—Texas Military Forces Museum— Camp Mabry, Austin Texas

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 4:00

Admission is FREE

Address: 3038  W 35th St. Austin, Tx 78703

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.  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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Research

The library and archives are open by appointment only. Please call for an appointment. The museum maintains an archive of various materials including:

 

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Just in time for #AustinMuseumDay2022 our new sign is in place. The new design is in keeping with all the other building signs on Camp Mabry. ... See MoreSee Less
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9 years ago today the VH34 used by Dwight Eishenhower and John F. Kennedy arrived at Camp Mabry in a very distressed state. A complete exterior restroration was finally completed this year. #OTD #JFK #Vh34 ... See MoreSee Less
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From our archives: the original Medal of Honor certificate for SSgt. Thomas McCall who received it for actions at the Rapido River battle, January 22, 1944. He died September 19,1969 while saving the life of his 8 year old son, when the boat they were in sunk on the Susquehanna River. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 22 January 1944, Company F had the mission of crossing the Rapido River in the vicinity of San Angelo, Italy, and attacking the well-prepared German positions to the west. For the defense of these positions the enemy had prepared a network of machinegun positions covering the terrain to the front with a pattern of withering machinegun fire, and mortar and artillery positions zeroed in on the defilade areas. S/Sgt. McCall commanded a machinegun section that was to provide added fire support for the riflemen. Under cover of darkness, Company F advanced to the river crossing site and under intense enemy mortar, artillery, and machinegun fire crossed an ice-covered bridge which was continually the target for enemy fire. Many casualties occurred on reaching the west side of the river and reorganization was imperative. Exposing himself to the deadly enemy machinegun and small arms fire that swept over the flat terrain, S/Sgt. McCall, with unusual calmness, encouraged and welded his men into an effective fighting unit. He then led them forward across the muddy, exposed terrain. Skillfully he guided his men through a barbed-wire entanglement to reach a road where he personally placed the weapons of his two squads into positions of vantage, covering the battalion’s front. A shell landed near one of the positions, wounding the gunner, killing the assistant gunner, and destroying the weapon. Even though enemy shells were falling dangerously near, S/Sgt. McCall crawled across the treacherous terrain and rendered first aid to the wounded man, dragging him into a position of cover with the help of another man. The gunners of the second machinegun had been wounded from the fragments of an enemy shell, leaving S/Sgt. McCall the only remaining member of his machinegun section. Displaying outstanding aggressiveness, he ran forward with the weapon on his hip, reaching a point 30 yards from the enemy, where he fired 2 bursts of fire into the nest, killing or wounding all of the crew and putting the gun out of action. A second machinegun now opened fire upon him and he rushed its position, firing his weapon from the hip, killing 4 of the guncrew. A third machinegun, 50 yards in rear of the first two, was delivering a tremendous volume of fire upon our troops. S/Sgt. McCall spotted its position and valiantly went toward it in the face of overwhelming enemy fire. He was last seen courageously moving forward on the enemy position, firing his machinegun from his hip. S/Sgt. McCall’s intrepidity and unhesitating willingness to sacrifice his life exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. ... See MoreSee Less
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Begun in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter, the 3rd Friday in September is designated as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We honor those men and women who were held as prisoners and stand in solidarity with the families of those still missing. These items come from the August Benner collection. Pvt Benner served with Company B, 142nd Inf. Regt. and his entire 36 man platoon was captured on January 9, 1945 near Lemburg, France. They were marched 200 miles in harsh winter conditions with limited food to Stalag 9B, Bad Ord Germany. Benner was elected barracks chief for his block which contained 300 prisoners. As the Allied forces approached in April 1945 he had this handkerchief which he had many of the 300 men sign on one side, and the other side was written with some of this story. There is also his POW tag and a cigarette case he made from a can of liver pate, which still has a full pack of cigarettes inside. #POW #missinginaction #WWII ... See MoreSee Less
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A great photograph! From a 1919 French/English booklet on the "French Soldier". Love the moustaches. ... See MoreSee Less
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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 B Company Brochure .

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