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Semper Fi!

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Tucked in a building on Arsenal Island sits an award winning museum. The U.S. Marine Corps Museum is filled with a number of interesting items which chronicle the history of the United States Marine Corps.

Rod Mooney is the museum curator. He served in the Marines for almost forty two years. Eight other members of his family also served in the Marines Corps. He says the museum is a tribute to the sacrifices made by generations of people.

There are many interesting things to see. Marine attire from World War One, boots, helmets, photos, and so much more. Items donated by former Marines, Marine families, or friends of the Marines.

Elmer Mapes served three years in the Marine Corps. He was at the battle of Okinawa and remembers the Japanese suicide planes striking U.S.  Naval ships. Elmer was a member of the Second Raider Battalion. He donated some items to the museum.

For generations, the Marine Corps motto has been Semper Fidelis. That means Always Faithful.

The museum opened in 1992. Mooney became curator in 2007. Mooney says once a Marine, always a Marine. A museum dedicated to the Marines of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The museum is open to the public by appointment. It is located in the Marine Reserve Building on Arsenal Island.