U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum

U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum Since 1957 the Quartermaster Museum has preserved the history and heritage of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, the Army's oldest logistic branch.

We are located at Fort Lee, Va. Welcome to the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum's Official fan page on Facebook. If you're looking for the official source of information about the Quartermaster Museum please visit our homepage at www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil

Operating as usual

01/18/2022

The Quartermaster Museum is currently closed to the public due to new FT Lee COVID Regulations and Federal facility entrance requirements.

We will remain open for official government business to include scheduled soldier training and official events.

The museum will re-open to the public once we are able. Please call or check our website and social media for updates prior to planning your visit.

12/19/2021

The Quartermaster Museum will be closed from Dec 20th to Jan 3rd. We will see you again in 2022.

11/19/2021

A programming note, the Museum will be closed starting on Thanksgiving and reopen for normal operations on Tuesday 11/30.

We were honored to have MAJ(Ret) Anthony Grant visit on Wednesday. Grant is a 101-year-old Army veteran who fought in WW...
11/05/2021

We were honored to have MAJ(Ret) Anthony Grant visit on Wednesday. Grant is a 101-year-old Army veteran who fought in WWII and the Korean War, and he was inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame on Thursday. During his visit he shared recollections of his various jobs within the Quartermaster Corps. After D-Day, Grant was part of a trucking unit delivering fuel as part of the famous “Red Ball Express”. The Express was comprised of dozens of trucking units, 75% were segregated African American units, that provided 24/7 fuel support to the advancing American forces as they crossed Europe.

Grant recalled loading by hand the 50 five gallon cans of gasoline each truck carried, and how important the mission was. In front of the Red Ball Express exhibit he remarked “this is my story, right here.” He later added, when discussing his official Hall of Fame biography that will be posted soon, that he couldn’t “write what I had done, WE were a team.” Grant expressed his pride in being a Quartermaster and the vital role they play in the Army.

10/08/2021

Fort Lee museum tours motivate Afghan women, “I have been evacuated recently during our government (collapse),” one message shared. “I am heartbroken, but this museum motivated me that one day, we Afghan women will have good Army history in the future.” Read the article at https://www.army.mil/article/251001

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07/10/2021

The Quartermaster Museum is closed on Saturday July 10th. We will return to our normal Tuesday thru Saturday schedule beginning next week.

07/03/2021

The Quartermaster Museum will be closed today July 3rd. Have a safe 4th and we will see you on Tuesday.

Photos from Papa Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade's post
07/03/2021

Photos from Papa Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade's post

06/11/2021

The Quartermaster Museum will be closed on Saturday June 12th.

05/07/2021

The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum will be closed on Saturday May 8. Normal hours will resume on Monday May 10.

A few Thanksgiving meals provided by Quartermaster cooks / food service specialist / culinary specialists over the years...
11/25/2020

A few Thanksgiving meals provided by Quartermaster cooks / food service specialist / culinary specialists over the years.

U.S. Army Center of Military History
09/08/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

8 SEPTEMBER 1847 - BATTLE OF MOLINO DEL REY - #MexicanWar
#Armyhistory #USArmy

On 8 September 1847, the U.S. Army's expedition against Mexico City, commanded by Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, launched an assault on Molino del Rey, the most important outwork of the fortress of Chapultepec, and the gateway to Mexico City.

The Americans were camped south of the Mexican capital on 5 September 1847, with Scott's headquarters and the 1st Division, commanded by Brigadier General William J. Worth, at Tacubaya, Major General Gideon Johnson Pillow's 3d Volunteer Division at Mixcoac, Brigadier General David E. Twiggs 2d Division at San Angel, and Major General John A. Quitman's 4th Volunteer Division at San Agustin.

The next day, Scott ended the armistice that had followed the Battle of Churubusco as negotiations for ending the war broke down when it was learned that Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna, who was both head of the government and commanding general of the army, was preparing to resume hostilities. The Mexican army defended Molino del Rey with three infantry brigades.

At 0545 on 8 September, Worth's division, led by the 8th Infantry, attacked. At about noon, a fire ignited ammunition in the Mexican powder magazine causing extensive damage. The American troops finally took the post after a bloody but lop-sided fight, in which the Mexicans force of about 8,000 men suffered an estimated 270 killed, 500 wounded, 700 captured, plus a number reported missing or deserted. The American force of just under 10,000 men also sustained comparatively serious losses with 116 dead, 665 wounded and 16 missing. As a result of its victory, the American army continued its advance on Chapultepec and Mexico City.

ALSO SEE:

http://www.history.army.mil//html/books/073/73-3/index.html

http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/030/30-21/index.html

U.S. Army Center of Military History
09/02/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

2 SEPTEMBER 1945 - V-J DAY 75

"Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won."
---General of the Army Douglas MacArthur on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945

U.S. Army Center of Military History
08/31/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

ROAD TO V-J DAY 75 - ARMY MUSEUMS VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT

Enjoy a fun, challenging, and educational way to learn more about V-J Day on a virtual trip to explore Army Museums around the world.

https://history.army.mil/scavenger-hunt/index.html

U.S. Army Center of Military History
08/28/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

THROWBACK THURSDAY -POST #WWII EUROPE SUMMER 1945
#Armyhistory #USArmy #WWII75 #TBT

First Army Soldiers enjoy coffee and doughnuts from the American Red Cross as they wait for transportation to the Pacific Theater in Marseilles, France.

U.S. Army Center of Military History
08/17/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

15 AUGUST 1944 - INVASION OF SOUTHERN FRANCE (OPERATION DRAGOON) - #WWII

While the battle of the Argentan-Falaise pocket was raging to the north, Allied forces invaded Southern France on 15 August 1944. Preceded by supporting attacks on off-shore islands by the U.S.-Canadian 1st Special Service Force and along the coast by Free French Forces (FFL) Commandos, and following an intense air and naval preparation, the U.S. Seventh Army, commanded by Maj Gen Alexander M. Patch (promoted to LT Gen a few days later) started coming ashore on France's Mediterranean coast southwest of Cannes at dawn.

The attacking force included the VI Corps, consisting of the U.S. 3d, 36th and 45th Infantry Divisions, an airborne task force with parachute and glider infantry battalions, and the French II Corps. The operation was also assisted by Interior Free French Forces (FFI), also called the "French Resistance," operating behind enemy lines.

The main objectives of the invasion were to prevent the Germans from sending reinforcements from southern France to Normandy and to open a supplementary line of communications through the Mediterranean ports. German resistance proved comparatively light and the invasion forces advanced rapidly north along the Rhone River corridor.

On 11 September patrols from the southern and northern Allied forces met near Dijon. The U.S. 6th Army Group then became operational on 15 September. Under command of LT Gen Jacob L. Devers, it included the U.S. Seventh Army and the French First Army, with the French I and II Corps. The 6th Army Group then passed from control of Allied Force Headquarters to the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) - commanded by Gen Eisenhower. The forces from the south continued to advance toward N**i Germany in contact with the U.S. Third Army of LT Gen Bradley's 12th Army Group.

ALSO SEE:

http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/072/72-31/index.html

https://history.army.mil/html/books/012/12-2/index.html

The Making of A Little Giant.80 years ago today, on July 11, 1940, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps laid out the specif...
07/11/2020

The Making of A Little Giant.

80 years ago today, on July 11, 1940, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps laid out the specifications for a new 1/4 ton truck.

Of the 130 automotive manufacturers invited, only three prototypes would be received.

The American Bantam Car Company introduced the first prototype, the "Blitz Buggy", on 23 September 1940. It was designed by Karl Probst in just 18 hours.

Eventually, the Willys-Overland "Quad" and Ford Motor Company "Pigmy" would be added to the mix as they represented their companies during the winter of 1940 testing period.

One year later, on July 16, 1941, the production contract for 16,000 units was awarded to Willys-Overland and the Willys "MB" was born.

Thus 79 years ago today, the Jeep was born.

Additionally, it would eventually be produced under licensing contracts with Ford as the "GPW."

Bantam was also contracted, but it was to build the trailers often pulled behind the Jeeps.

Willys would go on to produce 361,339 units while Ford produced 277,896 for a grand total of 639,235 "Jeeps" produced for the War Department during WW2.

This next week we would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the scrappy little Jeep.

From it's days as a workhorse as the MB, M38, M38A1, and M131, to civilian versions from the CJ2A to the current Wrangler, it's held tough for 79 years.

U.S. Army Center of Military History
07/08/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

#WednesdayWisdom #Armyhistory #USArmy #TRADOC

"Only through high training requirements, rigidly enforced, can low casualty rates be possible. Only well armed and equipped, adequately trained and efficiently led forces can expect victory in future combat." -GEN Matthew B. Ridgway

U.S. Army Center of Military History
06/28/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

28 JUNE 1919 - TREATY OF VERSAILLES SIGNED - #WWI #ArmyHistory #USArmy

On 28 June 1919, World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was only a cease-fire and a temporary ending of hostilities between Germany and the Allied Powers. The permanent war-ending peace treaty was negotiated in June 1919 among the Allied Powers with little participation by representatives of Germany.

France and Belgium urged for the imposition of strong punitive measures against Germany for starting and prosecuting the destructive conflict and to submit to Allied military occupation to prevent a resumption of hostilities. The terms, in 15 parts and 440 articles, reassigned German national boundaries. Germany had to cede Alsace-Lorraine back to France, Malmedy to Belgium, substantial districts of East Prussia to Poland and Lithuania, large portions of Schleswig to Denmark, and give up its overseas colonies. A demilitarized zone was established and the Saar region was separated from Germany for 15 years. The new German government was also assigned liability for war reparations.

Strict enforcement of the reparations remained in force for five years, after which the French agreed to the modification of important provisions. Germany agreed to pay reparations under two plans, but which were cancelled in 1932. Part I of the treaty established the Covenant of the League of Nations, although Germany was not allowed to join until 1926. Furthermore, Germany’s armed forces were reduced to very low levels and prohibited from acquiring or possessing certain classes of weapons. The German government signed the treaty under protest.

The U.S. Senate refused to ratify the treaty and the United States government took no responsibility for most of the treaty's provisions.

ALSO SEE

https://history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/wwi/prologue/default/index.html

https://history.army.mil/html/books/023/23-17/CMH_Pub_23-17.pdf

06/14/2020
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Happy Birthday Army!

14 JUNE 1775 -TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE ARMY'S 245TH BIRTHDAY
Enjoy this short video about the birth of America's Senior Service, the U.S. Army!
#ArmyBday #Armyhistory #USArmy U.S. Army U.S. Army Chief of Staff #TRADOC

U.S. Army Center of Military History
06/11/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

#WednesdayWisdom #ArmyBday #Armyhistory #USArmy "If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.”-George Washington

The first Department of the Army flag is housed right here at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum. It's on display next t...
06/09/2020

The first Department of the Army flag is housed right here at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum.

It's on display next to the first 50-Star Flag which was unfurled by President Eisenhower.

THE ARMY EMBLEM - ARMY BIRTHDAY HISTORY & HERITAGE
#ArmyBDay #USArmy #Armyhistory

The emblem of the U.S. Army was derived from the "War Office Seal." The War Office was established as the Board of War and Ordnance by the Continental Congress in 1778 to superintend military matters during the nation's War for Independence, and became synonymous as the War Department and Headquarters of the Army.

The seal was not originally intended as an insignia, but the stamp used to authenticate documents as "official." It bore the date 1778 in Roman numerals, or MDCCLXXVIII, to recognize the War Office's origin in the Continental Congress. In the 1880s the design was adopted with the banner, "War Office."

When the National Security Act of 1947 reorganized the nation's military establishment under a unified Department of Defense, the former War Department became the Department of the Army, and the "War Office" banner was replaced with "Department of the Army." The date was also changed from 1778, the date when the War Office was established, to 1775, to reflect the year in which the Army was established.

The images on the emblem reflect the traditions of military service and the founding of the nation. The item in the center is a Roman cuirass, or armored breastplate, which is a symbol of strength and defense.

The sword, espontoon, musket, bayonet, cannon and , cannon shot, mortar, and mortar bombs are all representative of Army implements - or "the tools of the trade" used at the time of the Revolutionary War.

The drum and drumsticks are symbols of public notification and the Army's purpose and intent to serve the Nation and its people.

The "Liberty Cap," or "Phrygian" cap, represents the founding of the Army for the defense of American liberty and is supported on the point of the unsheathed sword.

ALSO SEE:
http://www.history.army.mil/reference/Heritage/Emblem.htm

http://www.history.army.mil/faq/armyflag.htm

https://www.army.mil/drillsergeant/history.html

U.S. Army Center of Military History
06/03/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

#WednesdayWisdom #Armyhistory #USArmy

"The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one's country"
― George S. Patton Jr.

05/24/2020
U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command

U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command

As we approach Memorial Day, Maj. Gen Rodney Fogg and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Perry, the CASCOM command team, remind us to remember for what the day is set aside. Support Starts Here!

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05/24/2020
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U.S. Army

Each year on #MemorialDay, Americans pause to remember the military men and women who have given their lives in the defense of our nation.

Let us honor them together.

Leave their photo in the comment section below, and we will recognize and pay tribute to them within our Memorial Day Gallery throughout the observance.

This day and everyday, we remember their sacrifice.

#HonorThem #ProudToServe

U.S. Army Center of Military History
05/20/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

#WednesdayWisdom #Armyhistroy
"I see that the flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down."-Gen Douglas MacArthur to COL George M. Jones and the 503rd Regimental Combat Team, who recaptured Corregidor, 2 Mar 1945

U.S. Army Center of Military History
05/17/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

17 MAY 1943 - MEMPHIS BELLE CREW COMPLETE 25TH MISSION- #WWII
Part of the U.S. Army Air Force based in Britain, it becomes the first B-17 crew to complete 25 missions over Europe. The mission was a bombing raid against Lorient, a German submarine base. #Armyhistory

05/17/2020
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U.S. Army

For love of country

Today is Armed Forces Day, and the #USArmy is proud to serve as a part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, United States Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and United States Space Force in the defense of our nation.

#LandOfTheFree #HomeOfTheBrave

This month, we are going to begin posting our Artifacts of the Month to Facebook. For the last few years, we have posted...
05/12/2020

This month, we are going to begin posting our Artifacts of the Month to Facebook. For the last few years, we have posted these to our website but it has since become more complicated to update our page. Because of this, we will be shifting these over here so that you can get a feel for some of the interesting artifacts that we house.

So without further adieu, here is the Artifact of the Month for May, 2020:

M5 Helmet:

Anti-flak helmets were used during the latter stages of World War II (WWII) in order to protect United States Army Air Force (USAAF) personnel from flak shrapnel.

A 1942 study determined that 70% of bomber crew wounds were caused by shattered aircraft pieces and flak fragments. Beginning in 1942, USAAF forces wore the M1 infantry helmet to help combat these injuries. These helmets, however, did not fit over the intercommunication earphones and personnel in certain crew positions, such as gun turrets, could not wear them. To combat the issues experienced with the M1 helmet, the Army’s Ordnance Department, in conjunction with the Quartermaster Corps, continued to develop the helmet series until the M5 was created in 1944.

To kick off our Facebook Artifact of the Month, we're going to offer a two-for. Not only is this the sealed example and first accepted M5, but these are the original drafted blueprints, drawn in pencil. Yes, not only do we have nearly 30,000 artifacts but we have most of the specs. and blueprints as well.

A special thanks to volunteer/intern Kaity Crook for choosing this month's artifact.

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