This smaller exhibit gallery allows for the presentation of stories not told in the main gallery, and changes from time to time. Located just to the side of the main exhibit gallery, this space is open during regular museum hours.
From the museum’s first special exhibit, which displayed a collection of Army artwork, to the high-tech Soldiers: The Global War on Terrorism exhibit that incorporated four large flat-screen monitors, the gallery is designed to cover an ever changing and wide variety of topics.
Past exhibits include:
- Army Art
- From Dunn to D-Day: Remembering Bill Lee
- Korea: A War Remembered
- Evolution of Our Community: Fort Bragg and Fayetteville
- Evolution of a Friendship: German-American Relations
- Crossing the Rhine: The 17th Airborne
- De Oppresso Liber: Special Forces at 50
- Soldiers: The Global War on Terrorism
- Vietnam: A War Remembered
- The Animal Called POW
- Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu
Fort Bragg – 100 Years
This year – 2018 – marks the 100th anniversary of many globally, nationally, and locally significant events. This special exhibit commemorates some of those centennial events.
More than four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during World War I – the Great War, the War to End All Wars.
Our own 82nd Airborne Division, known in 1918 as the 82nd Division, started its legacy during World War I. The “All American“ nickname reflected the then unique composition of the 82nd — it had soldiers from all 48 states.
During World War I, nearly 120,000 US soldiers died from combat injuries and disease. Another 200,000 were wounded. This represents a casualty rate far greater than during World War II.
World War I led to social upheaval in the US. More than 350,000 African Americans served in the US military, as did Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, and members of other minority groups. Puerto Ricans were first given the right to become American citizens. And, for the first time, women joined the ranks of the US Armed Forces.
As the US ramped up to send troops to far away battlefields and join a war that had already been raging for nearly three years, new military installations had to be created.
Local and state leaders from the Fayetteville, NC, area successfully politicked to get one of these new bases nearby. Named after GEN Braxton Bragg, the War Department order creating the installation was published on 21 August 1918, it was officially established on 4 September 1918, and construction began on 16 September 1918. From its inception as a long range artillery installation, this base included an airfield, named after 1LT Harley Pope.
Then and now, the relationships between the local community and troops stationed at Fort Bragg have been at the core of its success.
So please join us in commemorating these significant centennial events.
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