1st Cavalry Division Museum

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2218 Headquarters Avenue, Killeen, TX, USA

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Learn About the Mighty 1st May 31, 2017
It is very appropriate the 1st Cavalry Division is the "1st". During World War 2 the 1st Cavalry Division was the first into both Manila (during the Liberation of the Philippines) and the first into Tokyo. The 1st captured the Admiralty Islands and participated in the invasion of Leyte. During the Korean War the 1st moved 100 miles in 11 hours capturing Osan and was the first unit into the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The 5th Regiment, the oldest unit in the 1st Division, was raised and posted to Fort Belknap, Texas in 1855. The 7th and 8th Regiments were stood up in 1866 with the 8th at Fort Concho, Texas. The 1st Cavalry Division, consisting of these three and a fourth regiment, was established on 13 September 1921 at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1933 the 12th Regiment was added. In 1965 the 1st became an Airmobile Division the first in the United States. The 1st Division served honorably in the Vietnam War and returned to its permanent base at Fort Hood, Texas. The 1st continues to be a valuable asset to the United States Army's mission to protect freedom and democracy in our country and the world. The 1st Cavalry Division museum has a number of very interesting and well-presented displays of the unit's history, the weapons and equipment they use, the personnel serving in and supporting the unit, souvenirs of places they have been, and a reminder that in addition to fighting the unit serves as peacekeepers and helps provide humanitarian relief from hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires and other natural disasters.

When I visited in May 2017 they also had a special display about the current War on Terror. The display showed the role the unit plays in fighting the war on terror, helping gather intelligence, and in nation building and making friends with the more moderate factions in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They had a display of a bomb making factory that seemed quite well done too. I am not sure how long that special attraction is planned to be on display; but I found it quite interesting.

Outside the museum are a number of pieces of military equipment on display. Having served in an aviation unit, I found the helicopters (especially the AH1S Cobra Attack Helicopter, OH-58 Kiowa Observation Helicopter, and the UH-1 Iroquois of "Huey" Utility Helicopter) very familiar. They also had other pieces of equipment like an Honest John rocket, an ambulance and other helicopters on display along with such Soviet items as a BMP Armored Personnel Carrier, a PT-76 Amphibious Tank, and a T-72 Main Battle Tank. Hours are Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Visitors without a military ID must get a pass at the main gate. Admission is FREE but donations are accepted.
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