National Museum of the Pacific War, formerly the Admiral Nimitz Museum

Calendar of Events

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2003

The National Museum of the Pacific War, formerly the Admiral Nimitz Museum, is the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the entire story of the war in the Pacific during World War II.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year around, except Christmas Day. Admission is $5 for adults. Special rates are available for students presenting their student I. D. Preschoolers are admitted free of charge. With advance reservations, special rates are available for schools and tour groups of 20 or more. The museum is a state historical site managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife and supported in part by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. For additional visitor information, phone 830-997-4379.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Shirley Wills, 210-822-2378, shirleywills@stic.net
Helen McDonald, 830-997-4379, ext. 228

MARCH 15-16
ISLAND ASSAULT: 1944

This popular living history program uses objects from the museum's education collection to bring World War II to life for visitors as re-enactors demonstrate the weapons and discuss the tactics and strategy that won the war. Visitors can follow authentically dressed and equipped World War II Marines on a tour of a re-created Pacific War battlefield and experience an exciting combined arms attack on a Japanese pillbox. In the attack, volunteers use the only operational World War II flamethrower in Texas. Flamethrowers were a key weapon in infantry tactics during World War II in the Pacific. Other famous vehicles and weapons of World War II that are featured include a Stuart tank, half-track, M1903 Springfield rifle, M1 Garand rifle, M1918A2 Browning automatic rifle, M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun, Japanese Nambu machine gun, and Japanese-type 38 rifle (also known as the Arisaka). Demonstrations will be presented at the Pacific Combat Zone at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. each day. The Pacific Combat Zone is located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on E. Austin Street between Elk and Lee.

Fees for "Island Assault: 1944" are free with regular museum admission of $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children age 5 and younger. Fees without museum admission are $2 for adults and $1 for students. For additional information, please visit one of our web sites, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

APRIL 18
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE YAMAMOTO MISSION.

Details pending.

MAY 24-25-26, MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

MAY 24-25
ISLAND ASSAULT: 1944

This popular living history program uses objects from the museum's education collection to bring World War II to life for visitors as re-enactors demonstrate the weapons and discuss the tactics and strategy that won the war. Visitors can follow authentically dressed and equipped World War II Marines on a tour of a re-created Pacific War battlefield and experience an exciting combined arms attack on a Japanese pillbox. In the attack, volunteers use the only operational World War II flamethrower in Texas. Flamethrowers were a key weapon in infantry tactics during World War II in the Pacific. Other famous vehicles and weapons of World War II that are featured include a Stuart tank, half-track, M1903 Springfield rifle, M1 Garand rifle, M1918A2 Browning automatic rifle, M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun, Japanese Nambu machine gun, and Japanese-type 38 rifle (also known as the Arisaka). Demonstrations will be presented at the Pacific Combat Zone at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. each day. The Pacific Combat Zone is located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on E. Austin Street between Elk and Lee.

Fees for "Island Assault: 1944" are free with regular museum admission of $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children age 5 and younger. Fees without museum admission are $2 for adults and $1 for students. For additional information, please visit one of our web sites,
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

MAY 26
ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM FEATURING
JOE GALLOWAY, AUTHOR OF WE WERE SOLDIERS
ONCE AND YOUNG

Veterans and their families will gather at the National Museum of the Pacific War to honor Americans who have given their lives to keep our nation free and strong. Members of the museum's Memorial Wall Wreath Endowment Fund will place memorial wreaths of red, white and blue flowers along the wall honoring men and women who died in WW II. The speaker will be Joe Galloway, a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report and author of the New York Times best seller We Were Soldiers Once and Young. His book is a detailed accounting of the Ia Drang Campaign, the first major clash between American and North Vietnamese regular troops in November 1965 and the bloodiest of any battle fought during the entire war. Galloway received the 1991 National Magazine Award for an Oct. 29, 1990 U.S. News cover story marking the 25th anniversary of the first major battle of the Vietnam War and the 1992 News Media Award of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States for his coverage of the Persian Gulf War. On May 1, 1998, the Army awarded Galloway a belated Bronze Star with V for rescuing a badly wounded soldier under heavy fire in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965. His is the only such medal of valor awarded to a civilian by the Army during the Vietnam War. Gen. (ret.) H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who has known him in two wars, calls Galloway "the finest combat correspondent of our generation--a soldier's reporter and a soldier's friend."

Ceremony organizers are the USS Colorado and the museum. Free and open to the public. 10 a.m., Nimitz Memorial Courtyard. For additional information, please visit our web sites, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

JUNE 6
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY

The Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942, near the central Pacific island of Midway, was the most decisive naval defeat in Japanese history. The battle is considered a shining hour for Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, commander-in-chief, Pacific Fleet, because of the risk he took in relying on naval communications intelligence to develop the strategy that won the battle. Because of communications intelligence successes, the U.S. Pacific Fleet surprised the Japanese forces, sinking four of six Japanese carriers. In addition, 332 planes and 2,155 men, among them many of Japan's prized pilots, were lost. A special speaker will be featured. For additional information, please visit our web sites, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

JUNE 14, FLAG DAY
"STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER"

Special program on flag etiquette, including history of the flag, display, treatment, and proper disposal. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom. The public is encouraged to bring tattered and worn flags for proper disposal. Fee for the program is $2, payable at the door, with museum admission. For additional information, please visit our web sites, www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

JULY 4, INDEPENDENCE DAY

Program pending.

JULY 5-6
ISLAND ASSAULT: 1944

This popular living history program uses objects from the museum's education collection to bring World War II to life for visitors as re-enactors demonstrate the weapons and discuss the tactics and strategies that won the war. Visitors can follow authentically dressed and equipped World War II Marines on a tour of a re-created Pacific War battlefield and experience an exciting combined arms attack on a Japanese pillbox. In the attack, volunteers use the only operational World War II flamethrower in Texas. Flamethrowers were a key weapon in infantry tactics during World War II in the Pacific. Other famous vehicles and weapons of World War II that are featured include a Stuart tank, half-track, M1903 Springfield rifle, M1 Garand rifle, M1918A2 Browning automatic rifle, M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun, Japanese Nambu machine gun, and Japanese-type 38 rifle (also known as the Arisaka). Demonstrations will be presented at the Pacific Combat Zone at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. each day. The Pacific Combat Zone is located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on E. Austin Street between Elk and Lee.

For admission fees and additional information, please visit our web sites,
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

AUGUST 30-31
ISLAND ASSAULT: 1944

This popular living history program uses objects from the museum's education collection to bring World War II to life for visitors as re-enactors demonstrate the weapons and discuss the tactics and strategies that won the war. Visitors can follow authentically dressed and equipped World War II Marines on a tour of a re-created Pacific War battlefield and experience an exciting combined arms attack on a Japanese pillbox. In the attack, volunteers use the only operational World War II flamethrower in Texas. Flamethrowers were a key weapon in infantry tactics during World War II in the Pacific. Other famous vehicles and weapons of World War II that are featured include a Stuart tank, half-track, M1903 Springfield rifle, M1 Garand rifle, M1918A2 Browning automatic rifle, M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun, Japanese Nambu machine gun, and Japanese-type 38 rifle (also known as the Arisaka). Demonstrations will be presented at the Pacific Combat Zone at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. each day. The Pacific Combat Zone is located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on E. Austin Street between Elk and Lee.

Fees for "Island Assault: 1944" are free with regular museum admission of $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children age 5 and younger. Fees without museum admission are $2 for adults and $1 for students. For additional information, please visit our web sites, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

SEPTEMBER 27-28
ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM

Annual symposium presented by the National Museum of the Pacific War. The topic will be China-Burma-India. Program details pending.

NOVEMBER 11
ANNUAL VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

Annual Veterans Day ceremony honoring all veterans who have served our country. It is open to the public free of charge. 11 a.m., Plaza of Presidents. For additional information, please visit our web sites, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

NOVEMBER 20
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TARAWA LANDING

A special program on the one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history. Details pending.

NOVEMBER 28-29
ISLAND ASSAULT: 1944

This popular living history program uses objects from the museum's education collection to bring World War II to life for visitors as re-enactors demonstrate the weapons and discuss the tactics and strategies that won the war. Visitors can follow authentically dressed and equipped World War II Marines on a tour of a re-created Pacific War battlefield and experience an exciting combined arms attack on a Japanese pillbox. In the volunteers use the only operational World War II flamethrower in Texas. Flamethrowers were a key weapon in infantry tactics during World War II in the Pacific. Other famous vehicles and weapons of World War II that are featured include a Stuart tank, half-track, M1903 Springfield rifle, M1 Garand rifle, M1918A2 Browning automatic rifle, M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun, Japanese Nambu machine gun, and Japanese-type 38 rifle (also known as the Arisaka). Demonstrations will be presented at the Pacific Combat Zone at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. each day. The Pacific Combat Zone is located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on E. Austin Street between Elk and Lee.

Fees for "Island Assault: 1944" are free with regular museum admission of $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children age 5 and younger. Fees without museum admission are $2 for adults and $1 for students. For additional information, please visit our web sites, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

DECEMBER 7
PEARL HARBOR

Pearl Harbor survivors and their family members gather with the public to pay tribute to those who were in the line of fire on December 7, 1941. Ceremony is open to the public free of charge. 12:25 p.m., Nimitz Memorial Courtyard. For additional information, please visit our web sites, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/nimitz or http://www.nimitz-museum.org or phone 830-997-4379.

Information current as of January 7, 2003

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