Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Remembering Vietnam

 More than 2.7 million US military service members served in Vietnam between 1964 and 1973. More than 58,000 didn't make home.

Until the end of 2017, the Northside Military Museum will be honoring Magic Valley veterans who served during the Vietnam Era.

Our exhibit includes a Wall of Honor for Magic Valley Era veterans. This wall includes photos of local veterans who served their nation between 1961-1975. Most served in Vietnam, some in Germany, or at other US bases.

We decided to include all veterans from this era for two reasons:

1. Just about any man or woman who put on a uniform in service of this nation during this time could have been sent to Vietnam. Service members knew this was a possibility and still served.

2. Protesters at the time did not take the time to ask service members where they had served. Because of the politics of the time, our men and women in the service were indiscriminately treated poorly. We at the museum believe these men and women deserve far better than they received and should be given respect and acknowledgement for their service.

 To help tell the story of what it was like in Vietnam, we have plenty of interpretive information and two dioramas built by our veteran volunteers who served in Vietnam.

One diorama focuses on the Brown Water Navy - the sailors who patroled the shallow rivers and canals of Vietnam.

The other illustrates Phu Cat Air Base as remembered by a former Air Force jet mechanic.

In addition to honoring our surviving Magic Valley veterans, we also pay tribute the Magic Valley veterans who didn't make it home and to the Idaho Missing 8.

If you served during the Vietnam Era, we would like to hear from you - we would like to honor your service by adding your picture to our Honor Wall and you can add a pin to our map of Vietnam to show where you served.

We will be featuring this exhibit until January 1, 2018.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Remember World War One - The Centennial

On April 6, 1917, the United States formally joined the Allied forces - Britain, France, and Russia - to fight in World War I. Fighting initially broke out in Europe following the assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. Most Americans wanted nothing to do with the European conflict, preferring the nation remain politically neutral. Economically, the U.S. was benefited from the conflict by selling war goods to Allied nations.

Details of diorama featuring the cross section of a WWI trench
In 1915, a German submarine sank the British passenger ship, Lusitania, killing 128 Americans. The incident heightened tensions but the majority of Americans still did not want to go to war. It wasn't until the German government made overtures to Mexico, offering to support Mexican incursions against the United States, that American's finally decided to join the war.

WWI era US Army Cavalry
saddle and gear
More than 2 million Americans went to war in France, fighting under the command of Major General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing. The American soldiers and Marines joined the fighting forces in the trenches; American nurses worked to save lives in field hospitals. American animals - horses and mules, dogs, pigeons, and even slugs - were sent to the front lines to support the troops.

The Great War saw technological innovations with the first tanks being used on the battlefields and the first aerial dogfights taking place in the skies above. American heroism was demonstrated by the actions of young men like Eddie Rickenbacker and Sgt. York.

WWI  Nurse uniform
Please join us as we honor the men and women who served this nation so valiantly a century ago. We will be featuring this exhibit until the of June 2017.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Getting Noticed

In the last ten days, our museum has been featured in our local media TWICE. The fact that these outlets are seeking us out demonstrates our growing presence in the community. We are honored to share our passion and drive to preserve the memory of our local veterans with the media. There will never be enough kind words of praise for our volunteers and donors.

On May 6, 2016, we were featured in a story on NewsRadio 1310 (KLIX). The video that accompanied that story is shown to the right. And HERE is the story that was featured on their website.


Last week, we were contacted by Heather Kennison from the Times-News who came out to talk with us about our plans. That article came out in today's (May 16, 2016) paper. We are on the bottom half of the front page. HERE is a link to that story.

I have to admit, there is a feeling of both satisfaction and humble excitement knowing we have been featured in the print, radio, and television media. Our group has worked hard since January of 2015 to make this museum a reality. Our work is not done, but the attention we have been receiving lets us know we are headed in the right direction. Any and all help, whether it is labor, financial gifts, supplies, or memorabilia, will always be gratefully accepted.

If you have any questions or would like to know how to volunteer or donate items, please don't hesitate to contact us via the methods on our History/Contact Page.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Did You Catch Us On The News?

On Friday, April 15th, our chairman Eric Bolich was interviewed for the local news. He did a great job of promoting the museum and our mission to remember local veteran's. We want to thank Zack Rickens from KMVT for taking the time to help us share our passion and bringing our mission to a wider audience.

If you missed it when it aired, here is a link to the story.

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Welcome to the official Northside Military Museum blog.

Here we will keep you updated on our progress toward opening our doors to the public, upcoming fundraising and community events, our monthly meeting time and location.