This exhibit tells the story of the Texas National Guard during the Cold War, its peacekeeping missions, the story of the 49Armored Division, and the brave men and women of the Texas Army and Air National Guard who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last decade, as well as those who have helped protect America here at home
Among the items on display in this exhibit are: a large piece of the Berlin wall; Cold War era jeeps and equipment; the helmet worn by the first Texas Guardsman killed in action during the Iraq War as well as the battle damaged window of the Humvee he was riding in when the IED struck; pieces of rubble from the Pentagon hit during the attacks of 9-11; gloves worn by an officer in the 36thCombat Aviation Brigade on every mission he flew in Iraq; a “combat bike built by a member of the 36thInfantry Division while in Iraq, captured enemy weapons; uniforms and equipment used by Texas National Guard troops during operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and much more.
This gallery tells the dramatic evolution and history of the Texas Air National Guard from its primitive beginnings at the dawn of the 20th Century to its high-tech present.
This Gallery is undergoing major expansion and will not be completed till 2020.
The Texas National Guard fought in every theater of World War II. Although the role of the 36 th Infantry Division in Europe usually garners the most attention, the Texas Guard units that fought in the Pacific made equally outstanding records. This exhibit in the museum’s Great Hall focuses on the history of the 112th Cavalry Regiment and the 124th Cavalry regiment. Serving under General Douglas MacArthur in the Southwest Pacific, the 112th fought its way from New Britain, through New Guinea into the Philippines and was among the first units to occupy Japan . The 124th served in the China-Burma-India Theater of War, making an epic march through mountainous jungles before fighting a vicious battle to drive the Japanese off the Burma Road. Dramatic photographs, displays of weapons, bugles, saddles, radios and other objects used by the two regiments from the 1930s through World War II highlight the exhibit, alongside a 75mm pack howitzer and full scale examples of the uniforms and equipment of mounted Texas Cavalrymen at the start of the war.
The 2nd Battalion of the 131st Field Artillery was shipped to the Pacific at the start of World War II, captured when Java fell to the Japanese, and then disappeared into the Hell of Japanese prisoner of war camps in Burma and Japan . The horrors these soldiers endured while being used as slave labor to construct the infamous “railway of death” and the bridge over the river Kwai is meticulously recounted.
Outdoor exhibits display a remarkable collection of tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery, self-propelled guns, engineer vehicles, helicopters and jet fighters. These exhibits are located around the museum itself and on the parade ground of Camp Mabry.
On Armor Row you will stand in front of: an MGR-1B Honest John tactical nuclear missile; M24 Chaffee light tank; M26 Pershing tank; M48 Patton tank; M60, M60A1 and M60A3 Patton tanks; M1 Abrams tank; M577A2 Command Post Carrier; M75, M59, M113A2 Armored Personnel Carriers; M84 Mortar Carrier; M114 Command and Reconnaissance Carrier; M901A1 Improved TOW Anti-tank Combat Vehicle; M106A1 Mortar Carrier; M981 Fire Support Team Vehicle (FIST-V); LT-LB Soviet Multi-purpose Tracked Vehicle captured in Operation Desert Storm; M578 Light Recovery Vehicle; M919 Mobile Concrete Truck; M105A2, M149A2 and XM107E1 trailers; M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV) and a D7F Bulldozer.
Along Artillery Park you’ll see: an M7 Priest self-propelled gun from WWII and an M7B1 from the Korean War; a M56 “Scorpion” self-propelled gun; M42 “Duster” self-propelled AA gun; M110A2 8-inch self-propelled heavy howitzer; M108 self-propelled howitzer; M44 self-propelled howitzer; French 75mm mountain howitzer; M101 105mm U.S. howitzer; American M5A1 3-inch anti-tank gun; German 10.5 cm light field howitzer; M1A1 4.5-inch Field Gun (U.S.) and a Soviet M1938 122mm howitzer.
Visit the parade ground to see: an F-16, F-86D “Saber” fighter jet; an F4C Phantom II fighter-bomber; an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter; UH-1M and UH-1H Huey utility helicopters; an M2 155mm “Long Tom” gun (U.S.) from WWII and a Soviet M1946 130mm Field Gun captured in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
The Great Hall showcases many of the museum’s large artifacts, with vehicles ranging from horse-drawn wagons used in 1901 through the World Wars, the Cold War and the War on Terror. Also found in the Great Hall are exhibits on the Texas National Guard in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Among the artifacts on display are: a Model 1901 Escort Wagon; model 1917 machine gun carts; an M3A1 Stuart Tank; an M4A3 (105) Sherman Tank; an M4 Halftrack, a Kiowa Helicopter; a Cold War-era Mess Truck; L4 Piper Cub Observation Plane; an OH 23 “Raven” helicopter; the entire family of jeeps from World War II through the Cold War; a staff car used by the Adjutant General of Texas throughout the 1970s and 80s; Russian, Japanese, German and Italian anti-aircraft guns; an M29 Weasel; several WWII era German vehicles including a kubelwagens, a SdKfz 251 halftrack, and a “Hetzer” jagdpanzer 38.