/28/2020

As requested by our fans, it's #TankTuesday!

Today, we are highlighting our M60A1 Main Battle Tank which was installed in our Final Phase gallery back in September 2016. Due to the tank's size and weight, we had to place it on its stand while we are still under construction.

Restoration of the tank began at Marine Depot Maintenance Command (MDMC) at Albany, Georgia in July 2014 and was completed in January 2016. This Main Battle Tank was chosen for the Museum because of its documented history in the ground offensive during Operation Desert Storm in January and February 1991. It was one of the first tanks to breach the berm into Kuwait--serving with Company C, 3d Tank Battalion, Task Force Ripper.

The M60A1 will be a key feature in our Desert Shield and Desert Storm exhibit in the Forward Deployed Gallery (see rendering).

27 April 1805 - Derna#OTD in 1805, 1stLt Presley N. O’Bannon who with seven other Marines was part of a force of Greeks ...
04/27/2020

27 April 1805 - Derna

#OTD in 1805, 1stLt Presley N. O’Bannon who with seven other Marines was part of a force of Greeks and Arabs led by American Consul William Eaton, raised the United States flag for the first time over a conquered fortress of the Old World at Derna, a stronghold of Tripolitan pirates. Success at Derna in Tripoli is echoed in the Marines' Hymn: “…to the shores of Tripoli…”

This marble plaque, inscribed in English and Arabic, marked the location of the fort in Derna, Libya, that was captured by U.S. Marines on 27 April 1805. It was placed there in the 1940s by the British. In 1989, the plaque was found partially buried and broken in the garden of the former American Embassy residence in Tripoli.

IMAGE: Derna Plaque. On display in the Museum’s Defending the New Republic Gallery.

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Marine Monday – PFC William FosterIt’s #MarineMonday and today we are highlighting PFC William Foster who was posthumous...
04/27/2020

Marine Monday – PFC William Foster

It’s #MarineMonday and today we are highlighting PFC William Foster who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on 2 May 1945 in the Battle of Okinawa.

PFC Foster enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve through Selective Service on 1 April 1944. He had previously served for six years in the Ohio National Guard.

After completing basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Foster received intensive combat training at Camp Pendleton in late September 1944 and soon left to serve in the Russell Islands. On 1 April 1945, PFC Foster and his unit landed on Okinawa, one year after enlisting in the Marine Corps.

On 2 May 1945, PFC Foster and another Marine were dug in when they engaged in a fierce hand grenade duel with Japanese forces. When one Japanese grenade landed beyond the reach of their foxhole, PFC Foster dove on top of the grenade and absorbed the explosion with his body. While injured, he handed his two remaining grenades to the other Marine saying, “Make them count…”

On 19 August 1946, Gen Alexander A. Vandegrift, then Commandant of the Marine Corps, presented the Medal of Honor to his parents in a ceremony at the City Hall in Cleveland. In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Foster was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart; Presidential Unit Citation with one star; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze star, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Camp Foster of the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler is named after PFC William A. Foster.

Semper Fidelis, Marine.

IMAGE: PFC William A. Foster.

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Artifact Highlight -- Children's Marine UniformsWith April being the Month of the Military Child, we thought it would be...
04/25/2020

Artifact Highlight -- Children's Marine Uniforms

With April being the Month of the Military Child, we thought it would be fun to highlight a couple of unique uniforms worn by the children of Marines.

Our Cultural & Material History Curator Jennifer L. Castro shares, " The tradition of outfitting children as 'mini Marines' highlights a unique aspect of Marine Corps culture as well as demonstrates pride in the Corps." Children's military uniforms are traditionally popular due to their patriotic nature, specifically with military parents who enjoy seeing their children emulate their own proud service in the Corps.

Shown here are uniforms from the Museum's collection dating from WWI to post-Korean War time frame.

It would be interesting to hear from our fans if they too outfitted their children in military uniforms!

It's #FlightFriday!  Today, we are looking at the USMC UH-1N Huey Helicopter!This Bell UH-1N Huey helicopter will be the...
04/24/2020

It's #FlightFriday!

Today, we are looking at the USMC UH-1N Huey Helicopter!

This Bell UH-1N Huey helicopter will be the centerpiece of the Museum's Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) scene in the March to Baghdad exhibit in our Final Phase galleries. In fact, this particular UH-1N (Bureau Number 159209) actually flew in the battle with Marine Light Attack Helicopter squadron (HMLA)-267.

The helicopter entered service with the Marine Corps in September 1976 and participated in numerous deployments and combat operations including Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Restore Hope, and the opening months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was added to the NMMC’s collection in April 2014, following its retirement from HX-21 at NAS Patuxent River, MD.

Read the full story on our blog http://www.usmcmuseum.com/blog/artifact-highlight-uh-1n-huey-helicopter

#Throwbackthursday to when we were open!During our temporary closure we are missing the Museum and we sure you all too! ...
04/23/2020

#Throwbackthursday to when we were open!

During our temporary closure we are missing the Museum and we sure you all too!

In the meantime, check out some of our favorite pictures of the Museum.

Post your favorite photo of the Museum or a photo of your last visit in the comments below!

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04/22/2020
Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

It's #NationalVolunteerWeek! We want to take this opportunity to thank the finest volunteer corps in the country!

To our Volunteers:
We'd like to shake hands and say thank you to each of you personally but this virtual thanks will have to suffice for now. You treat the Museum visitors, each other, and our staff as a family; because we are. Your more than 305,000 combined volunteer hours significantly contributed to making the National Museum of the Marine Corps the number one history museum in the country! We could not do this without you.

We are grateful for your service, dedication, and love. We can't wait to see you again and thank you in person. Now rest up, we're going to need you when we reopen!

Semper Fi

04/22/2020
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band

Be sure to head over to "The President's Own" United States Marine Band page and check out some incredible items from their library's collection for #NationalLibraryWeek!

How cool is this Sousa Baton?! Check back on their page throughout the week as they post more items!

It's #NationalLibraryWeek - Our historians have cracked open the Marine Band archives to highlight some of the many interesting items in the library's collection. Up first, the Sousa baton! #FromTheArchives

John Philip Sousa was undoubtedly the most famous member of United States Marine Band, and he served as the director from 1880 to 1892. At his farewell concert on the White House lawn, Sousa was presented with a handsome engraved baton by members of the Marine Band as a token of their respect and esteem. The baton grip is elegantly inscribed with Sousa’s name and features symbols of the Marine Corps, such as the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, as well as the phrase “Semper Fidelis,” meaning “always faithful.” This baton was returned to the Marine Band by Sousa’s daughters, Jane Priscilla Sousa and Helen Sousa Abert, in 1953. It has become a symbol of the transfer of command, and is ceremonially passed from one director to the next, marking a new era for the Marine Band.

Today’s #WWWednesday focuses on some incredible works of art from our collection. The Battle of Okinawa, which took plac...
04/22/2020

Today’s #WWWednesday focuses on some incredible works of art from our collection. The Battle of Okinawa, which took place from 1 April to 22 June 1945, is depicted in these three pieces.

The first piece, titled “Kamikaze Attack,” is by Richard M. Gibney, who served as a combat artist in the Marine Corps during WWII. He created this painting forty years after landing on Okinawa. The second is also by Gibney and depicts Marines lining the railing of an attack troop transport ship, part of a convoy on its way to attack the Pacific island of Okinawa.

The final piece is by Sgt John McDermott and is called “Grenade Throwers.” In this painting Marines throw hand grenades at Japanese soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa and was used for a WWII recruiting poster. McDermott was a combat artist in the Marine Corps during WWII.

Keep an eye out on our social media as we continue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Okinawa!

IMAGE 1: "Kamikaze Attack". Painted by Richard M. Gibney. Oil on Canvas. National Museum of the Marine Corps.
IMAGE 2: "Convoy to Okinawa". Painted by Cpl Richard M. Gibney, USMC. Watercolor on Paper. National Museum of the Marine Corps.
IMAGE 3: "Grenade Throwers". Painted by Sgt John McDermott, USMC. Oil on Canvas. National Museum of the Marine Corps.

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04/21/2020

Here is a little #MuseumSunshine to brighten your day!☀️

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the persecution and murder of millions of European Jews and those others ...
04/21/2020

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the persecution and murder of millions of European Jews and those others who were considered politically hostile, racially inferior or socially unfit.

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the persecution and murder of millions of European Jews and those others who were considered politically hostile, racially inferior or socially unfit.

21 April 1914 – Veracruz#OTD in 1914, Marine regiments land at Veracruz, Mexico, to keep German arms away from the Mexic...
04/21/2020

21 April 1914 – Veracruz

#OTD in 1914, Marine regiments land at Veracruz, Mexico, to keep German arms away from the Mexican government. Two days later Marine and Navy forces complete the seizure of Veracruz after heavy street fighting.

IMAGE: Sergeant Major John Quick and Captain Monk Delano help hoist the American Flag atop the Hotel Terminal. Veracruz, Mexico 21 April 1914.

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A Monument to HONOR, COURAGE & COMMITMENT

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future.

Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

Admission to the Museum and parking are FREE!

Please note security at the Museum:

When you visit the Museum you will be greeted by our security personnel who will ask you to empty your pockets and walk through the metal detector. Average size and smaller handbags will be x-rayed and diaper bags will be hand-checked. Handbags larger than 14" wide x 12" high x 6" wide, briefcases, backpacks, large camera bags and suitcases will NOT be allowed into the Museum. Other prohibited items include: weapons, pepper spray and mace, sharp objects, food or drinks, and pets. (Service animals are, of course, always welcome.) Please leave these items in your vehicle to avoid any inconvenience. If you bring them into the Museum you will be required to either dispose of the item or return it to your vehicle. Museum personnel are not permitted to store items for visitors. Conduct and Page Guidelines ---------------------------------- We strive to provide our audience with information about the National Museum of the Marine Corps while maintaining an issue driven, principle based and audience focused conversation online. While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep any comments clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines may be removed: -We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. -We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. -We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. -Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice. -You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. - For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don�t post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense. You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy.

This is an official Marine Corps page. However, the appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Marine Corps does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at linked locations. Semper Fidelis

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TBT- Presenting Charles Chandler Krulak an award for his support of Wrestling. "Chuckie the K" was the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps and first Naval Academy Graduate to do so!
18 yr old Jack Tilley, 5th MarDiv HQ Battalion holding a puppy that he and his machinegun squad found on Iwo Jima. The strap on his right shoulder holds a Browning Light Machine Gun A4 at the end that left dents in his shoulders which lasted for decades. You could still feel them when I was a kid in the '60's. Semper Fi!
Can someone find info on this person, dog tag was found in cave on Okinawain 1993-94.
Today is the birthday of Peleliu fallen Major Elmer Sutphin, 1st Marines. Read about Elmer at: https://www.fold3.com/page/86384992-elmer-a-sutphin/stories. The 1st Marines lost hundreds of men at Peleliu. Those fallen men need their stories told. Can you help? To learn more about the national effort to compile the stories of ALL the 400,000+ US World War II fallen, visit https://www.storiesbehindthestars.org.