Collection

Take a journey through time and space, from the American Revolution to the beaches of Normandy; the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Afghanistan. Explore the life and times of brave military men and women: the uniforms they wore, weapons they used, and vehicles they drove. Experience the stories you know in a new way, and discover ones you’ve never heard about national legends and local heroes.

 

The Indiana Military Museum is home to one of the most unique, comprehensive collections of military artifacts in the United States. We are frequently updating our collection with new artifacts and featured exhibits, so there is always something fresh and exciting to see at the IMM. Visit the museum to view:

 

ARTILLERY & WEAPONS

From Civil War mini-balls to a 16-inch battleship projectile; flintlock rifles to an 8-inch Howitzer, we display weaponry covering the history of the United States Military. Our vast collection of individual weapons includes such artifacts as a Plains Indian metal tipped arrow, Philippine warrior swords from the Spanish American war, rifles and pistols form pre-Civil War to Afghanistan. Larger items include a Maximum WWI machine gun and a British 60-pounder field gun, a WWII twin .50 caliber machine gun turret from a PT boat, and dozens of cannons and artillery pieces ranging from 37mm anti-tank guns to the massive 8-inch gun.

 

 

 

 

ARMOR

Our armor collection includes tracked and wheeled vehicles from not only the United States, but also from other counties, both friend and foe. Many of these are in running condition and are demonstrated at various events throughout the year. The majority of our armor comes from WWII but we also have pieces from Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. Our armor assortment contains a WWII Japanese Type 95 light tank, a German half-track, and a Russian-made 2S1 Gvozdika 122mm self-propelled howitzer used by Iraq. Along with these we have numerous versions of Allied armor; from a British Sexton to the M-47 Patton and, of course, one of the most recognized tanks: the Sherman.

 

 

 

SOFT-SKINNED VEHICLES

Soft-skinned vehicles are the general and special-purpose vehicles (without armor) used for what may or may not be considered combat purposes. Our collection has a great number of these, ranging from a WWI Renault field hospital truck to a Humvee similar to the ones still in use today. We also exhibit most models of the ubiquitous jeep, ambulances from different wars, amphibious landing craft, trucks of various sizes, fire suppression and ammunition handling units, and a command car. Most of these are in running condition and are used in parades around the area.

 

 

 

AIRCRAFT

The museum’s collection of aircraft and related artifacts ranges from a fragment of a WWI Zeppelin to a Vietnam era F-4 Phantom and Huey helicopter. It includes small items, such as cloth wings worn by the pilot of the first allied glider to land on Normandy soil preceding the D-Day invasion, and the trousers worn by Ted Lawson, pilot of the B-25 “Ruptured Duck” in the Doolittle Raid and author of the book, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. The IMM’s collection also includes a garrison cap belonging to Captain Robert Morgan, pilot of the B-17 “Memphis Belle,” and many other items. Our aircraft collection includes a WWII C-47 and C-45, the A-26 Invader that fought from WWII to Vietnam, a T-33 jet trainer, and a Cold War nuclear missile along with an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

 

 

 

UNIFORMS

The museum has a wide range of uniforms from the civil war to the present day. We have one of the best (if not the best) collections of General Officer uniforms in the country. From WWI to present day, our vast collection includes authentic uniforms worn by Gen. George Patton, Gen. Mark Clark, Gen. Colin Powell, Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega, Gen. Tommy Franks and others, each worn by the person they represent and donated to the IMM by the person or their family. In addition to these uniforms, our collection also includes uniforms from enlisted personnel, notable officers, Medal of Honor winners, an astronaut, celebrities, Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and even President Eisenhower’s D-Day uniform.

 

 

 

OTHER MEMORABILIA

The Indiana Military Museum features thousands of unique artifacts from the Civil War to present day.

 

See Civil War flags carried in pivotal battles, along with the Medal of Honor awarded to a member of Michigan Cavalry at the battle of Dinwiddie Courthouse stand out in the Civil War exhibits. See an original Quantrels Gorillas reunion ribbon which belonged to Frank James.

 

The Indian War exhibit includes a hand knitted afghan depicting a Cavalry horse made by Libby Custer as a gift to an officer serving in Custer’s Regiment.

 

See the glass eye of a Spanish American War soldier issued to him by the Army and a uniform worn by a buffalo soldier during his WWI service.

 

See the flight helmet and coat worn by battle of Brittan Ace Bobby Oxspring who was credited not only for downing 16 German aircraft but 4 V-1 buzz bombs as well.

 

The Pearl Harbor exhibit is proud to have a certified and serial numbered piece of the USS Arizona along with pieces of a Japanese zero downed on that fateful day.

 

See the actual pants and shirt worn by Ted Lawson, author of 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, which were worn by him during the famous Doolittle Tokyo raid in which pilot Lawson lost his right leg when his B-25 crashed in China.

 

See field equipment and jump jackets worn by paratroopers on D-Day and the M-43 field jacket of Gen. James M. Gavin (our youngest WWII Division Commander) which was worn during Gavin’s jump into Holland during Operation Market Garden.

 

See artifacts representing the end of the war including Ground Zero pieces from Hiroshima and uniforms worn by crew members of both atomic bomb missions along with the Nurse’s cap which belonged to Edith Shane forever remembered as the Nurse who was photographed in Times Square kissing the sailor on VJ day.

 

The Korean War exhibit includes an original 38th parallel wood marker signed by members of the joint commission to establish the boundaries.  Also see the numerous artifacts of 8th Army Commander General James A. VanFleet.

 

Gen. Westmoreland’s uniform and those of other field commanders from the Vietnam War can also be viewed and the Gulf War artifacts range from assortments of camo used by Iraqi, Afghan and Allied Forces.

 

Local Vincennes history is prominent at the museum including an extensive exhibit pertaining to the 4 ships which carried the name of the USS Vincennes.  One can also see hometown favorite son Red Skelton’s WWII uniform and other pertinent Skelton memorabilia. The museum also has an actual restored barracks from George Field, a WWII US Army Air Corps multi engine training base that was located between Vincennes and Lawrenceville IL that can be viewed by appointment.  

 

 

The museum has an extensive collection pertaining to Gen. Alexander Haig including his uniforms, weapons, flags, decorations and awards.

 

The Cold War is remembered as well.  See the uniform of Army Joint Chiefs Head Gen. Maxwell Taylor which he wore during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the formal dress uniform of the Father of the Green Berets William C. Yarborough.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. CW4 Tommy L. Schmitt US ARMY (RET)

    The spirit that you carry is honorable, you do so that the honorable ones that fell can be remembered with honor.

    I will come visit someday before I die.

  2. nice looking museum. Would ,like to visit

  3. One of the best collections of military items in the country.

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