The U.S. Army Signal Corps has a long and rich history, and that history is on display at the US Army Signal Corps Museum in Fort Gordon GA. One of the pieces on display is a telephone owned by one of the most evil men in history, Adolph Hitler. The phone was actually not destroyed in World War II. It was stored in a warehouse until it was placed in the museum. It is just one of the many exhibits on display, and they all carry a bit of emotion. Walking through these exhibits takes you from the American Civil War all the way through today’s Global War on Terror. It’s a thought-provoking, educational and emotional journey. Explore it with us on this episode of Stories, Secrets and Sagas.
Interesting Facts About The US Army Signal Corps
1The U.S. Army Signal Corps was official established by Congress as an official U.S. Army branch in March 1863.
2Major Albert J. Myer was the founder of the Signal Corps. In the beginning, he was the very first and only officer.
3The Corps bought the first army aircraft in 1908 from the Wright Brothers.
4The U.S. Army Signal Corps established a congressionally mandated national weather service in 1870. In 1891, this became a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; however, the responsibility for military meteorology remained with the Signal Corps.
5Today, the Signal Corps manages all modern information and telecommunications systems, including data and voice communications, local area networks, internet and computer systems.
Just an old phone made of Bakelite plastic, nothing more. This phone is just an object until you think about the conversations and the people who used it. And what if someone really bad, someone evil beyond understanding, used it to make calls? How would you feel about it then?
Those thoughts were going through my mind as we drove to the U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum southwest of Augusta, Georgia to see Hitler’s telephone and other artifacts. This phone was used by one of most horrible people in recent history. Used to give orders for diabolical and inhuman plans, his sharp, callous German accent yelling into the phone, spit on the receiver. This phone was not destroyed by the war. It sat in a warehouse for years until it was placed here at this museum.
I’m glad it is under a case, but it still makes me really uncomfortable.
It, along with many other historical artifacts revolving around communication and the signal corps reside here. The U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum at Fort Gordon is a permanent historical and educational institution, providing training and education to soldiers, military dependents and the general public on all aspects of the history of the Signal Corps, the development of Fort Gordon and vicinity, and the U.S. Army. As you walk down the hallways you will see the evolution of military history in communication, from flags to balloons to radio.
There are lots of really cool things to see here which were, in many ways, part of major historical events in history.
Recently, the museum acquired the doomsday phone from the Pentagon and one from the Imperial Army Headquarters in Tokyo. The exhibits are amazing and cover early U.S. signal corps history up to the present.
So, if you are ever in Augusta, you will definitely want to make a trip down to Fort Gordon to see this museum. It’s worth the drive! I’ll see you next time on Stories, Secrets and Sagas.
Visit the US Army Signal Corps Museum at Fort Gordon
US Army Signal Corps Museum 504 Chamberlain Avenue
Fort Gordon GA 30905
Please note: Visiting the museum requires entering an official US military base, so everyone over the age of 18 must present an official form of identification and must check in at the guard date.