The Last 100 Yards Ramp
At the National Infantry Museum, your journey through time begins with an emotional march
into the past.
Since its formation in 1775, it has been said that the United States Army Infantry has
owned “the last 100 yards” of the battlefield. After the Armor and Air support have completed
their mission, it is the Infantryman’s job to face the enemy bayonet to bayonet.
The museum’s signature exhibit is called The Last 100 Yards. A gently sloped ramp contains
life-sized dioramas depicting significant battles in the Infantry’s history, including Yorktown,
Antietam, Soissons, Normandy, Corregidor, Soam-Ni, LZ X-Ray, and Iraq.
Cross Burnside Bridge where Confederates held off Union Soldiers much longer than expected in the Battle of Antietam. Look straight up to see a rare WWII troop glider made of fabric-covered wood and metal. Witness the landing on D-Day and Ranger scaling Pointe du Hoc. A Vietnam era Huey helicopter sets the scene for the first big battle of the war. A Bradley Fighting Vehicle damaged by a roadside bomb in Iraq leans precariously over the side of the ramp.
The figures you see in each of these scenes are not mannequins; they are cast sculptures of
active duty soldiers who auditioned for the opportunity to represent their predecessors.
A stirring musical score and dramatic lighting that takes the visitor from night to day complete
the Last 100 Yards experience. This unique exhibit helped win the museum a THEA, the coveted
Themed Entertainment Industry Award for Excellence.