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    Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Hello everyone - my name is Matt Malley and I am glad to be here! My father, WW2 vet Patrick Lawrence Malley passed away in April of '03 and I must have the worst timing because I've since become a bit obsessed with WW2, watching all the documentaries, reading all the books - and now I have a million questions for him but he's gone. In 5 days from now, on Feb 3rd it would have been dad's 100th birthday. In my 20's I co-founded a successful 90's rock band "Counting Crows" as their bass player and dad was proud of me in his quiet way - one of the highlights of my life is when mom said that he wears his Counting Crows t-shirt to the bar as a conversation piece! He's from Berkeley, CA and was in the "343rd Engineer General Service Regiment". I've been going through one of his boxes this week and found some great photos from Naples Harbor, Rome, North Africa, Southern France etc. Attaching a photo - dad is the handsome devil on the right with the cigar. I'm here to meet other sons/daughters of WW2 vets - all of these vets are national treasures who fought an undeniable evil and grew up too fast - and when they're gone, there will be no more first hand accounts of the war and that will be one of this country's greatest losses. I got a very limited report of dad from the St Louis archives but his original papers were destroyed in a flood that happened in the '70's I believe. Anyway great to be here, please write and hope to connect some of the dots! Matt Malley
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    This is awesome Sam! Where is your grandfather located in the picture? Here is a picture posted on the Camp Butner Society's Facebook page showing the two other 292nd ECB panoramic photos on display. The Company B panoramic would be a great addition alongside it's 292nd brothers! Randy
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    Hi Marion and anyone who might be watching - here is some real gold - I saw that this memorial has been mentioned but I can't seem to get a photo to load. My childhood friend Mike Detwiler has been on this case for a few days and found a pic on Google of the 343rd Memorial in Nettlebed, (closer to Highmoor than Nettlebed proper). First here's a link to the spot on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ApaohxDnjPT2 And a close-up of the memorial:
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    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    I reached out to their old reunion organizer / sudo-historian. If I get any rosters I'll share them with y'all. m
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    This is a panoramic shot from my phone. I will have to figure out how to get it scanned hi res for you guys. At the bottom is reads: Co. B 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion Camp Butner, NC May 19, 1944 Herman Webel 1st Lt. Commanding
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    Last names (forgive me if I get spellings wrong as these were given to me a long time ago) Front row (L to R): Whittamore Schutz Copeland Oconnor Gilge Johnson Seagram Macari Dunning Marusama Rotramel Cooper Center: Perry Johnson Cook Howell Assimus Morrison Siegal Long Eggleston Gomaz Kobek Lavolis Third row: Titus Martin Pavalae Calvert Gonzebaum Belatt Walter Wagener Schilz Prochasta Larocco Trenary Richty On the back of my grandfather's picture are these signatures: Robert Jennings Samuel Morrison Lawrence Titus John H. Martin Garland Ritchie John Prochazta Floyd Cook Martin J. Kobach Keith Slagle Earl Perry Louis Gomez J. Cooper Bernard Kaplan Herbert A. Seagram Kendall J. Whittemore Harold W. Johnson John W. LaRocco J. E. Johnson Richard C. Long Charles M. Trenary Robert H. Calvert Gerald Schulz Arthur F. Walters Alfred Wagner John H. Pavelec Elmer Gilge E. J. Rotramel Arthur N. Schultz Jessie E. Dunning Absent - Tony L. Ferreira John A. Macari John Levolis Daniel A. O'Connor Charles Assimus V. Gansibom Carlton Shiller Harold Buenger Ralph Q. Hosley Kenneth E. Balch Edward J. Eggleston
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    I don't know if anyone keeps up with this thread anymore, but I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Sam Eggleston. My grandfather, Ed, served in the 292nd with B Company. He never spoke of the war to anyone, including my father. All I have learned I did through some interviews with people my grandfather had served with, as well as some stories he had written to my grandmother while he was overseas. Ed was from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There, he married Winefred (Morton) and together they had five boys -- David, Paul, Bruce, Mark, and Brad. Three of them still live on the same road that they grew up on, which is the road I grew up on. Ed's time in the military was never revealed to us other than his best friend during his time was Floyd Cook out of Illinois. My dad's middle name is Floyd in his honor. I do have a Co. B panoramic photo that I can see about getting scanned in if there is any interest, as well as another photo with a smaller group of men with some names written on the back. I really appreciate this outstanding thread. Well done, everyone.
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    After a long and very dry summer the river Rhine has historically low water, so a lot of interesting remains are found there the last days. Now two pontons of one of the combat engineer bridges in the vicinity of Remagen were found near Unkel, and also a JU-87 bomber and its pilots who where shot down on 6th March 1945 while trying to destroy the bridge of Remagen. French divers of the Société Generale de Traveaux Maritimes et Fluviaux have tried to find the bomber already in 1957, but without success. http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/region/siebengebirge/bad-honnef/Wrackteile-und-menschliche-Knochen-im-Rhein-entdeckt-article3969924.html https://www.zeit.de/1957/52/noch-huetet-der-rhein-sein-geheimnis
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    GREAT NEWS!! Dear 36th'ers: I'll be brief, but wanted to let you know that we've been blessed with a miracle - Captain John Fallon has made a complete recovery and is in good spirits. I just returned his phone call after he left a heartfelt message on my phone this week. Can't tell you how wonderful it was to speak with him and to hear him laugh and cajole with me. Warmly, Marion
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    Attached are some of the photos my late father, O.W. "Bud" Pendergast took. I don't know any of the names or locations, but they give a sense of what life was like in the company. After the war ended he transferred to a harbor craft company, so some of these pictures might be from then. Mark Pendergast
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    Interesting Articles

    CBS NEWS February 12, 2019, 8:20 AM Wreckage of World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered The research vessel Petrel is perched on a spot in the South Pacific Ocean that was anything but peaceful 77 years ago. Then, it was the scene of a major World War II battle between the U.S. and the Imperial Japanese Navies. For the U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, it would be her last battle. Now, researchers are revealing Petrel found the wreckage of the USS Hornet in late January – exactly what they were looking for. The ship was found more than 17,000 feet below the surface, on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. The USS Hornet is best known for launching the important Doolittle Raid in April of 1942 and its role in winning the Battle of Midway. Richard Nowatzki, 95 now, was an 18-year-old gunner on Hornet when enemy planes scored several hits, reports CBS News' Mark Phillips. "When they left, we were dead in the water," Nowatzki said. "They used armor piercing bombs, now when they come down, you hear 'em going through the decks … plink, plink, plink, plink … and then when they explode the whole ship shakes." With 140 of her crew already dead, the order was given to abandon ship. The Hornet went to the bottom – three and a half miles down – which the crew of the Petrel has been scanning with a deep-sea sonar drone that sends back live pictures. Richard Nowatzki survived the Japanese attack on the USS Hornet in 1942. CBS NEWS The drone brought back an image of something down there that's about the right size in about the right place. It looked like her but lots of ships went down around here. To be sure, they needed positive identification, which they got when they saw the Hornet's naval designation: CV-8. "CBS This Morning" was able to share the discovery in real time with Richard Nowatzki in California – even finding the gun he was on during the attack. "If you go down to my locker, there's 40 bucks in it, you can have it!" Nowatzki joked. Nowatzki has enjoyed a long life since that day. Seeing the Hornet again and the evidence of the men who served -- a jacket hung on a hatch, somebody's wash kit complete with toothbrush – naturally made him reflect on those who hadn't been as lucky. "I know I've been a very fortunate man," he said. "The actual fact that you can find these ships is mind boggling to me … I want to thank you for honoring me this way." But it's the crew of the Petrel who were honored to find the Hornet and the final resting place of so many of her brave crew. Another wreck, and in turn, another war grave has been discovered. Its exact location is kept secret to protect it, but the memory now has a place and the loss has a memorial. © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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    Walt's Daughter

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Hey Matt, I used to play bass in two bands in the Detroit area - Crime Control and Tubes of Fear (and yes, there's a story to how that name came about)! That's me in front with Tubes!
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    Hi everyone I'm new here and this is my 2nd post. My dad, a WW2 vet passed away in '03 and I'm trying to connect some dots about where he was during the war. Please let me know if anyone here might have a relative who knew him etc. His name was Patrick Lawrence Malley from Berkeley, CA. Attaching some interesting snapshots from a box that I'm presently going through regarding my father's service in the 343rd including a pic with 7 names of soldiers that he apparently knew. Please let me know if any of these photos strikes anything, also what the ribbon medal is for (I can't find any info on it). Also how many soldiers were in the 343rd? Are we talking hundreds of soldiers or just a handful? Thank you, Matt Malley
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    Yeah. That's my grandpa. He got married just after this.
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    Hello Sam, so glad to have you here on the forum with us! We certainly did have a good thing going on in this thread but I guess for now folks have lost interest. I still lurk here and still research the 292nd when I can. I have panoramic photos of Company's A & C and would love to have one for Company B. You probably have seen in the thread about the new museum at Camp Butner, NC (where the 292nd trained), I'm sure those folks would like to have one for their collection as well. I still have their contact information and would make sure they received one. I'm still keeping my eyes peeled for a panoramic of H & S Company. There are no rosters for the 4 companies of the 292nd that I know of, but I have been working on making some from the many documents and information that I have. Currently I have compiled 119 names for Company B. I did not have your grandfather's name on this list but will certainly add it, However, I did have a PFC Floyd G. Cook ASN# 36900233 which I assume is your grandfather's friend. I would be excited to have you share any photos or information with us. I still have much that I can share and would be glad to try and answer any questions that you may have. Have a good one! Randy
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    GO 33 WD Means general Orders #33, War Department. These orders were the 'authority' by which the credits were granted. The arrowhead, signifies an assault landing. The Good conduct Medal was earned by not getting into any major legal difficulty with the Code of Military Justice during his time in service. According to the Depart of the Army's UNIT CITATION AND CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT REGISTER Pamphlet# 672-1, --Anzio is listed separately for credit --No separate listing for Salerno. --North Apennines, Sicily, Rome-Arno, Naples-Foggia and Po Valley are separate campaigns. According to the Register, the 643rd received credit for Naples-Foggia, Po Valley and Rome-Arno. It also received a Meritorious Unit Commendation dated 8 June 1945. The 39th Engineer Combat Regiment received credit for: Anzio, Naples-Foggia, North Apennines, Rome-Arno, and Sicily. It also received assault credit for Gela, Sicily. (the arrowhead.) Hope this helps. Theron P. Snell, Ph.D
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    159th Combat Engineers Bn WWII

    Hello All - I recently joined the site. My Uncle, John "Jack" Jordan from Pennsauken NJ was assigned to the 159th CE Bn. I don't know which company. I have been trying to research his service for our family history. If anyone has info one how to track his service to the company level, so we can determine which operations he contributed to, and more details his time in Europe, we would greatly appreciate it. THANKS in advance!
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    Dear 36th'ers: Got the dreaded notification the other day. It's the one you know is coming, but never quite prepared for, nonetheless. It is with heavy heart that I tell you that Captain John Fallon is in critical condition in the hospital and not expected to pull through. I spoke with his son, John Jr, the other night and he kindly asked if I would inform everyone on my list. Certainly. So many things that I would like to write, but know this, John was my first introduction to the 36th Engineers of WWII. At that point, I wasn't sure if my father was with the 36th or 540th, and John helped me sort through a lot of confusing data. Even though we discovered that my dad was in the 540th (the sister battalion to the 36th), he insisted that I come out to a reunion, and well, the rest is history. I wound up not only meeting a ton of wonderful people, but became the official historian of this unit. Lucky girl - I got adopted. To me, attending the reunions every year, was even better than Christmas in my book. Everyone became my extended family and it brought me even closer to my dad (he passed when I was twelve). I so looked forward to every fall, and seeing the gang once again. It was such a joy and real learning experience. I've never met a nicer group of men and women. As many of you know, we've lost the majority of men in the last few years, and John is the last. So difficult to write these words. Breaks my heart and I'm sure that everyone who had the pleasure of meeting John, will feel the same way. I could go on and on, but suffice to say that John holds a special place in my heart, and always will. (photo attached was taken by yours truly in 2006 - my first reunion) Stay rugged, Marion
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    Wow! This is awesome, Marion! I'm glad you've gotten to talk to him. Hope he continues to do well!!!
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    Interesting Articles

    An empty foxhole, an anonymous grave, and a World War II mystery solved after 74 years Army Pvt. John B. Cummings, who was killed during World War II and who was listed as unrecoverable, was buried with honors beside his parents after his remains were found and identified this year. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) (N/A/Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ) By Michael E. Ruane November 12 Jack Cummings posed on the lawn in his uniform, hands clasped behind his back, his Army cap perched on his head at a jaunty angle. His father, Leo, or his mother, Helen, had probably said, “Stand over there, Jack, while I take a picture.” John B. “Jack” Cummings was 22, a handsome college man headed off to World War II from Juneau, Wisc., where his family, no doubt, prayed he would return. But on Dec. 31, 1944, near the French village of Neuhaeusel on the Rhine River, he vanished from his foxhole, leaving behind a bloody piece of his skull and a helmet with a bullet hole in it. For the next 74 years — until this summer — he was missing in action, his body declared non-recoverable. He existed largely in old military files filled with dental charts, plaintive letters from his mother, and typed reports about the Army’s futile attempts to account for him. “Complete negative findings,” a 1947 Army report stated. But a year earlier, the solitary grave of a slain GI had been discovered across the Rhine River in the German town of Iffezheim. He had been killed near Neuhaeusel by an enemy raiding party that had attacked across the river. His body had been brought back over the Rhine and buried under a wooden cross that read “Hier Ruht ein U.S.A. — Soldat gef. am 31.12.1944”: “Here rests a U.S.A. soldier,” who fell on Dec. 31, 1944. For seven decades, as his parents mourned, aged, and then passed away, and his sister, Mary Ellen, married and had 12 children, no one knew that the anonymous “U.S.A.-Soldat” was John B. Cummings. Last month, after using state-of-the-art computer data and mapping programs, and DNA comparisons, the Defense Department announced that it had identified Cummings in July and that he had been quietly buried with honors on Oct. 13, beside his parents in Hazelhurst, Wis. [Pentagon identifies Tuskegee Airman missing from World War II] Cummings had been one of 72,797 Americans unaccounted for from World War II, according to the Arlington-based Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). His case illustrates how one GI could disappear in the chaos following the gigantic war, and how technology and a dogged government historian found him. In the beginning, even the date of Cummings’s death was not clear. The Army listed it as Jan. 4, 1945. But the Germans who had buried him, and knew firsthand, had put it at Dec. 31, 1944. On that date the German army launched Operation North Wind, often called the second Battle of the Bulge, in which massed enemy forces surged across the Rhine River to attack the relatively green and under-strength U.S. Seventh Army, of which Cummings was a member. Before it ended in American victory, thousands of GIs had been killed and wounded or had just disappeared. Cummings and other men of Company A, of the 276th Infantry Regiment, had reached the banks of the Rhine River on Dec. 29, 1944, according to a memoir by Frank H. Lowry, an A company veteran. They were strung out in foxholes along the river and told to keep an eye on the Germans on the opposite bank. They were also told to get rid of any letters and remove their unit patches to deny information to the enemy should they be captured. This would bedevil identification efforts later. U.S. infantrymen of an armored division march on a snow-covered road southeast of Born, Belgium, on Jan. 22, 1945. (AP) On that frigid New Year’s Eve, Cummings, armed with a Browning automatic rifle, was stationed alone about 10 yards from the river bank. Two members of his squad reported that he was okay when they saw him that night. Later, gunfire was heard, and when his buddies made their way back, he was gone. “Only his helmet was found nearby with a bullet hole through it,” an Army report stated. “A blood-stained piece of his skull bone was also found, but his weapons and equipment were missing. ... A path was found which indicated that his body was dragged to the river. ... It can be presumed that ... Cummings was killed by the enemy and his body thrown into the Rhine River.” “Further search for the remains of this soldier would be futile," the report states. His parents had received a telegram on Jan. 23 saying that Cummings was missing in action. “If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified,” it said. Many months passed with no word. In 1947, his mother wrote the Army, wondering whether the service might help her offer a reward in Germany for information about John. “I would gladly furnish the reward,” she wrote. The Army said it couldn’t help. Meanwhile, in 1946, across the Rhine River, a soldier scouting for the American Graves Registration Command was told by the mayor of Iffezheim that a GI was buried nearby. [For the lost U.S. Marines from Tarawa, a homecoming 70 years late] The graves registration soldier went to the site, which was just behind a German pillbox, about 30 yards from the river. He also interviewed a local German soldier who had helped bury the dead American that night. The body, almost a complete skeleton, was exhumed on May 10, 1946. There were only remnants of clothing, according to Army records, and no dog tag. With no identifying information, the body was designated X-6454 and reburied with thousands of other U.S. soldiers in what is now the Lorraine American cemetery in Saint-Avold, France. The years went by. Cummings’s father died in 1963. His mother passed away in 1972. The family seldom discussed John, according to his nephew, Mark Hartzheim, of Minocqua, Wis. “They just never talked about this much,” he said in a telephone interview on Oct. 23. “That was typical I think of people from that generation. They compartmentalized things and internalized them and didn’t dwell on them. ... But I’m sure it haunted them and troubled them the rest of their lives.” Several years ago, Hartzheim became curious about the fate of “Uncle Jack.” He began to do research, and in 2014 signed up to attend a meeting in Minneapolis hosted by the government for families of men still missing in action. He thought the chances of an ID were nil. After he signed up, a government historian, Ian Spurgeon, now with the DPAA, was asked to revisit the case. Spurgeon, in an Oct. 24 telephone interview, said Cummings’s files had not been examined in decades. Using the National Archives and other sources, he started to piece together the story. He turned to a DPAA database of places where the bodies of unidentified World War II servicemen had been recovered in Europe. He compared that to a DPAA database of known locations where GIs had disappeared. Right across the Rhine River from Neuhaeusel, where Cummings had vanished, he saw the lone gravesite at Iffezheim. “The hair on the back of my neck stood up,” Spurgeon said. He called up the associated files for Cummings and for the grave across the river. “I’m thinking, historically, all the boxes are being checked off,” he said. “The location, date, the circumstances.” Then began a process of research to get permission from the Army to exhume the X-6454 body from the cemetery at St. Avold to conduct scientific tests. Spurgeon said he had to prove that there was a better-than-50 percent chance that X-6454 might be Cummings to have the body exhumed. Spurgeon probed further, studied the related battles, and ruled out other candidates. He recommended that the remains be disinterred. Officials granted approval, he said. The remains were exhumed in 2016 and shipped to a DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, outside Omaha, for analysis. DNA from the remains was compared with DNA from Cummings’s family, and the bones were studied by anthropologists. “This year, after all the historical work had been put forward, after anthropology and the DNA [studies], it came back and confirmed ... that the remains ... [were] John Cummings,” Spurgeon said. On July 23, Mark Hartzheim was taking his 7-year-old son, Danny, to an afternoon movie. “We’re driving down the highway going to ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ [and] my phone rings, and I get this call," he said. “I shouted three times, ‘Oh my God!’ and I started to cry. My son is in the back of the car ... in his booster seat. ...He’s mystified.” “'Danny, these are good tears,’" he said he reassured his son. “This is a good thing.’”
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    Hi.. 1. While Your GGF's records may have been destroyed in the St. Louis fire, the UNIT records are located in College Park, MD. I suggest you contact the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) via the internet and ask for unit records that match the dates on his discharge...arrival in the TO and departure from the ETO. the records usually include S-3 journals (message and incident logs), After Action Reports (monthly summaries) and other things. 2. I suggest you also try the VA. Their records are sometimes distinct from the Military's. The files focus on health related issues: and every time a solder transferred units, he got a physical and a dental check up. Using that information, you can trace your GGF from unit to unit. sometimes the discharge record lists the most recent unit the soldier was in, not necessarily the one in which he spent most of his time. So, the VA records noted above might shed some light. 3. According to the discharge and to the Campaign & Citation Register, he earned credit for Northern France and the Rhineland Campaigns. The Discharge also notes he entered service via the National Guard. So, he served in more than one unit before getting to the 1173rd. I suggest you contact the State (where he was living at the time) National Guard HQ and see what they can tell you, if anything. 4. If you not already done so, I suggest you check out the US Army's WWII history series, "the Green books." There are two volumes covering the Engineers listed in the "Technical series" sub-set and a number of campaign volumes in the ETO sub-series covering the actions of the Third Army. The volume "The Last Offensive" by Chas. MacDonald lists the VIII Corps in the index. I THINK these books are all on-line with free access. 5 Finally, if you haven't tried it, I suggest you look at the options Ancestry.com offers. You can check veterans records for free, if I am not mistaken. Remember that any Engineer Combat Group was an umbrella headquarters that controlled a group of Engineer smaller units, Company and Battalion sized. Engineer Groups were usually controlled by the Corps Engineer...and could be used near the Front or behind it, supporting combat operations. These Groups managed the smaller units necessary, like truck companies, engineer (C) Battalions, bridging companies etc...and were then attached to whatever Divisions in the Corps that needed these units. Oftentimes, Combat Battalions maintained roads, cleared minefields etc, built bridges or defensive positions too.
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    John J. Kudla

    Hi Marion and Theron, I just want to let you know that I, as of 10.01.2018, am in contact with a niece of John J. Kudla. We allready send each other messages and she has send me all kinds of information and photo's of John and his family! So my search of months was succesful. Next year we will put a photo of John in front of his grave. So everybody can see not only a grave (one of many) but also the person who gave his life for our freedom! Thank you for your kindness! Greetings from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Henk Gerrits
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    Yes, I knew this news would be coming, but it still hurts to hear. I'm glad I got to meet him - he was a great man (as all of them I met were).
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    What the major is up to now

    I also forgot to mention I played with the Marine Band in Quantico, too!! This was August of last year. In Fredericksburg town square: And at the Marine Corps Museum