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The Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH) is now headquartered in Buildings T-310 and T-316 at Fort Missoula by special arrangement with the Montana National Guard. In 1997, the fort celebrated the 120th anniversary of its establishment as an active military post.
Montana National Guardsmen on manuevers with 155 mm howitizer, circa 1950
Fort Missoula was established in 1877 as a frontier military post. Even before construction of the fort was complete, the post's garrison fought the Nez Perce Indian War of 1877. Later that year, General William T. Sherman visited the fort and recommended that it be expanded to house four infantry companies. The fort's lavish Mission Revival architecture and location in the scenic university town of Missoula, Montana ("The Garden City"), established its reputation as "The Million Dollar Post."
Among the U.S. Army units that have called Fort Missoula home have been the 3rd Infantry ("The Old Guard"), the 4th Infantry ("Warriors"), the 6th Infantry ("The Regulars"), the 7th Infantry ("Cottonballers"), and the black 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments. The post continues as a base for the Army National Guard, Army and Navy Reserve units.
By late summer 1998, ownership of the core area of the fort will transfer to the Northern Rockies Heritage Center. The RMMMH hopes to enlist Fort Missoula in a final and fitting mission - the preservation of our national military legacy.
U.S.S. Kearsarge on patrol in the Pacific Ocean, early 1954 (RMMMH Collection)
RMMMH seeks to promote the commemoration and study of the U.S. Armed Forces from the close of the Spanish-American War (1898) to the end of the Persian Gulf War(1991). The Museum will to impart a greater understanding of the role played by America's servicemen and servicewomen during a dramatic and violent period of global change.
The Museum recognizes as special its exploration in the area of the preservation of Fort Missoula's institutional history, the development of the interwar(1918-41) U.S. Army, and the influence of the modern U.S. military establishment upon the growth of the Pacific Northwest.
German Army mounted unit of the Second World War, July 1944 (RMMMH Collection)
RMMMH will draw upon a wide and varied collection of military documents and items, ranging from late nineteenth century dress uniforms to artillery firing tools of the Vietnam era. Holdings are particularly strong concerning captured German and Nazi photographs and official papers. In addition, RMMMH possesses a substantial archive of unpublished personal photographs taken by Allied service personnel in the combat theatres of the Second World War. RMMMH is also able to arrange long-term loans covering every major contingency faced by America's Armed Forces in this century.
Special operations in the fields of oral history and military history seminars are planned. In all of its endeavors, RMMMH can consult with veterans of all ranks and services. Missoula, Montana has one of the nation's highest per capita populations of service retirees. The Museum will draw upon the academic resources of the University of Montana, and will establish a working relationship with the U.S. Army Center for Military History.
U.S. Army L-4 artillery observation plane and converted Landing Ship, Tank, training for the invasion of Southern France, off Italy, early 1944 (RMMMH Collection)
Please join us in writing this new and exciting chapter in Fort Missoula's history by sending a contribution. The RMMMH is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Inquiries may be sent to the Museum President, Brigadier General M.Y. Foster, U.S.A. Retired. We thank you and ask that you return to this home page for continuing updates on the Museum's progress and opening date.Address:
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History Building 30, Fort Missoula Road Missoula, MT 59804-7203
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