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Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum

The 45,000-square foot Texas Military Forces Museum explores the history of the Lone Star State’s militia and volunteer forces from 1823 (date of the first militia muster in Stephen F. Austin’s colony) to 1903 when the Congress created the National Guard. From 1903 to the present the museum tells the story of the Texas Army and Air National Guard, as well as the Texas State Guard, in both peacetime and wartime. The museum displays dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, trucks, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, observation aircraft and towed artillery pieces. Permanent exhibits utilize uniforms, weapons, equipment, personal items, film, music, photographs, battle dioramas and realistic full-scale environments to tell the story of the Texas Military Forces in the Texas Revolution, the Texas Navy, the Texas Republic, the Mexican War, the Battles along the Indian Frontier, the War between the States, the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, Peace Keeping Deployments and the Global War on Terror. Living history programs, battle reenactments and other special events take place throughout the year. Admission to the museum is FREE.

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The library and archives are open by appointment for research to all members of the public. Please call for an appointment. The museum maintains an incredible archive of various materials including:

World War I Service cards for every Texan who served

Link to WWI records online at Familysearch.org

  • Extensive research library
  • World War II card file for the 36th Infantry Division.  Link to PDFs- 36th Infantry Division Roster WWII
  • Thousands of original documents from the Texas National Guard from 1910 to the present day
  • Photo archive of pictures related to the Texas Military Forces

Contact Us

Office staff can be reached Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Phone: 512-782-5659
Email: txmilmuseum@gmail.com

Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5218
Austin, Tx 78763

Address for GPS :  3038 West 35th St. 78703


Today, as we have before, we remember the 36th Infantry Division's attack on the Gari river on January 20th 1944 through the story of then Captain Milton Steffen. Steffen, of Huntsville Texas, a long time Texas National Guard member and officer of the 143rd Infantry Regiment, had a young son Milton Jr, whom he got to see before the 36th entered combat. Captain Steffen wrote this letter 76 years ago today on January 20th 1944 as the 143rd prepared to go into battle. He knew the overwhelming odds his soldiers faced and his letter to his wife Ruth reflects his concern:"Somewhere in ItalyThursday, January 20, 1944Sweetheart, Our day of rough work is again upon us. I am sure that we will be successful in this operation and be enabled to open the Road to Rome. I am not afraid tonight for I am working with one of the best commanders I have ever seen—Major Frazier. Sweetheart, my Parker 51 pen is getting into dilapidated condition. Please buy another one for me and send it to me. I would like to have a pen and pencil set. I will promise to keep the letters coming to you if I get this new pen. I would like for you to buy me a dove grey one just like the one I have now. Today I am so much in love with you that I must tell you again. I miss you a great deal and am hoping and praying that all will go right and you and I can be so fortunate as to be together again when this terrible struggle is over. Please give my love to Milton and tell him his father is proud of his little son and wants him to grow up to be a real man. I love you so much. There is no more time now. So please be brave. I will send you a cablegram if I come out of this deal okay. I do believe that I will make it OK. Love always to you— Milton"Major Milton Steffen never returned from the Rapido River battle, he was wounded and taken prisoner. He died at a German aid station near the battlefield, the location of his body is unknown, it was never recovered. Major Steffen, and many other soldiers did not live to see their children grow up. We remember their service and sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families. ...
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On January 19th, 1944, 76 years ago today, the 36th Infantry Division's 141st and 143rd Infantry Regiments were preparing to launch their attack on the Germans across the Gari river in Italy. The battle would become known as the Battle of the Rapido River and would lead to the greatest single battle casualties for the 36th during WWII.This image, which we have shared before, is a page from the 141st Infantry Regiment EXO ( Executive Officer) notebook. It lists the number of soldiers in each company of the 141st as they prepare for the 2 night attack at the Rapido. Company A on January 19th 1944 had 7 officers and 157 enlisted soldiers. On January 23rd the day after the 3rd attack was called off they are down to 1 officer and 16 enlisted soldiers who had not been killed, captured or wounded. Some of these units took 80-90% casualties. Company A Killed in Action-- 6Wounded in Action-- 16 taken prisoner--124!Company B by contrast had Killed in Action--15 Wounded in Action--43 taken prisoner--71 The numbers for the 143rd were just as horrific, Company I which would have started with a similar number of soldiers to those 141st Companies hadKilled in Action-- 8Wounded in Action-- 97!!Missing in Action--4#otd #wwii #italy ...
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The Texas Military Forces Museum will be closed today, Sunday January 17, 2021. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. ...
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We celebrate #NationalHatDay with our most famous hat, a German officers peaked cap, (Schirmmutze) which belonged to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Inside the cap, the original paper tag lists his name and the number 39496, which is the German postal code for Rommel's HQ in North Africa. This cap was found in Rommel's home by a member of the 141st Infantry Regiment when it was used a Command Post in June 1945. The gold braid is a replacement done around the 1960s-80s by the WWII soldier who brought it home. ...
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The family of Donald Durbin recently shared a copy of his deceased personnel file with us. Pvt. Durbin was a member of Company E, 143rd Infantry Regiment and was killed in action on December 2, 1944 near Chatenois France. This letter, part of the file, is from Durbin's mother who is requesting information about where her son is buried. This letter is dated 18 months after Donald Durbin died and his family still has not been told where he is buried. He had originally been placed in a temporary cemetery but in 1947 when contacted by the War Department on whether to have his body returned to the US or left with his comrades in Europe they chose to let his body remain in France. Pvt. Durbin was interred at Epinal Cemetery in 1948. Pvt. Donald Durbin was one of 5 children ( 4 sons) and his loss was keenly felt by their large, extended family. Our thanks to them for sharing this important file. ...
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Living History/Reenactment

Nothing brings military history to life like hearing the sound of a machine gun, the boom of cannon, the rattle of musketry, the drone of aircraft engines or feeling the earth shake under you while a tank drives by. All of these experiences are available to visitors courtesy of the Texas Military Forces Museum Living History Detachment which conducts a series of battle reenactments, demonstrations, displays, parades and living history programs throughout the year to make history “come alive” for young and old alike.

The primary focus of the detachment is the 36th Infantry Division in World War II and the famous Texas Brigade during the War Between the States. However, the detachment also participates in World War I and Vietnam War events as well as other time periods.

The museum’s living historians travel around the country to take part in historic events, but the backbone of their schedule are three programs that take place on Camp Mabry each year: the Close Assault 1944 living history program which occurs over Memorial Day weekend and Veterans Day weekend and the annual Texas Military Forces Open House – Muster Day event during April.

To get involved with the museum’s living history program, check out the G Company brochure or The Civil War brochure.

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