2023 John Wayne Birthday Celebration:
A Salute to the Armed Forces

If John Wayne is best known for his Westerns, his war movies are a close second. Wayne played a range of military roles over the course of his career, depicting nearly every branch of the service, and earned his first Academy Award nomination playing Marine Sergeant John Stryker in “Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949).

More significant than any screen performance, though, was Wayne’s real-life commitment to the brave men and women of America’ armed forces.  The actor participated in United Service Organization tours during both World War II and the Vietnam War performing and meeting with soldiers overseas.

In honor of that devotion and support, the theme of next year’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration (May 26 & 27) will be A Salute to the Armed Forces.  While much is still in the planning stages we can confirm that “Sands of Iwo Jima”, “In Harm’s Way” and “The Green Berets” will be presented at the Iowa Theater and guests at our Benefit Dinner & Auction will enjoy a live Big Band orchestra featuring classic favorites from the 1940s.  Also planned is a fly-in breakfast of vintage military aircraft at the Winterset Municipal Airport and an encampment of World War II and Vietnam era reenactors at the John Wayne Birthplace.   Further details to be announced.

We hope you’ll make plans to join us for what promises to be a unique and memorable event.

Benefit Dinner & Auction reservations can be made online on our 2023 Birthday Celebration page or by calling toll-free- 877-462-1044.

The only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne, the facility naturally includes a movie theater. Relax in comfortable seats (originally from Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood) and watch a documentary on Duke’s phenomenal film career. Be sure to explore our gift shop’s wide assortment of John Wayne merchandise perfect for souvenirs or great new items to add to your collection. You’ll be fascinated as you linger and learn about John Wayne the actor, the private citizen and an American legend.

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Bonus Feature Film on Blu-ray!

The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum has been included among the Bonus Features for the French Blu-ray release of John Wayne’s “The Alamo.” With appreciation to producers Roger Riley of WHO-13 in Iowa and Jean-Christophe Jeauffre of Jules Verne Adventures in France.


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