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The museum research library and special collections contain materials that support the history of Army transportation from colonial days to present. Its focus is on US Army fielded and experimental equipment in five areas – aircraft, rail, vehicle, watercraft and experimental equipment. These materials include publications, manuscripts, vertical files, personal papers, blueprints, periodicals, memorialization files, and historical and contemporary photographs. The majority of this collection is from the inception of the Transportation corps in 1942 through Desert storm.

The research library is located in the main Museum building, and open to the public by appointment. The library and special collections are for research on the premises only, and are not available for checkout or inter-library loan.


Inquiries may phoned in, mailed, or emailed . Please be specific in your request, explaining exactly what you are seeking, time period and as much information as you can to help us in your search. Email or phone before making an appointment to visit; we may be able to answer your question right away. Detailed or broad requests may require you to visit and peruse the materials yourself. Be sure to give us your name, address, phone number and email address to respond.

NOTICE: Due to staff reductions and budgetary constraints, the museum will be unable to process research request in a timely manner. The staff of the TC Museum apologizes for any inconvenience and will attempt to address requests as we are able. When cost restrictions and hiring freezes are lifted, we will hopefully be able to resume our normal service.



US Army Transportation Museum

ATTN: Research Library

300 Washington Blvd, Besson Hall

Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5260

(757) 878-1115

Museum Director



How do I trace the history of my military vehicle?

The museum has no records for any specific vehicle, other than those on exhibit. The Army did not “track” vehicles by stock number, serial number, or hood number. Vehicles were given registration numbers, usually stenciled on the hood, sides and possibly the dash area. These registration numbers were assigned by the unit when the vehicle was issued and were used only for maintenance purposes. As mission dictated, vehicles were often transferred from one unit to another; sometimes even from one branch of service to another. We recommend contacting the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA), a good source for restoration of military vehicles.


Does the Museum have logbooks for Army vessels?

Contrary to popular belief, our archives do not contain logbooks for all Army vessels. Our collection does include the “vessel data” page and crew lists for SOME small craft. The majority of this collection is dated from 1970 on, and includes Small Tugs (ST), Large Tugs (LT), Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM), Landing Craft Utility (LCU), Logistic Support Vessels (LSV), and a few other small vessels. Most of these are for vessels that operated here at Fort Eustis out of 3rd Port.


I was stationed at Fort Eustis. How do I get information from my personnel file?

No inactive military records are kept at Fort Eustis. You must contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. 
This includes survivors of deceased military personnel.


How do I find the history of (what happened to; is it still active, etc) the military unit I was assigned to when I was stationed at Fort Eustis or served with the Transportation Corps?

For unit history information you can find that information on the Transportation Historian web site:
For more unit history information or add / correct, contact our Command Historian, at 804.734.7449.


I would like to get in touch with some old buddies I served with. Do you have any rosters that would help me?

The Internet has become a valuable tool for finding old Army buddies. Just a few of these are listed below. We are not endorsing any of them, just suggestions to help you search.

How do I go about getting information concerning the James River Reserve Fleet (Dead Fleet)?

Although the Reserve Fleet is situated in the James River just off of Fort Eustis, it comes under the direction of the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. To our knowledge, they do not have an individual website. You can find information on the Fleet at the Department of Transportation web site:, or calling the James River Reserve Fleet directly at: (757) 887-3233.




Transportation Corps history - Transportation History

Unit Histories – click here

Collections –

Photographs (most frequently requested subjects) – Please also see the exhibits section here

Red Ball Express, World War II –

Desert Storm, 1990-1991 -

Experimental equipment – 1950-1960

Guntrucks of Vietnam –

Other helpful sites:

For Transportation Branch information:

U. S Army Center of Military History

Force Structure & Unit History Branch

103 Third Avenue

Fort McNair, DC 20319-5058

(202) 685-2738


For Manuscripts, Personal Papers

Photographic Materials:

The Army Heritage & Education Center

950 Soldiers Drive

Carlisle, PA 17013-5021


For Military Personnel Records:

National Personnel Records Center

9700 Page Avenue

St. Louis, Missouri 6312-5100

(314) 538-4201


Early Army transportation history:

U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum


Fort Lee, VA 23801-5120

(804) 734-4359


US Army Heraldic Entitlements;

Why It is Worn; How They are displayed:

U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry

9235 Gunston Road, Room S-112

Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5579

(703) 806-4972


For history & photos of some US Army WW II Troopships:

Naval Historical Center

(Historical Branch)

805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374


For Army vessels crewed by the Coast Guard:

United States Coast Guard

Historian's Office, G-IPA-4
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2100 Second Street, SW
Washington, DC 20593-0001


For information on the Reserve Fleet:

U.S. Department of Transportation

Maritime Administration

400 Seventh Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20590


For records of the Office of the Chief of

Transportation, Records Group 336:

National Archives and Records Administration

Textual Reference Branch

8601 Adelphi Road

College Park, MD 20740-6001

(866) 272-6272


For Army automotive research & development

1942 to present, and for display pieces for VFWs,

Armories, etc:

U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command

6501 East 11 Mile Road

Warren, MI 48397-5000

(586) 574-6583


For vehicle technical manuals:

Portrayal Press (Reproduction TM’s)

PO Box 1190

Andover, NJ 07821

(973) 579-5781


For copies of older video on Army vehicles,

Aircraft, watercraft and rail:

Vintage Video (Reproduction Videos)

PO Box 551

Greencastle, PA 17225



For information on restoring military vehicles:

Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA)

P. O Box 520378

Independence, MO 64052

(816) 833-6872


For information on units, vehicles,

Watercraft and aircraft of Vietnam:

Army Transportation Association

Vietnam (ATAV) 


For information on unit insignia and patches:

American Society for Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC)


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