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The Pennsylvania Military Museum / 28th Infantry Division Shrine

 
 
The Pennsylvania Military Museum / 28th Infantry Division Shrine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
1. The Pennsylvania Military Museum / 28th Infantry Division Shrine Marker
Inscription. (Left Wing):
The Pennsylvania Military Museum
The Pennsylvania Military Museum honors the Commonwealth's military men and women past and present. It preserves the history of their significant service to the state and the nation through exhibits, programs, and military commemorative events.

The museum is one of 26 museums and historic sites administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. It is located at the intersection of "The Purple Heart Highway" (Route 45) and "The 28th Division Highway" (Route 322).

The 28th Infantry Division Shrine
The museum grounds are home to the 28th Infantry Division Shrine to your right. The Museum and Shrine occupy ground used in 1916 by the Boal Troop, a locally raised military unit that served in WWI as Company A, 107th Machine Gun Battalion in the 28th Division. The Shrine began after WWI when the returning 28th Division veterans erected monuments to their units. It was formally dedicated in 1940 and the "Memory Wall" was completed after WWII. The Shrine was extended in 1997 to commemorate WWII service of the 28th Division units. More information about this memorial, and the Boal Troop, is available at the Museum's reception desk.

On the third Sunday of each May, the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized) meets
Left Wing of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
2. Left Wing of Marker
at the Shrine to pay tribute to their own in a tradition that began in 1919. "A Celebration of Service: Honoring Pennsylvania Veterans" is open to the public.

(Right Wing):
Wall of Honor
The colorful new museum facade represents military service and campaign ribbons. Each ribbon represents a particular medal given to members of the US Armed Forces. Some of the awards that Pennsylvania veterans have received during the 20th century include:
First Row: Combat/Heroism (left to right)
Medal of Honor (est. 1861)
Distinguished Service Cross (Army est. 1918)
Navy Cross (USN est. 1919)
Air Force Cross (USAF est. 1960)
Silver Star (est. 1918)
Bronze Star (est. 1944)

Second Row: Personal Awards (left to right)
Purple Heart (est. 1932)
Army Commendation Medal (est. 1941)
Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (est. 1960)
Air Force Commendation Medal (est. 1958)
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (est. 1947)
Prisoner of War Medal (est. 1985)

Campaign & Service Awards (left to right)
World War One Victory Medal (est. 1919)
World War Two Victory Medal (est. 1945)
Korean Service Medal (est. 1950)
Vietnam Service Medal (est. 1965)
Pennsylvania Commendation Medal (PA National Guard, est. 1949)
Major General Thomas R. White Ribbon (PA National Guard, est. 1970)
 
Location.
Right Wing of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
3. Right Wing of Marker
40° 46.871′ N, 77° 47.716′ W. Marker is in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on Boal Avenue (U.S. 322) just north of Boalsburg Pike, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in front of the 28th Division Shrine. Best access from the parking area for the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Boalsburg PA 16827, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coshocton Train Wreck (a few steps from this marker); 109th Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); 28th Signal Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); The 28th Division Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boal Troop (within shouting distance of this marker); M60A3 Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); 107th Field Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 110th Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Boalsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Pennsylvania Military Museum. Museum website. (Submitted on February 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World IWar, World II
 
Center Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
4. Center Map on Marker
The map shows the locations of the shrine and museum.
Wall of Honor on the Museum Facade image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
5. Wall of Honor on the Museum Facade
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,708 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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