Museums

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

(Visited 9 September 2016) This is a small, but very nice, museum in Washington, D.C. which focuses on American Jewish Military History. A combination of photos, videos and artifacts presents the history of Jewish involvement in our nation’s military from its beginning.

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National Museum of American Jewish Military History

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

 

WW2 Jewish Prayer Book
Prayer Book issued to Jewish military inductees by the Jewish Welfare Board and chaplain at Camp Upton, NY, 1942.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

Jewish Ark
Ark used by Chaplain Morris Gordon for Burma Trail services during WW2. Handmade by a Chinese officer who saved Gordon from drowning.
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
Camouflage yarmulke made of tent material and provided to a few Jewish U.S Marines for High Holy Days services in Da Nang in 1967.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

National Museum of American Jewish Military History
Portable Ark and Altar used by Chaplain Martin Weitz to conduct services all over the South Pacific in WW2.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

Chaplain Golberg Memorial Chapel
Captain Joshua L. Goldberg (Chaplain, U.S. Navy) Memorial Chapel

 

Chaplain Goldberg Memorial Chapel
Captain Joshua L. Goldberg (Chaplain, U.S. Navy) Memorial Chapel

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

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Washington Naval Yard & Naval Museum

(Visited 17 September 2016) Washington Navy Yard, formerly the shipyard for the U.S. Navy, is the oldest U.S. Navy base. It is now the home of the Chief of Navy Operations as well as the Naval Historical Center in Washington D.C. Among other sites of interest at the “Yard” is the Navy Museum and the Washington Navy Yard Chapel.

Washington Navy Yard

Washington Navy Yard
The Commandant’s Office, built ca. 1838 and renovated in 1993.
Washington Navy Yard
Vietnam-era Swift Boat PCF-1, dedicated at the Washington Navy Yard 23 April 1998.
Wahington Navy Yard Chapel
Built in 1901, this building was converted to a chapel and dedicated in 1974.
Washington Navy Yard Chapel
Interior of the Washington Navy Yard Chapel
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An old anchor…
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A propeller from the battleship South Dakota, which won 13 battle stars during WW2.
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A railway cannon.
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Civil War test iron plates.
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16″ 50 caliber gun, Mark II, developed during WW1 to arm battle ships and cruisers.
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Propeller blade from the U.S.S. Maine which was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, 15 February 1898.
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Alvin Pressure Sphere, made of titanium, for deep-sea exploration.
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Naval guns (they’re all over the place at the Navy Yard).
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The Naval History Museum
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The Naval History Museum
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The Naval History Museum
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The bell from the U.S.S. Merrimac, commissioned in 1856.
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The bathyscaph “Trieste” was sold to the U.S in 1958.
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The Terni sphere, was the original sphere attached to the “Trieste,” serving as the observation deck while the “Trieste” was submerged.
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The Neufeldt-Kuhnke Armored Diving Suit, developed in Germany before WW2, could work at depths of 400 feet or more.
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40mm Quadruple Gun Mount, anti-aircraft guns.
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German model 1942 “Stahlhelm” (steel helmet) captured during the invasion of southern France, 1944.
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The bridge of a “Fletcher” class destroyer, built from 1942 until 1944.
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Capture Japanese weaponry.
Washington Navy Yard
Flag from the U.S.S. Pirate, which hit a mine and sunk on 12 October 1950, while hunting mines off Wonsan.
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WW2 Corsair Fighter
Admiral Halsey's Ready Room Chair
Admiral Halsey used this chair on board the carrier U.S.S. Enterprise in 1942, in the ready room, where officers gathered to receive their flight orders.
Washington Navy Yard
“Forefoot of one of the galleys that served General Arnold on Lake Champlain. Galley was sunk during the battle at Valcour Island.”

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