Museum Photo Galleries

“I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past.”

Cpl. Jeff Sornij, USMC; in Navy Times, November 1994

These Photos were taken in August 2013 by Retired Marine Combat Photographer Walt Modler on a first trip to the Museum of the Marine Corps. They are included as reference if you are planning a trip to Quantico and or Washington D.C.

1st Iron Mike 01.JPG
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Quantico’s Iron Mike is officially titled "Crusading for Right".
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At the end of the war, US Army General John J. Pershing commissioned the French sculptor Charles Raphael Peyre to commemorate the service of the US Army’s "doughboys". The sculptor, unaware of the differences between the branches of service, used a Marine private as a model and included the Eagle, Globe and Anchor insignia on the helmet. When Pershing saw the finished product, he insisted that the Marine Corps insignia be removed. The artist would not allow his work to be censored, so the Army declined to buy the statue. Finally, Marine Corps General Smedley Butler raised enough money to buy the statue and had it installed in front of the headquarters building at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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Three tablets were erected in the memory of the officers and men of the 6th Machine Gun Battalion, 5th Regiment and 6th Regiment, United States Marines, "who gave their lives for their country in the World War in 1918" by the Thomas Roberts Reath, Marine Post No. 186, American Legion, on November 10, 1921. On December 8, 1921, the statue was dedicated.
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Today, a recreation of this statue stands in front of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, outside the Quantico base. On that statue's base is the name "Iron Mike". The original statue remains in front of Butler Hall, home of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command.
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Taylor Plaque donator of Museum Statue.jpg
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“The Marine Corps should not worry about its organizational survival; the American people have embraced it as an institution.”

Colonel Peter Mansoor US Army (Retired) Military History Professor Ohio State University