In accordance with the Mayor's pandemic guidance, the Miami Military Museum will be open Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, by appointment, for groups no larger than ten, with masks and social distancing. Call 305-964-3783 to schedule a visit.
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We are the Miami Military Museum and Memorial, honoring all branches of the US Armed Forces, as well as its clandestine services. We especially recognize the service, the sacrifice, and the accomplishments of the active military, veterans, families and supporters of this great community.
We are dedicated to preserving the rich military heritage of Florida for all its diverse community. We serve as the educational voice enriching the community. Click Here to learn more.
Our museum chronicles the history of South Florida from World War II till the present day. Click Here for detailed information on historic periods we cover.
The Miami Military Museum and Memorial partnered with the Military Order of the Purple Heart on August 7, 2021 to honor Purple Heart recipients on the 239th anniversary of George Washington establishing the Purple Heart Medal.
It was first called the Badge of Military Merit when then General George Washington fist introduced it. The name and medal designed was changed in 1931 by Elizabeth Will, an Army heraldic specialist in the Office of the Quartermaster General. The Purple Heart is the oldest award still given to servicemembers.
Check out United States Southern Command Combatant Commander Admiral Craig S. Faller's Address here.
Women’s Military History
The Miami Military Museum and Memorial is commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American Military history by highlighting some of the amazing women and their service. Click here to learn more!
Captain Rosemary B. Mariner (1953 ─ 24 January 2019) was the first woman to command an operational naval aviation squadron. She led VAQ-34 during Operation Desert Storm and retired as a captain in 1997 after 24 years of service.
African American Military History
The Miami Military Museum and Memorial commissioned its first annual Black History Month Essay Contest! The topic of the 2021 contest was the Tuskegee Airman. Congrats to Sabrina Lyons from BioTECH @ Richmond Heights High School for submitting the winning essay!
Here are the final results:
Sabrina Lyons, 16, 10th grade, BioTECH @ Richmond Heights High School. Click here to read Sabrina's essay. Check out Sabrina's reading below.
2nd Place (3-way tie)
Richard Plasencia,16, 10th grade, BioTECH @ Richmond Heights High School
Gabriel Palacio, 16, 10th grade, BioTECH @ Richmond Heights High School
Rafael Guerra, 15, Grade 9, Miami Beach Senior High School (Representing its Naval JROTC)
3rd Place (2-way tie)
Carolina Cerrato, 17, 11th grade, BioTECH @ Richmond Heights High School
Matthias Rodriguez, 15, 10th grade, BioTECH @ Richmond Heights High School
CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!
Click here to learn more about African American military history!
Staff from the Miami Military Museum and Memorial joined veterans and the Palmetto Bay community in a drive-by celebration for WWll veteran Commander Clarence “Bill” Gregg's 100th birthday.
Commander Gregg was born in Iowa on January 24th 1921. He learned how to fly at the University of Oklahoma. Commander Gregg joined the U.S. Navy before the United States officially entered WWII and trained in Pensacola and Opa-Locka.
Commander Gregg's first mission was on a Douglas Dive Bomber in the Battle of Midway. He and his fellow pilots, most of them beginners like him, flew for hours across the Pacific Ocean on the morning of June 4, 1942. In a Miami Herald interview Commander Gregg stated the following: Someone spotted the Japanese carriers. From there, it was “follow the leader straight down.” The pilots dive-bombed the four carriers, landing blow after blow.
After the war, Commander Gregg stuck around the Navy and rose the ranks to Lieutenant Commander. He spent three years at the Naval War College in Rhode Island, including a few years teaching. He moved on to the airline industry and ended up at Eastern Airlines in South Florida, where he met his second wife, Gail. They married in 1984.
Learn more about Commander Clarence “Bill” Gregg and stories about him published in U.S. Navy Carrier Aviation Journal “The Hook” by clicking the following Miami Herald interview
Someone spotted the Japanese carriers. From there, it was “follow the leader straight down.” The pilots dive-bombed the four carriers, landing blow after blow.
Miami Herald Story citing
Commander Clarence "Bill" Gregg
Upcoming and Recent Activities at the Museum
August 7, 2021
The Miami Military Museum became a Purple Heart entity on August 7, 2021, on the 239th anniversary of the establishment of the Purple Heart.
October 23, 2020
Mayoral Candidate (Virtual) Townhall featuring Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo on October 23th from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Check out the recording!
October 17, 2020
Mayoral Candidate (Virtual) Townhall featuring Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. Commissioner Cava discussed veteran's mental health, housing, employment and other important issues. Check out the recording!
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September 11, 2020
The Miami Military Museum hosted a 9/11 Observance featuring remarks by Gunnery Sergeant Louis Slagle (USMC-Ret./former NYC Detective) and Georgie Carter Krell (Past National President of the American Gold Star Mothers
September 10, 2020
The Miami Military Museum was featured on Telemundo!
September 10, 2020
July 8, 2020
Miami Military Museum hosted Ms. Enid Pinkney. Ms. Pinkney is the founding president of the restored Hampton House in Liberty City.