NAPLES MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY

NAPLES MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY

Naples Museum Of Military History is located at the Naples Municipal Airport  

Naples Municipal Airport in sunny Naples Florida which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers.

 

    Naples Museum of Military History is located in The Naples Municipal Airport, they broke ground in 1942 and the training facility was opened in 1943. It was used to train pilots for the Pacific theater of operations in the Second World War. 

   It is one of 4 bases built in S Florida. Buckingham field, Page field, Naples Airport and Opa Locka.  With Buckingham being the main base, and Naples Army Airfield, Page Field, and Opa Locka Field being the satellite bases.

 

   Our Museum President “Robert McDonald” wanted to honor the Veterans that trained here and the Naples Airport itself for being a part in all of it.

 

   The environment was tough with the bugs and snakes, humidity and no A/C, soldiers living in tents pulling long hard duty, training for what was to come in the island warfare on the way to defeating Japan. Thousands came thru here and many came back and made Naples their home after the war.

 

   What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. We have the original museum that is set up to honor WW2 Aviation and we also have some rare artifacts displayed in custom cases viewable on 3 sides. These cases are arranged by the different eras of our Military history and different outfits, countries, and weapons.

 

    We also have added a second room called the Annex- filled with even more artifacts dating back to the war of 1812, The Revolutionary War, The Civil War, The Indian Wars, World War 1, World War 2, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, Afghanistan and the Iraq Wars.

 

   Personal stories connected to donated items of living history. What are we without our history?

 

   There are Docents in each of the two rooms that will answer questions and do their best to make your visit an enjoyable one and we hope you will return and bring a friend or two.

 

   Come visit and learn about your Military History and see the sacrifices that so many strangers made for your Freedom. You’ll be glad you did.

 

   We are a non-profit museum that exists to Honor our past and present Veterans from all branches of Our Military,

IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT WE AT THE NAPLES MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY SAY FAREWELL TO ONE OF OUR DOCENTS MASTER SERGEANT DAVID CROWLEY. DAVID WAS ONE OF OUR DOCENTS WHO GAVE OF HIS TIME TO MAKE VISITORS FEEL WELCOME AND HELPED THEM LEARN OF THIS COUNTRY’S MILITARY HISTORY. MASTER SERGEANT CROWLEY SERVED 28 YEARS IN THE U.S. ARMY AND WAS ALSO A COLLECTOR OF MILITARY ARTIFACTS HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

This Soldier poem is taken from The Wall USA site

This Poem is for all the Soldiers

There is discipline in A Soldier you can see it when he walks,
There is honor in A Soldier you hear it when he talks.
There is courage in A Soldier you can see it in his eyes,
There is loyalty in A Soldier that he will not compromise.
There is something in A Soldier that makes him stand apart,
There is strength in A Soldier that beats from his heart.
A Soldier isn’t a title any man can be hired to do,
A Soldier is the soul of that man buried deep inside of you.
A Soldier’s job isn’t finished after an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week,
A Soldier is always A Soldier even while he sleeps.
A Soldier serves his country first and his life is left behind,
A Soldier has to sacrifice what comes first in a civilian’s mind.
If you are civilian – I am saying this to you…..
next time you see A Soldier remember what they do.
A Soldier is the reason our land is ‘Home of the free’,
A Soldier is the one that is brave protecting you and me.
If you are A Soldier – I am saying this to you…..
Thank God for EVERY SOLDIER Thank God for what YOU do!

~ by Angela Goodwin ~

 Naples Museum Of Military History Hours:

Monday – Saturday   10 – 4 pm   

      Sunday   noon – 4 pm