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Marine Corps Museum  See U.S. history through the eyes of Marines. The USMC Museum is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Admission & parking are FREE.

From the @Marines--On this day, 72 years ago, uncommon valor was a common virtue when Marines raised the American flag on top of Iwo Jima.

Marines faced and overcame hell as they stormed the beaches, took the hill and planted the flag atop Mt. Suribachi during the 35-day battle of Iwo Jima, during World War II.

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“We found a water pipe, tied the flag to it and put it up. Then all hell broke loose below. Troops cheered, ships blew whistles, some men openly wept.” ~ Corporal Charles W. Lindbergh⠀

Seventy-two years ago today, 23 February 1945, the Marines took control of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Onlookers cheered as the assault platoon fought to the summit and raised a small flag. Later that day, different troops raised a larger flag while others respectfully lowered the original. Several combat photographers captured these stirring events on film, but Joe Rosenthal’s snapshot of the men struggling to raise the second flag in a stiff wind became an enduring symbol of American resolve.⠀

The National Museum of the Marine Corps has both flags in our collection. Visitors can view the second flag raised on Mount Suribachi (seen in this video) in our WWII Gallery. It is on display every day.⠀

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Iwo Jima Artifact-Captured Japanese Flag

This month we mark the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. This silk Japanese personal flag was recovered as the Marines advanced up the slopes of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. It bears the signatures and addresses of men who served with the 28th Marines and features a drawing of the second American flag raising over Suribachi's heights.
The Marines that signed the flag came from many different states--from Maine to California.
Stop by our WWII Gallery to see this flag and more artifacts from the Battle of Iwo Jima, including the second American flag raised on Mt. Suribachi and photographed by Joesph Rosenthal.
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Thanks for sharing @devildoggraphix!
#Repost--Military History Monday: Display of small Marine Corps, Navy and one Coast Guard emblems represent all those Marine, Navy and Coast Guard personnel who lost their lives during the battle of Iwo Jima at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. #devildoggraphix #iwojima #usmc #usmarines #nationalmuseumofthemarinecorps #nmmc #anniversary #usnavy #uscoastguard #worldwarii #militaryhistory #USMCMuseum #semperfi #WWII

19 February 1945

On this date, U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima following a terrific naval bombardment. The first wave of Marines had more trouble with the terrain than enemy fire, but the Japanese responded quickly from their dug-in positions and swept the beaches with concentrated fire. Iwo Jima would be a very tough fight.

Learn more about the Battle of Iwo Jima in our WWII Gallery.

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In honor of African-American History Month, the Museum hosted a Montford Point Marine reenactment in our WWII Gallery on Saturday. This is a portion of the reenactment that was shared with visitors. (See our Facebook page for the full video.) In his moving rendition and reenactment, Marine GySgt Madyun Shahid portrays a young man that could be anyone of the 20,000 African American men that arrived that hot summer day. His 1st person portrayal gives an oral historical timeline with emotional appeal. The data was taken from an article written in a series of pamphlets commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II in 1995. The pamphlets were funded by a grant from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation. Colonel Michael Williams, USMC (Ret) later put the data in story form.
GySgt Shahid is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently serving in the Marine Corps, for the past 20 years as a Finance Auditor. He is attached to Headquarters Marine Corps, MI Division at MCB Quantico. His patriotism and love of history has inspired him to deliver the reenactment for the last 10 years nationally.

Thank you GySgt Shahid for sharing the history of Montford Point Marines with our visitors! Semper Fidelis

Find out more about Montford Point Marines in our WWII Gallery.
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13 Feb 1943 - With the motto, "Be a Marine...Free a Marine to Fight" the establishment of a Marine Corps Women's Reserve organization was announced on 13 February 1943. Those who volunteered were required to meet stringent qualifications for age, education, and health.⠀

Pictured in our Leatherneck Gallery is Cadet Louise B. Harsh. She completed the strenuous officer's training course in May 1943.⠀

Find out more about the Women's Reserve in our WWII Gallery.⠀

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There's always something going on at the #USMCMuseum! Today poolees from RSS Oxford Valley PA stopped by and took advantage of our pull-up bar in the Making Marines Gallery. OOORAH! #marines #usmcmuseum #usmc #history #thankyou #recruits

It floats!!Today at the Museum visitors tested their skills at boat making during Family Day. This is Margaux celebrating her boat making skills! Her boat held 11 weights before sinking. Well done Margaux! #marinecorps #learn #history #ship #boat #usmcmuseum

The Museum is Looking for a Few Good Artists!⠀

The Background: The National Museum of the Marine Corps has an art collection that includes 9,000 works from over 350 artists. Most of the art was created by uniformed Marines who were also talented at drawing, painting or sculpture---like this painting by Marine Staff Sgt. Kristopher Battles. ⠀
The overwhelming majority of Marine artists had a primary Military Occupational Specialty (e.g., pilot, communications, infantry, engineer, logistics, etc.) and had "artist" as an additional duty. This operational model assured that the collection gathered a rich array of visual statements from a wide spectrum of perspectives.⠀

The Call for Artists: The National Museum of the Marine Corps is scheduled to open the first part of the Final Phase later this year, which includes a permanent art gallery and studio space. We need talented Marines to serve as combat artists, telling the Corps' rich story through visual arts. These artists can come from active duty, reserves and honorably discharged veterans. If you, or someone you know, has a portfolio that includes drawings, paintings or sculpture, please email Museum deputy director Charles Grow at We need you to help continue the combat art mission… "Go to war; do art."⠀

Painting:"A Little Light Reading, Marines Enjoy the Morning" by Marine Staff Sgt. Kristopher Battles. This painting is part of the National Museum of the Marine Corps Art Collection and will be in display in our new Combat Art Gallery in 2017.

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#wednesdaywisdom "The value of close air support for ground troops as provided by these Marine flyers cannot be measured in words." ~ LtGen Robert L. Eichelberger, U.S. Army .
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Oorah @nolaelliffe!! Thank you for your service! Semper Fidelis ・・・
Strolling through @usmcmuseum was a truly inspiring experience. I will never regret my decision to join the #MarineCorps 🇺🇸 #SgtType #marineveteran #pioneereastcoasttour @findyourhappiness #nolaelliffe #bethankful