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Marine Corps Museum  NEW! Our new Children's Gallery opens on Nov 18th. Join us for the celebration!

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#OTD in 1942 VMF(N)-531-the "Grey Ghost"- is commissioned at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina as the first Night Fighter Squadron.

This original artwork of VMF(N)-531's insignia is included in our collections. The artwork is mixed media, photo print, and color ink--artist unknown.
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#art #history #wwii #usmcmuseum #usa

Look what happened today at the Museum!

We are decked out for the holidays! 🎄🎅🏻Come visit!

On this day in 2004, Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. During a firefight in Fallujah, Peralta after being shot several times used his body to absorb the blast of an enemy grenade -- shielding fellow Marines only a few feet away. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Peralta’s citation states, “Clearing scores of houses in the previous three days, Sergeant Peralta asked to join an under-strength squad and volunteered to stand post the night of 14 November, allowing fellow Marines more time to rest. The following morning, during search and attack operations, while clearing the seventh house of the day, the point man opened a door to a back room and immediately came under intense, close-range automatic weapons fire from multiple insurgents. The squad returned fire, wounding one insurgent. While attempting to maneuver out of the line of fire, Sergeant Peralta was shot and fell mortally wounded. After the initial exchange of gunfire, the insurgents broke contact, throwing a fragmentation grenade as they fled the building. The grenade came to rest near Sergeant Peralta's head. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Peralta reached out and pulled the grenade to his body, absorbing the brunt of the blast and shielding fellow Marines only feet away. Sergeant Peralta succumbed to his wounds. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Sergeant Peralta reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”
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Plans call for Peralta's battle damaged M16A4 rifle (photo 2) and Body Armor Vest (photo3) to be displayed in our Final Phase historical galleries in November 2018.
#neverforget #honor #marines #usmc #OIF #history

This week, our Aviation Curator Ben Kristy and staff are cleaning the macro artifacts in Leatherneck Gallery.
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The macro artifacts are cleaned three times a year to remove dust and cobwebs. This is our final cleaning for the year—just in time to welcome visitors for the holiday season!
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This week we will also start decorating for Christmas. Please come visit!
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#cleaning #usmcmuseum #holidays #free

We’ve wrapped up our time on @52museums! Stay tuned for the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.
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We’ve enjoyed sharing highlights from the @USMCMuseum with you!⠀
Up next is @nmusn!⠀

Photo: The "Crusading for Right" statue also know as "Iron Mike" by Marines. It is a replica of Charles Raphael Peyre’s sculpture, which commemorates the service of “doughboys” in WWI.⠀


#52Museums #Navy #Marines #USMCMuseum #NavyMuseum

Happy birthday Marines!
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Volume up if you love the Corps.

Happy birthday, Marines!

#USMC #marinecorps #semperfi #semperfidelis #yut #USMC #devildog #happybirthday #242 #hbd #airlandsea #MAGTF

Happy birthday Marines! Oorah!

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Marine Veteran Bob Saunders wishes his fellow Marines a "happy birthday" #SemperFi

Join us on @52Museums! We will be broadcasting the USMC Birthday Cake Cutting ceremony LIVE at 12:00 pm EST.

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Happy Birthday Marines!
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On this date in 1775, the Continental Congress authorized two battalions of Marines "to serve to advantage by sea." For the Marine Corps, this is our birthday!
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Everywhere around the world, Marines are pausing to mark the birth of the Corps. It is a day that we remember our heritage and history. Marines mark the day with a cake cutting ceremony. Tradition dictates that the oldest and youngest Marine present participate in the ceremony. The oldest Marine takes a piece of the cake and passes it to the youngest Marine, demonstrating the passing of the honor, experience and the heart of the Corps to the next generation of Marines.
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Today, at the Museum we will be hosting a cake cutting ceremony at 12:00 pm EST. Please join us on Instagram Stories -- we will be broadcasting LIVE!
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Photo 1: Marine Corps birthday, Guadalcanal, November 1942
Photo 2: Marine Corps Birthday Celebration, Washington, DC, November 1955
Photo 3: Marine Corps Birthday. Cake & beer in the field—Vietnam, 1969
Photo 4: Cake Cutting Ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps 2015.

#Marines #USMCBirthday #USMC #52Museums #Museums #Heritage #militarymuseums

This week we are highlighting the Museum on the @52museums Instagram and Twitter accounts. Join us and help us highlight the Museum online!
#militarymuseum #usmcmuseum #free #history #52Museums

It’s #WWIWednesday!
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Check out our new WWI exhibit in our Children’s Gallery.
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On November 18, 2017, we will open the gallery to visitors. Our youngest visitors will be able to walk through a WWI trench, look into “no man’s land” through a periscope and read a letter sent home by a Marine.
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Join us on Nov 18th for our grand opening celebration! See our website for details.
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#usmc🇺🇸 #usmcmuseum #wwicentennial #history

This week #MilitaryMuseums are taking over the @52museums Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Up first is the @medicalmuseum near Washington DC!

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DYK NMHM is open every day (except Dec. 25), 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., including weekends and holidays? We’re a @DeptofDefense museum and an element of the Defense Health Agency – Research and Development Directorate (J-9), focused on American military medicine. If you’re in the area, stop by and see us! If you’re not in the DC area, check out our posts on @52Museums this week, and follow us @MedicalMuseum.
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#MilitaryMuseums #MilitaryMedicine #MedicalMuseum #NMHM #HistSci #HistMed #History #52Museums #MilitaryMuseum #History #DefenseHealthAgency
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(This video was made using Instagram: View of the Collections Room.)

This week, U.S. @deptofdefense military museums are teaming up on @52Museums to bring you:
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National Museum of Health and Medicine (@MedicalMuseum
11/7-11/8
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National Museum of the Marine Corps (@USMCMuseum)

11/9-11/10
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National Museum of the United States Navy (@NMUSN
11/11-11/12
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#MilitaryMuseums #52Museums #history #learn #museums

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