Visit and Tour The Military Heritage Museum

Admission is free. The experience is priceless.

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Discharge Letter

Earl Custer, Jr.

Earl Custer, Jr.

The words above were written in a letter dated February 1, 1946, to the newly discharged Earl Custer, Jr., of Melvindale, Illinois, by (then) Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal. While everyone discharged from the military during that period may have received a similar letter, what matters most is the sentiment expressed:

“The Nation … will remember you with gratitude.”

Good Shepherd Day School

Good Shepherd Day School fifth-graders, from Punta Gorda, Florida, visit the Museum on Pearl Harbor Day.

At the Military Heritage Museum, our goal is to ensure that future generations continue to express that gratitude. Our mission is to promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, living and dead, emphasizing that freedom is not free.

The Military Heritage Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence for more than fifteen years. The Museum is located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida. The Museum is funded by donations and grants, and a paid executive director, administrative assistant and part-time curator are supported by 75 volunteers — mostly veterans — who work as Museum guides and help in other ways.

Exhibit of items from Vietnam Prisoner of War Captain Luis Chirichigno

Exhibit of items from Vietnam Prisoner of War Captain Luis Chirichigno

We currently display thousands of military artifacts from as far back as the Spanish-American War to the current conflict. The Museum is a testament to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have defended our freedom by putting their lives on the line through their military service.

We display actual military artifacts that tell the history of America’s role in past and present conflicts, representing all branches of the service and all wars from the Spanish-American War forward.

We are dedicated to educating the public about the rich military heritage of our country. By collecting and displaying historic military memorabilia and artifacts donated by our country’s veterans and their families, we play a vital role in preserving the memory – with gratitude.

Please visit the museum and then consider helping us honor those brave Americans who sacrificed themselves for the freedom we enjoy today by making a tax-deductible financial contribution.