View Full Version : Photos of Corsairs, Ohka and other great stuff from the Marine Corps Museum

04-20-2008, 10:14 AM
I was on a trip over the weekend with my American Legion post and the Marine Corps League to visit the wounded troops at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. While we were there we met with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
After we left the Medical Center, we headed down to the Quantico Marine Corps base where we stayed over night. There were just so many things we did on this trip that it will be hard to tell of everything here, or show all the photos, but I will try to show the ones that you will all appreciate the most.
I will start with the WW2 era aircraft at the Marine Corps Museum. If you have never been there, try to make the trip. It is the best museum I have ever been to.
This Corsair was "used" by Robert Conrad in Black Sheep Squadron. The Marine Corps allowed Hollywood to use it for the show and Hollywood then refurbished it at a cost of 1 million dollars! Not a bad deal for the Marines. I never knew that.
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Here are two photos of the Ohka. It is the best I could do with the lighting.
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Here are some photos of an older 3 bladed Corsair.
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I cannot remember what these are, but some of you will appreciate them.
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This is CPT Pless' Huey Gunship from Vietnam. He received the Medal of Honor. I read about him as a kid, but never thought I would see his ship!
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Speaking of Medal of Honor, I have met several MoH recipients in the past, but I only remember seeing ONE in a display case...till this weekend. I was amazed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Here were the first three in a display case, at a small restaurant called the "Globe and Laurel", owned by US Marine Major Rick Spooner, who was attached to the Royal Marine Commandos during WW2. He is a fascinating man to talk to. Note that the MoH on the right is a VERY RARE Tiffany type (all Medals of Honor are rare).

Then I saw this! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif!!!!!!!
The only known example (in the world) of a Medal of Honor AND a Victoria Cross in the SAME display case! UNBELIEVABLE!

Then the 5th Medal of Honor in his small restaurant, from the Boxer rebellion.

Here is a photo of the group of Marines I went down with, and you can see Major Spooner in the background (doorway), standing in the gray suit.

Some of the people that visited his fine establishment in the past. He has MANY friends.
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Here is a photo of SgtMaj Dan Daly's not one, but TWO Medals of Honor! One of only 2 people to accomplish this amazing feat.

Some photos of the different Medals of Honor as changes took place over the years.
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Here is a photo of me and my group at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the Hon BJ Penn.

The last photo that I will post for now, and the one that means the most to me, is the second flag that was flown over Iwo Jima. It is the first time that I have seen it, and to see the same flag that so greatly inspired my grandfather during his fight on Iwo so many years ago was very emotional for me.

04-20-2008, 10:18 AM
good stuff thanks

04-20-2008, 12:48 PM
Nice photos! Greatly appreciated.

04-20-2008, 01:01 PM
Great Photos!!

04-20-2008, 11:07 PM
great photos! thanks for sharing. I think the corsair is the most beautiful US plane during ww2, at least for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

04-21-2008, 12:49 AM
Wow, one of the most famous flags of all time. Thanks for posting.

04-21-2008, 02:31 AM
Greatly appreciated nice photos!!! Cheers mate!

04-21-2008, 05:34 AM
great pics choctaw!cheers for posting http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif those corsair's are truly thing's of beauty http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

04-21-2008, 07:01 AM
Great pics, much thanks.

Da Worfster

04-21-2008, 07:08 AM
Very interesting post, Choctaw. Thanks a lot. so that was the flag from the legendary Iwo photo? Amazing.
I don't know much about biplanes but were those Bristol Be2s or Bristol Fighters?
I must get to the museum in Tokyo one day and sneak some pictures of the Japanese planes there.

04-21-2008, 11:46 AM
Thanks Choctaw for the photos. What an amazing collection of MOH's! My son is a Marine in the sandbox right now and I hope he doesn't encounter a MOH situation but if he does, I expect most Marines will not shrink from it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

04-21-2008, 04:18 PM
Great photos! Thanks for sharing them!
The bi-blane is a Curtis Jenny I think.

04-22-2008, 03:31 AM
Originally posted by scaredycat1:
Great photos! Thanks for sharing them!
The bi-blane is a Curtis Jenny I think.

Looks like a DH4 and a Jenny.
The Jenny's radiator shape is different from any I have seen.
But it looks like a JN4 otherwise.


04-22-2008, 06:21 AM
Good stuff! Thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

04-22-2008, 12:32 PM
Thank your for sharing. Your a good man, may God bless you.


04-24-2008, 01:50 PM
Ditto. Great shots, and the armed plane is a DH4, the bomber most used by US in WW1, but not nearly as good as the French Salmson. We built those under lic.

Some great places you went to. I could spend hrs just looking at the photos in that second place you went.

04-25-2008, 07:28 AM
Great pics Brad... You know that museum is just a few exits from where I live... It's funny too because I was thinking about you & the fam last weekend...