The ASOM Showcases Local WWII Veteran in New D-Day Exhibit

Recently, the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum opened its new temporary exhibit titled “D-Day: Freedom from Above.” This exhibit allows visitors to experience the Normandy Invasion through the …

Hidden Treasures of the ASOM: The Riddell Helmet

Learn how America’s first Paratroopers used football helmets from West Point’s football team.

ASOM Brings Local D-Day Stories to Life Through New Interactive Exhibit

Recently, the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) opened its new temporary exhibit titled “D-Day: Freedom From Above.” This exhibit allows visitors to experience the Normandy Invasion through the eyes of the …

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11th and honors military veterans. Why was this date chosen, and what is the history …

Operation HUMP

Operation HUMP was a search and destroy operation initiated by United States and Australian forces on November 5th, 1965, during the Vietnam War. Involving the U.S. 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment , 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, …

Three Facts About the 101st Airborne Division

The 101st Airborne Division was activated on August 16, 1942, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. In his first address to 101st soldiers, commander Major General William Lee said that though the division …

The Incredible Story of First Sergeant Leonard Alfred Funk Jr.

First Sergeant Leonard Alfred Funk Jr. (August 27, 1916 – November 20, 1992) was a United States Army Medal of Honor recipient and one of the most decorated soldiers and paratroopers of World War II. He served with …

The Battle of Mogadishu

Events Leading Up To The Attack In 1992, the U.S. (in support of the U.N.) launched a humanitarian mission to halt widespread starvation in Somalia. Almost right away, militias led by …

The History Behind the 82nd Airborne Patch

The “AA” arm patch, worn by all 82nd Airborne soldiers, stands for “All American,” the nickname given to the division when it was first formed at Camp Gordon, Georgia, in …

Three Things to Know About POW/MIA Day

The key phrase behind the national POW/MIA remembrance movement, which honors Soldiers who were taken as prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action, is “you are …