Iowa Gold Star Museum – Johnston, Iowa

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On the grounds of Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, a training camp for soldiers since 1900 and still an active Iowa National Guard post, a museum honoring both Iowa’s military personnel and those who served with the Iowa State Patrol has been developed. 

On display are artifacts from all the wars in which Iowa has sent troops—seven conflicts.

There, too, visitors can learn about the history of the State Patrol, Iowa Army and Air National Guard, and the 34th Infantry Division. The items are displayed in various galleries and in the Prisoner of War room.

Artifacts such as uniforms, flags, trench art, medals and insignia, howitzers, cannon, jet engine, and antitank weapons can be seen. Military vehicles are displayed, such as a Jeep and a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter. A research library has been developed.

Admission – None

Directions – take Merle Hay Road (58th Street) north to Beaver Drive, turn left, in the Post go to the intersection of 7th Street and Des Moines Avenue

Hours – 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Friday, year round; 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., first and third Saturdays of the month, May – September (closed state and federal holidays); (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (research library)

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (515) 252-4531

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