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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.

Visit The Museum

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

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

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#wednesdaywisdom An excerpt from the Will of Captain Waskow, killed in action with the Company B, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th ID on December 14, 1943:
Here with my last will and testament:
Greetings:

If you get to read this, I will have died in defense of my country and all that it stands for--the most honorable and distinguished death a man can die. It was not because I was willing to die for my country, however--I wanted to live for it--just as any other person wants to do. It is foolish and foolhardy to want to die for one’s country, but to live for it is something else.
To live for one’s country is, to my mind, to live a life of service; to--in a small way--help a fellow man occasionally along the way, and generally to be useful and to serve. It also means to me to rise up in all our wrath and with overwhelming power to crush any oppressor of human rights.
That is our job--all of us--as I write this, and I pray God we are wholly successful.
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On September 22-23, 1944 the town of Remiremont in France was liberated by the 142nd Infantry Division. Yesterday the town held a ceremony to commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of the event and honor those Allied soldiers who gave their lives to liberate the town. In September 1945 on the one year anniversary of the liberation the village presented a flag to the 36th Infantry Division in honor of the service of the 142nd IR. The black and white picture show the flag being presented to General Dahlquist. Pictures from the ceremony yesterday courtesy of Michael Basilone Remy ...

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Pvt. Shanklin served with Company C, 143rd Infantry Regiment. at 1330 hours on September 22, 1944 Company C attacked the German held town of Eloyes. Bitter house to house fighting continued for 5 hours before the town was cleared. After clearing the town Company C went into position on a hill 500 yards north of Eloyes on the high ground. 16 other men from Company C were wounded in the engagement which killed Pvt. Shanklin.
Those men were:
Edward Baldridge
Christopher Beattie
Fred Belmondo
Casmir Biel
Daniel Caccavale
Adrian Chatham
John Clements
Raymond Mester
Stanley Michalski
William Seraby
Stanley Serey
Thomas Skukan
Charles Smith
Michael Soldo
Andrew Tribes
Sheldon Wohlwerth
Gravestone photograph from the American Battle Monuments Commission
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We recently have been getting digital copies of photographs from the Texas State Library and Archives John Hulen collection. The top photograph of an early 1900s Texas National Guard rifle team at the National Rifle Matches came from their collection. The next photo from our collection which is very similar is a 1908 version of the same event. The man in the center of both images is Lt. Col. Oscar C Guessaz who was an expert marksman. In the 1909 match he won third place in the Press Match, the price was $10 ...

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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

Hours

Museum is open to the public:     Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Museum staff are available:         Monday to Friday 7 am to 5 pm

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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