Marine Corps Museum Has New “Texas Ambassador”

Marine Corps Museum Has New “Texas Ambassador”

by Tahj Mayes, August 14, 2015

A press release from last week announced that Marine Major James Crabtree was appointed as Texas Ambassador to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Governors Council. He will help raise awareness of The National Museum of the Marine Corps, which is located near Quantico, Virginia.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps broke ground in March of this year on it’s Final Phase:

Exterior photo of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the most extensive marine corps museum.

Photo courtesy of the NMMC website.

126,000 sq ft dedicated to the time after Vietnam through the present. The marine corps museum first opened in 2006 and in 2010 launched new exhibits, including an “immersion exhibit” where guests experience a WWI battle. Currently, the museum hosts 7 galleries, a theater, and over 60,000 artifacts from Marine history since 1775. The new addition will add five new galleries, completing the circular Legacy Walk. The Final Phase is scheduled to open in 2018.

“The National Museum of the Marine Corps is an American history museum. But it’s American history seen through the eyes of individual Marines across more than 237 years..” –Lin Ezell, Museum Director


This is an excerpt from the press release:

“It will be easy to talk about because it’s the best museum I’ve ever seen,” Crabtree said. “It covers the history of the Marine Corps in a way I can only describe as a total immersion experience, from the yellow footprints when you load off the bus at boot camp to the conflicts that defined the Marines. Anyone who’s ever been in the Marines would love it.”

Crabtree will spread the word about the museum as he works to gather the stories of Texas veterans. The Voices of Veterans program records the stories of Texas men and women who served our nation to preserve their memories for future generations. Oral history interviews provide future historians with undiscovered knowledge about historical events such as battles or military action.


Crabtree, who lives in Cedar Park, enlisted in 1997 while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and is adjutant for the 14th Marines, an artillery regiment based at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.


The Voices of Veterans is an oral history program from the Texans Veteran Land Board, a state agency that manages homes and long-term care for veterans. The Voices of Veterans program welcomes an Texas veteran to share his/her story.

Marine corps museum post.


Additional Resources:

Voices of Veteran contact info.

Discover more about the The National Museum of the Marine Corps.

More about Major James Crabtree.

Find more veteran war memorials in the VFW Southern Conference states.