History: Dedicated April 28, 1990, the Military Memorial Museum is housed in one wing of the building that once served as a National Guard Armory for Oklahoma's historic, battle-proven 45th Division. Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1935-36, the building is a monument to that time-period in Oklahoma and the Nation's history. The museum is a result of the foresight and leadership put forth in the mid-to-late 1980s by Brigadier General George M. Donovan and dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly during 1989-90 to renovate the building and prepare the displays. The men and women who serve as guides or "Charge of Quarters," administrators and directors are volunteers.
Mission: Our mission from the beginning has been to preserve and display Military History, and to honor those persons of all service branches who have served this country in war and peace. We firmly believe that if we do not preserve our Military History for future generations to see, observe, and appreciate; soon we will have lost the reasons for our freedom and heritage. We further believe that if we are to accomplish our mission, we must have the dedicated support of all veterans from all branches of service and their loved ones.
Exhibits: Displays in the museum represent all eras: the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom War and Afghanistan War. The displays include artifacts, documents, photographs, uniforms, weapons, knives, models, medals and a great deal of personal memorabilia from veterans all over the United States.
Help! Sometime during WWII, an unknown artist painted scenes depicting Army life on an Ardmore Army Air Field barrack building's walls. Unfortunately, he/she did not sign their work. The paintings, approximately 3 x 3.5', are on public display at the Military Memorial Museum, 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore, OK 73401. If you can furnish the name of the artist and any history of his/her service at Ardmore or elsewhere, please contact by email or mail to Military Memorial Museum, 35 Sunset Drive, P. O. Box 225, Ardmore, OK 73402. Thanks for any information you can provide!
Ardmore is located mid-way between Oklahoma City and Dallas.