Another World War II exhibit at the Armed Forces History Museum showcases the US Navy. This area of the museum houses a number of rare and interesting pieces of memorabilia. Visitors cannot help but notice the two authentic Mark IV torpedoes as they enter the gallery. One torpedo has been left in-tact, while the second has a cut-a-way section exposing the torpedo’s full propulsion and fuel component. In addition, the gallery houses a hard-to-find 42-foot US Navy periscope that was once used on a ballistic missile submarine. As they peer through, visitors get a bird’s eye view of the parking lot and surrounding area. Another hard-to-miss piece inside the Naval area is the full-sized, fully-operational World War II amphibious DUKW.
Probably one of the most memorable cases in the museum is housed in the naval area where visitors can see newspaper headlines from the December 7, 1941 Extra Edition of the Honolulu Star – Bulletin noting war has been declared as a result of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Contrasting this edition is an August 15, 1945 Extra Los Angeles Times with PEACE as the headline. Also, in this case is one of the museum’s most treasured pieces – an inkwell from the USS Missouri circa 1945.
Additional WWII Navy memorabilia in this area include a battle lantern, a submarine hall light, a submarine diving alarm from the USS Blemmy, a gyroscope and steam gauge. Other cases display a WWII Aviator with flight suit and helmet, a Seabee ditty bag, a utility bag and battle lantern and a rather unique Japanese Pottery Grenade. The grenade is not the only unique piece of artwork housed in this Naval area, a hula skirt made from a WWII parachute is also on display.
The items listed here merely scratch the surface of the history housed in the World War II US Navy Exhibit at the Armed Forces History Museum.
Read about the other outstanding exhibits at the Armed Forces History Museum by clicking on the links below:
- Salute to Service Exhibit
- Firearms/Ordnance and Mines/Grenades Exhibit
- World War I Trench Exhibit
- World War II Pearl Harbor Exhibit
- USMC South Pacific Exhibit
- WWII US Navy Exhibit
- WWII Normandy and French Village Exhibit
- WWII German Farmhouse Exhibit
- WWII Communications Room Exhibit
- Korean War Inchon Landing Exhibit
- Korean War MASH Unit Exhibit
- POW/MIA Exhibit
- Rosie’s Bar Exhibit
- Korean War Frozen Chosin Exhibit
- Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Trail Exhibit
- Vietnam Firebase Exhibit
- Saddam Hussein and Gulf War Exhibit
- Additional Exhibits
- Outdoor Exhibits