Phone and Mailing Address

2050 34th Way North
Largo, Florida 33771

Phone: (727) 539-8371
Fax: (727) 524-4967
Email: info@armedforcesmuseum.com

Museum Staff Members

John J. Piazza, Sr.
Founder and President

Vicky Giesy
Administrative Assistant to John J. Piazza, Sr.

Cindy Bosselmann
Assistant Executive Director/Director of Marketing and Events

Kathy Weed
Marketing Coordinator

Enos Burks
Director of Plant Operations

Frank Correa
Museum Historian and Sr. Docent

Education Outreach Coordinator

 

 

The Armed Forces History Museum is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Charitable Foundation dedicated to preserving our military history and educating our current and future generations as to the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedom.

The museum was founded in 1996 by John J. Piazza, Sr, a local businessman and history buff.    Housed in a 35,000 sq. ft. building, The Armed Forces History Museum is one of the largest, non-government funded, museums in the State of Florida.

Between 1996 and 2006 the museum and its dedicated staff operated a large mobile unit housing 16 displays. With the ever growing amount of memorabilia, vehicles and specialized military pieces, the Board of Directors determined that the development of a permanent site would be beneficial to the general public and enable the museum to fulfill its mission objectives.  A non-salaried Board of Directors governs the organization.

In accordance with Department of IRS requirements, the current and most recent federal form 990 is available for inspection at the museum’s general office weekdays between 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.  The museum’s contact personnel is Nadine Piazza, Director of Operations who may be reached at 727-539-8371 ext 104.  The address of the museum general office is 2050 34th Way North, Largo, FL  33771

Posted by:
John J. Piazza, Sr.
Founder and President

 

75 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Jessica says:

    Goodmorning,
    I am in the process of hosting a benefit car show in February for the organization Treats for Troops.
    Tampa Jax Wax & South East Mopars Proudly Presents:
    “Until they ALL come home” Benefit Car,Truck Show
    Sunday, February 26, 2012 · 11:00am – 3:00pm

    Live DJ – Mr. Ed Cullins

    Special Guests:
    Glen Launey with his Dragster
    Kelsey Lay with her Dragster
    Joseph Trioli with his Dragster

    Would you be interested in hosting this event at your location, and how would this work? I have a venue set right now, but I am still open to options. Thank you very much
    Jessica Cianfrocca

  2. Paul A. Ghiotto says:

    Dear Museum members:

    Really enjoyed my visit to your museum on Saturday. You have put together a really high quality museum. Congratulations!

    One comment on the text associated with U. S. Merchant Marine Capt. Betts and his ship in the uniforms sections in the front of the museum. As a former Navy man, I noticed you referred to his ship as the “USS Muskogee.” Actually, it was a civilian steamer the “SS Muscogee.” Some old salts may mention this when they visit!

    Keep up the good work.

    PG

  3. CPT Wolfgang Hickman says:

    Hello…I had time to enjoy your display at Tampa Int’l Airport recently, and was not aware of your museum until then. I will now try and see the full museum in the near future. I wanted to bring to your attention 2 apparent errors in your airport display, not to be critical, but to better an already great exhibit!! The U.S. Army WW II “Master Sergeant” uniform on display has the “gray-green” colored shirt underneath the blouse, but this color did not appear until the 1970’s. During WWII, it was a light kahki colored. Also, I’m not sure the Reserve Component Achivement Ribbon was in existence then, but this I am not sure of as much as the wrong-colored shirt underneath the blouse..perhaps a review of both would be good..thanks for your endeavors at preserving our nation’s military history….

    • alon2392 says:

      good Morning Cpt. Hickman,

      Thank you for the information, I will have our staff look into this. Thank you for your service and come see us soon.

    • Shirley Corley says:

      Wolfgang, those were very good comments you left concerning your observations of details on the exhibit you saw at the airport. I also noted some small detail flaws when visiting the museum in Largo. This is an exciting project, and with input from those of us who really care about accuracy, it can become a truly prized location for preserving military history. I’m hoping the museum welcomes our comments and invites comments of others so the museum improves with the support and caring of the visitors.

  4. Caroline A. Goodrich says:

    Thank you for offering such a high quality museum to salute our nation’s armed forces history. It was realy superb. I took my 90 year old father, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, and he was very impressed. My son, the cub scout, was equally excited. Keep up the good work!

  5. Jerry Goodrich says:

    Can Hillsborough County schools and their teachers access the duffle bag program? Thank you.

    • alon2392 says:

      Hi Jerry,

      Yes please send a duffle bag reservation form to us so we can get you set up. I will send you a personal email with the form

      Thank you,
      Education Coordinator

  6. Barb Hartwell says:

    I just printed out a $1 off coupon, but it says present it to receive $1 off. I was going to pay by email ($9.95), but I don’t see anyway to take off the $1 this way. Should I just wait and pay at the door? Do I need a reservation, or can I just show up anytime?

    Thank you.

    • alon2392 says:

      Hi Barb,

      At this time, there is no way for us to have coupons on the website purchase. If you would like to use the coupon, I would suggest to pay at the door. No reservations are required. We hope to see you soon.

      AFHM staff

  7. Shirley Corley says:

    I visited the museum today with a retired Marine Lt.Col. and a professional military uniform collector. As a former Marine, I inquired concerning donating some Women Marine uniform items I have from my time in service. The two men that I was with, noted, that the museum was quite a surprise and very well done. We also enjoyed the simulator as it was fun, and not too bumpy. HOWEVER, there were a few details that were incorrect. The uniform expert noted several small details in the WWII German and Japanese items (his speciality) and the retired Marine pointed out things concerning medal mounting etc. that weren’t accurate. For example, the Marine commandant would not have had a good conduct ribbon (there has never been a commandant that was prior enlisted) and that the purple heart ribbon was incorrectly positioned. I noted (I was in 14 years) that one male officer model had a shoulder Captains bars on his cover (hat) and also wore an enlisted Marine emblem. A Naval woman officer model wore oxfords with a mess dress uniform and should have been in pumps. All small things, but easily correctable with comment cards and encouragement for feedback. I’m sure that with the effort that has been put in the museum, accuracy is of the upmost importance. These are not to be taken as faults, as we enjoyed our time there. It is just in an effort to help. If anything I have said is at all useful, please contact me as we would love to return and give any hints you would deem welcome. Captain Shirley Corley USMC retired reserve

    • alon2392 says:

      Capt. Corley,

      Thank you for your email, I will send your email over to our displays manager. Thank you for taking the time to point out this information.

      The AFMM staff

  8. Dana says:

    Can anyone tell me how I can locate a 1945-34th Fighter Squadron yearbook? My father
    would be so very excited with this surprise.

    Waiting for your response with fingers crossed…

    Sincerely from a daughter wanting to make her dad happy,

    Dana Barrow

    • alon2392 says:

      Hi Dana,

      I would contact MacDill AFB and see if public affairs can put you in touch with someone or perhaps a company who published that yearbook.

      Good Luck!

  9. laura says:

    i don’t doubt that the museum is a nice place to visit, but is there any way someone could check the commercial advertiseing it? i don’t think a child “bossing” his parent around as if the parent was the child, portrays the integrity of a soldier very well-

    • alon2392 says:

      We appreciate your input regarding our comercial Laura and will pass this along to our production crew. Thank you!

  10. Peter Broers says:

    My father served in the Army during World War II. At 86 his health is decling fast. My brothers and I would like to donate his uniform to your museum. It is his full uniform and is in mint cond.I also have other items he brought back from Europe. We have seen your display at Tampa airport and thought this would be a great way to honor our father. Any help you can give us on how to go about this will be greatly appericated.

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Peter Broers

    P.S. If it is any help to your,Dad’s dog tag number was 42084949. We can also provide a copy of his discharge papers

    • alon2392 says:

      Peter: Thank you so much. I’ll get your information to the correct people here at the museum and have them contact you. Please let him know we here at the museum are all very grateful for his service.

    • alon2392 says:

      Hello again Peter: Yes, we would delighted to be the recipient of any items you would like to donate to the museum. A copy of your dad’s discharge papers would not be necessary, but would be a nice addition to a display. We make every effort to use donated items in our current or rotating displays. We also identify the donor(s). You can bring them to the museum during our operating hours and the front desk will handle the receipt and have you fill out a donation form. Thank you so much.

  11. Louis Tuttle says:

    You held an event at Bellaire Country Club and pics were taken could you please tell me where these Pics are posted.

    Thanks.

    • alon2392 says:

      We will be posting our golf tournament pictures shortly. They will be available on our web-site under What’s New in our drop down menu. Hoping to have them up before the weekend.

  12. robert jarrell says:

    Hi -I am building a rolling museum in a 25 foot trailer “A MARCH THROUGH TIME” I will be asking vets to come along dress up and tell the children about their experiances ,i will taking it to schools to educate our children on our military history through hundreds of models/dioramas and hats helmets flags etc and hopefully make them understand what it means to live under our wonderful flag.I am looking for any advise you guys may have .i also need to acquire a military truck to tow it i have a buddy up here in new port richey who may bring his ww2 jeep or german kublewagon or cannons he has along with me when he can. Thx so much -robert jarrell 727 514 8678 my cell

    • alon2392 says:

      Hi Robert: Congratulations on your venture. That is a great idea and we wish you well. I will forward this information on to the proper personnel for their response. Please feel free to contact me at kathy@armedforcesmuseum.com if I can be of any further assistance. Thank you for visiting our web-site.

  13. Dee says:

    Hello, I am looking for a military tank ride for my boyfriend in Sept. This has been a life long dream for him. I noticed a place in MN that offers this attraction. Does your museum offer this as well or recommend someone in the Florida area? Thank you in advance.

    • alon2392 says:

      We currently offer rides on our WWII M8 Greyhound Reconnaissance Vehicle. It is often mistaken for a tank due to its size. We have discussed offering tank rides. Let me see if we are in a position to accomodate your request. Thank you for visiting our web-site and for posting your inquiry.

  14. Ricardo Fournier says:

    how much time do you need to complete your full visit at the Museum

    • alon2392 says:

      Great question. We generally recommend that visitors allow a minimum of two hours. That time frame varies greatly, however, depending on the individual. Thanks for visiting our web-site. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

  15. David Jones says:

    Good Morning. I am Dave Jones, Retire CSM and President of the Joint Communications Support Element Veterans Association. The Joint Communications Support Element Veterans Association (JCSE-VA), is a 501(C)19 Non-Profit Veterans Organization, consisting of military veterans currently assigned or formerly assigned to an active military organization on MacDill AFB. The JCSE-VA’s primary objective is to provide non-mission related health, welfare and morale support to those currently on active duty and their immediate family members. This support comes in the form of supporting annual Children’s Holiday parties, annual Family Fun Days, bereavement support, and awarding scholarships to association members and family members.
    The JCSE VA is currently working with several local businesses in the Carollwood area to organize an event that has been termed Rocktober Fest 2012. The purpose is to earn charitable funds to be used to achieve our above stated objectives. The event is going to be held at October 20, 2012 at 11742 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL. The event will consist of bands playing from 1 PM to midnight, Food, Raffles, prizes, etc.
    The purpose of this email is to solicit your support in the way of a military vehicle to be used as an attention getter at the street entrance to the parking area. Is this something that you do?

    • alon2392 says:

      I did forward your request to Cindy Bosselmann our Director of Marketing and Promotional Events. She should be in contact with you shortly. Thank you for visiting our web-site. We wish you the best of luck with the work you are doing and the services you are providing to the many brave men and women of our military. Thank you!

  16. Barbara Wood says:

    I would like to know if you have any info on transport ships of WWII. My Father was a gunners first mate on a troop transport ship.

    Thanks,
    Barbara Wood

    • alon2392 says:

      Hi Barbara: Thanks for visiting our web-site and taking the time to post you question. I will forward your request on to our historian, and as soon as I have a response, will post it here and email you as well. On behalf of the Armed Forces History Museum, I would like to let you know how much we appreciate your father’s service and what a privilege it is to preserve the military history he took an active part in. Thanks again!

  17. david lord says:

    I’d like to humbly request that you change the word regarding the Tuskeegee Airmen from “infamous” to “famous”. I think that infamous relates to something ‘bad’.

    thank you in advance for this courtesy. Looks like a terrific museum…

    • alon2392 says:

      Wow! Thanks for pointing that out. We strive for accuracy but once in a while a typo slips past us. We appreciate your kind input. We hope some day you can come and visit our terrific museum.

  18. Bill says:

    This is for Dana from her earlier question.

    I found this these sites with a picture of the 1945 guys hope it is of some help.
    http://yellowairplane.com/34th/A1_Fighter_Squadron_index.htm
    http://yellowairplane.com/34th/34th_Pic87.html
    http://yellowairplane.com/34th/34th_Pic99.html

  19. Dan Kelly says:

    In 1978 I was a medic attached to the 1/10 Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Bad Tolz, Germany. I was a member of the Special Forces Europe Parachute Team. I had the great honor of representing our country in D-Day ceremony. My friend,SFC David Boggio and I flew to Saint Mere and were overcome by appreciative French civilians and U.S. WWII combat veterans. This trip was one of the highlight experiences of my life. Our pictures of our jumps and activities were taken and never returned. I have been trying to make contact with the museum curator. I want to share this wonderful experience with my grandchildren. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Dan

    • alon2392 says:

      Wow! I’ll see if anyone here would have any idea how you might better your chances at getting a copy of the photos from this incredible experience. Sounds like an incredible experience. We here at the AFHM would like to thank you and your friend (as well as all our military) for your service. Thank you for visiting our web-site and contacting us regarding this matter.

  20. eileen martin says:

    at the museum do you have for sale bumper stickers or car window decals? I am looking for a retired army or infantry selection

  21. Tiffany says:

    Wil there be any events going on to celebrate the premier of the ghost army documentary this Tuesday on PBS ???

    • alon2392 says:

      We unfortunately don’t have anything here at the museum, but it would be a great time to come visit and get a first hand look and feel of the history of our esteemed military.

  22. Victoria Banham says:

    Good Afternoon,
    I am from Firecracker Films, London, and am trying to track down large, private tank collections/collectors for a possible National Geographic documentary about various large collections around the world and feel you and your extensive knowledge and/or contacts may help. Collections/Collectors outside of the U.S and UK would be preferential however any insight or help with this would be much appreciated. Any information you are aware of of collectors in your area or pointing me in the direction of which I may be able to find any or gain information would be fantastic.

    If so, I can be contacted at vbanham@hotmail.co.uk

    Many thanks for your help and time.

    Victoria

    • alon2392 says:

      I have sent a response to your email, but also wanted to post it here as well. I have forwarded your inquiry to a number of our staff and will advise you as soon as I have an answer. Thank you for visiting our web-site and taking the time to post your inquiry. Will be in touch.

  23. peggy sneath says:

    I have a portable transparency printer circa 1953 made for the office of naval research device # 16-D-11a made by the Charles Beseler Co. is this worth saving?

    • alon2392 says:

      We are unable to assist you with your question. If you would like to know if there is any value in the item, please contact the American Society of Appraiser in Washington, D.C. at 1-800-272-8258 or http://www.appraisers.com

      Thank you for visiting our web-site.

  24. Linda says:

    Has the Korean Conflict area of the museum been completed? My mom donated my late dad’s artifacts. When we visited, the Korean Conflict area was in progress. Family is visiting this summer and we will be visiting the museum, but I don’t want them to expect to see those items if they are not yet displayed.

  25. Carole says:

    Had a wonderful time at the museuem. I was amazed at how big it was. My grandson had a ball, he is quite a little expert on all the equipment he was thrilled to see everything in person. I highly recommend seeing the museum.

    • alon2392 says:

      Carole: Thank you for taking the time to post your comment on our web-site. We are glad to hear your grandson (and you) had such a positive experience here at the museum. Everyone is consistently amazed at the size of the museum (35,000 sq. ft. indoor alone), the number of items (125,000 plus) and the incredible dioramas, oral histories and interactive displays. Hope you’ll come back and visit again. We strive for excellence here at the AFHM.

  26. Hey guys, are u on cardsapp? thanks

  27. Jeanette says:

    Hi, I have a set of 6 dog tags for one man. On 2 of them the word “nigger” appears on the bottom line. they are navy dog tags. I do not understand why the word would be on there. They look to be from the 50’s. Everything else about the dog tags match the other 4 but I am confused as to why it would have this word on them.

    • alon2392 says:

      It is unknown why the tags would be marked as such as this was definitely not military protocol. It is probably just a sad case of someone being cruel at a time when segregation was still prominent in this country.

  28. Marty says:

    Hello, I have a set of mugs with a raised swastika in them. My mother’s uncle brought them back from Germany during WW II. I was young when they were given to me and I can’t get info from him, because he die. I would like to know if you could possibly point me in the right direction and/or help me find any info about them?

  29. Peace says:

    Hi,
    I am a history student and I was using this site’s WWII page on weaponry. I was just wondering if you could give me a little more info on Kathy Weed’s academic credentials. I need this because I have to prove to my teacher that she is a trusted historian. Hoping for a quick reply.
    Please help.

    • alon2392 says:

      No degree in history per sea. Kathy has a AA degree from St. Petersburg College, but has been working with the museum for over 2.5 years. The majority of that time has been spent researching and writing articles for the website. Along with our historian, Kathy makes every effort to be as accurate as possible. Sorry if the credentials aren’t up to par.

  30. Esther Johns says:

    My father was a WW2 and Vietnam veteran – US Navy. Among his medals and dog-tags, we also found a strange piece of wood on a chain – about an inch and a half long. Any idea what this could be?

  31. Hope Barrett says:

    Hello! My mother passed away this past October & in cleaning out her house, my brother came upon an oil painting done in 1977 of an Army Chinook picking up or dropping off men on a hillside in Nam. We have no idea of where it came from. It is framed & signed by a K c Honez 1977. I brought it home as my husband is a Viet Nam vet. I would like some more info on it & I am thinking about donating it to a museum. Thank you kindly, Mrs Hope Barrett

  32. sadanand kumble says:

    Sir/Madam,
    I am proud to inform you that I have TWO typed letters from LIEUT J.J.G Towers forwarded to A.G in INDIA, AGs branch NEWDELHI dt 16th Aug 1946 (2) dt. 8.1.1947 who was British Prisoner of war by Japanese forces on15.2.1942 in Changi prisoner of War camp. He was an Asst. Surgeon (British Cadre). If you are interested contact

  33. sadanand kumble says:

    Hi,contact sdkn1982 @ gmail.com

  34. john says:

    im shocked that your prices have risen so quickly, I was there about 4 years ago and I believe it was around $10 to get in, but now I see it’s almost $18 to get in?????? I’d rather drive to the museum in ohio, the air force museum or the air museum in Georgia where both are FREE, I understand you have to have money to run things, but your prices just put it too far out of range for a lot of families to go and learn about ww2

    • alon2392 says:

      Most of the museums (if not all) which have free admission receive government funding. The Armed Forces History Museum does not. We do have days throughout the year where deep discounts are available, such as Memorial Day and our Ride Through History series each summer.

  35. Phil Armiger says:

    I have(2)Mark 13 Mod 0 NOrd-11794 Lot 6 Dec.1951 Signal(Distress Day and Night). They are in good condition and I would like to donate them if you are interested. Thank you.

  36. Janet Ivie says:

    My dad was on Utah Beach, his name is Oral F. Nicholson he was a Private First Class.. Serving Dec 1942 to Dec 1945.I have a copy of his discharge papers but are very hard to read. due to damage in a fire.. I would love to find any information on what unit he was in.. I know he was wounded in the leg.. any information will be greatly appreciated. I lost my dad going on 17 years ago and as I get older am loving all the history behind his life… I do know his serial number… can send me a email for any information you might need… Thank you.. Janet Ivie

  37. Rick Skinner says:

    My son and I visited a couple of weeks ago during the Chili Cookoff/Carshow for the first time. We were really pleased with the displays and friendly staff. I have a question though about your Sherman. There may have been a display board but I didn’t take a picture of it. It appears to have a commander’s cupola from an M3 Lee but it’s not an early Sherman model. I’d love to know if you have some history on this tank that you could send me.

  38. Sherry says:

    Hello, we currently have a family mystery on our hands. My Great Uncle Alexander Charles Fraser (born 1895-1897 in Nova Scotia,Canada) was reported to have served in WWI in the US. Although we have his dogtag we cant find any information that confirms it is indeed an American dogtag. The serial # is 2387557 and the writing stamped on it is Alex C Fraser / Sergt /HD Det Chment. It has two holes and is completely round. Any suggestions where I can at clarify if this is indeed an American dogtag. Thanks so much!

  39. pat says:

    question= can someone send me a picture of a navy kingfisher airplane ww two vintage please ? my father was a navy crew member on one and it would mean a lot to me. sincerely ” patpaint@gmx.com

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