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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.

Donations

The Texas Military Forces Museum has embarked upon an ambitious Master Plan to bring our facility into the 21st Century. Phase 1 is complete, and we have started a Capital Campaign to raise 4 million dollars to complete the remaining phases of the master plan and create a 1 million dollar operational endowment to ensure the museum’s ability to continue to operate as a state-of-the-art institution well into the future.
We accept donations of time and artifacts as well!

Research

The library and archives are open by appointment for research to all members of the public. The museum maintains an incredible archive of various materials including:carrigan
  • World War I Service cards for every Texan who served
  • Extensive research library
  • World War II card file for the 36th Infantry Division
  • 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


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After our last post of 1940s women's fashion we thought it only fair to include these stylish 1940's men fashions. ...

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Some 4th of July fashions from the 1941 Sears and Roebuck catalog. ...

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The museum will be open regular hours 10 am to 4 pm on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. ...

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Howitzers delivered in 30 minutes or they're free ;o)

Another photo from the Texas National Guard's annual training.
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A CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter from the 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion delivers a 105mm Howitzer from the 1st BN 133d Field Artillery during an air assault exercise with live artillery fire on June 24th. The 36th Infantry Division Soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard have been at Fort Hood for two weeks conducting a series of training events. (36th Infantry Division photo by MAJ Randy Stillinger)

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Yesterday- June 25th was the 65th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Only the Texas Air National Guard was mobilized for Korea but those units -combined into the 136th Fighter Bomber Wing- distinguished themselves in combat and service.

Here is one incredible story of pilots holding up another plane mid flight with their wings as told by a Texas Air National Guard historian titled "Two Chances"

Not too long after the Texans arrived at K-2, a large sign appeared on the flight line. It made everyone realize that life can be very fleeting. The sign read.
‘Cheer up! You have two chances. You’ll either come back on the same flight or you won’t. If you come back, you have nothing to worry about. If you don’t, you still have two chances. You’ll evade or you won’t. If you evade, you have nothing to worry about. If you don’t, you still have two chances. You’ll escape or you won’t. If you escape you have nothing to worry about. If you don’t you still have two chances. You’ll come out alive or you won’t. If you come out alive you have nothing to worry about. If you die --- well, you still have two chances.’ The sign proved true for some of the Texas Pilots.
November 16, 1951 Captains John L. Paladino(Pal), Jack R. Miller, First Lieutenants Wood S. McArthur and William Howard were on a rail cutting mission at the marshalling yard outside Inaju, North Korea close to the Yalu River. After bombing and strafing, the four F-84 Thunderjets rolled out, climbed up to a high altitude and headed for home. The flight leader Paladino called in a check-in on damage to the targets and themselves.
Right after the check-in, the other three pilots were shocked to see Captain Paladino’s F-84 do some strange maneuvers. Pulling alongside, Captain Miller could see that Paladino was tugging at his oxygen mask. Suddenly Pal’s Thunderjet banked sharply to the right and rolled into a fast dive, realizing that Captain Paladino was approaching the off limits town of Kaesong, Miller and the others dived after him.
Paladino’s aircraft broke the sound barrier and then pitched up. Rising almost perpendicularly, the airplane went slower and slower until it stalled then went into a steep Mach dive. The other three pilots shouted into their radios asking if Pal was O.K. All they heard was a feeble yes then total silence. Next his plane went crazy again. By now the other three had diagnosed that Captain Paladino’s trouble was anoxia (lack of oxygen). Yelling to throttle back, the flyers watched as Paladino’s jet level off, climbing slightly and still streaking through the skies at 500 miles per hour. Captain Miller quickly radioed Lt. McArthur.
“Woody, get in front of Pal and give him a jet blast. Maybe the bouncing will revive him.”
Before McArthur could maneuver his F84 Thunderjet, Miller saw Captain Paladino slump over the stick. Thinking fast he got back on the horn.
“Woody, slip under and catch Pal’s right wing-tip. I’ll get the wing on this side. We’ve gotta get him downstairs.”
Gently Captain Miller and Lt. McArthur slid up to Paladino’s aircraft. Cautiously, all four airplanes headed back to the barn. Each time Captain Paladino’s F84 started to fall off into a turn, McArthur and Miller would pick up his wings with the tips of their wings. Dropping down 1,000 feet a minute, the three pilots kept shouting in the radios for Paladino to snap out of it. On the way down Lt. McArthur’s wing flicked up too hard, snapping Pal’s Thunderjet into an uncontrolled bank to the left. As fast as lighting, Captain Miller put his wing under Captain Paladino’s wing bringing him back to level flight. At 17,000 feet, Paladino began to move around. 15,000 feet and the captain was shaking his head. Finally at 13,000 feet Paladino was heard on the radio. “Oh my aching head,’ and sluggish took over the controls of his aircraft.
His teammates had flown his airplane for 15 minutes in one of the most unusual episodes in aviation history. 30 minutes later acting like nothing had happened, and that this type of combat mission occurred every day, all four were pouring cream in their coffee back at K-2
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Contact Us

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

Come Visit

Here are detailed directions on how to get to the museum.

To find out about upcoming events visit our events page.

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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