EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 8/11/17

KIDS DAY: DRESS UP & DISCOVER!

Kids of all ages get to wear combat gear and helmets from the museum education collection.  Pose for pictures behind the wheel of an authentic Jeep!  Regular admission rates apply.

DATE/TIME:  Saturday AUGUST 12, 2017  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

AUGUST GUIDED TOUR WEEKENDS

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

OPEN LABOR DAY

Spend Labor Day at the museum!  Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Guided tours at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

DATE/TIME:  Monday SEPTEMBER 04, 2017  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 8/4/17

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AUGUST GUIDED TOUR WEEKENDS

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

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KIDS DAY: DRESS UP & DISCOVER!

Kids of all ages get to wear combat gear and helmets from the museum education collection.  Pose for pictures behind the wheel of an authentic Jeep!  Regular admission rates apply.

DATE/TIME:  Saturday AUGUST 12, 2017  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

EXPLORING THE ARMOR TOUR: RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

Take a private history tour of the outside tracked vehicles, including a look inside the crew compartments. Tour begins in the museum theatre. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour typically lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members. 

DATE/TIME:  Sunday SEPTEMBER 10, 2017  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exploring The Armor Online Registration

EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 7/28/17

CENTRAL PA CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE: "KILL JEFF DAVIS"

Lecture by Dr. Bruce Venter, President of America's History.  Dr. Venter has a major interest in the career of Union General Judson Kilpatrick.  His presentation will focus on the infamous 1864 Kilpatrick-Ulric Dahlgren raid on Richmond.

DATE/TIME:  Tuesday AUGUST 1, 2017   7:00 p.m.

RICHARD KOONTZ MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES: "REFLECTIONS ON MY EXPERIENCES DURING WWII IN GERMANY"

Dr. Manfred Keune, born in Germany before the outbreak of World War II, will reflect on his experiences and memories of his childhood in WWII-era Germany. Main events discussed include the bombing of Germany, the immediate period of postwar Germany, and the role of the American military. 

Dr. Keune lived in Germany until 1957, when he came to the USA. He was trained and worked in engineering, but decided to study in the humanities at Bowling Green State and graduated from Michigan State with a Ph.D. in German Literature. He joined the Department of German at PSU in 1967 and retired as an Emeritus Professor of German Studies in 1999. After retiring, he has been active in teaching at The Florida Gulf Coast University, Juniata College, and Penn State. He has been consulting and writing in the area of "International Communication and Design."

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday AUGUST 2, 2017   7:00 p.m.

AUGUST GUIDED TOUR WEEKENDS

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

KIDS DAY: DRESS UP & DISCOVER!

Kids of all ages get to wear combat gear and helmets from the museum education collection.  Pose for pictures behind the wheel of an authentic Jeep!  Regular admission rates apply.

DATE/TIME:  Saturday AUGUST 12, 2017  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 7/21/17

"NAPALM AND AGENT ORANGE: TWO ICONIC CHEMICAL WEAPONS OF THE VIETNAM WAR"

Developed during WWII, napalm was a psychologically and physically scarring weapon.  Agent Orange was a herbicide used to kill off the thick jungle canopy in South Vietnam thereby denying the enemy any cover and concealment.  Museum volunteer and retired Armstrong chemist Dr. Ron Lenox will discuss the development and deployment of this now banned technology. 

DATE/TIME:  Friday JULY 21, 2017   6:30 p.m.

VIETNAM REVISITED LIVING HISTORY BIVOUAC

Living historians encamp on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum, portraying the combat soldier of the Vietnam era in Southeast Asia.  Daily programs include accompanying squads on Recon Patrols and a tactical patrol ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m.

DATE/TIME:  Saturday JULY 22 - Sunday JULY 23, 2017   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

"THE REAL CHINA BEACH: U.S. ARMY NURSES IN VIETNAM"

Lecture by Julie Decker, DNP, RN, Penn State College of Nursing. Regular admission rates apply.

DATE/TIME:  Saturday JULY 22    10:30 a.m.

BOOT CAMP FOR KIDS: REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO JULY 23, 2017

A summer day camp of military instruction designed for children ages 8 to 13.  Participants are assigned to platoons attending to three training stations staffed by prior military service members.  A t-shirt, boonie hat, and lunch of Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) are provided. Pre-registration and program fee of $40 required.

Online registration has been extended until July 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Last chance to enlist!

Online Boot Camp Application | Printable PDF Application

Medal of Honor: George R. Benjamin, Jr.

Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvania veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of George R. Benjamin, Jr., who received the Medal of Honor on June 28, 1945.


Benjamin was born in Philadelphia, and later moved to New Jersey. After graduating from Woodbury High School in Woodbury, New Jersey, he joined the Army from nearby Carneys Point in August 1943. By December 21, 1944, Benjamin was serving in the Philippines as a private first class with Company A of the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division.

On December 21, 1944, Pfc. Benjamin was a radio operator, advancing in the rear of his company as it engaged a well-defended Japanese strong point holding up the progress of the entire battalion. When a rifle platoon supporting a light tank hesitated in its advance, he voluntarily and with utter disregard for personal safety left his comparatively secure position and ran across bullet-whipped terrain to the tank, waving and shouting to the men of the platoon to follow. Carrying his bulky radio and armed only with a pistol, he fearlessly penetrated intense machine gun and rifle fire to the enemy position. He killed one of the enemy in a foxhole and moved on to annihilate the crew of a light machine gun. Heedless of the terrific fire now concentrated on him, he continued to spearhead the assault, killing two more of the enemy and exhorting the other men to advance, until he fell mortally wounded. After being evacuated to an aid station, his first thought was still of the American advance. Overcoming great pain, he called for the battalion operations officer to report the location of enemy weapons and valuable tactical information he had secured in his heroic charge. The unwavering courage, the unswerving devotion to the task at hand, the aggressive leadership of Pfc. Benjamin were a source of great and lasting inspiration to his comrades and were to a great extent responsible for the success of the battalion's mission.