ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
OF MILITARY HISTORY
2003 RMMMH NEWSLETTER
Vol 1 Issue3 A non-profit Museum located in the Fort Missoula Historic District
Published May and October
MUSEUM TO DEDICATE BUILDING ON MEMORIAL DAY
PO Box 7263 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Missoula MT 59807 Commencing at 2:00 p.m., Memorial Day
(406) 549-5346 Master of Ceremonies……….……………… William R Schwanke
website: Color Guard …………………… American Legion Post 27, Missoula
www.geocities.com/fortmissoula Invocation……………………….. Sam A Roberts Col. USAF (Ret.)
Welcome………………… ……. M.Y. Foster Brig. Gen. AUS (Ret)
E-mail: Presentation of Building………….………………. John E Prendergast
……….………. Montana Army National Guard, Maj. Gen. U.S.Army
Keynote Speaker………………..………………. Michael L. Halligan
Winter-Spring - Sundays 12-5 Dedication of T/4 Laverne Parrish Building …….. Dennis D. Gordon
June 1 thru Labor day- daily 12-5 Reflections ……………………..…………… Dean Robert E Sullivan
Other times by appointment. Flag Raising…………………………. John C Moe/Edward E. Mosier
Ribbon Cutting …………………..…….…..……... Pauline A. Gordon
Concluding Remarks……………………….…....…... Robert F. Burke
RMMMH Officers 2003
President; Chairman On Memorial Day, May 26, at 2:00, the The building was later used as an artillery
Brig. Gen. M Y (Bo) Foster AUS(Ret.) Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History group headquarters for the Montana Army
(406) 543-6806 will formally open its main display facility to National Guard by General Bo Foster AUS,
the public. (Ret.), who is now the RMMMH President.
Use of the facility is licensed from the
Maj. Gary Lancaster USAR Ret.
The building, also known as Building T-316, Montana Army National Guard in exchange
Secretary-Treasurer will be dedicated in the name of T/4 Laverne for continued maintenance.
Lt. Col. Glenn Parmeter USA Ret. Parrish, USA, of Ronan. T/4 Parrish was
(406) 543-5002 posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Dedicated RMMMH volunteers, led by
for his actions as a medic during the Dennis Gordon and Ted Kirschmann, began
Exec. Director: Tate Jones Philippine Campaign of World War II. restoration work on the structure in the
(406) 549-5346 spring of 2000. About a quarter of the
Dedication ceremonies will commence at building's lower level is finished and is now
Newsletter Editor: Marcia Porter
2:00. Grizzly sports announcer Bill Schwanke ready for year-round use. This includes the
will be master of ceremonies, former state main gallery, the Director's Office, and the
senator and Vietnam veteran Mike Halligan forward portion of the entry Hallway. New
Inside this Issue: Pg will be the keynote speaker, and three carpet has been laid, and the furnace should
representatives of agencies that used the Fort be installed by the opening date.
T/4 Laverne Parrish Bldg Dedication 1 in the past will raise the flag for the first time
Memorial Day at Southgate Mall 2 over the Museum's new display center. Among other improvements a new roof and
T/4 Laverne Parrish Bldg. displays 2 porch were added, new wiring, sheetrock,
Book reviews 2 The building, constructed on the Fort and insulation installed, Additional display
Raffle 1894 Winchester Rifle 2 Missoula campus ca. 1936 by the U.S. Fourth galleries will be opened as restoration of the
Memorial Window form 3 Infantry Regiment and the Civilian remainder of the building progresses. These
Membership application 3
Exhibits & Programs 4
Conservation Corps, served as District volunteers have done an exceptional job!
July 4th 2003 Collectors Sale 4 Headquarters for the CCC. Nearly 25,000 Thanks to all of you who have worked so
CCC corpsmen were processed at the Fort and hard on this building.
sent on to public works projects throughout
Montana. Bring family and friends and join us for a
T/4 Laverne Parrish Building To DONATIONS ACCEPTED
Museum Opens New Exhibit On The Museum accepts donations of
Feature Notable Weapons Display
Montanans Who Served Military Artifacts from any era, for our
The Museum has long sought to permanent collection. If you have
The first exhibit in the T/4 Laverne provide a suitable space to display the items you would like to donate, call us
Parrish Building will be "The Ultimate vehicle and weapons collections of the at 549-5346 or 549-6280. Or e-mail us
Sacrifice: Montanans in Battle". Northwest National Military Foundation. at: email@example.com.
The opening of the T/4 Laverne Parrish
The exhibit will use period and personal Building on May 26 will mark the first We will arrange to pick them up.
items as well as selections from the permanent progress toward that goal.
Museum's art collection to provide an On display in the former drill hall Sept 18, 1947 US Air Force
overview of Montana's participation in will be, as planned at press time, several Established
America's wars, with an emphasis on weapons systems and accessories. These
Treasure State residents who were will include:
Looking for a special gift for someone?
killed in service as a result. An 1840's mountain howitzer and
These make great gifts!
limber similar to that used at the
Among the stories featured will be 1877 Battle of the Big Hole.
"The General and the Texas" (1999,
those of: A machine gun cart that was used by
154 pgs., $17.95) Stan Cohen presents
Louis Charlo of Evaro, who helped the Fort's 4th Infantry garrison.
another work in his Civil War series
raised the first U.S. flag over Iwo A 37 mm naval landing party gun,
from Pictorial Histories Inc. This
Jima. Killed there one week later. A WW II USMC ammunition cart.
overview of the 1862 Andrews Raid
Laverne Parrish: see page 1 A .50 caliber anti-aircraft gun and
tells the story of a group of Union
Raymond Saunders of Billings, searchlight.
Army spies who stole a Confederate
shot down over France. A pack howitzer from the World
locomotive in Georgia and used it to
Dave Stelling of Missoula, killed in War II and Korean War eras.
disrupt Rebel rail lines and operations.
an air attack over Tokyo Bay. These items are provided courtesy of
Many period photos and maps, and as a
Kris Stonesifer of Missoula, the Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Otoupalik.
bonus material from the 1956 Walt
first operational casualty of the U.S. Disney movie about the raid that
War on Terrorism. starred Fess Parker. Color plates show
Norman Streit of Missoula, killed July 2, 1926 US Army Air Corps the raid scenes as they appear today.
during the Battle of the Bulge Established 1926
David Sullivan of Missoula, killed "Rise of the Ironclads" (1988, 80 pgs.,
in action in Viet Nam Fort Missoula $9.95). Another Civil War entry from
Commemoration Rifle Pictorial Histories. George F. Amadon
The Museum will be continuing its Raffle provides a concise introduction to the
exhibits in Building T-310 on the Civil March 1862 battle off Norfolk, Va.
War and the Civilian Conservation We’re continuing to sell raffle between the Union ironclad ship U.S.S.
Corps. tickets for the Winchester Model 1894 Monitor and the Confederate ironclad
.32 caliber rifle, Hayes Otoupalik C.S.S. Virginia. This was the first
Oct 13, 1775, US Navy Established donated to the Museum. battle in naval history between iron
A brass plaque affixed to stock reads: warships, and a turning point in the
Museum Display at Southgate “Fort Missoula, Montana, development of naval technology.
125th Anniversary, 1877-2002". Many period photos and engravings are
Mall on Memorial Day Weekend.
included, as well as a color foldout
The raffle is a year long event, and graphic of both ships' designs.
The RMMMH will again have a display
at Southgate Mall on the weekend on the drawing will be at the 48th Annual
Missoula Gun Show, Aug 10th. You do Both from Pictorial Histories
May 24-25-26 at Clock Court. On
not need to be present to win. Publishing, and available at the
display will be numerous items from the
Raffle tickets are available at the RMMMH. Plus a $5.00 shipping and
Museum's collection, information on
local veterans, and a special display on Museum, or any of the functions handling fee.
American military campaigns of 1863, presented by the Museum. All proceeds
1943, and 2003. go to the Museum Building restoration August 4, 1790
fund. Tickets are $1.00 each, or 6 for US Coast Guard Established
June 14th is Flag Day, $5.00.
US Army founded 1775
WE STILL HAVE WINDOWS AVAILABLE!! FOR ONLY $250.00 YOU CAN
PURCHASE A “WINDOW TO THE PAST”
If you are interested in dedicating a window in this building for a friend or loved one, there are still some windows available!
The new windows that have been installed look great! A 2x3 brass nametag will be placed on the window or an oak plaque
with the name of the person you are dedicating the window in honor of.
T/4 LAVERNE PARRISH BUILDING
Please make checks payable to: RMMMH
Enter the following information for your family member or friend, to be placed on the brass name tag
In Honor of: Name: ________________________________________________
Branch of Service: (if app.) _______________________________
Rank: (if app.) _______________________________________
Your Name: ___________________________________________
Phone number: _________________________________________
E-mail address : ________________________________________
The RMMMH is a private 501 (c)3 non-profit Institution. Contributions are tax-deductible to the amount
allowed by law. Your continued support for our exhibits and programs are most welcome.
The Museum offers memberships on several levels.
Membership are renewable on an annual basis, on Veterans Day, November 11.
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please check your address for accuracy, RMMMH
and note any corrections on the form. PO Box 7263
Missoula MT 59807
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************************* Spring and Summer Programs at RMMMH
We are accepting donations for our 4th Annual COLLECTORS All programs at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, Building T-310,
unless otherwise noted.
sale!! We would appreciate any antiques, collectibles, or good
quality items that you no longer want. All proceeds from the sale of May 18: Armed Forces Day Weekend - Battle of Chancellorsville,
the items will go toward building restoration. We can arrange to Summer 1863
have items picked up if necessary. May 24-26: Memorial Day Weekend RMMMH Booth and
display at Southgate Mall
Give us a call at 549-5346, or 549-6280 May 26: GRAND OPENING of the T/4 Laverne Parrish Building,
2:00 p.m. "The Ultimate Sacrifice; Montanans in Battle"
June 15: Battle of Louisbourg, Summer 1758
********************************** June 22: Battle of Monmouth, Summer 1778
WE WILL NOT ACCEPT MILITARY ITEMS June 29: Battle of New Georgia, Pacific Theater, Summer 1943
FOR THIS SALE. July 4: Independence Day Celebration at Fort Missoula; RMMMH
************************************ Collector's Sale and Revolutionary War display
July 6: Red Army Resurgent: The Battle of Kursk, Eastern Front,
ANNUAL JULY 4TH CELEBRATION July 12: Airshow, Missoula Intl. Airport; Korean War Display and
COLLECTORS SALE! July 27: George Rogers Clark and Revolutionary
At the T/4 Laverne Parrish Building at Fort Missoula War Battles in the West
Join us between 8-5, on the 4th and see what bargains are available! August 3: Lewis & Clark Traveling Trunk presentation, RMMMH
August 8-10: Missoula Gun Show, Adams Center; RMMMH
BARBECUE!!! Booth and Raffle Drawing
We’ll also have our annual barbecue, on the 4th, so shop till you August 17: Strategy and Tactics of the Nez Perce War
drop, and grab a dog or burger while you are there. Come and enjoy August 24: Allied Invasion of Sicily, Summer 1943
***GRAND OPENING OF T/4 LAVERNE PARRISH BUILDING MAY 26TH 2:00 p.m.***