The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL has an outstanding display of dress service uniforms representing each branch of our armed forces.  The uniforms cover periods from the Civil War to present day and are representative of various ranks.  Unique to this display are the dress and service uniforms of Col. Leonard T. Schroeder, Jr. (first man on Utah Beach on D-Day).   This display area also includes seersucker dresses worn by the service women during World War II.


A world class 8’ x 6’ HO interactive, fully operational model train layout is at the center of our Salute to the Service display.  This incredibly detailed layout was painstakingly hand crafted and depicts a USMC military base.  The museum is especially thankful to the Suncoast Model Railroad Club who both built and donated this incredible display.


A Brief History on Military Uniforms

Use of military uniforms can be traced as far back as 200 BC.  The history of U.S. military uniforms doesn’t begin until much later.  In 1779, General George Washington was the first to assemble a military uniform.  He used blue as a basis, as it would serve as a direct contrast to the red uniforms that were worn by the British Army.  Blue has been a part of the military uniform lineage ever since.


Military uniforms continued to evolve over the next 200 plus years, often being influenced by civilian fashion and practicality.  Each branch of service selects their individual colors and designs to correlate with the application of the each uniform.  The uniforms within each branch vary not only on rank, but also based on various occasions – formal, non-formal or work.  Practicality and appearance are key factors the military uses when designing military uniforms; and the policy set forth for each must be strictly adhered to by military personnel.