The MacArthur Memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
Situated in downtown Norfolk, VA the Memorial consists of a museum, archive and research center, education center, theater, welcome center, and a gift shop. A visit to the Memorial will allow you to explore the life of one of America’s greatest and most complex leaders. Admission is FREE.
On April 11, 1964, the eyes of the world were on Norfolk, Virginia, USA, as General of the Army Douglas MacArthur was laid to rest in the Rotunda of the MacArthur Memorial -- a museum dedicated to his life and legacy.
Today, the museum has expanded into one of the premier institutions in the United States dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of World War I, World War II, the Occupation of Japan, and the Korean War.
Under the Rainbow: The 42nd "Rainbow" Division in the Great War
As the United States geared up for entry into the Great War in 1917, a unit unlike any other in the U.S. Army was formed amid considerable political and military debate.
Comprised of National Guard troops from 26 states and the District of Columbia, the Chief of Staff of the newly-created 42nd Division, Colonel Douglas MacArthur, remarked that the 42nd was truly a “national” unit, with its component units stretching across the country from coast to coast “like a rainbow.”