28 April 2015

The US Marine Corps Museum

Amongst other adventures, last week I visited the USMC Museum in Virginia.  Very highly recommended if you get the chance.  The guides are all USMC veterans and are a delight to chat with while you enjoy the fantastic exhibits.  Here are just a few of my personal highlights, though some were admittedly research for my Vietnam gaming:


The foyer display is excellent
Outside the main entrance
USMC Sherman from the Pacific Theatre
The actual Mt Suribaci flag

Ontos in action in a Hue diorama 
Depiction of Hill 881south, near Khe Sahn firebase 
M29 81mm Mortar
M2A1 Field Gun - 105mm

M40 105mm Recoiless Rifle
Soviet 122mm Field Gun, one of 12 NVA pieces captured in 1969
No visit to the Museum is complete without paying respects to Chesty
No, not at the museum but I was in DC the next day and had to go visit the Memorial


  1. Looks like you had a great time.

  2. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

  3. A great place and one I visit whenever I am at Quantico. Semper Fi and thanks for posting about the museum.

  4. Paul,
    Next time you go there let me know - a friend of mine is the Registrar there (not quite sure what a registrar does at a museum?) and I will give him a heads up!

  5. Very cool, thanks for sharing the pics.

  6. This is an excellent museum. Visited in 2014 and my only regret was that I didn't have enough time to give all the displays the attention they deserve.

  7. Cool pics... was the tyre on the 105 gun supposed to be deflated?

    1. I understand it was common practice in a prepared position like this under constant fire, as it lowered the silhouette of the gun and crew operating it. Of course, the curator could have been having a lend of me too!

  8. Good display! I'm adding it to my bucket list.

  9. Great pictures. If I ever get 'across the pond' I'll put this place on my to-do list!

  10. Actually, this was my second trip in the last 10 years or so. Enjoyed both times and while I have an exceptionally patient wife when it comes to indulging my military tourism, but going there with your mates is a different experience