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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
  • 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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On May 1, 1945, soldiers from Company A, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division captured Field Marshall Gerd Von Rundstedt. One of the high profile captures by the 36th as WWII came to an end in Europe: www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/36division/archives/seigfri/prize.htm
Last year a pistol belonging to Von Runstedt's son,who was captured along with him, was donated to the museum.
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Our Texas soldiers are often sent far afield, for both war and peacetime duties, our soldiers have been to Iraq, Egypt, Bosnia, Europe, Africa, South America the South Pacific and many other places. Recently we discovered a list of foreign awards presented to Texas soldiers from 1900 through 1925. On this list was a Chinese Award of the Double Dragon( real title is Military Order of the Dragon) presented to (then) Captain Clifton C. Kinney. Capt. Kinney was part of the 9th US Infantry which took part in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900-1901:
Boxer Rebellion:
July 13th. The combined forces, of which about 900 were Americans attacked the walled city of Tien-Tsin, which was entered and occupied on July 14th.
August 4th. The combined forces of about 16,000 men, of which over 2,000 were Americans, left Tien-Tsin for the relief of the legations in Peking.
August 5th. Battle of Peit-tsang.
August 6th. Battle of Yang-tsun; American casualties nine killed and sixty-four wounded.
August 14th. The American troops fought their way through the Chinese city of Peking and entered the Tartar city through the sluice gate.
August 15th. The American troops attacked and carried in succession all the gates leading to the Forbidden City from the Chien Gate, and established guards to hold them.
During August and September, 1900, the American troops sent out minor expeditions in the vicinity of Peking. They retained administrative control of nearly one-fourth of Peking till May, 1901, by which time all American troops, except one company, as legation guard, had left China.
The relief of the foreign legations in Peking, for which the China Relief Expedition was organized, having been accomplished, a formal final review of the American troops in Peking was held on October 1st by Major-General Chaffee, in honor of the Honorable E. H. Conger, Minister of the United States of America ; and, to perpetuate the memories of the campaign, the officers of the expedition organized The Military Order of the Dragon.
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We are very saddened to note the passing of Sgt. Thomas Dunne, who served with Company H, 141st Infantry Regiment during WWII. We had the honor of speaking with Mr. Dunne and Ross Glover last September at the 36th Infantry Division Assoc, reunion about what it was like to be a 30 cal. gunner. Sadly both Mr. Glover ( standing) and Mr. Dunne (in the wheelchair) have passed since this photo was taken. Our condolences to his family and friends. ...

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Video of our first Vietnam reeanactment held at Camp Mabry during Open House weekend. The event started at dusk and heavy rain had just passed through. A big thank you to the Vietnam vets and their families who braved the weather to share in this event honoring their service and sacrifice. A thank you also to our reenactors as well who had to present a WWII battle at 3pm and do a quick change to present this battle at 7:30 pm both with heavy downpours. ...

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Texas Cavalry Medal

During World War I, Texas raised and trained two brigades of cavalry in anticipation of their mobilization in January 1919 and subsequent service on the battlefields of France. The sudden end of the Great War on November 11, 1918 precluded the mobilization of the brigades and made their members ineligible of the World War I Victory medal. In 1922, the Texas Congressional Delegation lobbied for approval of a medal to recognize the unique service of these troops. On April 16, 1924 the United States Congress authorized the issuance of the Texas Cavalry Medal to those who served in the two brigades. The medal was designed by Anthony De Francisci and authorized by Public Law 91 of the 68th Congress and is a lasting testament t o the patriotism and dedication to duty of Texas Cavalrymen during the First World War.

While only 840 Texas Cavalry Service Medals were issued for WWI service over 3,500 were made. The Texas Military Forces Museum has 10 boxes of the medals with approximately 280 medals per box! All still in the original boxes with tissue intact.
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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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