Featured Exhibits

WWI Mule, Dough Boy and dog protected with gas masks

WWI Mule, Dough Boy and dog protected with gas masks


Sponsored by the Bierhaus Foundation


f-4As part of our Grand Opening ceremony on May 31, 2013, the Indiana Military Museum was proud to unveil an exciting new exhibit: an f-4 Phantom Fighter Jet.


F-4 Phantom jets entered into service in 1960, developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. This aircraft played a critical role in the Vietnam war and has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter jet to achieve Ace status in the 20th century.


Today, F-4s are rare. Since the mid-1970’s, they have been replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-16. Our F-4 was retrieved from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.


This exhibit has been made possible by the generous support of Jayne Bierhaus and the Bierhaus Foundation in honor of Jayne’s father, Robert V. Bierhaus.






Commissioned in 1941, the USS Grayback was a Tambor-class submarine that successfully completed ten patrols during WWII. In February 27, 1944, as Grayback was patrolling near Okinawa, the vessel was attacked by multiple Japanese aircraft. The submarine, along with all the souls on board, was sunk in the cold waters of the Pacific.


The USS Grayback was one of fifty-two submarines lost in WWII. To memorialize these vessels and their brave crews, each state was assigned a Submarine Memorial for one of the boats. Indiana’s submarine is the Grayback.


In 2011, the USS Grayback memorial found a home at the Indiana Military Museum, where it was re-dedicated by veterans of all eras, including a number of submarine crews and relief crews who were on active duty from December 1, 1941 through September 1, 1945. Each year, submariners from around the state participate in a memorial to honor the crew of the USS Grayback, and all those who served on submarines during WWII.


Additional Images for the USS Grayback




Virginia “Genna” Stanley in memory of CDR. Earl Wm Stanley, USN





Sponsored by TAC Missileers and Association of Air Force Missileers





Dedicated to Lyman Eugene Lance by family, friends, classmates and former football players


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Sponsored Carrie Hubler in memory of Charles Hubler USN




Sponsored by Glen G Apple




  1. Are you able to get in any of the vehicles

  2. Has the sail and planes arrived from the USS Indianapolis SSN 697? If so what is the status of getting these assembled for display?

  3. Do you have a display on the homefront in WWII and if so , does it include three bowling pins that feature the axis leaders. Thanks

    • At the present time we have a display case featuring the home front but no bowling pin Axis leaders. Our new museum display will have a 1940’s 3 room house inside the building with period furniture and WWII memorabilia, and such.

  4. I’m curious if u obtained any items from Ropkey museum when it shut down?

  5. A group of us USS Indianapolis CA35 (WWII cruiser) families and friends are contemplating a visit to the museum just before or immediately following our gathering/reunion scheduled for 18-21 July 2019. We are particularly interested in seeing the USS Indianapolis SSN-697 sail and submarine exhibit. Is there any chance we can coordinate this visit with you all so we can get the full scoop on how it came to be, how it was envisoned/planned/constructed, and maybe meet some of the folks that made this happen? I’m thinking Wednesday 17 July is more likely than Monday 22 July. Herding the cats now…

  6. I am looking for the USS Vincennes memorial that is in your town. My father was on this ship when it sunk at Battle of Savo. Is the memorial at your museum or somewhere close by? Thanks

  7. Michael Dye, AQ1/AT1, US Navy (Ret)

    The Museum’s A4 Skyhawk’s record.
    144906 (Appears to be an A4D-2/A-4B after 1962), bearing the markings of VA-163 (‘The Saints’, assigned to Cariier Air Wing 16, sailing aboard USS Oriskany)to MASDC (The military aircraft storage/scrapyard at Davis-Monthan AFB)as 3A0244 May 20, 1970.
    To NASA.
    To Indiana Military Museum, Vincennes,Indiana in Nov 2014.

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