|WORLD WAR II GALLERY
World at War
This exhibit is the entrance to the World War II Gallery. It explains how WWII began and highlights significant events throughout.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor shocked complacently isolationist America, and signaled the beginning of the war for the Marines. Includes rare radio clips from the period around the attack.
This exhibit depicts Montford Point at Camp Lejune, North Carolina, where African Americans recruits received training until the Corps was integrated in 1949.
Amphibious Improvisations: Equipment
Presents the challenges faced by Marines due to the gap between amphibious doctrine and amphibious assault capabilities. On display are an M3 Stuart tank and a 75mm pack howitzer.
Weapons of War
This exhibit features the various weapons of war used by both the Marines and the enemy during WWII.
Features America's first offensive against Japan in the southern Solomon Islands. On display is a 37mm anti-tank gun and an F4F Wildcat overhead. Includes Oral Hitories on the Battle for Guadalcanal and detailed 3-D artifact models.
The Marines' Air War
This exhibit describes the Marine's air war during WWII.
Visitors see films and newsreels from the Pacific War, and learn what it was like for those at home waiting on news from loved ones overseas.
Central Pacific Campaigns
This exhibit recounts the story of the Central Pacific Campaigns. Includes a video about the landing at Pelelieu.
M4 Sherman Tank
This display features an M4A3 Sherman Tank, mounted with a 75mm gun, a .50 caliber machine gun, and two .30 caliber light machine guns.
Flag Over Mt. Suribachi
Both the small and large American flags raised on Mt. Suribachi are displayed on a rotating schedule. This display features the original, smaller flag that was raised.
2nd Flag Over Mt. Suribachi
This display features the second, larger American flag that was raised on Mt. Suribachi.
Casualties On Iwo Jima
Some 6,000 small Marine and U.S. Navy insignias represent the cost in human lives to take the island of Iwo Jima. Includes videos of an Iwo Jima briefing and the Landing at Iwo Jima.
Navajo Code Talkers
This exhibit tells the story of the Navajo Code Talkers, and what a vital role they played in WWII. Includes a photo gallery of Navajo Code Talker artwork.
This exhibit displays the story of the planned invasion of Japan, the eventual surrender of Japan after the devestating A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the occupation that followed.
Fate of the POWs
This exhibit tells the story of the POWs during WWII.