Here and There With Daisy 2015 travel blog

Studebaker ‘Weasel’ amphibious cargo and personnel carrier, 1942-1970, 6-cyl 70-HP, max speed...

Choctaw Indian Code Talkers of WWI assigned to phone communications in Argonne...

P47 Fighter-Bomber ‘Betty’ Drop Tank, stuffed w/ supplies; dropped to Combat Team...

T28E1 (M-15) model of multiple gun motor carriage hand-carved by Mr. Terwilliger

Chapel – Stained Glass Window

Diorama - ‘The Taking of Velettri’ by Gilbert (AZ) High School by...

Diorama - ‘The Taking of Velettri’

Diorama - ‘The Taking of Velettri’

Representation of railroad cut out of cliff near Wampo, Siam, by 361,800...

USAF J-35 axial-flow turbo-jet engine developed by GE & produced by Allison...

Sd.Kfz. 251C (Sonderfrafttahzeug),1939-45, German special purpose motor vehicle captured from 10th Panzer...

Gen Harry Hays’ engraved 9mm Lefaucheux pinfire revolver, by Auguste Francotte c....

Class 500 Fire Truck, 1943, max speed 45 mph, range 225 miles,...

M4A3 (105) Sherman Tank 1944-45, Armament 105mm howitzer main gun; two .30...

Model 1901 Army Escort Wagon 1901-19, last version of horse-drawn wagon used...

French ‘Forty and Eight’ Boxcar, 1870-1949, named for stencil painted on side...

French ‘Forty and Eight’ Boxcar, 1870-1949

M211 Mess Truck 1951-1970s

Texas Air Guard Plane

U.S. Air Force Plane


This afternoon I finally paid a visit to the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry, which had been on my bucket list for a long time. The full official name is Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum. After his retirement he founded the museum and it opened to the public for the first time on November 14, 1992. (http://texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/)

The museum is quite large (45,000 square feet). It explores the history of Texas’ militia and volunteer forces from 1823 (date of the first militia muster in Stephen F. Austin’s colony) to 1903 when Congress created the National Guard. There are dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, trucks, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, observation aircraft and towed artillery pieces.

Permanent exhibits include uniforms, weapons, equipment, personal items, film, music, photographs, battle dioramas and realistic full-scale environments to tell the story from (1903 to the present) 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.

Some of my favorites were the diorama depicting the damage in Velletri, Italy during a battle on May 30 and June 1, 1944; the Choctaw Indian Code Talkers of World War I; and the French ‘Forty and Eight’ Boxcar.

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