1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum The 1st Armored Division & Ft. Bliss Museum is located on historic Ft. Bliss, Texas. The museum pre Closed on all Federal Holidays

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One of the missions of the 1st Armored Division museum is to tell the stories of the men and women who have served in th...
09/10/2021

One of the missions of the 1st Armored Division museum is to tell the stories of the men and women who have served in the Division since it's inception in July 1940. Darwin Swenson served as a half-track and truck driver with A Company, 6th Armored Infantry during World War II. His four pocket wool service uniform and a sketch that he drew that shows the fighting against German Forces in Tunisia in December 1942 are just a small part of his artifacts that are in the 1AD collection. These artifacts and others belonging to Swenson will be on display when the museum reopens after roof repairs are completed. At this time we do not know when we will reopen but we will let our followers know. We want to thank everyone for their understanding, patience and continued support. Best Regards, Stay Safe, the 1AD museum staff.

Photos from 1st Armored Division's post
07/29/2021

Photos from 1st Armored Division's post

07/15/2021

A very happy 81st Birthday to the Iron Division today. Here’s to another 100+ years being Armored Tip of the Spear.

The 1st Armored Division and Ft Bliss museum just recently completed a nearly 2 year acquisition project and now we are ...
07/01/2021

The 1st Armored Division and Ft Bliss museum just recently completed a nearly 2 year acquisition project and now we are honored and humbled to be the caretakers of a 60mm M224A1 Lightweight Company Mortar. This mortar and its components were property of A Company 1st Battalion 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division.

This mortar tube sustained battle damage during an insurgent mortar attack on US and Afghan coalition forces during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel/Resolute Support in the Nawa District of the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in July 2017. A 1st Armored Division Soldier who was a mortar man and part of this mortar gun team was killed in action during this insurgent mortar attack. According to reports two other Soldier’s assigned to this mortar crew were also wounded in action during this mortar attack.

Private First Class Hansen Bradee Kirkpatrick was born on October 10, 1997 in Crescent City, California. He later moved to Wasilla, Alaska where he joined the US Army in February 2016. In June 2016 Kirkpatrick completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia and he became an indirect fire infantryman. PFC Kirkpatrick was assigned to A Company, 2nd Platoon 1st Battalion 36th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas. On January 10, 2017, PFC Kirkpatrick deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Armored Division. He was killed in action on July 3, 2017 from wounds received during an indirect fire mortar attack. He is buried at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Anchorage Borough Alaska.

The 1st Armored Division Museum is currently in the process of a redesign and remodel and the addition of this mortar to the museum will add significantly to the Global War on Terrorism portion of the 1st Armored Divisions unit History and will serve as an inherent reminder of the daily sacrifices of our men and women in uniform who defend our freedoms that we share and enjoy today.

On this July 3, 2021 we pause to remember the ultimate sacrifice paid and honor the memory of PFC Hansen Kirkpatrick. IRON SOLDIERS, DEEDS NOT WORDS.

06/17/2021

Important events from this date in history from the 1st Cavalry Division who was stationed at Ft. Bliss from 1921 until 1943.

05/31/2021
Veterans Day vs Memorial Day

On this day we honor the sacrifice of those that never got a chance to take off the uniform for the last time, as they gave the last full measure in service of their country.

As we continue to honor Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observances we would like to present another rema...
05/13/2021

As we continue to honor Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observances we would like to present another remarkable Asian American Hero: Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura.

Korean War veteran Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura is a native of New Mexico, where he was born on October 6, 1925. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1906 from Kyushu, Japan. It was in grammar school where he was nick-named “Hershey” by one of his teachers who was unable to pronounce Hiroshi”. After graduating from High School in 1943, Miyamura was drafted by the US Army in 1944. His initial duty station was at Camp Blanding, Florida then later sent for further training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he was assigned to the all-Japanese (Nisei) 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Since he was underage Miyamura was unable to ship out with the 442nd, and later when he was old enough he joined the unit in Naples, Italy in May 1945 but the war had already ended in Europe. The 442nd was re-assigned to occupation duties and afterwards, he returned to the US with the 442nd and marched in review for President Truman. Miyamura returned to the United States and enlisted in the Army Reserves and when the Korean War started in June 1950 he was recalled to Active Duty and ultimately assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division.

On the night of 24 April 1951, Cpl. Miyamura would come face to face with the enemy in a heroic fight which would later earn him the Congressional Medal of Honor. While occupying a defensive position, his company came under attack by Chinese troops threatening to overrun the position. Cpl. Miyamura, a machine-gun squad leader, aware of the imminent danger to his men, unhesitatingly jumped from his shelter wielding his bayonet in close hand-to-hand combat killing approximately 10 enemy soldiers then returning to his position, administered first aid to the wounded while directing their evacuation.
Soon afterward, as another assault hit, he manned his machine-gun and delivered withering gunfire until his ammunition was expended. Ordering his squad to withdraw, he stayed behind to render the gun inoperative. He then bayoneted his way through infiltrated enemy soldiers to a second gun emplacement and assisted in its operation. When the intensity of the attack necessitated the withdrawal of the company, Cpl Miyamura ordered his men to fall back again while he remained to provide cover as they made their move toward safety. In that second short attack, he killed over 50 enemy troops before depleting his ammunition again but this time, he was severely wounded.

Despite his painful wounds, he maintained his magnificent stand, and continued to repel the enemy until his position was over-run. When last seen by fellow Americans who did manage to escape, he was fighting ferociously against an overwhelming number of Chinese soldiers. Wounded and out of ammunition, Miyamura’s next form of defense was to play dead in a ditch among many dead from the prior night’s fight. Eventually, he was captured that morning on April 25th and spent the next 27 ½ months in a Chinese prisoner of war camp near the Yalu River.

After a long torturous imprisonment in which he saw many of his fellow American POW’s die painful deaths from wounds, mal-nourishment, disease, and starvation, he was finally freed on August 23, 1953. The POW release took place at Freedom Village near Panmunjom. As he made his way through the crowd of POW’s, he heard an Army General Officer calling out to him who asked, “Are you Corporal Hiroshi H. Miyamura?” Thinking he was being sought to be court martialed for something he may have done on the night of his last battle, Miyamura nervously responded that he was.
To his amazement, the general extended his hand with the stunning announcement, "Congratulations. You've been awarded the Medal of Honor".

For young Corporal Miyamura, that statement was unbelievable. Just as the Chinese had held the secret of Miyamura’ s capture for more than a year, the United States Army had maintained a secret about the young soldier for the 28 months of his imprisonment. Later Corporal Miyamura was told the reason for the award’s secrecy. Had the Chinese captors known of his award, "You might not be here, alive, today."

Two months later, Miyamura was invited to the White House as a guest of honor where President Eisenhower personally presented him with the MEDAL OF HONOR on October 27, 1953.

The US Army NCO Heritage and Education Center at Fort Bliss, Texas currently has an exhibit showing Miyamura manning a .30 caliber air cooled machine gun somewhere on a Korean Hilltop on April 24, 1951.

During the month of May, the 1st Armored Division, Ft Bliss and NCO museums will celebrate Asian American Pacific Island...
05/03/2021

During the month of May, the 1st Armored Division, Ft Bliss and NCO museums will celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observances. Throughout our country’s history, Asian-Americans have made important contributions to the mission of the U.S. Army while undergoing many challenges and enduring many hardships.

One of the featured Soldier’s during this month is SPC. Joseph Hudson. Hudson, who is of Filipino ancestry was a member of the 507th Maintenance Company of Fort Bliss, Texas which was part of a convoy en route to support combat units during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) when the convoy came under attack near Nasiriya, Iraq. The ambush resulted in 11 U.S. Soldiers killed and 7 captured, including Hudson.

In a previous interview with Hudson, the recollection of the experience of being in combat and being captured and taken as a prisoner of war is an image that can’t be forgotten. Every detail of the assault on 23 March 2003, and the 22 days he spent as a POW (Prisoner of War) he recalls vividly. "The pain is still there, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about what happened to our unit,” he said.

On 13 April 2003, Hudson along with other 507th members and other POWs were rescued when their Iraqi captors abandoned their stations with the advance of U.S. troops on Nasiriya. In one of the photos below, SPC. Hudson is being led off a CH-46 Helicopter by one of the US Marines who rescued the prisoners.

SPC. Hudson and the other members of the 507th who were captured received a hero’s welcome back at Biggs Army Airfield and one iconic image that was shared worldwide was that of SPC. Hudson and another Soldier (PFC Patrick Miller also a POW and from the 507th) holding a US Flag and waving to the crowd of well-wishers.

The story of SPC. Joseph Hudson is one of many that shows the contributions, dedication and honor that Asian-Americans deserve recognition for. The 1st Armored Division, Ft Bliss and NCO Museum’s honor SPC. Joseph Hudson and all or Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

04/20/2021

For Military Monday, we would like to thank military personnel and their families for their service and invite them to enjoy their national parks.|
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Like many National Park Service sites, White Sands National Park has direct connections to the US military; we are bordered by Holloman Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range, and the US Army post of Fort Bliss.
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From WWII onward, the operations of our military neighbors have been at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and experimentation, particularly in support of essential defense and space exploration programs.
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Image Description: Historic 1947 black-and-white photo of visitors examining a German V2 rocket from White Sands Proving Ground. Children can be seen climbing inside and on top of the rocket, which is strapped lengthwise to a trailer.
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This very unique time in our Military History set the stage for many technological and strategic advancements that would...
04/19/2021

This very unique time in our Military History set the stage for many technological and strategic advancements that would be utilized in WWI, and happened right across the border from us.

In early 1916 the Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa attacked the town of Columbus, NM. In response, the United States Regular Army and National Guard mobilized on the Mexican border and, without the permission of the Mexican government, invaded northern Mexico in attempt to stop Pancho Villa and his forces.
The Punitive Expedition, as it came to be called, met with no great success. We never came anywhere close to stopping Pancho Villia. This little known military venture is a very important event in U.S. military history. It was the first time the United States used both trucks and airplanes in a tactical situation. It showed the need for a standardized military truck with the resulting Liberty Standard B truck of World War I fame. Lastly it had mobilized large portions of our Army and had them work together, for many of them for the first time, just as we were edging ever closer to getting involved in World War I.

April is the Month of the Military Child. Established by former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger in 1986, highlightin...
04/14/2021

April is the Month of the Military Child. Established by former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger in 1986, highlighting the important role that military children play in the Armed Forces community. The color purple was chosen as a visible way for everyone to show their support and to say “THANK YOU” for their strength and sacrifices. During April we take time to applaud our military families and their children for the daily sacrifices and challenges that they overcome. The resilience of our military families and children are a part of the very fibers that strengthen our Nation as a whole. The 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum want to give a shout out and an ARMY HOOAH for all those military families and children. Here are some ideas to show your child or children that they are special: Treat them to their favorite ice cream, pizza or something they have been wanting to do. Ask their school teacher to make a special announcement before the class recites the Pledge of Allegiance recognizing the military children in class, or at a sporting event ask the announcer to make a special announcement recognizing the military children and families in the audience. Wear purple on a designated day this month in April to show support and again to say THANK YOU.

Here is an exhibit at the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss museum that highlights the Military Child and there are also some fun children’s activities that they can do when they visit the museum. We have a scavenger hunt throughout the museum, a children’s command post area where they can dress up in uniforms and coloring pages and other activities for the whole family. Stop on by and have some FUN...😀

As we pause to reflect on the victims lost during the Holocaust during our annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance (April 4...
04/09/2021

As we pause to reflect on the victims lost during the Holocaust during our annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance (April 4 to April 11, 2021) here is an exhibit that is at the US Army Non-Commissioned Officer Heritage and Education Center located at 11331 SSG Sims Street, Fort Bliss, Texas. This exhibit centers around the US Army Infantry, Armor and Airborne Divisions that liberated Concentration Camps, Slave Labor Camps and other Forced labor facilities during their drive across Europe during World War Two. You will see each of their shoulder patches in the display case as well as a uniform that was worn by a Combat Medic who was with the 36th Infantry Division who helped to liberated Kaufering Concentration Camp, a sub camp of Dachau. The uniform belonged to Private First Class William Errington, “D” Company, 111th Medical Battalion, 36th Infantry Division. PFC Errington was a Combat Medic who was awarded the Combat Medical Badge during his service with the 36th Division.

There is also a book on the bottom left that is the story of a Concentration Camp survivor who later became a US Army Soldier and was captured in Korea and became a POW during the Korean War. "Single Handed" is the story of Tibor "Teddy" Rubin who survived Mauthausen Concentration Camp and a North Korean/Chinese POW camp. Rubin was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Korea.

An inspiring story of survival and heroism.

As we pause to reflect on the victims lost during the Holocaust during our annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance (April 4 to April 11, 2021) here is an exhibit that is at the US Army Non-Commissioned Officer Heritage and Education Center located at 11331 SSG Sims Street, Fort Bliss, Texas. This exhibit centers around the US Army Infantry, Armor and Airborne Divisions that liberated Concentration Camps, Slave Labor Camps and other Forced labor facilities during their drive across Europe during World War Two. You will see each of their shoulder patches in the display case as well as a uniform that was worn by a Combat Medic who was with the 36th Infantry Division who helped to liberated Kaufering Concentration Camp, a sub camp of Dachau. The uniform belonged to Private First Class William Errington, “D” Company, 111th Medical Battalion, 36th Infantry Division. PFC Errington was a Combat Medic who was awarded the Combat Medical Badge during his service with the 36th Division.

There is also a book on the bottom left that is the story of a Concentration Camp survivor who later became a US Army Soldier and was captured in Korea and became a POW during the Korean War. "Single Handed" is the story of Tibor "Teddy" Rubin who survived Mauthausen Concentration Camp and a North Korean/Chinese POW camp. Rubin was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Korea.

An inspiring story of survival and heroism.

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1735 Marshall Rd
Fort Bliss, TX
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Wednesday 8:30am - 3:45am
Thursday 8:30am - 3:45pm
Friday 8:30am - 3:45pm
Saturday 8:30am - 3:45pm

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