Salute to Service
As you first enter the Armed Forces History Museum, the first exhibit you view is the esteemed Salute to Service. The Salute to Service Exhibit has over two dozen dress uniforms representing all branches of the service. From current US Navy Seal dress choker uniform with headgear, insignia and service decorations, to uniforms of Leonard T. Schroeder, Jr. (first man to step foot on Normandy Beach) including his Formal Evening Attire, Class A Service and Dress Blue, and American Red Cross Uniforms. The collection in this area is not limited, however, to uniforms. The walls showcase several popular WWII posters, US Army Garrison hats from the 1940’s, US Army Women Garrison hats, US Navy headgear from 1938 to present day, two shadow boxes with a wide array of challenge coins and various sabres and swords. Many other personal items round out the collection in the Salute to Service Exhibit.
Firearms and Ordnance
After the Salute to Service Gallery, you are given a rare opportunity to view some impressive, authentic firearms, ordnance, mines and grenades. The items in this room are too numerous to mention individually, but a few highlights include: an Advanced Heavy AntiTank Missile System, a number of WWI Aerial Bombs, Israeli Uzi 9mm submachine gun, and M47 Dragon Medium AntiTank Weapon System. There are also bayonets on display dating back to the Revolutionary War.
Mines and Grenades
If the Firearms and Ordnance Exhibit isn’t enough firepower for you, the Mines and Grenades Exhibit has an impressive array of items on display which add to the overall effect of this collections of arsenal. A few of the many items viewed in this room include the following: an M9 AntiTank Mine, a wide variety of land mines, and a WWII British Sticky Bomb.