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    AAPI Heritage Month

    Click the button below to learn more about the AAPI History and Influence in the United States Marine Corps

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    MARINE GRADUATIONS OPEN TO PUBLIC

    MCRD San Diego graduations are open to the public!
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    Our Mission

    Learn more about our mission to provide an educational setting for Marines & recruits, support the Command, and serve as a bridge to the local community.

  • Museum and Foundaton Programs

    Our Programs

    The MCRD Command Museum provides free programming to school groups and scouting groups which teach Core Values in a historic setting. We also serve active duty, veterans, and families through outreach programs that strengthen our local community.

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    Grad Photos and Grad Books

    The MCRD Museum Foundation maintains a collection of platoon photos, composite photos, and platoon books.  Currently, we have a moratorium on new orders. 

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    Shop for your USMC gear here! All proceeds directly support the Museum and its programs for Marines and veterans.

 

Major Chew-Een "Kurt" Lee was born in 1926 in Sacramento California. He was the son of Chinese Immigrants. In 944, Lee enlisted in the Marine Corps because - just like many other Americans during World War II he wanted to join other Americans to fight for his country. He learned Japanese and was stationed at Marine Corps Base San Diego (now MCRD San Diego), where he stayed as a language instructor.

 

Lee completed officer training in 1946 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is believed to be the first non-white officer to serve in the United States Marine Corps.

 

In 1950, Lieutenant Lee landed with his Marines in Inchon, South Korea during the Korean War. Here, Lee fought two battles, "one against the North Korean Forces" that was aided by the People's Republic of China and "one against the attitudes of fellow Marines that questioned his loyalty."

 

At the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Lee demonstrated his loyalty as he led his troops while under fire in a counterattack. He confused the enemy by shouting at them in Mandarin Chinese while pursuing them. He suffered gunshot wounds and was taken to a field hospital. Disobeying orders, he left the field hospital, took a jep, and returned to the front lines. Lee continues to lead his men; he rescued others who were stranded and ensured that other units could conduct a fighting retreat. He received the Navy Cross and Silver Star for his actions. Continuing his Marine Corps career, Lee served in Vietnam, retiring as a Major in 1968.

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MCRD Museum Education Program

The MCRD Museum offers free tours, classes, and curricula.  Staff can also travel to local schools and classrooms.  Explore our free programming...

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MCRD Museum Reference Center

Photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more are in the MCRD Museum Reference Center. No cost!  Access by appointment.  Explore our Reference Center materials...

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In order for you to get on the base for museum events, we need to collect certain information in advance.

This form is only for those who are 18 and older and who do not already have base access. Those who may already have access include people who have active duty/reserve ID cards, 100% disabled ID cards, Dependent, Retired, or Retired Dependent ID cards,  DOD civilian employee ID, or VA health ID that says 'service connected' and has already been registered at MCRD's Pass and ID office (the VA cards registered at other bases don't apply).

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Join the Support Regiment

The MCRD Museum Foundation depends upon membership fees, grants, and donations to conduct its business of supporting the MCRD Command Museum, the Marines and Sailors of MCRD, San Diego, and the Western Recruiting Region.

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Sponsors & Donors

The MCRD Museum Foundation established a Sponsors and Donors Wall to honor and recognize Marines and organizations, especially those with a connection to MCRD San Diego, and recognizes donors and supporters at various levels of giving.

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Our Impact
 

Over the past 8 years the MCRD Museum Foundation has contributed over 1 million dollars to the Command Museum. We've recently announced a number of new Museum programs and technological upgrades.

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Veteran Outreach & Increased
Community Engagement

VOICE is the MCRD Command Museum's latest program supported by the Foundation, which is aimed at bringing together Marines, veterans, and the community together at a familiar place, the Depot where Marines are born.

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MCRD Museum Foundation
Building 26 Post Office Box 400085
San Diego, CA 92140-0085

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Family Day Thu 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM

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