At the WHVM we have a display honoring James Gilbert, the only soldier from West Haven declared MIA during WWII
West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center Directions: I-95S/I-95N: Exit 42; Turn right onto Sawmill Rd/Ct-162; Turn right onto Hood Terrace.
A 501(c)3 Eduactional,Not-for-profit Organization. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. The MISSION of the Museum is to honor the men and women who served our State and Country during times of conflict and natural disasters and to collect and preserve artifacts that can help explain to future generations how our fighting men and women lived and survived while serving our Nation. Much of what
you'll see has been donated by Veterans or their Families. Some of these donations were extensive personal collections. Group Tours are welcome. Please contact us and a guided tour will be arranged. Tours can last from 2-3 hours depending on interest.
Operating as usual
At the WHVM we have a display honoring James Gilbert, the only soldier from West Haven declared MIA during WWII
Another new display at the museum - a soldier representing the 29th CT Regiment, an all-black volunteer infantry regiment that organized in New Haven in 1863. There were over 1,000 soldiers in the regiment at one point. There is a monument to the 29th Regiment at the corner of James and Chapel Streets at Criscuolo Park in New Haven.
New to the museum: a WWI 101st Engineers mannequin which has a period issue backpack made in 1918. We are looking for a WWI Springfield 03 bayonet scabbard to hang off the side of the backpack. He also has a WWI era engineers compass hanging next to the medal on his pocket 🇺🇸
September 25, 2022 is Gold Star Mother’s Day. Started during WWI, the award commemorates the tragic death of a family member in the military who perished in the line of duty. The WHVM has a display honoring Matthew Nastri, who lived in West Haven. Matthew served in the U.S. Army 1943-1945. He was killed in action in Germany, having been hit by machine gun fire in May 1945. Matthew was buried in Holland and later his body was brought back to the United States to be interred in St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal.
Join museum member Irving Moy on Sept 14 for this interesting online presentation on the life of Civil War soldier Joseph Pierce:
“An American Journey: The Life and Times of Joseph Pierce,” presentation by IRVING MOY
A common misconception of the Civil War is that it was fought exclusively by white Anglo-Saxons. But many ethnic groups took part in this great struggle. Few people are aware that the Chinese were among them and the highest-ranking was Corporal Joseph Pierce, a member of Co. F, 14th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022
6:00 pm ET: Social Period
6:30 pm ET: Business Agenda
6:45 pm ET: Presentation
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)Meeting ID: 828 9304 8523Passcode: 24641769
A brand new display at the museum honoring the memory of Frank Carrano who was the founder of the 102nd Infantry Regiment Museum, which later became the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center 🇺🇸
On this date in 1945, Japanese forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Allies 🇺🇸 This is the wing of a downed Japanese zero plane that was used to track the success of the 211th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion with many soldiers from the Branford area.
Everyday is Veterans Day at the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center - come check us out!
We have been building new display areas and in the process of rearranging several exhibits. Come check us out!! 🇺🇸
The West Haven Veterans Museum will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on Saturday, 8/20/22. Come check us out soon!!
August 7th is The anniversary of the establishment of the Purple Heart. It was created by George Washington in 1782 to be awarded for meritorious service. At the beginning of WWII, General MacArthur authorized the presentation of the Purple Heart be made to all soldiers wounded or killed in action.
We are having a life-size replica of Sgt. Stubby created which should be ready this fall. Stay tuned!!
We have created a new display of painted helmets of the 26th Division from WWI 🇺🇸
Shelton is working to consolidate its veterans memorials downtown
The monument’s move is among a host of plans the city’s Veterans Memorial Committee...
Things are going to be heating up over the next week 🥵 Visit the West Haven Veterans Museum in air conditioned comfort! 🇺🇸
The Thresher, the first of a class of U.S. nuclear-powered attack submarines, was launched on this date in 1960. The Thresher sank in 1963 in the nation's worst submarine accident.
Connecticut Summer at the Museum program has started for many museums throughout Connecticut to allow children under the age of 18 to visit local museums for free. The West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center is free EVERYDAY to children and adults alike! Happy 4th of July weekend!
June 29, 2022, Herschel "Woody" Williams, USMC, passed away. He was the last living recipient of the Medal of Honor from WWII. Woody was a Chief Warrant Officer and was part of the 1st Battalion 21st Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division. He served 1943-45, 1948-49 and 1954-69. Woody was in the Battle of Guam and Iwo Jima. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he was also awarded a Purple Heart. Rest in peace, Woody.
June 25, 1950, the Korean War began. Come explore our full-sized Korean bunker, as well as other interesting displays of military history.
The symbol of this great nation - long may she wave! 🇺🇸
Remembrance ceremony for departed members
The West Haven Veterans Museum was present at the flag raising at Fort Nathan Hale and Black Rock Fort today on Armed Forces Day 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
More progress in honoring West Haven's veterans
The 14th phase of the brick Veterans Walk of Honor will be dedicated in the seaside ceremony. All veterans are invited to participate.
The Women's Army Corps was the women's branch of the United States Army. It was created as an auxiliary unit, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps on May 15, 1942. Dorothea Ganter of Forest Road, West Haven, was a member who was sent to Texas to help with the work of opening the new administrative school of the WAACS.
May 8 is recognized as Victory in Europe Day, abbreviated to V-E Day in the U.S., to celebrate the formal acceptance by the Allies of WWII of Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.
We have recently acquired a painted helmet of the 101st Field Signal Battalion of the 26th Division of WWI (on the left). This is the 12th addition to our collection of painted helmets from this era. We hope to acquire every painted helmet from the 26th Division - 8 more to go!
We have a new display featuring James F. Potter who was born in South Meriden. He enlisted in July 1917 and served in the 2nd Division-9th Infantry, Company H. James participated in the battles of Bella Woods, Chateau Thierry and Soissons, where he was wounded on July 19, 1918, causing the loss of his leg.￼￼￼
The museum will be closed on Saturday, April 16, for the holiday weekend
Today, as we celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day, be sure to listen to the very moving speech by Mark Matthiessen who created a Vietnam patch blanket. His creation was dedicated at the WHVM on Saturday, 3/26/22, with many of Mark’s family, friends and co-workers from the WH VA Medical Center in attendance, as well as many veterans. General Gerald Lukowski, from the Adjutant General’s office, participated, as well as Mayor Rossi, State Representative Dorinda Borer and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. We encourage everyone to come see this fantastic exhibit!
Speech by Mark Matthiessen at the unveiling of his Vietnam Patch Blanket at the West Haven Veterans Museum, March 26, 2022.
On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we pause to honor those who served and sacrificed
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, communities around the U.S. will pay tribute to Vietnam veterans and their families on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Full house as we dedicate a patch blanket honoring our Vietnam veterans
Please join us! On Saturday, March 26th, we will be debuting a new exhibit - a Vietnam Patch Blanket created by Mark Matthiessen. We will be having a dedication starting at 12:00 noon followed by a light reception. Please RSVP if you will be attending by email at [email protected] or leave a message at 203-934-1111. Hope to see you there!
During the month of March, Women's History Month, we will be highlighting the contributions of heroic women in the service. There were 25,000 women who applied to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) program. Only 1,800 were accepted into the program and just over 1,000 graduated in 1944. They were all civilian volunteers, and flew almost every type of military aircraft - including the B-26 and B-29 bombers. They ferried new planes long distances from factories to military bases all across the country. In total, the WASP flew over 60 million miles and 38 of them made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives for their country. The WASP expected to become part of the military during their service, but the program was canceled after just two years. They weren't granted military status until the 1970's.
Found on Google from www.npr.org
We have a new display of a WWI Marine tunic and helmet. During WWI the Marines were attached to the Second Division. They fought in France alongside the Army. This tunic has a nice Second Division patch, discharge stripe, overseas stripes and a wound stripe. Come check it out as well as our other fine displays!
Happy Presidents Day! 🇺🇸
The West Haven Veterans Museum is now open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM until 2PM. Come visit us or call to set up a private tour (203-934-1111).🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
We're reopening on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10am. We're looking forward to seeing you and sharing the stories of our veterans!
Although we are closed to the public this month, due to the pandemic, the staff have not been completely idle. Several members have been revising and adding to our Vietnam display. Come check it out when we re open on February 5th! 🇺🇸
Thank a veteran for their service - they can never hear it enough 🇺🇸
We are saddened to hear about the passing of Pfc. Lawrence Brooks, today. At 112 years old, he was our oldest surviving WWII Veteran in the country.
We are grateful for his service.🇺🇸 https://bit.ly/3JN2jl1
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The West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center is grateful for the generous financial support provided by Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Many thanks to our distinguished guests who spoke at our Vietnam Event on November 10, 2019: Rosa DeLauro, Dorinda Borer, Charlie Ferraro, CSM Daniel Morgan, Colonel Gertz, Barry Josephs, and the 2nd Company Governor's Footguard Color Guard. It was a very well attended event where 48 Vietnam Era Veterans were recognized for their service.
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