• Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.

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  • Sherman Tank Returns!

    Sherman Tank Returns!

    Our Sherman Tank returns to the NYS Military Museum from Fort Drum after a year long restoration, to it's permanent exhibit spot.

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    The exhibit features a dazzling array of militia and National Guard distinctive unit dress uniforms, ballot boxes and decorative bronze trophies that interpret the social organization of the National Guard, original artifacts from the USS Maine, and a carronade captured during the 1857 Dead Rabbits Riot in New York City.

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  • Battleground for Freedom

    Battleground for Freedom

    No less than 120 military engagements occurred on New York soil, more than in any other state, ranging in scale and significance from the decisive Battle of Saratoga to numerous bitter skirmishes and ruthless raids that raged throughout the frontier settlements...

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  • Some Great Past Exhibits

    Some Great Past Exhibits

Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

The mission of Friends is to be a support to the museum, to aid in fund raising for exhibits and displays, as well as assisting in drawing attention to the museum through programs, lectures and events. As the board of trustees, we are the elected board which helps direct the membership to facilitate the support mission of the non profit group.


Veteran of the Year Presentation, Saturday, Nov. 6, 1PM, Elks Club


A ceremony honoring the Veterans of the Year for 2020 and 2021 will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Wilton-Saratoga Springs Elks Club at 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs.

The event is free and open to the public.

The annual award is co-sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Military Museum and the Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. There was no Veteran of the Year in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic; therefore the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies are being combined this year.

Presidents of the two co-sponsor organizations will be present for the awards. New York State Senator Jim Tedisco will present the New York State Liberty Medal to each veteran of the year. A proclamation by the Congressman of the Veteran of the Year will be read and remarks by the Adjutant General of the State of New York will be given. Refreshments are being donated by Dunkin' Donuts.

Garth D. Lloyd is the 2020 Veteran of the Year. Garth was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969. He completed basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and then deployed to Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division as an 11B infantryman.

On Feb. 12, 1970, Garth was seriously wounded in action by a booby trap and evacuated to the United States and medically discharged as a Specialist 4th class (SP4). Garth was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

After his service, he worked for the City of Saratoga Springs retiring in 2012. Garth volunteered at the Saratoga County VA Mentor Program and is currently a docent at the New York State Military Museum at 61 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. He and his wife, Diane, live in the town of Milton. They have one son and three grandchildren.

Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Robert W. Van Pelt is the 2021 Veteran of the year. He served 42 years in the U.S. Army, Active, Guard and Reserve from 1969 until his retirement in 2011. After basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, and attending Signal School, he deployed to Vietnam as a Fixed Station Automatic Digital Network technical controller assigned to the 1st Signal Brigade, Phu Lam. From Vietnam he deployed to Camp Darby in Coltano, Italy.

Upon discharge from the active Army he joined the New York Army National Guard where, after a few years in the Tennessee National Guard, he returned to New York and rose through the ranks to Command Sergeant Major. Robert's assignments include Command Sergeant Major for the 242 Signal Battalion, 1-101 Cavalry Squadron, 187th Signal Brigade, 53rd Troop Command, 42nd Infantry Division and CSM for the New York National Guard from June 2001 until his retirement in June 2011.

After retirement he continued to serve soldiers as program manager for the New York National Guard Employer Support, organizing job fairs and Yellow Ribbon events for both deploying and returning service members throughout New York. Van Pelt has also served as president and long-time active member of the Association of the United States Army Capital District Chapter. Bob is a passionate volunteer who has given a lifetime of selfless service to the US Army and the nation. He and his wife live in the town of Malta.

(Photo below of our 2018 Veteran of the Year Ceremony with our honoree, Nick Laiacona, and Congressperson Elise Stefanik).

William J. Donovan, Medal of Honor Recipient from New York


Today we proudly present another New York recipient of the Medal of Honor, William J. Donovan, born in Buffalo, NY, for service during World War I. In World War II, he served as Director of the Office of Strategic Services. (OSS), pre-cursor to our present day CIA.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 165th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 14-15 October 1918. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Born: 1 January 1883, Buffalo, N.Y. G.O., No.: 56, W.D., 1922. Citation: Lt. Col. Donovan personally led the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very strongly organized position, and when our troops were suffering heavy casualties he encouraged all near him by his example, moving among his men in exposed positions, reorganizing decimated platoons, and accompanying them forward in attacks. When he was wounded in the leg by machine-gun bullets, he refused to be evacuated and continued with his unit until it withdrew to a less exposed position.


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  • Our Nine Eleven observance this year

    In remembrance of those that lost their lives  on September 11, 2001.