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36th Infantry Division Gallery

In many ways the heart of the museum, this gallery covers the story of the 36th Infantry Division from its creation in July 1917 to its reorganization in 1968 and reactivation in 2004. The role of the division in World War I and World War II are extensively covered.

Among the many highlights in this gallery are:

  • a display commemorating members of the division who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II;
  • an exhibit telling the story of the Choctaw Code-talkers of World War I;


  • A complete field surgeons kits used by Captain William H. Ogden while serving with the division in the First World War;
  • uniforms and weapons used by American Doughboys during World War I;
  • dioramas depicting the 36th Division’s amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, the battle of the Rapido River, the breakout from the Anzio beachhead at Velletri and the Invasion of Southern France;


  • uniforms, weapons and radio equipment used by American GIs during World War II;
  • film footage of the Battle of San Pietro;
  • artifacts used by American POWs;
  • special exhibits on the 111th Medical Battalion, the 111th Engineers, the 753rd Tank Battalion and the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion;
  • the regimental silver of the 142nd Infantry Regiment — made out of silver objects looted by the Nazis and captured by the regiment when it overran a German supply convoy late in the war;
  • souvenirs brought home by members of the division including:
    • a wooden Nazi eagle taken from Fishorn castle were the 36th Division took the surrender of Hermann Goring,
    • a cap belonging to Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. Which was found in Rommel’s home when it was used as a battalion headquarters by the 141st Infantry Regiment


  • A silver presentation piece presented to Max Amin, publisher of Mein Kamp and Nazi Party member number 3, on his 50th birthday;
  • weapons and uniforms used by the men of the 36th Infantry Division during the Cold War.

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