Military museum opening in Fellsmere


Larry Wapnick

On December 8, 2018, a new military Museum will open in Indian River County, dedicated to the U.S. Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marines of WWll.  This Museum will honor a group of veterans who very few know or heard about. The U.S. Navy Armed Guard/Merchant Marines National Headquarters and Museum proudly announces its GRAND OPENING: On Saturday,  December 8, 2018, at 10:00 am, at the Museum, 32 North Broadway,  Fellsmere, Fl. 32948.

U.S. Navy Armed Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War II – A little known story: The U.S. Navy Armed Guard was a service branch of the United States Navy that was responsible for defending U.S. and Allied merchant ships from attack by enemy aircraft, submarines and surface ships during World War II. The men of the Armed Guard served primarily as gunners, signal men and radio operators on cargo ships, tankers, troop ships and other merchant vessels. Disbanded following the end of the War, the Armed Guard is today little known or remembered by the general public, or even within the Navy. But, without the courage and sacrifice of the men of the Armed Guard, victory in World War II would have been much more difficult and taken much longer.

The Merchant Marines is collectively those non-naval ships that carry cargo or passengers or provide maritime services, and the civilian crewmen and officers who sail those ships. During World War II, the ships and men of the United States Merchant Marines transported across the oceans of the world the vast quantities of war material, supplies, equipment, and troops needed to fight and win that war. The men of the U.S. Merchant Marines were civilian volunteers who nonetheless died proportionally in numbers that rivaled or exceeded any branch of the uniformed military. Like the Armed Guard, with whom they sailed, the men of the Merchant Marines made possible the Allied victory in World War II. The Armed Guard and the Merchant Marines were uniquely dependent upon one another; they were literally in the same boat. One cannot tell the story of one without telling the story of the other.

This new Museum is dedicated to both of these groups, one military and the other civilian. This story is about bravery, perseverance and patriotism.

Starting on a small basis, the Board and members of the Museum hope to tell the story of both of these groups. The displays will feature artifacts and videos that will show how the free world might never have been if not for the courage of these men and women who served during World War II.

Please join us for the dedication and opening of our new Museum’s Grand Opening.

Tune in to Our Veterans Voice© radio show Saturdays at 10 pm Real Radio 101.7 FM or Sundays at 4:30 pm. Waxe 107.9 FM or 1370 AM for more information.

For additional information call: Larry Wapnick, President: 772 532 8749 or Ralph N. Oko, Assistant to the President at: 954 557 6226

One comment

  1. My father who is 92 and will be 93 on Dec 26 and is a Merchant Marine is very excited about this museum. He plans to visit on opening day! He will bring his 98 year old wife. Keep an eye open for them!

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