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Looking for something to do on New Year's Day? 🎉 The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Come and spend the day wi...
12/31/2019

Looking for something to do on New Year's Day? 🎉
The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Come and spend the day with our amazing docents! Free tours begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All are welcome!

#NewYearsDay #HappyNewYears

12/31/2019
U.S. Marine Corps

Tonight, our thoughts are with Gen. Paul X. Kelley's family. Our 28th commandant passed away Sunday following a lifetime of service to our Marine Corps and to our nation. Semper Fidelis, Sir.

Tonight, our thoughts are with Gen. Paul X. Kelley's family. Our 28th commandant passed away Sunday following a lifetime of service to our Marine Corps and to our nation. Semper Fidelis, Sir.

30 December 1927 - Nicaragua⁠⁠#OTD in 1927, a Marine-led Guardia patrol sent to attack El Chipote is ambushed by strong ...
12/30/2019

30 December 1927 - Nicaragua⁠

#OTD in 1927, a Marine-led Guardia patrol sent to attack El Chipote is ambushed by strong Sandinista forces near Quilali.

IMAGE: “Nicaragua expeditions, 1927”⁠

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Today’s #marinemonday highlights Cpl Larry E. Smedley who received a Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while s...
12/30/2019

Today’s #marinemonday highlights Cpl Larry E. Smedley who received a Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a squad leader with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division during the Vietnam War.⁠

On the evenings of 20 and 21 December 1967, Cpl. Smedley led his six-man squad to an ambush site at the mouth of Happy Valley in Quang Nam Province. Later that night an estimated 100 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army regulars, carrying 122-mm rocket launchers and mortars were observed moving toward Hill 41. Realizing this was a significant enemy move to launch an attack on the vital Da Nang complex, Cpl Smedley immediately took action to stop the enemy threat. ⁠

After he radioed for a reaction force, he maneuvered his men to a more advantageous position and led an attack on the numerically superior enemy force. A heavy volume of fire from an enemy machine gun position on the left flank of the squad inflicted several casualties on his unit. An enemy rifle grenade exploded nearby and wounded Cpl Smedley on the right foot and knocked him to the ground. Despite his wounds he struggled to his feet and shouted words of encouragement to his men, leading a charge against the enemy machine-gun emplacement, until he was stuck again and knocked to the ground. Although the machine gun was destroyed, Cpl Smedley was struck in the chest by enemy fire and fell mortally wounded. ⁠

Semper Fi, Cpl Larry E. Smedley.⁠

For more information about the Vietnam War visit our Vietnam War Gallery. To read Cpl Smedley’s full Medal of Honor citation visit our Medal of Honor exhibit on Legacy Walk. ⁠

IMAGE: Cpl Larry E. Smedley.⁠

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"The eyes of the nation … are on that brave little band of defenders who hold the pass at Khe Sahn.” -President Lyndon B...
12/26/2019

"The eyes of the nation … are on that brave little band of defenders who hold the pass at Khe Sahn.” -President Lyndon B. Johnson, February 1968⁠

#OTD in 1967, Marine Captain William H. Dabney moved India Company, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, to Hill 881 South, four kilometers west of Khe Sanh. Under siege by the North Vietnamese Army, the Marines remained there until 17 April 1968. ⁠

Hill 881 South, looming above Khe Sahn’s airstrip four miles away, was the battle’s key terrain feature. Captain Dabney’s 400-man force defended the hill at all costs. In his own words, “If we got one round, we’d fire 5,000 back.” ⁠

Marine helicopters ran a gauntlet of fire to resupply the defenders and evacuate their casualties. When NVA gunners downed seven helicopters in the first month, aviators devised the “Supergaggle” technique: blasting and blinding enemy positions with bombs, smoles, and napalm delivered by subsonic A4 Skyhawks, while the resupply helicopters safely approached the hill. Supergaggle operations were costly in ordnance but saved hundreds of Marine lives. ⁠

The guidon flag pictured here was flown on Hill 881 South and is on display in our Vietnam War Gallery.⁠

IMAGE: Guidon Flown at Hill 881 South. Vietnam War Gallery. ⁠

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12/25/2019
U.S. Marine Corps

From our Marine Corps family to your family, happy holidays. Semper Fidelis!

From our Marine Corps family to your family, happy holidays. Semper Fidelis!

Holiday HoursWe hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!The Museum is open today, Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. -...
12/24/2019

Holiday Hours

We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

The Museum is open today, Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Museum will be closed tomorrow, Christmas Day so that our staff and volunteers can enjoy time with family and friends.

We'll reopen on December 26th at 9 am. Come and visit!

Plan your visit here: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/plan-your-visit.html

23 December 1941 - Wake Island Surrender⁠⁠Following a dawn landing by a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force and 12 hour...
12/23/2019

23 December 1941 - Wake Island Surrender⁠

Following a dawn landing by a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force and 12 hours of fighting, the battered garrison of Wake Island surrenders. Total Marine casualties during the battle are 56 killed and 44 wounded. ⁠

IMAGE: Painting by artist Albin Henning shows Marines firing a .30-caliber Browning machine gun as Japanese landing force sailors splash ashore. While inaccurate in details (barbed wire, for example, is an artist's invention because no such obstruction existed at Wake Island, since the coral reef surrounding the atoll was bare of any holding ground for the stakes or anchors necessary to keep them in place), it does capture the desperate nature of the Marines' final day's fighting. Department of Defense Photo.⁠

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Today’s #MarineMonday highlights Captain Henry T. Elrod who received the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving wi...
12/23/2019

Today’s #MarineMonday highlights Captain Henry T. Elrod who received the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving with Marine Fighting Squadron 211 during action against enemy Japanese units at Wake Island, 8 – 23 December 1941. ⁠

While facing superior forces of enemy bombers and warships on the 9th and 12th of December, Capt Elrod shot down two of a flight of 22 hostile planes. He “succeeded in inflicting deadly damage upon a large Japanese vessel, thereby sinking the first major warship to be destroyed by small-caliber bombs delivered from a fighter-type aircraft.”⁠

After his plane was disabled by the enemy and there were no other aircrafts operative, Elrod assumed command of one flank of the line set up in defense of the enemy landing, conducting a brilliant defense, enabled his men to “hold their positions and repulse intense hostile fusillades to provide covering fire for unarmed ammunition carriers.” Elrod is, according to his citation, “Responsible in a large measure for the strength of his sector’s gallant resistance” and led his men on 23 December with bold aggressiveness until he fell, mortally wounded. ⁠

Semper Fi, Capt Henry T. Elrod. ⁠

To read his full citation or to learn more about Medal of Honor Recipients head to our Medal of Honor Exhibit in Legacy Walk.⁠

IMAGE: Major Henry T. Elrod⁠

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Who's ready for a break this holiday season?This 1944 Marine Cpl Tom Lovell painting titled “Cpl Robert Runyan in a Sant...
12/23/2019

Who's ready for a break this holiday season?

This 1944 Marine Cpl Tom Lovell painting titled “Cpl Robert Runyan in a Santa Suit” pretty much says it all as we wind down from the holiday season.

The painting was donated to the Museum by the subject's daughter, Mrs. Tonia Fike. Her father sat for the painting after Lovell told him, “You have just the ugly mug I need for this painting.”

Leatherneck Magazine put the painting on the cover of the magazine December 1944 -- 75 years ago --the same year Marines were fighting it out in the Pacific during WWII.

"Cpl Robert Runyan in a Santa Suit" is currently on display at the Museum (2nd deck).

Marine Corps Art Collection, Oil on canvas, 1944.

20 December 1989 - Operation Just Cause⁠⁠#OTD in 1989, Operation Just Cause was launched in Panama to protect American l...
12/20/2019

20 December 1989 - Operation Just Cause⁠

#OTD in 1989, Operation Just Cause was launched in Panama to protect American lives, restore the democratic process, preserve the integrity of the Panama Canal Treaty, and apprehend dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega. One Marine, Corporal Garreth C. Isaak, was killed and three others were wounded during the operation.⁠

IMAGE: “Fast – Marines from 1st Platoon, Fleet Anti-terrorist Security Team, arrive at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Panama City to replace fellow team members who protected the property during Operation Just Cause.” USMC Photo by Sgt Robert C. Jenks⁠

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12/18/2019
Meet the Docents - Larry Britton

Meet our Docent Larry Britton!

Larry has been a docent at the National Museum of the Marine Corps since we opened in 2006 and has worked over 5,400 hours! Larry also served in the Marine Corps for 23 years.

Have you taken a tour with Larry?

It's #MarineMonday! Today, we highlight Medal of Honor recipient, Col Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. USMC (Retired).⁠⁠On December...
12/16/2019
HARVEY C. "BARNEY" BARNUM JR. | Medal of Honor

It's #MarineMonday! Today, we highlight Medal of Honor recipient, Col Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. USMC (Retired).⁠

On December 18, 1965, while serving in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer with Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division, Barnum took command of his company after his company commander and radio operator were taken out of the fight. While under heavy enemy fire, he evacuated the wounded and led a counterattack. For his heroic actions, Barnum was awarded the nation's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor.⁠

Barnum's citation states, "....His sound and swift decisions and his obvious calm served to stabilize the badly decimated units and his gallant example as he stood exposed repeatedly to point out targets served as an inspiration to all. Provided with two armed helicopters, he moved fearlessly through enemy fire to control the air attack against the firmly entrenched enemy while skillfully directing one platoon in a successful counterattack in the key enemy positions. Having thus cleared a small area, he requested and directed the landing of two transport helicopters for the evacuation of the dead and wounded. He then assisted in the mopping up and final seizure of the battalion's objective. His gallant initiative and heroic conduct reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and United States Naval Service."⁠

In honor of Barnum's heroic service to our country, in July 2016, the U.S. Navy named its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG-124, the USS Harvey C. Barnum, Jr.⁠

Semper Fidelis, sir!⁠

To read Col Harvey Barnum Jr.’s full citation and watch his living history video follow the link below:⁠

https://themedalofhonor.com/medal-of-honor-recipients/recipients/barnum-jrharveyvietnam-war⁠

Image: Harvey Barnum Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipient Operation Harvest Moon at Ky Phu, Quang Tin Province, Vietnam December 18, 1965 ⁠
IMAGE: Col Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. USMC (Ret)⁠

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. When the company was suddenly pinned down by a hail...

The Museum will open on time today at 9:00 a.m.  Please be careful driving this morning!
12/16/2019

The Museum will open on time today at 9:00 a.m. Please be careful driving this morning!

For Monday, Dec. 16, MCBQ is operating under CODE YELLOW.
The base is OPEN.
Reasonable delays for reporting to work are excused.
Unscheduled leave may be authorized.
Mission essential personnel are expected to report to work.
Check with your chain of command for details.

Join our Volunteer Corps!  The Museum is looking for a few good men and women to help tell the story of the Marine Corps...
12/16/2019

Join our Volunteer Corps!

The Museum is looking for a few good men and women to help tell the story of the Marine Corps to visitors from around the world!

Hospitality Ambassador and Gallery Docent training begins Feb 15, 2020.

Apply here: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/volunteer.html

Thanks to everyone who came out for Santa and Mrs. Claus’ visit yesterday! The jolly couple will make another stop at th...
12/15/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out for Santa and Mrs. Claus’ visit yesterday!

The jolly couple will make another stop at the Museum on Tuesday, Dec 17th (2-4 pm)! Come and join us!

#santa #nmmckids #usmcmuseum #free

The Education Department had another successful day with Santa! Thanks to everyone who came out. We will do it all again from 2-4pm on the 17th! #santa #nmmckids #usmc #gonavybeatarmy

Heads-up! We’ve extended our collection time for Tots for Tots to tomorrow, Saturday, Dec 14th!  Drop off an unwrapped t...
12/13/2019

Heads-up! We’ve extended our collection time for Tots for Tots to tomorrow, Saturday, Dec 14th! Drop off an unwrapped toy into our WWII Jeep and give a message of hope to less fortunate children.

Also, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the museum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join us!

Image: WWII Jeep with Toys for Tots box -- Nov 28, 2019.

13 December, 2001 - Kandahar⁠⁠#OTD in 2001, elements of the 15th and 26th MEUs secure the Kandahar International Airport...
12/13/2019

13 December, 2001 - Kandahar⁠

#OTD in 2001, elements of the 15th and 26th MEUs secure the Kandahar International Airport after anti-Taliban forces flushed the Taliban out of the city just days before. Four days later, a Marine color guard at the airport raises an American flag, which had been sent and signed by rescue workers, friends, and family, of victims of the 11 September terrorist attacks.⁠

IMAGE: Major Rodney Edwards, USMC, and Lieutenant Colonel Covington, USMC, both with the Marine Central Command Combat Assessment Team, stand in front of the passenger terminal at Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom. National Archive Photo. ⁠

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Today’s #traditionthursday is Toys for Tots!⁠⁠Toys for Tots began in 1947 by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. ...
12/12/2019

Today’s #traditionthursday is Toys for Tots!⁠

Toys for Tots began in 1947 by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. His wife, Diane, inspired him by handcrafting a few dolls and asking Bill to deliver them to an agency that supports children in need. When such an organization could not be found, she instructed him to “start one!”. Maj Hendricks and the Marines in his reserve unit in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys in 1947.⁠

It was so successful in 1947, the Commandant directed all Marine Reserve Sites to implement a Toys for Tots campaign transforming it into a national community action program. Bill Hendricks’ civilian job was Director of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Studios. He asked his celebrity friends to support the newly created Marine Toys for Tots Program. As a personal friend and a favor to Bill, Walt Disney created the first Toys for Tots poster which included a miniature three-car train that was subsequently adopted as the Toys for Tots logo.⁠

Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually. ⁠


IMAGE: The original 1948 Toys for Tots Poster featuring a jolly, pink-cheeked Santa with an Eagle, Globe and Anchor buckle on his belt and the three-car train, which would become the official logo for Toys for Tots. This poster was created by Walt Disney as a personal favor to Major Bill Hendricks. ⁠

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News of Pearl Harbor chilled the Marines defending remote Wake Island. Major James P.S. Devereux, commanding officer of ...
12/11/2019

News of Pearl Harbor chilled the Marines defending remote Wake Island. Major James P.S. Devereux, commanding officer of the Wake Island detachment of the 1st Defense Battalion, made final preparations for the Japanese attacks that hit the next day.⁠

#OTD in 1941, the Wake Island defense force defeats an attempted Japanese amphibious assault, sinking two enemy destroyers and damaging three cruisers, two destroyers, a destroyer-transport, and a transport. For the next 15 days the American thrilled the nation with their gritty resistance. When the Japanese destroyed the final Wildcat, the surviving aviators manned the perimeter with rifles.⁠

The embarrassed Japanese returned with overwhelming force. “Enemy on island, issue in doubt” was Wake’s final message. Fifty Marines died; the balance suffered a four-year captivity.⁠

The U.S. flag in the second image flew during the last days of the defense of Wake Island. With the surrender of American forces, it was captured by Lieutenant Commander Taro Fukatsu of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Upon his return to Japan in the Spring of 1943, he gave the flag to his mother. Fukatsu was killed on 25 October 1944, during the battle of Leyte Gulf. The flag was returned to the Marine Corps in 1956. ⁠

IMAGE 1: U.S. Marine astride “Wake Island”⁠
IMAGE 2: The U.S. flag that flew during the last days of the defense of Wake Island.⁠

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The Museum will open on time today at 9:00 a.m.Please be careful driving!For Wednesday, Dec. 11, MCB Quantico will be op...
12/11/2019

The Museum will open on time today at 9:00 a.m.
Please be careful driving!

For Wednesday, Dec. 11, MCB Quantico will be operating under CODE BLUE.
The base will open at 9 a.m.
Unscheduled leave may be authorized.
Mission essential personnel are expected to report to work.
Check with your chain of command for details.

The MCBQ VRE shuttle service will not run in Code Blue conditions.

For, Wednesday, Dec. 11, MCBQ will operating under CODE BLUE.
The base will open at 9 a.m.
Unscheduled leave may be authorized.
Mission essential personnel are expected to report to work.
Check with your chain of command for details.

The MCBQ VRE shuttle service will not run in Code Blue conditions.

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