With the permanent exhibitions in place, the Presidio Army Museum opened on March 6, 1974 featuring special displays with posters from World War I, the role of women in World War I, home-front activities during World War II, San Francisco’s Own—the 91st Infantry Division, World War II (which included a section on General Stilwell), and modern uniforms from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The following are examples of special exhibitions staged by the museum.
In 1980, the museum featured “The Last Desperate Gamble” which served as a memorial to the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The opening ceremony was attended by the King of Belgium, who toured the exhibition which included a model of the Bastogne Battle and paratrooper equipment.
In 1983, the museum debuted its “Ready and Forward” exhibition outlining the history of the African American soldier from before the American Revolution, through the Civil War and the days of the Buffalo Soldier, up to the Vietnam War. The triumph of the exhibit was a display honoring Vietnam War veteran Lawrence Joel, winner of the prestigious Medal of Honor.
Last updated: February 28, 2015