World War II Japanese Parachute
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum has in its archives an Imperial Japanese Army 50 kg (110 lb) Cargo Parachute made in June 1944 by Kokka Koku Heiki. Read more
This Montagnard Scythe, made in 1965, comes from South Vietnam and was donated by MG (Ret) Paul F. Smith, a 33-year veteran of the United States Army. While in Vietnam, he particpated in three campaigns and in 1966 was the Commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate), the first US Army combat unit to reach Vietnam. This scythe was used for cutting brush in the jungle.
National Airborne Day
Celebrating the 76th year of the first jump by the Test Platoon and the sixteenth anniversary of the museum
Letter to the men of the 101st Airborne Division, December 1944
This letter was issued by Acting Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, wishing the men of the 101st a Merry Christmas during the “Battle of Bulge”.
In it he commends the continuing resistance to the German Army’s offensive during the Siege of Bastogne in December 1944 and includes his famous reply of “Nuts” Read more
The Original 503rd “Rock” Insignia Design
Donation by Thomas M. McNeill
Last month the Airborne and Special Operations Museum received a very special donation. A painting of a design that would become the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team badge done by PFC Thomas M. McNeill. It is a very special artifact Read more
555th Parachute Infantry Battalion
In December 1943 the authorization of an all-black company with black officers as well as enlisted men was activated. All who joined must be volunteers. After several months of training the unit moved to Camp Mackall, North Carolina. Listen to the All American Legacy Podcast here!
1941 Parachutist Cap
A-8 Parachutist Cap, 1941
This type A-8 parachutist cap was used by Privet Lewis E. Brown, Company C, 501st Parachute Battalion, during 1941. The parachutist cap was used during the early history of the Airborne.
The 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, catapulted the United States into World War II and globalized the war by opening the Pacific Theater.
Korean War-Era Paratrooper’s Helmet
This M-1C Paratrooper’s Helmet was worn by (then) Lieutenant Colonel Eli D. Bernheim, Jr. while serving in the 511th, 187th of the 11th Airborne and later in the 187th Regimental Combat Team (Rakkasans). COL (Ret) Bernheim donated this helmet to the Airborne & Read more
Baseball and the United States Army:
An American Tradition
Major League Baseball will come to Fort Bragg early in July.
Visit our focus exhibit and find out about Babe Ruth in Fayetteville and some of the Army Soldiers that played professional baseball.
This piece of camouflage silk comes from the parachute used by SGT John Hinchliff on June 6, 1944 (D-Day) when he jumped into Normandy, France. SGT Hinchliff was serving with the 507th PIR in the 82nd Airborne Division when he used this parachute. SGT Hinchliff was still with the 507th when it was moved to the 17th Airborne Division, Read more
.32 ACP Pistol, AKA Welrod
.32 ACP Pistol, also known as a Welrod.
This .32 ACP pistol, known as a Welrod, was used by OSS operators and resistance forces behind enemy lines during World War 2. When fired the barrel slows the release of high pressure gases and quiets the weapon.
The Welrod was issued to OSS and Jedburg teams as an assassination weapon/covert weapon for missions in Nazi-occupied Europe in WWII. Read more
“First In . . . Last out”
This oil painting entitled “First in…Last Out” is by award-winning military and aviation artist James Dietz. It depicts the service of the XVIII Airborne Corps during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The XVIII Airborne Corps was the first headquarters to serve in Afghanistan and the last to leave.
The painting was a gift to the museum from the Association of the United States Army.
Original Oil Painting by Artist Tim Wallace
This original oil painting is one of many created by artist Tim Wallace while he was with the 1st PSYOPS Battalion, and is a part of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Archives. He was sent to Central and South America in 1989 to create PSYOPS artwork for the local people as well as to create anti-drug propoganda. Read more
“The Vietnam Veteran is Honored Here!”
The Month of May will start with the Inaugural Vietnam War Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday May 7th, 2016 in the ASOM Parade Field at 10:30am. This is a rain or shine event and will honor all Vietnam Veterans of all branches of Service in attendance. Guest speakers General (retired) James Lindsay and Colonel (retired) Kenneth Smith will honor the Vietnam Veteran and the 173D Brigade separate respectively. A gift will be given to all Vietnam Veterans and a Special Presentation will be provided by LTC (retired) Ray Schrump a five year POW from the war. The Focus Exhibit found in the lobby has Vietnam memorabilia and will be displayed through the month.
First Prop Blast Mug of the 503rd Parachute Battalion
For the month of November we are featuring the First Prop Blast Mug used by the 503rd Parachute Battalion, from WWII era.
The First Prop Blast for the 503rd Parachute Infantry Battalion.
The first prop blast mug was used by the 503rd Parachute Infantry Battalion. The first prop blast ceremony was conceived by Captain William P. Yarborough and First Lieutenant William T. Ryder for the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion in 1940 as a rite of passage for new Airborne Read more
General (Ret.) Henry Hugh Shelton Freefall Helmet
This freefall helmet was donated by General (Ret.) Henry Hugh Shelton in 2001 to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. General Shelton served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a culmination of his 38-year military career. Read more