U.S. Army Schofield Barracks

U.S. Army Schofield Barracks

U.S. Army Schofield Barracks
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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interceptpubs
By interceptpubs
Historic Army post named for 19th century Army leader
5.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2019
John McAllister Schofield was a Civil War Union General involved in a number of important engagements including the battles of Wilson's Creek (where he earned the Medal of Honor), Franklin, and Nashville, as well as the Atlanta Campaign. Post-war, he served as Secretary of War under Presidents Johnson and Grant and Commanding General of the United States Army during the Cleveland and Harrison administrations. In 1872, then Maj. Gen. Schofield visited Hawaii to assess potential port facilities. He concluded that the mouth of the Pearl River could be turned into a major port that could be easily defended. Following annexation in 1898, his recommendations were followed, and American forces began moving in. In 1908, construction began on what would eventually become this base, being named in honor of Schofield the following year. The newly formed Hawaiian Division arrived in 1921 and stayed until 1941 when reorganization led to the formation of two new divisions, the 24th and 25th. The two divisions went to war following Pearl Harbor and battled across the Pacific. The 25th returned to Schofield and has been permanently stationed here ever since (with combat deployments to Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq over the years). A good way to learn about the history of Schofield Barracks and the 25th "Tropic Lightning" Division is to visit the base and particularly the Tropic Lightning Museum in Carter Hall, the old base library, in Building 361. When you're there, be sure to grab a copy of the historic guide for the base which provides a map showing various historic and architecturally interesting buildings around the base and even a suggested tour route. Getting on the base is fairly easy. Assuming that you're coming from Honolulu via H-2. Just as H-2 ends and becomes Wilikina Drive (Route 99), you'll see signs to turn left onto Kunia Road to go to Schofield Barracks. Assuming you don't have a DoD ID, drive past the first gate (Foote Avenue) and go to the second gate (Lyman Road) where visitors can get a pass. You'll have to pull over to the inspection area and, following the MP's direction, get out and open the hood, trunk, and all the doors so they can look inside your vehicle. Assuming your license and registration (or car rental agreement) are in order, you'll be issued a dashboard pass. Once on base, keep an eye out to spot the signs that will direct you to the museum. We spent a couple hours here (maybe an hour at the museum and another hour driving around looking at the various historic buildings and the base in general). We'd suggest coming on a weekend when things are a little quieter.

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Tim D
Altdorf, Germany573 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
A nice little base that is 100 times better than any other base in Louisiana. The people are friendly however the roads are a bit confusing and on the smaller side. I strongly suggest using GPS at first
Written 13 October 2021
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,025 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
John McAllister Schofield was a Civil War Union General involved in a number of important engagements including the battles of Wilson's Creek (where he earned the Medal of Honor), Franklin, and Nashville, as well as the Atlanta Campaign. Post-war, he served as Secretary of War under Presidents Johnson and Grant and Commanding General of the United States Army during the Cleveland and Harrison administrations.

In 1872, then Maj. Gen. Schofield visited Hawaii to assess potential port facilities. He concluded that the mouth of the Pearl River could be turned into a major port that could be easily defended. Following annexation in 1898, his recommendations were followed, and American forces began moving in. In 1908, construction began on what would eventually become this base, being named in honor of Schofield the following year. The newly formed Hawaiian Division arrived in 1921 and stayed until 1941 when reorganization led to the formation of two new divisions, the 24th and 25th. The two divisions went to war following Pearl Harbor and battled across the Pacific. The 25th returned to Schofield and has been permanently stationed here ever since (with combat deployments to Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq over the years).

A good way to learn about the history of Schofield Barracks and the 25th "Tropic Lightning" Division is to visit the base and particularly the Tropic Lightning Museum in Carter Hall, the old base library, in Building 361. When you're there, be sure to grab a copy of the historic guide for the base which provides a map showing various historic and architecturally interesting buildings around the base and even a suggested tour route.

Getting on the base is fairly easy. Assuming that you're coming from Honolulu via H-2. Just as H-2 ends and becomes Wilikina Drive (Route 99), you'll see signs to turn left onto Kunia Road to go to Schofield Barracks. Assuming you don't have a DoD ID, drive past the first gate (Foote Avenue) and go to the second gate (Lyman Road) where visitors can get a pass. You'll have to pull over to the inspection area and, following the MP's direction, get out and open the hood, trunk, and all the doors so they can look inside your vehicle. Assuming your license and registration (or car rental agreement) are in order, you'll be issued a dashboard pass. Once on base, keep an eye out to spot the signs that will direct you to the museum.

We spent a couple hours here (maybe an hour at the museum and another hour driving around looking at the various historic buildings and the base in general). We'd suggest coming on a weekend when things are a little quieter.
Written 2 September 2019
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Paul F
Corvallis, OR33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We were told that if we had time in Waikiki we should visit the US Army Military Museum. I’d say, make time in Waikiki to visit it. It is a real gem. It is packed with artifacts, carefully explained and put in context. Not propaganda or flag waving, but appreciative of the sacrifices our military has made. It puts a lot of emphasis on the Hawaiian story, which is appropriate given its location. This should be on any list of major attractions of Honolulu, and especially Waikiki.
Written 26 January 2019
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MarineAir10
Vancouver, WA801 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
The old barracks buildings of this post date back to well before World War II. They have been featured in many movies such as “From Here to Eternity.” They allow history buffs to take a look back at the pre-World War II military.
Written 15 January 2019
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bombguy64
Oahu, HI41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
The museum is small but a small treasure. If you can makevit to one of their living history days its great and kids love it too.

The 5grift shop has great deals and food trucks, kiosks all over. Many food spots closed on weekend. Also look for weekends you can go up to kolekole pass, phenomenal views and great hikes.
Written 12 December 2018
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Lisa F
Corpus Christi, TX387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Business
Schofield Barracks is a rather odd name for an Army post but given the long and storied history of the 25th Infantry Division which is headquartered here, it is fitting. Nestled in the center of Oahu, it boasts an expansive footprint and beautiful views of the Waianae range. There is a legitimate museum on post as well as all amenities necessary for an operational garrison. It is worth a visit when on Oahu. Military access is required for entrance.
Written 17 September 2018
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cabotoaster
Orem, UT79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We always make a stop to the children’s cemetery when on Oahu. My little sister was buried here in 1959. Very peaceful to walk around and pay respect.
Written 22 March 2018
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HillisOhana
West End, NC63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
My husband was stationed here in 1995 & I would go to visit him. The grounds then weren't bas but then they redid them & built it up. If you gotta be in the barracks..these are nice.
Written 13 March 2018
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araxas
Colorado Springs, CO230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
Schofield Barracks, the home of the US Army 25th Infantry Division is a sprawling base just outside of Wahiawa and a nice place to visit to escape the hustle of Waikiki, Military of all classes just need to show ID and visitors can access the base with permission. the Kole Kole Pass road open on weekends provides a route through the mountains where you can see the direction Japanese planes flew during their assault on Pearl Harbor. The Post Exchange has a nice food court and outside food stands that you can eat at without an ID Card. See it.
Written 7 July 2017
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collis414
Collinsville, OK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
If you are able (Mil ID, or other) to visit this is a great drive through and see item. Lots of WWII era buildings and it is still a working Army post so you will see plenty of troops. Nostalgia for those stationed here and everywhere with all the amenities of a military post.
Written 31 May 2017
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