Monthly Feature

April 2015, Monthly Feature

World War II Japanese Parachute

WWII Japanese ParachuteThe 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

April 2017, Monthly Feature

Paratroopers Ansewring the Call

“Paratroopers Answering the Call”

As part of the 100th Anniversary of the 82D Airborne Division we are linking to the Podcast put out by the Division. Listen to the All American Legacy Podcast here!



August 2015, Monthly Feature

Montagnard Scythe

Montagnard ScytheThis 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. 
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December 2014, Monthly Feature

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”. To the German Commander, "NUTS"

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

February 2015, Monthly Feature

The Original 503rd “Rock” Insignia Design

 Donation by Thomas M. McNeill

503RD Original Patch ArtLast 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

January 2015, Monthly Feature

1941 Parachutist Cap

A-8 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.

January 2017, Monthly Feature

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.






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July 2015, Monthly Feature

Korean War-Era Paratrooper’s Helmet

COL (RET) ELI BERNHEIMThis 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

July 2016, Focus Exhibit

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.

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June 2015, Monthly Feature

D-Day Parachute

Parachute 20 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

March 2015, Monthly Feature

.32 ACP Pistol, AKA Welrod

.32 ACP Pistol, 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

March 2016, Monthly Feature

 “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.





May 2015, Monthly Feature

Original Oil Painting by Artist Tim Wallace

Wallace PaintingThis 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

May 2016, Focus Exhibit

“The Vietnam Veteran is Honored Here!”

Vietnam Banner (4)

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.

November 2014, Monthly Feature

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.

Prop Blast

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

September 2015, Monthly Feature

General (Ret.) Henry Hugh Shelton Freefall Helmet

TGEN Shelton Freefall Helmet (3)his 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

Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation
100 Bragg Blvd.
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(910) 643-2778
Museum Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Closed Mondays and Federal Holidays
Open Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veteran’s Day

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation supports the museum with marketing, advertising and financial support for its programs and exhibits. Opening the doors on August 16th, 2000, the 60th anniversary of the original United States Army’s Test Platoon’s first parachute jump, the museum offers free admission, a main exhibit gallery, temporary gallery, four-story tall theater, video theater and a motion simulator ride. It is located in Historic Downtown Fayetteville on the corner of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street, adjacent to the city’s Freedom Memorial Park and the recently built North Carolina Veteran’s Park. The main gallery is designed as a self-guiding tour, in chronological order, through the history of the airborne and special operations soldiers, from 1940 to the present. The temporary gallery changes throughout the year and displays a myriad of exhibits pertaining to the United States Army, airborne and special operation units through their history and conflicts from World War II to the present. For a nominal fee visitors can ride the 24 seat motion simulator. Find our privacy policy here.

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