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MARINE GRADUATIONS OPEN TO PUBLIC

MCRD San Diego graduations are open to the public!
Click below to visit the Depot's website to learn more.

Code Talkers Platoon

Grad Photos and Grad Books

The MCRD Museum Foundation maintains a collection of platoon photos, composite photos, and platoon books. 

Founding Fathers

Our Mission

Learn more about our mission to provide an educational setting for Marines & recruits, support the Command, and serve as a bridge to the local community.

Museum and Foundaton Programs

Our Programs

The MCRD Command Museum provides free programming to school groups and scouting groups which teach Core Values in a historic setting. We also serve active duty, veterans, and families through outreach programs that strengthen our local community.

MCRD Museum Docents

Get Involved

Help preserve and perpetuate Marine Corps history. Become a member, volunteer, or donate today. If you enjoy Marine Corps history, you will be forever moved by this experience!

Recruit Gear

Show Your Pride

Shop for your USMC gear here! All proceeds directly support the Museum and its programs for Marines and veterans.

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The Honorable Judge William V. Gallo - Director

B GalloJudge William V. Gallo currently serves as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California.  Before taking the bench, Judge Gallo served as a state or federal prosecutor for twenty-three years in the County Attorney's Office in Yuma, AZ, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), and most recently in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of California (San Diego).

Judge Gallo earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant and served in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve from 1978 to 2005 retiring at the rank of Colonel.  While serving in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1986 to 2005, Judge Gallo held a variety of assignments.  Most notably, in 2003 Judge Gallo was called to active duty as a Reservist in response to a Presidential call up in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  From January to October 2003, Judge Gallo served as the Commanding Officer of the First Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group.  Thereafter, from October 2003 to April 2005, he served as the Staff Judge Advocate (senior legal advisor) to the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

Judge Gallo, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received his undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.  In 2013, Judge Gallo returned to school and earned an LLM in Intellectual Property from the University of San Diego School of Law.

JOANIE SCHWARZ-WETTER
Museum Director

(619) 524-6719
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VINCENT GONZALEZ
EXHIBITS SPECIALIST

(619) 524-8159
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JOHN VAZQUEZ
Education Director

(619) 524-6038
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ELLEN GUILLEMETTE
HISTORIAN

(619) 524-6720

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Our Staff

Our Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds, but one thing unites them all, a passion for preserving and perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps. Many who serve on our Board have a strong connection with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot having drilled on the grinder, been stationed aboard the Depot, or felt the local impact of Marines in San Diego.

Foundation Board

Working Together to Promote Marine Corps Values

The Museum Foundation is fortunate to have a dedicated and passionate staff who work closely with the Museum staff and Depot leadership to support programs, exhibit upgrades, and outreach efforts. To get in touch with a Foundation staff member, please call the Foundation office at 619-524-4426 or contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


KEY STAFF
Executive Director
Daren Erickson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deputy Executive Director
Angela Kuhn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Programs and Philanthropy
Alyssa Christensen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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