A Visit to the Arizona Military Museum
My Wife Went to the Mall and I Went to the Museum
March 12, 2010
I first heard about the Arizona Military Museum a couple of years ago shortly after I had published my Hub on Mathew Juan, who was the first Arizonan and eighth Native American killed in combat during World War I.
I was told that they might have information that I was looking for in
my continuing research on Mathew Juan. However, the museum is only
open from 1 - 4 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and from mid-2008
until sometime in the Fall of 2009 the museum was closed for repairs.
My wife and I had some business in Phoenix a couple of weekends ago and, when we finished our business I dropped my wife off at the giant Arizona Mills shopping mall while I went and spent from a few minutes after 1:00 to about fifteen minutes before closing visiting the museum.
Hub 29 for 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge
Meeting Some Interesting People
Not that it takes very long to visit the displays as it is just a small
two story building. However, the volunteer on duty that day was a
retired history teacher who is so passionate about history that he
literally lives it - he is very active in historical re-enactment
groups and seemed to have a half dozen or more characters that he
regularly impersonates at re-enactments. They are not famous
characters but foot soldier types from the Spanish Conquest to the
Civil War whose names have survived.
I also met some retired veterans, one of whom was an 18 year old Navy corpsman who was on duty working in a Navy hospital at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941 when it was attacked.
I also got to meet and listen to the gentleman who built the diorama for the Papago Park POW camp that I wrote about in my Hub, Arizona's Great World War II Prisoner of War Escape.
Entrence to Arizona Military Museum
The Arizona Military Museum located on the grounds of the Papago Park Military Reservation which now houses the headquarters of the Arizona Army National Guard. Papago Park used to be a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp and was the location of the Papago Park World War II POW Prison Compound.
The museum is operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society which is a private, non-profit corporation the purpose of which is described in the By-Laws as To enhance the appreciation of the military history of Arizona and the contributions of the Militia of Arizona and the Arizona National Guard to the State of Arizona and to the Nation…
Like most non-profit organizations, the Arizona Military Museum is heavily dependent upon volunteers.
The museum itself is relatively small but still growing and adding to its collections and displays which cover Arizona's military history from the arrival of the first Spanish Conquistadors to Arizonan participation in the current War on Terror and the combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition to help from volunteers, most of whom are veterans of the armed forces, the museum also receives many of the items in its displays as donations from people who wish to donate these to assist the museum in its efforts to preserve and share Arizona's military history.
Entrance to Arizona Military Complex - Arizona Military Museum Building is in Courtyard
U.S. Army Soldier with Uniform and Weapons from that Era
World War I Rifles and Campaign Decorations
Arizona Air National Guard Fighter Pilot - Circa 1961 Berlin Crisis
Soviet ZPU-4 Anti-Aircraft Artilliary
POW Display Section with Papago Park POW Camp Display in Background
Views of the Papago Park Military Reservation Outside Museum
Links to Some of My Other Hubs
- Mathew B. Juan Native American Hero of World War I
Sitting in the center of the dusty little Arizona town of Sacaton is a small park with a monument to its war dead. Little parks with monuments to those from the town who gave their lives in past wars are not...
- Arizona's Great World War II Prisoner of War Escape
In the 1963 movie The Great Escape, Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborourgh are cast in the roles of Allied prisoners of war in a Nazi POW camp Stalag Luft III. Despite the fact that the...
- Arizona Military Museum Home Page
Website of the Arizona Military Museum
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