Nazi U-Boats sank 98 ships off the coast of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. NAS Richmond Navy Blimps were key to defeating the enemy at sea.

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Cuban Missile Crisis

In 1962 the U.S. confronted Russia.  Cuba was blockaded by the Navy.  Batteries of Army missiles here in Miami were aimed and cocked, ready to fire.

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Our ​Building was CIA Cold War HQ for many Freedom Fighter groups, among them:

-​Brigade 2506

-Operation Mongoose

-Manuel Artime Naval Group

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The Miami Military Museum and Memorial is dedicated to saving and interpreting the rich military heritage of South Florida. We honor military service, sacrifice, and accomplishment, and its importance to our community, Florida, and the nation. We present the history of WWII in south Florida, including the heroic clandestine military activities of the Cuban Exile anti-Castro freedom fighters during the Cold War. We examine Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, with our focus on Florida and especially Miami-Dade County. Our building was the headquarters and is the last remaining structure of Naval Air Station Richmond (Richmond Heights south of Miami takes its name from the base). During the Cold War it was CIA Station JM-WAVE, headquarters for anti-Castro activities. We are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are on the grounds of Zoo Miami, immediately next to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.



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