Curstis Worth Fentress, the architect who designed the Museum has said that his primary inspiration for the design of the Museum came from the famous image of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima.
The history of the Corps began with the founding of the Continental Marines in November, 1775. Their mission was to provide shipboard security and to conduct ship-to-ship fighting. Marines have served in nearly every conflict in US history and the mission of the Corps has evolved through the years. From strictly shipboard fighting to land engagements to amphibious landings and air warfare. From the Halls of Montezuma (the Mexican-American War) to the Shores of Tripoli (the Barbary Wars), the US Civil War, the Boxer Rebellion, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afganistan, and numerous other conficts, the Marines have seen it all and done it all.
Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima
If these guys are coming after you -
be afraid - be very afraid
Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful! As free Americans we owe a huge debt of thanks to the United States Marine Corps.
Admission to the Museum is free!