Past Exhibit at the Reagan Library


Posted Thursday December 7th 2023

WWII Secrets of
Secrets of WWII
At the Reagan Library
After the Great War, the war to end all wars, the world never expected to see another, even larger conflict. But the geopolitical issues that were never truly resolved after the Armistice festered, and a new war became inevitable.

In just twenty years, so much had changed. Calvary units and trench warfare had given way to missiles, submarines, and atomic weapons. World War II was fought by over 100 million soldiers from over fifty countries but the war touched nearly everyone on the Earth in one way or another.

Each of them had a story
Some are well-known. Some were forgotten over the years. Some had to be kept secret during the war. Other secretes were taken to the grave. Many stories are only now coming to light.

This exhibit displayed the stories of just a few of the Secrets of World War II.

WWII Exhibit Tank Prop

WWII Mussolini Quote
MussoliniIt is more likely that the United States ... will be attacked by the not-well-known but very warlike inhabitants of the planet Mars? - February 23, 1941

WWII Winston Churchill
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
ChurchillIn War: Resolution.
In Defeat: Defiance.
In Victory: Magnanimity.
In Peace: Good Will.

WWII Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
RooseveltWe know that enduring peace cannot be bought at the cost of other people's freedom...

WWII Truman
Harry S. Truman
TrumanOur debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.

WWII Field Hospital Prop

WWII Field Hospital Prop

WWII Field Hospital Prop

WWII Field Hospital Prop

WWII Field Hospital Prop

Painting WWII Plane
Borris, AF Clark

Painting WWII Plane

Painting WWII Marines Plane

Painting WWII Marines Plane

WWII Exhibit Made Possible By
The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of
  • AeroVironment
  • G. Christopher Griner
  • Massa Products Corporation
  • The Christopher M. and Maureen D. Lehman Trust

The National Archives Gallery was made possible by the generosity of
Edwin D and Michela A. Fuller

As future generations aspire to become great leaders they will look to Ronald Reagan as their model

Reagan Library WWII Exhibit Sponsors
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Gratefully acknowledges the generous support of

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute
John Heubusch, Executive Director, Jerry Zuk, Chief Financial Officer, Joanne Drake, Chief Operating Officer, Melissa Giller, Chief Marketing Office, Mark Fitzpatrick, Chief Technology Officer, Dustin Crozier, Senior Graphic Designer, Ricky Monterrosa, Digital Communications, Mason Thompson, Digital Communications, John Lehne, AFOP Manager, Derek Lyneis, AFOP Assistant Manager

Exhibition Sponsors
AeroVironment, The Christopher M. and Maureen D. Lehman Trust, G. Christopher Griner, Massa Products Corporation

National Archives and Records Administration
R. Duke Blackwood, Director, Randle C. W. Swan, Supervisory Curator, Jennifer Torres, PhD, Registrar, Rob Zucca, Exhibit Specialist, Lauren Edwards, Museum Specialist, Patricia Marion, Museum Specialist

BC Electric, Exhibition Lighting, Prestige Events and Exhibits, Installation Services, Ryan Amos, Kevin Zoetewey, Silvina Niepomniszcze, Emily Seibel

Alaska Veterans Museum, American Society of Military History, American Veterans Center, Anita Eckland, Barack Obama Presidential Library, Barney Leone, Barry Goss, Bernie and Carolyn Baker, Bill Berteaux, Bletchley Park Trust, Bonnie Gatling, Branch Family, Carlo Pulido, Christine Cuddy, Christopher M. Lehman, Christopher Swancara, CIA Museum, Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing, Diane Lawson, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, Emily Seibel, FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Fort MacArthur Museum, Gary Kovner,Gary Cypres, Gary Milan, George Candee, George W. Bush Presidential Library, Greg and Judy Benedict, Harold Holmes, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, History Nebraska, Holocaust Museum, Jack Moran, Japanese American National Museum, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, LifeChronicles, Lincoln County Historical Museum, Linda Waldroup, Marvel Studios, Massa Products Corporation, Museum of the Bible, Myrna-Lynne Whitney, Nabi Hem matyar, National Firearms Museum, National Museum of the Marine Corps, National Park Service, Eisenhower National Historic Site, NBCUniversal, Nils Rueckert, NSA Cryptologic Museum, Paramount Pictures Archive, Philip Cuddy, Peter Bodner, Peter MacDonald, Randall Thropp Collection, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museums of Tolerance, Special Collections & University Archives, UCR Libraries, University of California, Riverside, Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Strathearn Historical Park and Museum, Steve Lehman, The Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum The Walt Disney Company, Universal Pictures, Visit North Platte, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.

WWII Authorized Personnel Only

WWII Photo Op
Photo Op
M4 Sherman Tank

WWII Photo Op

WWII Exhibit Cherbourg
  • Cherbourg
  • Secrets of WWII
  • Le Mans
  • Caen
  • Carentan

WWII Exhibit Reagan Library