Medal of honor museum of Texas

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A new museum to keep alive Medal of Honor heritage

Museum & Education Center

The Ground Forces Detachment of the Commemorative Air Force has developed the idea of creating a museum space dedicated to the Medal of Honor recipients from the State of Texas. Established in Gainesville, Texas, the Medal of Honor Museum of Texas would be the home of the Ground Forces Detachment and provide ample space to create educational experiences for residents of North Texas and travelers through the region.  

 

The Medal of Honor Museum of Texas and Education Center will keep alive the stories of Texas Medal of Honor recipients, educate our youth on the character and values demonstrated through heroic acts, and to set a positive example for the community through service and outreach. This is accomplished through scheduled field trips to the museum, guest speakers and commentators from the living history partners and veterans, and hands-on living history experiences with a STEM focus.  An informational/educational outside Memory Walk with static displays and artifacts is also a longer-term concept that will benefit the community. 

 

To be built at the Cooke County Fairgrounds, the Medal of Honor Museum of Texas building will be a multipurpose facility with flexible use areas bringing together three functional spaces under one roof, a museum space, an educational space, and a living history experience space. The fixed museum space will be approximately 2800ft2 and serve as the primary space with the main entrance, greeting station, gift shop space, and both fixes and rotating exhibit space.  

 

An additional 2800 ft2 will serve as an education space. The flexible use space will host school class visits to learn of the values and experiences of the Medal of Honor recipients from Texas. The space will be available for a fee (free for most K-12 education groups) as a themed banquet room or otherwise rentable space for events. 

Texas Medal of Honor Memorial

The centerpiece of the Medal of Honor Museum is the Texas Medal of Honor Memorial, a larger than life-size figure cast in bronze depicting the character of all seventy Texas recipients of our nation's highest decoration for combat valor.


Sculpted by Doyle Glass and Scott Boyer, the statue and accompanying exhibits were dedicated on Memorial Day in 2008. The Memorial depicts native Texan Medal of Honor recipient George H. O'Brien, Jr. as he appeared on the day he demonstrated multiple acts of valor for which his Medal of Honor was presented. 


Perched on a rock, the heroic-sized bronze figure rises above a granite base which displays the names of Texan recipients of the Medal from the Civil War through the War in Iraq. Accompanying the memorial statue are display cases with descriptions of other native Texans who received the Medal of Honor as well as an interactive video display unit.

Material and Artifact Donations

If you are interested in making a donation of equipment, supplies, or military memorabilia, please let us know. We are always looking for original items to use as a part of our educational outreach programs, rotating museum exhibits, and permanent museum displays. Email info@txmoh.org with your details.

Texas Medal of Honor Memorial

Texas Medal of Honor Memorial at North Central Texas College

The Texas Medal of Honor Memorial recently moved from Midland, Texas to a temporary home in the library building of the North Central Texas College (NCTC) in Gainesville, Texas. The Memorial honors native Texan recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. It can be viewed in the NCTC library building during normal opening hours and is accessible to the public. Free parking is available in front of the library building and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

Sculpted by Doyle Glass and Scott Boyer, the statue and accompanying exhibits were dedicated on Memorial Day in 2008. The Memorial depicts native Texan Medal of Honor recipient George H. O'Brien, Jr. as he appeared on the day he demonstrated multiple acts of valor for which his Medal of Honor was presented. Perched on a rock, the heroic-sized bronze figure rises above a granite base which displays the names of Texan recipients of the Medal from the Civil War through the War in Iraq. Accompanying the memorial statue are display cases with descriptions of other native Texans who received the Medal of Honor as well as an interactive video display unit.

This memorial and accompanying exhibits are maintained by the Ground Forces Detachment of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), based in Gainesville, Texas. The memorial will be available to the public at the NCTC Library while a permanent home for the memorial, educational programs, and a living history space is established.

Keep 'Em Rolling

The CAF Ground Forces Detachment is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our educational outreach goals and enable equipment restorations. Thank you for considering a donation to help support our mission.

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