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Artillery and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Louisiana: New Orleans, Jackson Barracks Military Museum

Artillery and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Louisiana: New Orleans, Jackson Barracks Military Museum

Ansel M. Stroud Jr. Military History & Weapons Museum, Jackson Barracks, Area C, 4209 Chenault Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70117.

The Louisiana National Guard Museum at Jackson Barracks tells the story of Louisiana Citizen­ Soldiers from the colonial period to current operations.  The story of Louisiana’s militia began with early French settlement, moved through Spanish involvement in the American Revolution, the U.S. purchase of the territory, statehood, the Battle of New Orleans, the Mexican War, the Civil War, both world wars, the Cold War, and moved into the Global War on Terror.  This evolving history also covers National Guard involvement in peacetime operations such as many natural and man­made disasters. Louisiana Guardsmen and their families have been making sacrifices for the state and nation for centuries.

The museum is located at Jackson Barracks and originated as The Louisiana Military History and State Weapons Museum, established by Louisiana Acts 1974, No. 688, 1 which detailed the location of the museum as Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, LA under the management and supervision of a nine member board of managers appointed by the governor.

In 1977 the museum moved into the newly renovated historic 1837 powder magazine, on the Historic Jackson Barracks site.  Ten years later The Friends of the Jackson Barracks Museum incorporated, established their board of directors and obtained federal recognition as a non-profit organization.  Throughout the 1980s and 90s the museum continued to grow, expanding its exhibit, storage, conservation, restoration and library spaces into the seven buildings.

In August of 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita contributed to the destruction of Jackson Barracks to include all seven of the museum structures.  Over eleven feet of floodwater impacted the entire collection with 85% of the museum collection being damaged and 15% being permanently destroyed.  Restoration and conservation activities began soon after the storm and continue today.

2009 brought forth the ground breaking and construction of the new Multi-Use complex, bringing all the museum, archive and history program activities under one roof and in 2012 the complex was once again in habited.  The facility is now open to the public telling the story of the Louisiana National Guard and continues to work closely with the Friends of the Louisiana National Guard Museum, Inc. in an effort to revitalize its current exhibits.

The exhibits in the Jackson Barracks Museum cover the history of the Louisiana National Guard from colonial settlement in the early 18th century to current deployments across the globe.  Organized by time period and major conflict the displays include replica colonial soldier's uniforms and weapons, a British cannon used at the Battle of New Orleans and a 27-star national flag carried through the 1848 Mexican war.  The Civil War exhibit includes uniforms, equipment and artillery pieces as well as a rare, late-war letter penned by General Robert E. Lee.  The deck gun of the USS New Orleans anchors the museum's Spanish American war exhibit.  A 1917 Cadillac staff car and a rare Renault Tank are features of the First World War period displays. The Second World War exhibit area contains an early war M3 Stuart Light Tank, a Norden Bombsight and actual walls from a Second World War building surrounded by barrack’s furnishings and soldier’s personal items.  To experience the life of a Louisiana Air Guard pilot a visitor can sit in the cockpit of a McDonnell F-4C Phantom II jet fighter and view the armament it carried.  The museum's most recent exhibits feature The LA Guard’s service during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There are extensive outdoor exhibits of aircraft, artillery, tanks and armoured fighting vehicles.  (http://www.geauxguardmuseums.com/exhibits)

Data current to 7 May 2017.

The Post Magazine.

Armour

      

Renault tank, donated by France in 1919.

M3 Stuart tank.

 

M4A3 Sherman tank.

 

M16A1 Half-track with four .50 cal AAMGs.

 

M20 Greyhound Scout Car.

M60A3 MBT.

 

M19A1 Duster armed with twin Bofors 40-mm Light Anti-Aircraft Guns, No. 1 of 2.

M19A1 Duster armed with twin Bofors 40-mm Light Anti-Aircraft Guns, No. 2 of 2.

 

M75 APC.

D7-K bulldozer.

Soviet MT-LB APC (Iraq).

1917 Cadillac staff car.

Willys Jeep.

Ambulance.

M561 Gamma Goat.

Artillery

 

Smoothbore Muzzleloader Gun, (possibly 2-pounder).

 

Smoothbore Muzzleloader Gun, (possibly 2-pounder).

Smoothbore Muzzleloader Gun, (possibly 2-pounder).

Smoothbore Muzzleloader Gun, (possibly 6-pounder).

Bronze (possibly 10-inch replica) Mortar.

Bronze M1835 Mountain Howitzer mounted on a wheeled gun wood carriage, No. 1 of 2.

Bronze M1835 Mountain Howitzer, mounted on a wheeled gun wood carriage, No. 2 of 2.

 

M1861 10-pounder Parrot Rifle mounted on a wheeled gun wood carriage.

Possible 10-pounder Parrot Rifle, unmounted.

US Naval Gun Factory 6-pounder Mk. III Naval Gun.

US M1877 (French 75) Field Gun mounted on a US Field Carriage.

M1895 Colt-Browning MG.

US 30-cal AAMG.

US 90-mm M2 Heavy AA-Gun with searchlight.

US M1 75-mm Pack Howitzer.

 

US M5 3-inch Anti-Tank Gun.

German Pak 37 (Czech) Skoda 37-mm Gun.

Soviet M1937 45-mm Anti-tank Gun.

Soviet Zis2 M1943 57-mm AT Gun.

 

Soviet M28 (M30) 122-mm Field Howitzer.

Soviet D-30 122-mm towed Field Gun.

 Soviet ZPU-4 14.5-mm AA Gun (Iraq).

 

Chinese Type 74 37-mm Twin AA Gun (copy of a Soviet M1939), (Iraq).

  

Soviet S-60 57-mm AA Gun.

  

German First World War 7.58-cm leichtes Minenwerfer neuer Art, (7.58-cm leMW), (Serial Nr. 10852).

   

German First World War 17-cm mittlerer Minenwerfer (17-cm mMW), (Serial Nr. --28), 

Aviation

Mobile Air Traffic Control trailer.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter (Serial No. 65-9911).

Hiller H-23B Raven helicopter (Serial No. 51-16336).

Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (Serial No. 44-0951).

Douglas A-26C Invader (Serial No. 44-35937).

Convair YF-102 Delta Dagger, (Serial No. 63-1787).

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 53-4987).

North American F-86D Sabre Dog (Serial No. 52-4168).

North American F-100D Super Sabre (Serial No. 56-3020).

McDonnell F-4C Phantom II nose section.

McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II (Serial No. 63-7556).

 

McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (Serial No. 73-086).

Aircraft weapons and missiles.