“Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue”

A few weeks ago we finally made it down to the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico VA.  It has been open for a few years now, but I’d never managed to visit.  I was thoroughly impressed; the entire facility captures the proud history of the Marines in a very entertaining and educational fashion.  Although I am retired Navy, I have a lot of respect for the Corps.  I did two deployments with the Marines, and my uncle, Jack Bradway, was a Corsair pilot killed in Korea. The museum has a huge atrium filled with full scale replicas of the harrowing assault on Tarawa in WWII.  The Japanese had fortified the atoll completely, and the tides worked against the assault forces.  Getting over the seawall took incredible acts of individual heroism. 

Hanging above is a biplane from WW1.  I honestly didn’t realize that the Marines flew in that war, but knew of their assault in the Belleau Woods.

The museum’s layout allows you to follow Marine history from Revolutionary War Days through the Civil War and all the “Small Wars” at the turn of the 19th century.

When you explore the Korean War, they have super air-conditioned the scenario as you revisit the “Frozen Chosin” to intensify the experience.   For Vietnam, the Marines were involved in brutal street fighting in Hue city, during the Tet Offensive.  You turn a corner in the exhibit and almost run into this Marine. 

In WW1, Sgt Dan Daly was awarded the Medal of Honor twice for exceptional leadership and valor.  His quote is still taught to all Marines in that boundary between history and legend.   When you are in the DC area, I highly recommend making the trip to the museum.  In my opinion, it is the finest museum in the Capitol region, and with all the Smithsonians, that is saying a lot.