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.