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tel: 512-782-5659

Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum

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. The museum displays dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, trucks, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, observation aircraft and towed artillery pieces. 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 always FREE.

HOURS are:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Office staff is available Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

Visit The Museum

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An informative video about the museum:
Telling Stories-Texas Military Forces Museum

Looking for an activity for the kids to during your visit? Print out our SCAVENGER HUNT

Research

The library and archives are open by appointment for research to all members of the public. Please call for an appointment. The museum maintains an incredible archive of various materials including:

World War I Service cards for every Texan who served

Link to WWI records online at Familysearch.org

  • Extensive research library
  • World War II card file for the 36th Infantry Division.  Link to PDFs- 36th Infantry Division Roster WWII
  • Thousands of original documents from the Texas National Guard from 1910 to the present day
  • Photo archive of pictures related to the Texas Military Forces

Contact Us

Phone: 512-782-5659
Email: txmilmuseum@gmail.com
Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5218
Austin, Tx 78763

Address for a GPS :  3038 West 35th St. 78703


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#ThursdayThoughts Remembering soldiers who've made the ultimate sacrifice.

General Dahlquist, Commander 36th Infantry Division at the funeral of his aide Lt. Wells Lewis in late October 1944.

Lt. Lewis was the eldest son of Sinclair Lewis ,the first American to receive the Nobel prize for literature. Lt. Lewis was killed while he, Gen Dahlquist and several others where discussing how to reach the 1st Bn, 141st Infantry Regiment which had been cut off in the Vosges mountain.

Lewis was shot while standing next to the General his blood splattered Dahlquist's uniform. Lewis' death effected Gen. Dahlquist deeply, in a letter to Sinclair Lewis he noted “He was dead before I laid him on the ground. I was present at the services, and it was as though my own son was being buried.”
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During WWII MG Fred Walker commanded the 36th Inf. Division during WWI he was a Captain in the 3rd Inf. Div. This is a photograph from his collection of dispatch riders from the 3rd ID Headquarters in 1919. ...

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An important find in the files today. 1945 Easter Greeting from General Mark Clark to General Fred Walker!

Walker had been one of Clark's instructors and they had a very strained relationship when Clark rose to a higher command in charge of the 5th Army in Italy. The relationship was forever changed by the battle of the Rapido River in January 1944 in which Clark ordered the 36th to make a disastrous, suicidal attack against the Germans across the Gari river who held the high ground at the town of Cassino.

The 36th took 80-90% casualties among many of its units and the attack was called off after 2 attempts with the shattering of the 141st and 143rd Infantry Regiments. Gen. Walker's command was reorganized after this defeat and he was eventually transferred back stateside to command the Infantry School at Ft. Benning Ga.

After the war, officers with the 36th Infantry Division manged to convince the US senators from Texas to have Senate hearings held to try and bring General Mark Clark down in rank. They failed but Mark Clark continued to be unwelcome to many 36th Infantry Division veterans.
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In another of the odd celebrity shots from the Texas Air National Guard photographs/Ellington AFB we have Martha Raye being made an Honorary Member of the 147th "Ace in the Hole" Wing. 1960-70's? ...

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While looking through some old photographs which came from Ellington AFB, Texas Air National Guard we found this great image from 1931 with a couple of dapper young Guardsmen working on a plane. It brings to mind the song:
Those magnificent men in their flying machines,
they go up tiddly up up,
they go down tiddly down down.
They enchant all the ladies and steal all the scenes,
with their up tiddly up up
and their down tiddly down down.

Up, down, flying around,
looping the loop and defying the ground.

They're all frightfully keen,
those magnificent men in their flying machines.
They can fly upside with their feet in the air,
They don"t think of danger, they really don"t care.
Newton would think he had made a mistake,
To see those young men and the chances they take.

Those magnificent men in their flying machines,
they go up tiddly up up,
they go down tiddly down down.
They enchant all the ladies and steal all the scenes,
with their up tiddly up up
and their down tiddly down down.

Up, down, flying around,
looping the loop and defying the ground.

They're all frightfully keen,
those magnificent men in their flying machines.
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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 The Civil War brochure.

 

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