Founded in 1988 by the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Airmen Memorial Museum (AMM) stands as a tribute to enlisted airmen for their sacrifices and contributions made while serving in the Signal Corps (1907-1918), the Army Air Service (1918-1926), the Army Air Corps (1926-1941), the Army Air Forces (1941-1947) and/or the U.S. Air Force (1947-Present). The Airmen Memorial Museum is dedicated to collecting artifacts, photographs, diaries, personnel records, letters, books and other items pertaining to the service of enlisted airmen. The goals of the museum are to preserve these collections, tell the stories of enlisted personnel and preserve the enlisted heritage of U.S. air and space power.
The exhibit galleries combine text and artifacts into displays that illustrate the history of enlisted airmen from 1907 to the present day. The following list is only a sampling of the artifacts on display at the museum: Eddie Ward's pilot's license and identification tag, fabric portions of American and German planes from World War I, John Richter's Distinguished Flying Cross, Ulysses Nero's 1923 Parachute Jump trophy as well as the flag that adorned his coffin at his 1980 funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, an enlisted airman's canteen that was carried on the infamous Bataan Death March, an airman's World War II Blood Chit and silk escape map, World War II sketches drawn by enlisted artist Nathan Glick, a Norden bombsight, a Japanese officer's sword and flying helmet (traded for by an enlisted airman), an A-2 flight jacket, an enlisted man's letter written on a piece of Hitler's personal stationary obtained from Hitler's headquarters, and the personal effects of four airmen who flew on the historic Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb missions. In addition to this wide variety of artifacts, World War II color photography and the aviation art of a former enlisted airman, William S. Phillips, can be found on the museum's walls.