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U. S. MARINE CORPS MUSEUM

 
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The new and spectacular museum of the Marine Corps is more than a museum. It is a memorial also. It is located right on US Route 1 at intersection with state road 619 in Triangle VA. which is directly adjacent to the Marine base at Quantico. This view close to the entrance shows only a part of the towering superstructure which is meant to represent the iconic photograph and statue depicting the Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima. The contents of this museum are so vast and varied that it was not possible to make more than a few representative photos. The central open area is called "Leatherneck Gallery and opens into the various display areas around the outer ring plus a large museum store. Clockwise from the left in the outer circle are galleries focused on "Global War on Terrorism", "Combat Art", "Korean War", and "Vietnam War". Inside this is a semicircular "Legacy Walk" the walls of which are full of photos and historical artifacts. Inside this walkway are galleries for "Making Marines" and "World War II" A second deck contains dining facilities and temporary exhibits plus an observation area overlooking the central area. There are audio-visual productions on TV's and documentary movies running in many galleries. The display galleries are lighted for enhanced dramatic effect which in some cases make routine photography very difficult.

 
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Sign on Route 1 at entrance to the Marine Corps Museum

 
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Display that is part of the memorial area outside the museum. This area is titled - "Semper Fidelis Memorial Park" and contains numerous commemorative bricks with names of individuals lining the walkways. There are also numerous carved words such as "Judgment" "Dependability", "Courage", and "Loyalty" inscribed in the walkway.

 
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View of the new Marine Corps Museum from sufficient distance to see the soaring superstructure representing the raising of American flag at Iwo Jima. The museum is visible for miles around.

 
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Copy of the famous Statue at the Marine Corps Memorial depicting the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima - this one on Route I near Quantico and outside the Marine Corps museum

 
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Close up photo of the Marine statue of flag raising

 
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Sign at entrance to the Marine Corps Museum on Route 1 at Quantico VA

 
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Entrance to the Marine Corps Museum

 
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Entrance to the Marine Corps Museum

 
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Entrance to the Marine Corps Museum

 
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The soaring superstructure and spire emulataing the Marine's favorite icon really stands out in this view from the side.

 
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Statue of "Iron Mike" in uniform of World War I. The statue is dedicated to the Marine 5th and 6th Regiments and 6th Machine Gun Bn.

 
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Statue of General John Lejune, Marine division commander during World War I and then Commandant of the Marine Corps. It is in the memorial garden section outside the museum.

 
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View of the left side of the "Leatherneck Gallery" on entering the museum.

 
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View of the right side of the "Leatherneck Gallery" on entering the museum

 
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View of part of the entrance area from the observation deck.

 
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View of the interior of the soaring roof line over the Marine museum

 
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The Vought F4U Corsair "Whistling Death" that was introduced into Marine aviation for combat in the Pacific in 1943. It enabled the Marine aviators to outclass the Japanese Zero and was given the nickname from the sound it made during low level strafing runs.

 
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The Vought F4U Corsair "Whistling Death" that was introduced into Marine aviation for combat in the Pacific in 1943. It enabled the Marine aviators to outclass the Japanese Zero and was given the nickname from the sound it made during low level strafing runs.

 
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F-4U Corsair

 
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F-4U Corsair

 
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F-4U Corsair

 
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Sign on wall describing the "Whistling Death" - that is the F4U Corsair hanging above from the museum roof.

 
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F4U Corsair

 
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Sign on wall describing the RQ-2B Pioneer - Marine drone aircraft

 
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The RQ-2B Pioneer - Marine drone aircraft

 
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Marines leap from a Sikorski HRS-1 in a 1950's ''assault from the sky' during the Korean War. The 1st Marine Bde employed new tactics in their use.

 
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Close up details of the 'assault from the sky'

 
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The Marine's "Assault from the sky" viewed from above.

 
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Marines assaulting "Across the Reef" at Tarawa using an Alligator. 84 of these new vehicles carried 1500 Marines into this bloody battle.

 
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Another view of the "Accross the Reef" display. A Curtis Jenny of World War I hangs from the rafters in the background.

 
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A close- up view of part of the "Accross the Reef' scene.

 
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A close- up view of part of the "Accross the Reef' scene.

 
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A close- up view of part of the "Accross the Reef' scene.

 
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The Curtis Jenny, that provided close air support for Marines during World War I in Europe

 
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The Curtis Jenny, that provided close air support for Marines during World War I in Europe

 
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The Curtis Jenny, that provided close air support for Marines during World War I in Europe

 
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The Curtis Jenny, that provided close air support for Marines during World War I in Europe

 
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The Curtis Jenny, that provided close air support for Marines during World War I in Europe

 
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Careful, that guy with the Lewis gun is aiming right at you.

 
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The Marines love the McDonnell Douglas AV-8 - the Harrier "Bird of Prey" a VSTOL aircraft that enables them to have close ground support from support ships.

 
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The McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier

 
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The McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier

 
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The McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier

 
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The McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier

 
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A proud Marine holding the Corps flag.

 
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Marines fighting from sailing ship during Revolutionary War.

 
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On entering the theme galleries the visitor is confronted by Marines manning a 'top' of a Revolutionary War sailing ship, the first mission of the new U. S. Marine Corps.

 
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Diorama of Marines in action high up on ship's mast

 
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Entrance room to Revolutionary War exhibits - laid out for children's interaction.

 
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Painting of naval battle depicting Marines action during battle.

 
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Display of hammocks in exhibit "Marine Life aboard ship'

 
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Display of model warship and in background life size set of hammocks aboard ships.

 
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Display of flintlocks used by Marines at time of Revolutionary War

 
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Sign on wall describing Marine 'Weaponry and Tactics" during Revolutionary War and subsequently

 
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A (copy?) of a plaque memorial of the Marines at Derna in North Africa in 1805 during William Eaton's famous marck across the desert

 
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Sign on wall with text and painting describing Marines in action during the War of 1812

 
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Painting depicting Marines in winter

 
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Painting of the battle between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere Aug 1812 - of course during the war Marines were deployed in numbers aboard American warships

 
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Display of Marine swords -

 
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Display of paintings depicting the Marines at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

 
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Diorama depicting Marines in the War of 1812

 
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Sign on wall describing Marines in "Global Expeditions" in first half of 19th century

 
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Display of flintlock pistol and blunderbus used by Marines

 
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Display of swords used by Marines in 19th century

 
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Sign on wall describing the Archibald Henderson era as Commandant of the Marine Corps

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marines' participation in the Seminole War

 
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Portrait of Osceola - a leader of the Seminole Indians in Florida

 
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Painting depicting Marines in action in 1836 in Seminole War.

 
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Diorama depicting Marines storming citadel in Mexico City in Mexican War.

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine Corps participation in the Mexican War.

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine Corps in "California expeditions" 1846-47

 
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Next in view is this wall depicting the Marines deployed in China in defense of Peking during Boxer Rebellion.

 
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Sign on wall describing Marine action during the Boxer Rebellion in China

 
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Sign on wall describing Marine Corps participation in "Global Expeditions"

 
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Display of rifle and several 45 cal. pistols used by Marines after Spanish American War

 
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Display on wall with text and photos about 1st Lt Smedley Butler- later Major General

 
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Display of weapons from the Philippean campaign

 
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The museum of full of display cases containing artifacts from the long Marine Corps history. This one has edged weapons from the early 19th century carried by Marines from the "Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli"

 
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Display of photos on wall related to Marine Corps in 'A Global Expeditionary Force 1866-1916'

 
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Map on wall showing Marine Corps action in assault on Salee river forts in Korea 1871

 
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Sign on wall reporting Marine Captain Tilton's remark about the Marines having outdated weapons, but the Koreans had worse.

 
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Painting of Marine uniform

 
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Painting of Marines in uniforms

 
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Cover of Marine Corps monthly bulletin from the 1914-1920 era

 
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The Dahlgren boat howitzer, the experimental rifled howitzer, and the Hotchkiss revolving multi-barrel cannon 37mm

 
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Sign on wall describing the Dahlgren boat howitzer for use in amphibious landings manufactured at the Washington Navy Yard from 1861 to 1865

 
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Dahlgren boat howitzer for use in amphibious landings manufactured at the Washington Navy Yard from 1861 to 1865

 
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Sign describing a Marine Experimental rifled 3 inch landing gun from 1874

 
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Marine Experimental rifled 3 inch landing gun from 1874

 
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Marine Experimental rifled 3 inch landing gun from 1874

 
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Sign on wall describing the Hotchkiss revolving multi-barrel cannon 37mm designed for naval use but also mounted on wheels for ground use.

 
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Sign on wall describing the Hotchkiss revolving cannon - caliber 37mm

 
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Marine Hotchkiss revolving cannon - caliber 37mm multibarrel cannon

 
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Marine Hotchkiss revolving cannon - caliber 37mm multibarrel cannon

 
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Marine Hotchkiss revolving cannon - caliber 37mm multibarrel cannon

 
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Marine Hotchkiss revolving cannon - caliber 37mm multibarrel cannon

 
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Sign on wall describing Marine Corps actions in the Spanish American War

 
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Display of Marine service uniforms at time of Spanish American War

 
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Diorama depicting a Marine signal party with machine gun on a ridge in Cuba during Spanish American war

 
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Sign on wall describing the Colt M1895 Machine Gun - designed by John Browning

 
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Colt M1895 Machine Gun - designed by John Browning

 
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Colt M1895 Machine Gun - designed by John Browning

 
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Sign on wall discussing the transformation of the Marine Corps from 19th century light infantry supporting naval landings to the combined arms force for 20th century war

 
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Display of Marine Corps rifles around 1900 - 1915

 
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Sign on wall describing the King Armored Car bought by Marine Corps in 1916

 
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King Armored Car bought by Marine Corps in 1916

 
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King Armored Car bought by Marine Corps in 1916

 
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King Armored Car bought by Marine Corps in 1916

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine operation In Haiti in 1914-15

 
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Sign on wall describing the Thomas-Morse S-4B and its use by Marines

 
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Thomas-Morse S-4B

 
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Sign describing the Curtiss A-2 the Marines used in 1913

 
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Sign on wall describing the Curtiss A-2 flown by Marine Lt Bernard Smith in 1912 -1914.

 
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Marine Curtiss A-2 aircraft

 
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Marine Curtiss A-2 aircraft

 
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Curtis A-2 Marine aircraft

 
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The museum includes small sections briefly covering the history of the Marine Corps prior to its major contribution to World War I in Europe.

 
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Some of the wall displays in the major section "Global War on Terrorism"

 
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Another of the wall displays in the major section "Global War on Terrorism"

 
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The Marines are far from ocean beaches while combatting terrorists in rugged Afghanistan.

 
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Another wall display

 
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Another wall display

 
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Photo of the Marrine barracks after being truck bombed by terrorists.

 
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Wall display - part of large section on the fighting in Iraq.

 
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Wall display - part of large section on the fighting in Iraq.

 
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Wall display - part of large section on the fighting in Iraq.

 
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The museum has 8000 works of fine art and displays a portion of the best in a large "Combat Art Gallery".

 
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Painting depicting a Marine sniper in action. "Preventive medicine - Somalia" by Col. Peter Gish

 
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"Liberty rising from America after the September 11, 2001 atacks. "Liberty Rising" by noted Washington DC area artist, Col. Donna Neary, USMCR (Ret.) - Reproduced with permission of the artist. The remains of the World Trade Center can be clearly seen behind her, and she is 'rising' out of the tangled remains - in which the outline of the USA can be seen.

 
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The painting depicts U. S. Marines in action during naval battle of the Wasp versus HMS Reindeer - by Staff Sgt. John Clymer

 
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Painting of U. S. Marines in action in China - "Defense of Peking 1900" by Staff Sgt. John Clymer

 
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Painting of Marines in action - "Fort Riviere, Haiti 1915" by Col Donna Neary

 
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Painting of Marines in action - "Last night of the war" by Frederick Yohn

 
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Painting of Marines in action - "Tarawa, 20 Nov. 1943" by Colonel Charles Waterhouse

 
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Painting of Marines in action "Tarawa, 20 Nov. 1943" by Colonel Charles Waterhouse

 
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Alpha raider" - by Cpl Annette Spurgeon

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine Corps participation in "Pacific Expeditions" in 19th century

 
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Sign on wall describing the action in which Admiral Perry 'opened' Japan - 5 officers and 200 men of the Marine Corps were there.

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine Corps in the Civil War

 
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Sign on wall describing John Brown and the Marines capturing him at Harpers Ferry.

 
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Display of photos about John Brown and the arsenal at Harpers Ferry

 
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Diorama showing Marines capturing John Brown at the arsenal in Harper's Ferry VA.

 
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Diorama depicting Marine Cpl John Mackie firing through a gunport on the Galena in Civil War

 
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Diorama depicting Marine Cpl John Mackie firing through a gunport on the Galena in Civil War

 
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Photos of the Galena and Marine Cpl John Mackie in action on the James River

 
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Illustration of the Galena - Union warship on the James River on which Marines served

 
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Drawing of the interior of the Galena, Union armored warship used on the James river - in which Marines served.

 
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Sign on wall describing the first Marine Medal of Honor

 
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Sign on wall describing the weapons Marines used during the Civil War

 
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Photo showing Marines in uniform at Washington Navy Yard in 1864

 
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Display of percussion rifles

 
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Sign on the wall describing the Marine action at First Manassas

 
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Yes, the Marines were at First Manassas - this painting proves it.

 
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Sign on wall describing Marine Corps actions in landings but during the Civil War Marines were mostly committed to detachments on war ships.

 
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Painting depicting Marines landing with sailors for assault on Fort Fischer, NC. during Civil War

 
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Painting depicting Marine attack on Fort Fischer in the Civil War.

 
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Sign on wall describing some Marine Corps interventions in Central America. Cuba and Haiti.

 
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Painting of Marine recruiting poster circa World War I

 
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Display of miscelaneous items from Marine actions before World War I - lower right is a heliograph mirror signaling set.

 
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A section of the time line display in the main hallway

 
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Sign for the Belleau Wood section of the Marine Museum

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine action at Belleau Wood

 
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Walk through the Belleau Wood section

 
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An interesting exhibit - this is viewed through a glass screen - the little white figures are Marines and they move from the woods at left across the open space to attack the Germans in the wood line on the right - many of the figures fall before reaching their objective.

 
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Clip from the movie of Marines assaulting German position

 
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Clip from the movie of Marines assaulting German position

 
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Clip from the movie of Marines assaulting German position

 
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Clip from the movie of Marines assaulting German position

 
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Clip from the movie of Marines assaulting German position

 
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Part of diorama in front of the screen that shows a movie of Marines assaulting this German position

 
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A clip from movie showing the Marine action at Bealau Wood

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine Model T truck (Ford) used at Bouresches

 
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Marine Ford Model T truck during World War I

 
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Marines Ford Model T truck

 
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Marines unloading supplies and loading wounded in Ford Model T truck

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine combat correspondents

 
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A Marine Correspondent preparing a news release

 
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Sign describing the French 1897 75mm field gun used by Marines in World War I

 
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French 1897 75mm field gun used by Marines in World War I

 
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French 1897 75mm field gun used by Marines in World War I

 
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French 1897 75mm field gun used by Marines in World War I

 
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Sign on wall describing the De Havilland DH-4 used by the Marines in France in World War I

 
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DeHavilland DH-4 used by Marines for close air support during World War I

 
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DeHavilland DH-4 used by Marines for close air support during World War I

 
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This Marine is waiting for a mail aircraft above to catch a mail bag that is hanging from a rope between the one this fellow is holding and another across the hall - the aircraft is hanging from the ceiling.

 
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a mail delivery and pickup aircraft in 1930's - above the Marine on ground ready to drop weight in rope to catch the rope held up on ground

 
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Sign on wall describing Marines at Meuse-Argonne during World War I

 
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Marine preapared for gas warfare

 
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Small arms used during World War I

 
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Sign with photos describing Marine experience at St. Mihiel

 
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Sign on wall describing Marine action at Soissons duringWorld War I

 
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Display of Marine small arms during World War I

 
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Display of Maxim machine gun

 
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Display on wall with photos of Marines in action in World War I

 
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DeHavilland DH-4 used by Marines for close air support during World War I

 
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Sign on wall listing Marine casualties in World War I

 
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Sign on wall describing the Second Series Standard "B" Truck designed by the army for use by all services in World War I

 
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Truck used in WWI

 
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Detail showing the truck engine

 
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Second Series Standard "B" Truck designed by the army for use by all services in World War I

 
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Machine guns used by Marines in World War I

 
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Weapons used by Marines in World War i

 
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Sign on wall describing the 'Birth of the Modern Marines"

 
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Diorama with Marine and German at Bellau Wood in World War I

 
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Dispalay of rifles ueed in Marine competitive marksmanship events in which the Marines always excelled.

 
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Special match target rifles used by Marine Corps in national and international marksman competitions.

 
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Marine using Browning heavy water cooled machine gun for air defense of Wake Island early in the Pacific campaigns of World War II.

 
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Marine defending Wake Island from Japanese air attack. The Japanese captured the island and took remaining Marines prisoner.

 
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Navy corpsman attending to wounded Marine during World War II in Pacific.

 
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Interesting scene depicting ladies at home watching President Roosevelt deliver address to Congress about Pearl Harbor. Of course there was no television show at the time but they would have been listening on radio. The screens on the walls show newsreels of the event and the sound is clearly President's famous speech.

 
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Wall display of photos of Marines during World War II - with an apt quotation.

 
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Display depicting layout of a Marine's kit on bunk in garrison at start of World War II

 
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Wall display of recruiting posters for U. S. Marine Corps in World War II

 
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M3A1 Stuart Light Tank used by Marines during first part of World War II - had crew of 4 with a 37mm main gun and 3 30cal machine guns. Next to it is a 75mm pack howitzer

 
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Close-up of the 75mm pack howitzer M-1923 adopted in 1930's and used by Marines in the Pacific. The M3A1 Stuart light tank is behind it.

 
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The Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat used by Marines in 1941-43.

 
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Display case of World War II small arms

 
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Display case of World War II small arms

 
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Japanese machine guns - top - type 11 light machine gun 1922 - bottom - type 92 Heavy machine gun of 1932 - both standard use during World War II.

 
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The famous Thompson sub machine gun - "Tommy gun" of World War II fame.

 
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A flame thrower carried on a Marine's back - a great weapon for attacking Japanese caves and entrenchments. Unfortunately no longer used.

 
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Marines firing a 37mm Anti-tank gun on Guadalcanal

 
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Marines firing a 37mm Anti-tank gun on Guadalcanal

 
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Marines firing a 37mm Anti-tank gun on Guadalcanal

 
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Marines in World War II Jeep - 1/4 ton truck watching something overhead.

 
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Marines using a M-4A-3 Sherman Tank against a Japanese cave on Peleliu. The tank has a 75mm main gun, a 50 cal maching gun and2 30 cal machine guns. The Marine at rear is communicating with the tank commander via internal telephone.

 
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Marines using a M-4A-3 Sherman Tank against a Japanese cave on Peleliu. The tank has a 75mm main gun, a 50 cal maching gun and2 30 cal machine guns. The Marine at rear is communicating with the tank commander via internal telephone.

 
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Marines using a M-4A-3 Sherman Tank against a Japanese cave on Peleliu. Close-up detail of the Marine at rear communicating with the tank commander via internal telephone.

 
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Grumman TBF-TBM Avenger. The Marines had 20 squadroons of this torpedo bomber.

 
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Red Beach at Tarawa - small diorama behind glass.

 
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British DeHavilland OH-4 used by Marines during World War I - hanging above the Legacy Walk.

 
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Marine uniforms in early 19th century

 
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Marines assault from the sky. They are above the Legacy Walk

 
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A small section of the lengthy wall of the Legacy Walk corridor that runs between the outer ring containing the VietNam, Korean War and Global War sections and the inner ring that houses the World War II and the "Making Marines" sections.

 
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A small section of the lengthy wall of the Legacy Walk corridor that runs between the outer ring containing the VietNam, Korean War and Global War sections and the inner ring that houses the World War II and the "Making Marines" sections.

 
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The Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" that the Marines used in VietNam - hanging above the Legacy Walk.

 
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The Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" that the Marines used in VietNam - hanging above the Legacy Walk.

 
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A scene of Marines during World War II - behind glass that created reflections.

 
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Wall display in section devoted to Marine actions during the "cold war".

 
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Sign on wall describing Marine Corps actions 1946-1953- meaning mostly the Korean War.

 
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Marine dressed as well as possible for winter warfare in Korea - actually they lacked proper boots and much else.

 
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The M-1 Garand rifle - from WWII - standard rifle for Marines during the Korean War.

 
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Photo on wall - Russian T-34 tank - This was the finest tank of World War II and still the best tank at the start of the Korean War.

 
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The Russian M-1910 version of Maxim Machine Gun - Hiram Maxim was an American inventor whose machine gun was adopted by armies around the world. It was a standard for the North Koreans. In front of it is a Type53 Chinese light machine gun.

 
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Model of a helicopter

 
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Sikorsky HD3S-1 Dragon fly used by Marines in Korean War

 
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Display case with captured North Korean small arms.

 
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Part of a audio visual scene showing the Marines landing at Inchon during Korean War. One of the most audacious Marine operations. After showing a movie of landing craft approaching the sea wall this shows the first Marine climbing the wall.

 
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Display of photos of Marines fighting in Seoul.

 
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Display of photographs of Marines at Inchon

 
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Marine tank in Seoul

 
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Wall of Seoul with signs.

 
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Marines used the M-26 Pershing medium tank in Korea, here shown in battle for Seoul.

 
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Detail showing Marines and M-26 along with an anti-aircraft maching gun

 
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Detail of the M-26 Pershing tank in Seoul

 
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Detail of the M-26 Pershing tank in Seoul

 
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Marine outpost near Chosin Reservoir. This marvelous display is in a specially sealed area where the temperature is kept very low. The lighting and sound effects provide some realism to the scene as well. But the lighting is so dark that photography was difficult.

 
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Marine outpost near Chosin Reservoir. This marvelous display is in a specially sealed area where the temperature is kept very low. The lighting and sound effects provide some realism to the scene as well.

 
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Another attempt to capture the action during this night scene in a mountain pass near Chosin - the light comes up in flashes depicting the artillery fire.

 
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Another attempt to capture the action during this night scene in a mountain pass near Chosin - the light comes up in flashes depicting the artillery fire.

 
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Another attempt to capture the action during this night scene in a mountain pass near Chosin - the light comes up in flashes depicting the artillery fire.

 
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Another attempt to capture the action during this night scene in a mountain pass near Chosin - the light comes up in flashes depicting the artillery fire.

 
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A Marine LVT-3 is dug in to form part of a firing position - observation post in Korea.

 
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Part of a firing position - observation post in Korea.

 
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View of the landscape in front of the observation post.

 
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Detail of one part of the interior of the observation post. - The note points out that after the Chinese intervention and subsequent return of the allied lines to near the 38th Parallel the war settled down into a stalemate while serious fighting continued.

 
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Marines used the Grumman F9F-2 Panther

 
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Marines used the Grumman F9F-2 Panther

 
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Marine helicopter in Korea.

 
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Part of the display at entrance to the VietNam War section depicting the early arrival of Marines in theater. - the A4E Skyhawk is overhead. (See below)

 
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Wall display with comment about the Marine's close air support provided by their own 1st Marine Aircraft Wing - so true.

 
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The M-14 rifle - initial personal small arms weapon of Marines in VietNam - replaced much against their will by the inferior M-16, as the adjacent description notes.

 
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Tail section of the McDonnell Douglas A-4E SkyHawk above the entrance to the VietNam War section. As with so many of the other aircraft here, it is not possible to get a good photograph of the entire aircraft.

 
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A very clever audiovisual technique. They are showing a movie of Marine action in Viet Nam with a projector focused on the underside of the A-4E SkyHawk. The museum has many excellent audio-visual displays and also at various points there are phones with which the visitor can listen to actual tapes of after action reports from Marines.

 
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The nose of the A-4E Sky Hawk.

 
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Sign descibing the McNonnell Doublas A-4E Skyhawk

 
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Wall poster describing the A-4E - all the items are well described in similar fashion. The museum is a font of historical knowledge for the visitor who takes the time to study the descriptions.

 
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McDonnell Douglas A-4E Sky Hawk

 
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Marine A-4E Sky Hawk - fighter-bomber

 
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Marine Sky Hawk

 
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Sign describing Marine operations on southern I Corps sector

 
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Moving further into the section about the VietNam War the unique capabilities of the Marines are well displayed.

 
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Another of the many displays of typical weapons - in this case of Marines and VietNamese. (See next photo for detail)

 
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The M-134 Minigun mounted in aircraft to provide close -air ground support - It operates on the Gattling gun principle with six rotating barrels but is electrically driven.

 
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Viet Namese machine guns and grenade launcher

 
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VietNamese sub machine guns.

 
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Display showing a Marine with his combat dog passing a VietNamese village house.

 
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Display showing a Marine with his combat dog passing a VietNamese village house.

 
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Display showing a Marine with his combat dog passing a VietNamese village house.

 
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I took this photo from the wrong angle - It shows a Marine using a pistol, barely visible from this side, to fire into a 'spider hole or tunnel entrance.

 
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Marine firing pistol into a Viet Cong tunnel

 
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Poster describing the Marine part in the defeat of the North VietNamese - Viet Cong combined TET offensive. The Marines had a terrific battle to retake Hue citadel.

 
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Dramatic display of the Marine use of the M-50 ONTOS in the battle for Hue. The vehicle mounts 6 M-40 106mm Recoilless Rifles. It was originally designed for the anti-tank role but the Marines found it useful for city fighting. Note the Marine checking around the city wall for snipers.

 
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Dramatic display of the Marine use of the M-50 ONTOS in the battle for Hue. The vehicle mounts 6 M-40 106mm Recoilless Rifles. It was originally designed for the anti-tank role but the Marines found it useful for city fighting.

 
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Dramatic display of the Marine use of the M-50 ONTOS in the battle for Hue.

 
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The ONTOS and the Marine administering first aid - the combination shows the simultaneous Marine use of firepower to defeat a viscious enemy while trying their best to care for innocent bystanders.

 
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The ONTOS in Hue.

 
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Sign describing the ONTOS - the M50A1 with six M40 106mm recoilless rifles - It was very effective in the battle for Hue

 
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Marine applying first aid to Viet Namese child during height of the battle for Hue.

 
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Historical description about Marine battle at Dai DO.

 
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The ONTOS in Hue

 
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Display on wall with photos of Marines at Leatherneck Square

 
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Two Marines in Viet Nam

 
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Here we are descending the rear ramp of a Chinook arriving at a Marine fire base at Khe Sanh. The heated display vibrates and smells like a helicopter under power. This is one of the remarkable, realistic features of these museum displays. One is led into the battle scenes.

 
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View of the Marine fire base from inside the resupply helicopter - with 105mm howitzer in place.

 
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Emerging from the helicopter we find a 105 howitzer emplaced on a hill with Khe Sanh main area in the left distance. The sound of gunfire is nearly deafening.

 
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A mortar emplacement, part of the all-round, close in support of the artillery fire base.

 
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Marine defending the fire base with a light machine gun - the main part of Khe Sanh is in the distance.

 
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Another view of the howitzer - the main purpose for establishing the fire base was to provide artillery fire over surrounding areas.

 
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The Marines lost a few hundred KIA during the fierce battle at Khe Sanh, but killed at least 10,000 North VietNamese in the process. The Marines successfully held the base and repelled all North Vietnamese assaults, but subsequently were relieved by ground action and then withdrew from this part of VietNam.

 
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A wounded Marine being assisted toward an aid station.

 
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A Marine coming out of one of the crew emplacements at Khe Sanh and preparing to fill more sand bags under the intense bombardment.

 
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The aft section of the helicopter that brought us to this fire base. The war featured the creation of many such fire bases on isolated hill tops at which the entire force with its artillery and everything was brought in by helicopter.

 
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Detail of the 105mm howitzer at Khe Sanh.

 
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Another view of the 105mm howitzer at the Marine fire base

 
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Marine speaking on radio - and mortar - at fire base

 
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Marine firing light machine gun at fire base - another base shown in the distance

 
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Marine fire base with 105mm howitzer

 
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Assisting a wounded Marine at fire base - recoiless rifle nearby

 
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Rear of helicopter unloading at Marine fire base.

 
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Another view of the fire base at Khe Sanh

 
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View into the interior of the helicopter

 
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The American flag files proudly over Khe Sanh throughout the terrible battle.

 
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Historical display describing the Marine operation "Dewey Canyon".

 
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Historical description of Marine operation Tiger Mountain

 
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Sign on wall describing the Soviet 122mm field gun captured by Marines in Operation Dewey Canyon

 
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Soviet made 122mm field gun captured by Marines in Operation Dewey Canyon

 
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Displayed in the dark is a Russian 122mm gun, of which the Marines captured several during Tiger Mounain. This was the largest field piece used by the North VietNamese army.

 
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Displayed in the dark is a Russian 122mm gun, of which the Marines captured several during Tiger Mountain. This was the largest field piece used by the North VietNamese army.

 
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Russian 122 mm cannon captured by Marines in South Viet Nam - in dark exhibit.

 
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Russian 122 mm cannon captured by Marines in South Viet Nam - in dark exhibit.

 
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Sign 'The Spoils of War" describing the Marines capturing North Viet Namese equipment - in this case 12 of these 122mm field guns during Operation Dewey Canyon plus much more.

 
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The captured Soviet 122mm field gun with Aircraft in background.

 
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Displayed in the dark is a Russian 122mm gun, of which the Marines captured several during Tiger Mountain. This was the largest field piece used by the North VietNamese army.

 
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The Marine Drill Instructor School - part of the interesting and effective section "Making Marines" in which visitors are invited to try their hand at various Marine recruit activities including a small arms target range and various skills - judging from the crowds, a very popular section. The section concludes with a white bus showing young men inside bound for recruit training.

 
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Photo showing Marines at Officer Candidate School

 
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Large photo on wall showing young women striving to become Marines.

 
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Marines descending a rope from helicopter

 
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Marine firing down from platform near ceiling.

 
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Sign on wall describing the Marine Band - The President's Own.

 
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Painting by Colonel Donna Neary titled Marine Band 1863 - at Gettysburg where they accompanied President Lincoln to the cemetery dedication.

 
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Marine Band musical instruments

 
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Marine Band musical instruments

 
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Display on wall of photos of Marine Band events including in White House with President and Mrs Reagan and another of the Marine Band playing in the Soviet Union

 
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Uniform of the Drum Major of the Marine Corps Band

 
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Display of Marine Band musical instruments - saxaphone

 
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Clip from a film runing to show the Marine Band in concert

 
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Clip from a film runing to show the Marine Band in concert

 
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Clip from a film runing to show the Marine Band in concert

 
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Full dress uniform of a member of the U. S. Marine Corps Band

 
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Full dress uniform of the U. S. Marine Corps Bandmaster

 
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A poster showing the commands signaled by use of the drum major's mace - U. S. Marine Corps Band

 
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Diorama depicting a Marine Corps landing in Central America

 
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Diorama depicting a landing by Marines in Central America in 19th century

 

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