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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.


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!


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


70 years ago today- September 2, 1945 the Japanese signed the official treaty ending the war. Later that afternoon soldiers from our 112th Cavalry Regiment landed at Tateyama,Japan as some of the first troops to occupy the island nation. Below is an excerpt from on oral history account taken by Glenn Johnson of one of our 112th soldiers, Bill Garbo ,who served as a machine gunner with Troop G.
"We landed on the afternoon of the signing of the peace agreement, which was September 2, 1945. We climbed down the nets off of the USS Lavaca (APA 180) just like we were making an invasion onto an island. We climbed down the nets, got in the Higgins boats; we circled, we formed waves, we went into the beach, and we landed. The ramp went down in the front of the Higgins boats, and out we ran. We assembled and we immediately went into the village of Tateyama, across the bay from Tokyo and Yokohama. It is naval air station that they call a "naval airdrome." It was similar to our Naval Base at Pensacola, Florida. They had navy seaplanes that went up and down a concrete ramp that just sort of went down into Tokyo Bay. That is where we landed.
We entered Tateyama through the city gates. Tateyama was an old, ancient city with a gate at each end; it was a walled city. We entered the gate at Tateyama, we formed two lines of troops, one on one side of the road and one on the other. We marched down through the stone streets past the buildings. They were little buildings and structures; there were no tall buildings in the city, as far as I can recall. They were all fairly short buildings. The town must have been about five miles from one end to the other. We marched through the winding streets, and there were no people waving or looking at us through the windows. Everybody had disappeared except the Japanese policeman. There was a Japanese policeman in a dark blue, almost black, suit. They had a cap on in addition to their uniform, and they stood every two or three blocks on a corner. They would bow real low as we marched by. Nobody talked; we just marched. There was no talking, singing, no cadence, or anything else.
So, we walked with rifles and side-arms, everything loaded, from one end of Tateyama to the other. When we got to the far end, we stopped long enough to eat K- rations that we had in our packs. We took our K-rations out and ate K-rations. Then we turned, marched back through the city, out the gate, and went down to set up our encampment there on the naval base, which was adjacent to the city. We had a long troop area with squad tents. The engineers came in, fixed up our tents for us, and set them up. The following days we spent on patrol throughout that part of Japan. I believe Colonel Hooper mentioned to me that we had a roughly sixty-square-mile area that we patrolled. I would take a Jeep and four men, and I would go up the road from Tateyama to a point and search everything from Tateyama to there. We would then turn around and come back. Other men would go south.
We were on a peninsula across from Tokyo, and this was a mountainous peninsula, which was honeycombed with caves. We immediately found the caves and were dispatched to search them. We went all through the caves, and we found a headquarters. They had something similar to Gunite concrete that they sprayed on the walls of the cave. So, you would be in a room in the mountain, and there were lights in there. It was like being in a big cave. They had large, round tables that were set up in this big room, and there were maps on the wall. They must have had a thousand telephones for communications, and these telephones looked like French telephones.
They were beautiful telephones, and I've often thought, "Boy! It would have been nice to have brought one of those back!" There were little tunnels, or corridors, that went in all directions. The corridors were about twelve feet wide, and they had an oval, vaulted ceiling. The walls and ceiling were all covered with what appeared to be Gunite material. You could walk through any of the tunnels and corridors, and you could run a cart through them. We didn't bring any Jeeps in, but they were actually big enough to take a Jeep through. They had little side rooms that went off [the corridor] that were full of rifles, ammunition, supplies, food, and soy sauce. The sauce was in big wooden vats. They had rooms that went off from the side of one of the main corridors for troops to sleep in. There were bunks stacked five or six high on each side. But they were all vacant. Everything was vacant except for the equipment that was there.
Everything was intact when we got there...We went through the caves and did this patrolling from the first day."

PFC Marley served with Company L, 143rd Infantry Regiment from January 4, 1944 till his death on August 28, 1944. He was initially listed as Missing in Action. Members of his family recently visited his grave in France. ...

Seventy one years ago today, Pfc. Francis E. Marley, who served with the 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, died in Motelimar, France. Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marley was the 5th of 10 children. Two of his brothers also served in the war, bur returned home. More than seven decades later, Michele Blythe Fecht along with her husband Andrew and two children Drew and Lyla visited her great uncle’s final resting place at Rhone American Cemetery.

10 years ago after the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina members of the Texas Army National Guard were called into service. Here one of our helicopters is helping place sandbags to try and dam up a broken levee. ...

Here members of the Texas Army National Guard respond to Louisianans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 10 years ago, the hurricane devastated the area. Stay tuned for a look back at how the TXMF provided support.

On March 15, 1961 at 10:30 pm in bad weather, Captain Gary Herod with the 182nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Texas Air National Guard took off from Ellington in his T-33. 10 minutes after takeoff he lost an engine, and the plane began to lose altitude. Instead of bailing out Captain Herod chose to stay in his plane directing it away from several Houston neighborhoods. Heralded as hero for sacrificing his life to save others, Herod was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Texas Meritorious Service Medal. He was survived by a wife, 9 months pregnant at the time, and a 3 year old daughter. ...


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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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