Museum Highlights

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National Museum of the United States Army
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The National Museum of the U.S. Army will be the the Army's national landmark and will provide the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions.

MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS

HU-1 "Huey" Helicopter

The “Huey” was the iconic helicopter of the Vietnam War. HU-1 helicopters arrived in Vietnam in 1962 as aerial ambulances. The designation was later changed to UH-1, for utility helicopters, but the nickname remained.

The Huey was upgraded to a larger version, the UH-1H, with a more powerful engine in 1963. It was a versatile aircraft flying a wide variety of missions including air assault, cargo transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue, electronic warfare, and ground attack.

Medal of Honor Gallery & Garden

The Medal of Honor Garden is a dedicated outdoor space that will identify and honor Army recipients for the highest award of valor bestowed by the United States. Compelling displays will describe the extraordinary service and sacrifice of Soldier recipients. The Garden is separated into three areas, each emphasizing one of the three values exemplified by awardees: Valor, Gallantry, and Intrepidity.

World War I Immersion Experience

As visitors emerge from the “trench,” cast figures, lighting effects, imagery, and sounds of distant battle draw visitors into a theatrical setting, which is based on a famous photograph of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Viewed by visitors atop a glass and steel bridge, splintered trees and advancing American Soldiers maneuvering amidst the battle wreckage convey the bleak situation.

A film will be shown that plunges visitors into scenes of trench warfare and relays the U.S. Army’s contributions to the war effort. Continuing inside the tableaux a nearby 1917 FT-17 tank, against a backdrop of recruiting posters augment the experience.

M3 Bradley Calvary Fighting Vehicle

Assigned to A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry (the “Apaches”) the M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle in Gallery 10 helped lead the way in the 2003 charge from Kuwait to Baghdad and was essential to gaining control of several key positions including Baghdad International Airport before the advance into the city.

During 48 hours of constant and bitter fighting, the squadron stopped several Iraqi infantry and armor advances and pushed just beyond their objective to strike at an Iraqi Republican Guard tank battalion. By the end of their fight, the cavalrymen had destroyed 20 T-72 tanks and thoroughly blunted all enemy counterattacks, thereby allowing the US to secure the airport and open the door to Iraq’s capital city.

D-Day Higgins Boat

The Higgins assault boat, known officially as a Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP), landed more Allied troops on beaches in Europe and the Pacific than all other types of landing craft combined. Designed by Louisiana boat builder Andrew Higgins, these small boats could carry 36 combat-loaded troops, or a jeep and 12 men. The boats were constructed with plywood hulls and had the capability to slide on to a landing beach, lower the front ramp, discharge cargo and troops, and quickly turn around in the surf to pick up another load.

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