Indiana Military Museum Inc

Indiana Military Museum Inc The museum is dedicated to fostering the memory, understanding, and appreciation of U.S. military history. Please call for details or visit our website.
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The Indiana Military Museum (IMM) exists to serve the citizens of the community, the state, and the nation with educational programming, archives, displays, and opportunities for intense research related to America’s military history from the American Revolution to the present day. This is accomplished by maintaining, preserving, and displaying artifacts which represent the strength and freedom of

our American heritage. Museum Admission Fees:
$8 for Adults;
$7 for seniors, veterans, and active-duty personnel;
$5 Kids 5-18;
Free under 5 years of age;
Annual and Lifetime memberships are available. https://www.indianamilitarymuseum.com/?fbclid=IwAR1yTfstXKWlrfLppVDikn5crRsJ5SBxn7GGVuU-Mz31ZKRED6Bdyy_ANJM

Helicopter Day (one day) at the Indiana Military Museum will be Saturday October 7, 2023. Gates open at 9 am until 4 pm....
09/27/2023

Helicopter Day (one day) at the Indiana Military Museum will be Saturday October 7, 2023. Gates open at 9 am until 4 pm. The Indiana Air Search and Rescue Huey helicopter will be providing rides from roughly 10 am until 3 pm. for $100. adults and $50. for children. THERE ARE NO ADVANCE SALE TICKETS. They are only available the day of, from the helicopter staff. IMM is not in charge of ticket sales. WWII and Korean Conflict veterans can ride Huey for free. WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War Veterans get in Museum for free. There will be no battle reenactments on that day. There will be military surplus vendors, as well as a food vendor. All veterans will receive a free lunch, compliments of the American Legion. Donations are accepted. Vietnam reenactors and display exhibitors are welcome to attend for the day. Museum displays outside are free. Indoor museum fees apply. $8. adults, $5. children. $1. discount for seniors and veterans. Under 5 is free. IMM and Vincennes is in the Eastern time zone.

The Indiana Military Museum "Salute to Veterans of WWII" is this next weekend, Sept 2nd & 3rd. Our Veterans Recognition ...
08/28/2023

The Indiana Military Museum "Salute to Veterans of WWII" is this next weekend, Sept 2nd & 3rd. Our Veterans Recognition Program is set for 12 noon both days and the battle reenactments are tentatively at 1 and 3 pm each day. Other activities and a full schedule will be posted here and on our website soon.

PUBLIC MEET AND GREET The public is invited to meet and greet the former crew members of the USS Indianapolis (SSN 697) ...
07/25/2023

PUBLIC MEET AND GREET
The public is invited to meet and greet the former crew members of the USS Indianapolis (SSN 697) submarine, this Friday afternoon on July 28th, from 3 pm to 5 pm, as they gather for their reunion here at the Indiana Military Museum.
In addition, they are hosting a golf outing at Cypress Hills golf course in Vincennes. Details below in a former post.
On Saturday, July 29th, at 1 pm, there will also be an SSN 697 ceremony at the sail and a CA 35 USS Indianapolis recognition.

Some shots from the Museum's Vietnam event on Saturday the 22nd.
07/23/2023

Some shots from the Museum's Vietnam event on Saturday the 22nd.

Here’s the official announcement of the First USS Indy Golf Tournament. We have room for 22 golfers. Or hackers. Who wil...
07/14/2023

Here’s the official announcement of the First USS Indy Golf Tournament. We have room for 22 golfers. Or hackers. Who will be the first Indy Schankopotamus?
You can pay through Venmo, Cash App or Zelle using 360.335.5536 or FB Messenger. We need names and if you have a team lined up. Spouses welcome. Contact Eddie Fierro.

Two weeks out. Put it on your calendar! Come see us.
07/09/2023

Two weeks out. Put it on your calendar! Come see us.

Last Thursday night, behind the museum. No photo shop.
07/04/2023

Last Thursday night, behind the museum. No photo shop.

The Indiana Military Museum continues its commitment to the people of Ukraine this week by outfitting the troops and sen...
05/24/2023

The Indiana Military Museum continues its commitment to the people of Ukraine this week by outfitting the troops and sending another large shipment of woodland camo uniforms, boots, helmets and gear to the troops on the ground. These photos show IMM Curator Jim Osborne and Sergiy Fesenko, formerly of Ukraine, sorting uniforms from the museum's purchased surplus and pics of the guys in the field sporting their much prized duds. This is the third shipment of surplus goods that have been sent their way to help support the troops on the ground. Sergiy is a Ukrainian born, resident from near Cincinnati that has returned numerous times to the Ukraine to help deliver goods and help protect his homeland.

Just delivered, not one, but two ONTOS. (not sure what the plural of that is) Officially the Rifle, Multiple 106 mm, Sel...
05/16/2023

Just delivered, not one, but two ONTOS. (not sure what the plural of that is) Officially the Rifle, Multiple 106 mm, Self-propelled, M50, was an American light armored tracked anti-tank vehicle developed in the 1950s.
It mounted six 106 mm manually loaded M40 recoilless rifles as its main armament, along with a a single .30 caliber (7.62 mm) M1919A4 machine gun for anti-infantry use.
One of these vehicles is missing the cast steel turret, and both will need to have the rifles restored. Both came with tracks to put on. One will be displayed in our Vietnam exhibit in coming months. The other maybe as an outdor static display. Only 300 were ever produced and less than a dozen exist to this day. Another great , rare, acquisition to the IMM collection!

Thank you Mick Hetman Photography.
05/08/2023

Thank you Mick Hetman Photography.

04/29/2023

To reenactors of the IMM Spring Event: (PLEASE READ)
A policy has been put in place (2022) by the Indiana Military Museum, at the request of our event hosts, to prohibit the use of certain blank firing weapons on the battlefield during battle reenactments, either because of safety or authenticity issues or both. This list includes the use of all trench shotguns, flare guns or flare pistols, mortars, or handheld weapons where a projectile, wadding, wood tip or residue, etc. from one is, or could be, expelled from the barrel of the weapon after firing and in close contact with others. All other hand thrown, non- exploding, smoke grenades and historically accurate, safe-firing weapons are acceptable.
There is no restriction to "displaying" these weapons in camp or during a weapons demonstration on the field, if such a weapon is historically accurate for the designated theater of the event. Absolutely, no weapons are to be fired or test fired in camp areas.
The above restriction does not apply to the use of insert blank firing devices used in tanks or artillery pieces operated by the museum staff or their designee during demonstrations or mock battle reenactments.
In addition, as is customary, all weapons and blank ammunition used on the battlefield are required to be inspected at morning S&A and subsequently are subject to re-inspection at any time during the day or prior to the battles.
Squad leaders, please take this initiative with your troops.
Any questions regarding this change in policy can be addressed to Jon Andrews or Jim Osborne.

04/29/2023

FOR REENACTORS - Spring WWII Event - CHAIN OF COMMAND - as published by IMM
Allied Battle Commander (Corey Vaughn) his asst. (Bryan Andrews)
Axis Battle Commander (Tom Guillou) his asst. (Dakota Young and/or a German officer)
Eastern Front Forces Command (Rob "Dima" Leinweber)
Camp Placement (Tom Guillou) his asst. (Jon Andrews)
S&A (GI - Dima & Corey and German - Dakota Young)
Artillery Officer (Dima) his asst(s). (Jim Blanton and Ray Ryerson)
Cavalry/Armored (Jim Blanton) his asst. (Howard Lanam)
Mess Hall (Ray Ryerson) his Asst. (Pam Andrews & Jenna)
Civilians (Pam & Andy Rowden and Karen Leinweber)
Military Police (Dennis)
REENACTORS - PLEASE OBSERVE PROPER PROTOCOL IN YOUR DECISION MAKING.
There will be a Squad Leader/NCO briefing following S&A and prior to the battles, so everyone is on the same page. You must attend.
SAFETY STARTS WITH RESPONSIBILITY.

Don't miss our upcoming event, Spring "WWII Remembrance at IMM", May 6th/7th from 9-5 eastern time. Schedule posted belo...
04/19/2023

Don't miss our upcoming event, Spring "WWII Remembrance at IMM", May 6th/7th from 9-5 eastern time. Schedule posted below.

Two weeks ago, southern Indiana and especially Sullivan County to the north of Vincennes was host to a multitude of stor...
04/16/2023

Two weeks ago, southern Indiana and especially Sullivan County to the north of Vincennes was host to a multitude of storms and high tornadic winds in a path leading from Robinson, Illinois. The result of that night was devastating and led to several deaths and injuries, as well as extensive property damage. At the heart of that damage was the Sullivan County VFW Post #2459 , where the long standing Huey Iroquois helicopter sat atop their roof for many years. It is now gone, being ripped from its posts and relocated several hundred yards away and deposited in a field alongside various other debris. The mangled remains of that well known Huey now quietly sit at the back of the Indiana Military Museum Inc awaiting its next call to duty as spare parts for our existing Huey or possibly a display piece of a downed helicopter in an exhibit for the Vietnam era. Broken in to three pieces and roughly rolled and tumbled, we'll just have to wait and see how it fits in, but at least it is another piece of history saved from the scrap yard and never to be seen again. God Bless all of the folks in Sullivan County during this time of rebuilding your lives.

Many thanks to Mick Hetman Photography, friend, fellow reenactor and official IMM reenactment photographer, for providin...
04/03/2023

Many thanks to Mick Hetman Photography, friend, fellow reenactor and official IMM reenactment photographer, for providing us this group photo and many more shots posted of our recent event at our Great War WWI Event at the Indiana Military Museum FB page.

The William Fitzroy Collection of WWI British Signalling devices is presently on display at the Indiana Military Museum ...
04/02/2023

The William Fitzroy Collection of WWI British Signalling devices is presently on display at the Indiana Military Museum this weekend during their annual Great War Event. The collection contains very rare examples of the Mance heliograph and various signal lamps from the Boer War period up through WWI.

03/02/2023

Museum hours are now open daily 10am - 4pm.

After a long and gruesome journey, the Flak 88 has finally neared the end of its repair and restoration period and is no...
02/17/2023

After a long and gruesome journey, the Flak 88 has finally neared the end of its repair and restoration period and is now ready for a good coat of paint.

Tearing into the friction clutch assembly on the old Heavy Aviation Service Truck. It's so much more fun when there are ...
01/25/2023

Tearing into the friction clutch assembly on the old Heavy Aviation Service Truck. It's so much more fun when there are no directions. Too far to turn back now.

Thru January and February, IMM is closed Mondays and winter hours are 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday thru Sunday.
01/15/2023

Thru January and February, IMM is closed Mondays and winter hours are 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday thru Sunday.

The Indiana Military Museum will be featured on tomorrow night's episode of American Pickers. To view, tune in to the Hi...
01/10/2023

The Indiana Military Museum will be featured on tomorrow night's episode of American Pickers. To view, tune in to the History Channel at 8 pm EST.

01/06/2023
Reenactor registration for the Great War Event at IMM April 1st/2nd, 2023 is coming soon.
01/04/2023

Reenactor registration for the Great War Event at IMM April 1st/2nd, 2023 is coming soon.

Finally, after 3 years of waiting for its spot in the restoratation shop, the 1915 Budd/GMC, WWI, AEF Aviation Services ...
01/02/2023

Finally, after 3 years of waiting for its spot in the restoratation shop, the 1915 Budd/GMC, WWI, AEF Aviation Services (AS) truck has made it inside to start the process of being reassembled. For the most part, the truck is primed, the pieces and parts are being restored and it will be ready for a new wood bed and canvas to be installed by spring. The motor is still being evaluated as to whether the truck will ever run or just be a static display for now, but it's beginning to look sharp.
Another very rare piece of military history that we feel can only be seen in this country at the Indiana Military Museum.
Volunteer Keith Kline from Berryville, Illinois is shown in the pictures welding on the placement of a new floorboard section. Watch for more pics as work progresses.

The Indiana Military Museum will be open regular business hours, 10 am to 4 pm, ET, this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, thru ...
12/29/2022

The Indiana Military Museum will be open regular business hours, 10 am to 4 pm, ET, this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, thru the New Years holiday.

On Monday Jan 2nd, the museum will be closed and change to winter hours, 11 am to 4 pm, ET, daily thru March 1st. Closed Mondays.

IMM follows the Vincennes Community School Corporation's schedule of closings due to severe winter weather.

Call or follow us here to be sure whether we are open or not.

12/26/2022

The museum is open normal hours today from 10 to 4 pm ET.

We have the finest selection of Texas Toy, Sluban, military, block toys for all your last minute Christmas needs. Open u...
12/24/2022

We have the finest selection of Texas Toy, Sluban, military, block toys for all your last minute Christmas needs. Open until 4 pm.

Problem solved, the Indiana Military Museum is open and will resume normal hours today, 10 to 4 pm. Come see us.
12/24/2022

Problem solved, the Indiana Military Museum is open and will resume normal hours today, 10 to 4 pm. Come see us.

Due to adverse conditions, the museum is closed today.
12/23/2022

Due to adverse conditions, the museum is closed today.

Next Saturday, December 17, the Indiana Military Museum will welcome members from the 353. Infantarie Division, 1st. Squ...
12/11/2022

Next Saturday, December 17, the Indiana Military Museum will welcome members from the 353. Infantarie Division, 1st. Squad, German reenacting unit who will be camped out and set up in the IMM German bunker for the weekend, drilling, displaying their gear, and teaching living history to museum visitors from 10 - 4 pm ET. Please come check them out and ask questions, interact with the reenactors, and find out about joining their group, if interested.

IMM regrets to announce the passing of yet another fine, longtime, volunteer and supporter of the museum. Sgt. Richard C...
12/07/2022

IMM regrets to announce the passing of yet another fine, longtime, volunteer and supporter of the museum. Sgt. Richard Carrie, aka Sarg. Click on attached obituary.

WWII Navy Veteran Seaman First Class Howard Beagles, 94, of Springfield, IL, visited the museum Saturday, for the first ...
12/05/2022

WWII Navy Veteran Seaman First Class Howard Beagles, 94, of Springfield, IL, visited the museum Saturday, for the first time with his family, and is reported to have had a "genuinely, special time". Claiming to personally know Santa, he never passes up a candy cane at Christmas time. Here, he is seen autographing IMM's copy of Tom Brokaw's book, "The Greatest Generation", alongside hundreds of other WWII veterans that have visited the museum and signed over the last 10 years.

Don't forget to shop the Indiana Military Museum gift shop for all your Christmas needs. As well as apparel and books, w...
12/02/2022

Don't forget to shop the Indiana Military Museum gift shop for all your Christmas needs. As well as apparel and books, we now carry a full line of miltary themed, "Sluban" and "Flight Force", model building brick sets. From army tanks to airplanes and submarines, they're a real hit with the kids. Come check them out! Open 10-4 ET everyday until Christmas!

Just a reminder that on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 to 4:00 Eastern time, there will be pictures with Santa at the Ind...
12/02/2022

Just a reminder that on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 to 4:00 Eastern time, there will be pictures with Santa at the Indiana Military Museum Inc, 715 S 6th St. Vincennes, IN for $5.00 each.

Santa will be at the Indiana Military Museum for "Pictures with Santa" on Saturday, December 3, 2022 between 2 and 4 pm....
11/15/2022

Santa will be at the Indiana Military Museum for "Pictures with Santa" on Saturday, December 3, 2022 between 2 and 4 pm. The cost is $5.00 per picture. Please come spend the afternoon, visit the museum and don't forget the IMM gift shop for a good selection of military Christmas items. (hats, t-shirts, toys, books, models, memberships, commemorative bricks) and much, much more.

IMM has lost another great friend and veteran. Our guest of honor during our "Salute to WWII Veterans" Labor Day Event, ...
11/12/2022

IMM has lost another great friend and veteran. Our guest of honor during our "Salute to WWII Veterans" Labor Day Event, Ned B. Kent, 105, of Washington, Indiana, formerly of Sandborn, Indiana, went to heaven peacefully, with loved ones at his side, on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington. He was born Feb. 23, 1917, in Taylor Township, Greene County, Indiana, to Clyde and Barbara 'Ellen' (Benham) Kent. Ned married the love of his life, Julia Adelyne (McKee) Kent, on Dec. 19, 1948, and they enjoyed 71 years together.
Ned was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France during World War II. He was a member of the Sandborn Baptist Church, a recipient of the Sagamores of the Wabash, Lyons American Legion Post 479, VFW, DAV. Ned loved gardening and flowers, using his passion to own and operate Ned B. Kent Florist for 27 years.

11/11/2022

Admission to IMM is free to all veterans today until 4 pm.

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715 South 6th Street
Vincennes, IN
47591

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Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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(812) 882-1941

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The Indiana Military Museum (IMM) exists to serve the citizens of the community, the state, and the nation with educational programming, archives, displays, and opportunities for intense research related to America’s military history from the American Revolution to the present day. The museum is dedicated to fostering the memory, understanding, and appreciation of U.S. military history. This is accomplished by maintaining, preserving, displaying, and using artifacts which represent the strength and freedom of our American heritage.


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Here are some of my pictures from this fantastic event. Enjoy!
"Japanese Prayer Flag"
Owner: Jeremy Wayne Bowles
2022 WW2 Event at Indiana Military Museum Inc
WW2 Reenactment photograph by Mick Hetman Photography
www.hetmandesign.com
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"Brevity Before Battle"
WW2 Reenactor: Jayden Pettyjohn, Long Range Desert Group (North Africa)
2022 WW2 Event at Indiana Military Museum Inc
WW2 Reenactment photograph by Mick Hetman Photography
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"Angels of the Battlefield"
WW2 Reenactors: Cooper Scharbrough (left) and Penny Meier (right)
2022 WW2 Event at Indiana Military Museum Inc
WW2 Reenactment photograph by Mick Hetman Photography
www.hetmandesign.com
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Paratroopers of the 82nd airborne division 505th G Co prepare for the invasion of Normandy

More photos to come

Corey Vaughn
Trent Henning
Eddie Bivens Jr
Blake Thomas

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"His Life is on the Line"
Parachuting over Normandy on the Night of June 5th, 1944
Operation Neptune, Mission Boston
Target: Ste. Mere Eglise
WW2 Reenactors: Trent Henning of G Company (left) and Jumpmaster Corey Vaughn of 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
2022 WW2 Event at Indiana Military Museum Inc
WW2 Reenactment photograph by Mick Hetman Photography
www.hetmandesign.com
Copyright Mick Hetman, all rights reserved
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"Static Line Connected...to Destiny"
Parachuting over Normandy on the Night of June 5th, 1944
Operation Neptune, Mission Boston
Target: Ste. Mere Eglise
WW2 Reenactor: Alex Mahurin of G Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
2022 WW2 Event at Indiana Military Museum Inc
Thanks Alex for the lighting assistance for these night images
WW2 Reenactment photograph by Mick Hetman Photography
www.hetmandesign.com
Copyright Mick Hetman, all rights reserved
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"Under the Union Jack"
WW2 Reenactor: Elijah Delany, Long Range Desert Group (North Africa)
WW2 Event at the Indiana Military Museum Inc 2022
WW2 Reenactor Portrait by Mick Hetman Photography
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"We knew that the success was going to hinge on us." Jim "P*e Wee" Martin, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day
Parachuting over Normandy on the Night of June 5th, 1944
Operation Neptune, Mission Boston
Target: Ste. Mere Eglise
WW2 Reenactor: Alex Mahurin of G Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
2022 WW2 Event at Indiana Military Museum Inc
Thanks Alex for the lighting assistance for these night images
WW2 Reenactment photograph by Mick Hetman Photography
www.hetmandesign.com
Copyright Mick Hetman, all rights reserved
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"The Moment Has Arrived"
Parachuting over Normandy on the Night of June 5th, 1944
Operation Neptune, Mission Boston
Target: Ste. Mere Eglise
WW2 Reenactor: Trent Henning of G Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
2022 WW2 Event at Indiana Military Museum Inc
WW2 Reenactment photograph by Mick Hetman Photography
www.hetmandesign.com
Copyright Mick Hetman, all rights reserved
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"She Melts the General's Heart"
WW2 Reenactor: Robert Leinweber with his granddaughter Lorelei
WW2 Event at the Indiana Military Museum Inc 2022
WW2 Reenactor Portrait by Mick Hetman Photography
www.hetmandesign.com
Copyright Mick Hetman, all rights reserved