Marshall’s Hands

Our vote for “strangest” artifact is a pair of Marshall’s hands. These were cast in plaster by American sculptor Bryant Baker in 1957. Baker was most famous for his bronze sculpture Pioneer Woman, located in Oklahoma. We know Marshall thought sitting for portraits was a waste of time, so staff have often wondered who convinced […]

C.W. Bowman Collection

Charles “CW” Bowman, drafted into the United States Army on July 19th, 1966, served in the Vietnam War. Bowman spent his time in Vietnam as part of the 25th Infantry Division (nicknamed the “Tropic Lightning”), Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, eventually rising to the rank of staff sergeant. Bowman’s operations took place in […]

Danny Lee Blake Collection

The Marshall Museum & Library is honored to house documents, photographs, and artifacts of “Tropic Lightning,” the 25th Infantry Division. One of the sub-collections of the 25th is the Danny Lee Blake Collection. Lt. Blake graduated from City College of Baltimore before enlisting in the army in May of 1966. He served as an instructor […]

AMVETS Silver Helmet

Today’s artifact is a silver-plated helmet with a strap, mounted on a horseshoe-shaped walnut base.  A plaque on the base reads ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY/ AMVETS/ SALUTES/ GENERAL OF THE ARMY GEORGE C. MARSHALL/ SOLDIER STATESMAN AMERICAN.  It was presented to George C. Marshall on December 10, 1954 in Washington, D.C. commemorating the […]

Key to the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico

  After dealing with intense pain and discomfort for most of the year, George C. Marshall had an enlarged right kidney removed at Walter Reed Hospital on December 7, 1948. A large mass on the kidney had been determined to be benign. He was released three weeks later and President Truman suggested he continue his […]

Royal gold-plated Typewriter

On display in the Marshall Museum lobby is a gold-plated Royal typewriter given to General George C. Marshall from the Overseas Press Club on March 4, 1949. It was given in the hopes that Marshall would begin to write his memoirs. He was not interested in writing an auto-biography (stating that his service to his […]

Featured Collection – John Herring Collection

On June 10, 1940 Italy declared war on France and Great Britain. One of the American members of the National Fascist Party was hypnotist-turned-Tokalon cosmetics baron E. Virgil Neal. The Marshall Museum Collection contains Neal’s Mussolini-signed Fascist Italy Safe Conduct Pass (dated 1930), a small ivory bust of the dictator, an enameled brass National Fascist […]

Secretary of Defense Items

White Glove Wednesday features two items recently put on display in our Soldier of Peace gallery at the Marshall Museum. One is the license plate used on Marshall’s car while he was Secretary of Defense and the other is President Truman’s fountain pen used to sign HR 9646, appointing Marshall as Secretary of Defense on […]

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

General Marshall was appointed by President Eisenhower to head the United States delegation to the June 6, 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England. He was presented with this medal by the British government to commemorate the occasion. It is on display in the Marshall Museum’s Soldier of Peace Gallery.

IBM Plaque

“WE ARE AT WAR – TALK NET” is a plaque given to George C. Marshall from International Business Machines (I.B.M.). The saying is referenced in a 1943 speech by Frederick Nichol, Vice-President and General Manager of I.B.M. in which Nichol states: We have in our business, all through our factories and offices, a sign which […]