Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Lieutenant Colonel Harold G. Moore, Jr., took command of one of the battalions of the 11th Air Assault Division in June, 1964. He trained and tested the officers and soldiers of his battalion for over a year. Upon completion of testing, the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) was redesignated the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), and Lieutenant Colonel Moore’s battalion was given the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry colors. The sister battalion became the 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry. In August, 1965, the 1st Cavalry Division, including the 1st and 2d Battalions, 7th Cavalry, deployed to Vietnam.   Lt Col Harold G. Moore commanded the 7th Cavalry which took part in one of the bloodiest battles of Vietnam, Ia Drang Valley, known as the Valley of Death, which started on November fourteenth 1965. The 7th Calvary was flown into the valley on a search and destroy operation, after the North Vietnamese attacked a Special Forces base a few days earlier. At the end of the fourth day over two hundred United States Soldiers and over a thousand North Vietnamese Army soldiers had died in combat over the two landing zones.

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Two Marines in the jungle

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

map of South Vietnam, la Drang Valley, Pleiku

Using sixteen Huey Helicopters Moore and his men landed at the landing zone called X-Ray at the base of Chu Pong Mountain in November of 1965. After an hour on the ground, the 7th Calvary took fire from the enemy. The men received support fire with artillery at a nearby United States military base and help from bombers and fighter planes overhead. Moore continued to use air support and artillery while his enemy kept trying to overpower him with sheer numbers. However, Moore knew his life line was the Huey’s that were able to bring fresh men and supplies in while taking the wounded back to base. Moore kept the lines open and his men were successful in the end from fending off the North Vietnamese Army after some bloody fighting.

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Bringing in the Hueys

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Air Cav coming to drop off supplies and Soldiers picking up wounded

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Marines and a Huey

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang

Lieutenant Colonel Harold G. Moore, Jr Medal of Honor recipient

The Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. The medal was first authorized in 1861 for Sailors and Marines, and the following year for Soldiers as well. Since then, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of all DoD services and the Coast Guard. Medals of Honor are awarded sparingly and are bestowed only to the bravest of the brave; and that courage must be well documented.




Harold G. Moore has since talked about why he was successful. Leading up to the battle Moore claims “through greater detailed preparations the 7th Calvary rose above others, they understood the people, the tactics, and history of the area of Vietnam.” Moore also understood who he was fighting. He had read the history of the French who previously had tried to control Vietnam. Harold Moore followed his principles of conduct during battle in each engagement. He trusted his instincts, was always alert and had no threat of fear. He commented “that a leader must be visible on the battle field, to let his men know he is there with them.” He inspired his men to continue to fight hard. Harold Moore and the 7th Calvary won the battle of Ia Drang Valley, and subsequent battles. However, Moore knew at the end of the battle what the Viet Cong were willing to sacrifice and the American military was not prepared for what would ensue. “We Were Soldiers ” with Mel Gibson is a good movie about this .

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Helicopters landing and lifting off bringing supplies taking the wounded to aid stations

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Hal Moore 1965

 

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

Nice color shot Hal Moore 1965

Lieutenant Colonel Moore leads 7thCalvary into Ia Drang Valley

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