The stained glass window in the museum's "Gallery of Heroes."
PhotoS courtesy of the U.S. Army Museum
Much of the islands’ military history is documented at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy. This well-curated collection of images and artifacts takes visitors on a somber journey from the Battle of Nuuanu to martial law in the Islands during World War II to the Vietnam Era, when Hawaii provided tropical R&R for tired soldiers. The Gen. Eric Shinseki Gallery, a permanent exhibit since 2006, documents the Kauai boy’s rise to U.S. Army chief of staff with personal photos, uniforms, even a Father’s Day card written during one of his combat tours in Vietnam. Don’t miss the Gallery of Heroes upstairs, which honors the Hawaii soldiers who earned the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross. Free admission, donations welcome.