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The definitive list of Museums and more.

Here is a great list of Museum websites for you to visit. I know there are hundreds more out there and if you have one please PM me and I will gladly add it to the list.

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/
http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/U5...bit/index.html
http://www.ordmusfound.org/
http://www.wisconsinmaritime.org/
http://www.tankmuseum.co.uk/home.html
http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/
http://www.normandiememoire.com/NM60...dday_06_gb.htm
http://www.usswisconsin.org/
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=home.asp
http://www.pearlharbormemorial.com/s...J2NNG&b=238984
http://www.pearl-harbor.com/bowfin/bowfin.html
http://www.pearl-harbor.com/arizona/arizona.html
http://www.pearl-harbor.com/missouri/missouri.html
http://www.baumholder.army.mil/media/museum/museum.htm
http://www.rrmtf.org/firstdivision/
http://www.kenoshamilitarymuseum.com/
http://www.aaftankmuseum.com/index.html
http://www.tankmuseum.ru/index_e.html
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/
http://www.nsgreatlakes.navy.mil/museum.htm
http://www.ussnautilus.org/
http://www.navysealmuseum.com
http://www.b17.org
http://www.generalpatton.org
http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org
http://hmsbelfast.iwm.org.uk/
http://www.sprucegoose.org/
http://www.junobeach.org/
http://www.musee-memorial-omaha.com/
http://www.dday-omaha.net/
http://www.paratrooper-museum.org/
http://www.airborne-museum.org/ang/index.htm
http://www.utah-beach.com/
http://www.batterie-merville.com/
http://www.abmc.gov/home.php
http://www.abmc.gov/home.php
http://www.usmcmuseum.org/index.asp
www.menofeasycompany.com
http://www.armyhistory.org/index.aspx
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Might be worth going through the museum pieces on the website and snaffling the addresses from those - I know I usually put a linkie into any article on a museum I cover, and most of them are my pieces.

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If you like you could add this one to your list.

http://www.sprucegoose.org/

Currently they are building an Omnimax theater

They have alot of Aircraft, a few tanks, and one of the rarest gun
collections arround.
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Just added

I just added a lot of new sites devoted to D-Day. Lots of great stuff on some of these sites including movies, pictures and more.

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I just added a lot of new sites devoted to D-Day. Lots of great stuff on some of these sites including movies, pictures and more.

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One of the people I work with has just come back from a week in Normandy and visited the battlesites there.

He brought me back a few souvenirs incl. a lovely frosted glass with the 82nd and 101st symbols on the side.

Also one of those famous 'clickers' the paras used on 6 June.

Whetted my interest to visit there now...
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As were on the subject just to let you know that as of October the National Museum of Ireland has (finally!) opened a Military History wing.

Must say I was impressed with an overall excellent presentation covering Irish Military History from circa 1550 onwards.

So if any of you guys are over in Dublin don't forget to include it in your check list of places worth visting.

http://www.museum.ie/events/details_...1235&site_id=0
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Purple Heart Museum Dedicated and Recipients Honored

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Since the PH Museum only opened a few weeks ago, and not knowing if it is already listed in these Forums, there follows a news release regarding its opening on 10Nov06. The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), an organization established in 1932. Originally comprised of wounded veterans from all services during WW I, the MOPH suddenly had its ranks swelled by the thousands who were wounded in action during WW II. Toward the end of that war the U. S. Government ordered 500,000 Purple Heart medals which it then seemed would be needed for awards that would be the consequence of the two invasions of Japan which were on the planning boards. Fortunately, those medals were not needed, and the PHs that have been awarded since the end of WW II (North China, Korea, Viet Nam, the Desert Storms, etc.) have come from that unused stockpile. With the WW I generation essentially gone, and the WW II generation disappearing, the MOPH will only survive if it is able to attract new membership from those made eligible by the latest crooks and turns in U. S. foreign policy. How many of you reading this have been awarded a PH? If you have, you should register the award at the address provided in the penultimate paragraph.

There are over one million, seven hundred thousand recipients, past and
present, of the Purple Heart. As of last Friday, they finally received
national recognition.

It was a beautiful, sunny morning as over a thousand visitors assembled to
witness the dedication of The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New
Windsor, NY, on Friday, 10 November 2006. Since the first recipients of the
original cloth decoration devised by George Washington during the
Revolutionary War were from Connecticut, at one point it appeared that the
National Hall would accrue to the Nutmeg State, but various problems,
political and financial, gave the nod to New York. Instead, the site of the
last cantonment of the Revolutionary Army was selected, even though the
first awards were made a few miles away, at Washington's Headquarters in the
Hasbrouck House in Newburgh. That smaller site, at just over two acres, was
just too restrictive for a national hall of honor.

On the morning of the Dedication Ceremony, state troopers blocked off the
adjacent highway for about a half mile in each direction, and some attendees
had to park in remote lots and take a shuttle bus to the site. Among the
vehicles in the VIP and media parking lot were about five dozen Harleys and
other gleaming motorcycles belonging to Rolling Thunder. In their black
leather vests, they comprised one of the larger uniformed units, vying with
the USMA Band for that honor. The 'Nam Knights motorcycle club also
attended.

There actually were two ceremonies at the site. The first, the formal
dedication, began at 10 a.m. in a smaller area, the ceremonial courtyard
immediately adjacent to the Hall of Honor. The master of ceremonies for this
event was Commissioner Bernadette Castro, since 1995 New York Commissioner
of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. She introduced Congresswoman
Sue Kelly, whose status after six terms depends upon the outcome of the
counting of the absentee ballots after the recent election. Her always
appropriate comments in support of the military were only eclipsed by those
of State Senator Bill Larkin, a retired lieutenant colonel with 23 years of
active service, including the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War
II and the Korean War. The final speaker, appropriately enough, was Tom
Poulter of California, National Commander of the Military Order of the
Purple Heart, the only congressionally chartered veterans' service
organization for combat-wounded veterans. He was wounded in Viet Nam while a
tank platoon leader with the 1st Battalion, 69th Armor, 4th Infantry
Division and reminded all present of those recipients of the Purple Heart
who didn't come back. Following these remarks, Command Sergeant Major
(Retired) Patrick J. Douglas played the bagpipes he had carried, and played,
on active duty in the Global War on Terrorism. He then presented his battle
pipes for display in the Hall of Honor.

Upon the conclusion of the Dedication, the USMA Band played on the nearby
parade ground, as did the 3rd Infantry Regiment's Fife and Drum Corps. Then
it was time for the Military Ceremony at the larger, flag bedecked stage
some distance from the Hall of Honor. Large TV screens on either flank gave
a front row view for those at some distance from the stage. The National
Anthem was played, an invocation was offered, and a moment of silence was
observed. Featured speakers at this event included Governor Pataki; Senator
Clinton; MG Joseph J. Taluto, Adjutant General and former commander of New
York Army National Guard Task Force Liberty in Iraq; Tom Poulter again; and
the featured speaker, LTG R. Steven Whitcomb, commander of Third Army, U.S.
Army Central, Coalition Forces Component Command, Iraq.

At one point, recipients of the Purple Heart in the audience from World War
II to the present were asked to stand and be acknowledged. Afterwards, the
traditional three volleys were fired and Taps was played, followed by a
flyover, in "missing man" formation by helicopters from the 142nd Aviation
Battalion, New York Army National Guard. Finally, a benediction was offered.
Afterwards, the documentary, "For Merit: The Purple Heart," was aired on the
large screens, followed by a USO performance, a book signing for Heart of a
Hawk, by Deborah Tainsh, and a session at the Temple Building that allowed
Purple Heart recipients in attendance to share their stories.

Lines then queued outside the Hall of Honor, anxious to view the new
facility. Visitors first enter a long corridor, with windows opening onto
the ceremonial courtyard on the left. Along the right wall are listed all of
our nation's conflicts, from the War on Terror at the near end to the
Revolutionary War at the far end, including the number of members of our
armed forces killed and wounded in each. Along the left wall, below the
windows, are display cases. In one case, the original embroidered cloth
Purple Heart for merit may be viewed ever so briefly by pushing a button. In
another, the evolution of the more modern medal is explained.

Then one turns left at the end of the corridor and enters the actual exhibit
space. To the left are more windows opening onto the courtyard, but the
visitor is overwhelmed by what appear to be huge, metal silos bringing to
mind images of vertical aircraft fuselages or huge bomb casings. Upon closer
inspection, these are actually interactive video theaters where visitors may
view, close up, a few letters and other documents relating to wounds
received. Then, they can sit on plain, wooden benches along the circular
walls and view personal stories of wounded soldiers, sailors, Marines and
airmen on small, flat panel television monitors. In another part of the hall
is a small studio where recipients may record their own stories. In alcoves
to the right are computer terminals where visitors may add their own names
to the database or the names of relatives who received the Purple Heart.
Later, they will be contacted to provide necessary documentation to validate
the award.

Finally, along the right are display boards containing large photos of
service men and women, along with displays of the Springfield rifle, the M-1
Garand, and other weapons and artifacts. But the most attention is garnered
by two quotations set in large letters on the brick wall at either end of
the Hall of Honor. At the entrance is a quotation from journalist Bill
Mauldin's World War II book "Up Front": "Life is stripped down to the bare
essentials for him when he is living from moment to moment, wondering if
each is his last." At the far end is one from Paul Womack of the 2nd
Infantry Division: "As in any war, the hardest part was losing your
buddies..Some gave some, they gave all."

Note: Since there is no federal registry of recipients of the Purple Heart,
veterans, comrades in arms and family members are invited to provide
documentary evidence and details as to the circumstances leading to any such
award not already registered at the Hall of Honor. Call (845) 561-1765 or
write the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor; PO Box 207; Vails Gate, NY
12584 for more information.

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There are about 10 war museums here in The Netherlands.
Not all of them have websites, but here are two of the better:

www.oorlogsmuseum-overloon.nl
www.airbornemuseum.nl
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If visiting Australia, then the Australian War Memorial should be on one's list of places to visit. Located in the Australian Capital Territory, a 3 hour drive from Sydney
Currently, the post WW2 displays are being revamped, and are due to be reopened at the end of this year.
website is www.awm.gov.au

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Some of the best I've been to

http://www.usmcmuseum.org/
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sectio...i/bv-today.htm
http://www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/79 (not an official website)
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HERE is the link to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which covers Australia's conflicts since the Boer War. It is one of the best museums of its type in the world.
http://www.awm.gov.au.

(Australian troops were regarded as superb scavengers; after WW1, the Australian Government collected much hardware and battlefield relics; including huge artillery guns and early German tanks).

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Two museums to add to the list:
US Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL:
http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/

and

US Air Force Armaments Museum at Eglin AFB, FL (near Ft Walton Beach).
http://www.afarmamentmuseum.com/index.shtml

Both museums are a little over an hour drive from each other.

I have visited the Naval Aviation Museum 3-4 times--great collection.
I have not been inside the Air Force museum yet, but have viewed the collection of 25 planes they have parked outside the building on the museum grounds.
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This one is dedicated to those that served from Michigan.

http://www.michigansmilitarymuseum.com/

The web site needs work and may be changed to reflect future plans.

Note that this museum presents displays of the personal stories and effects of those Michigan veterans that served the needs of their country, from the Civil War, Spanish American War, the Polar Bears that fought the Communist in Russia at the end of WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the USS Liberty, our Space Pioneers, and those fighting the current War on Terror.

Also feature is one of the largest Medal of Honor displays in the nation.

The collection gets added to daily with much of it having to be rotated due to the limitations of space.
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