I received this e-mail in response:
Concerning your post “Calling the Smithsonian”. A better place for these regimental “colours” would be the National Museum of the US Army being built at Fort Belvior, MD. Although their funds for such an acquisition are probably pretty low, the Army History Foundation (the fund raising organization for the museum) would probably accept donations toward the purchase of the valuable pieces of our history. The executive director is Brig Gen (Ret) Creighton Abrams, Jr. Yes, he is the son of the former Chief of Staff of the Army who held the Army together after Vietnam. Their website is www.armyhistory.org. Might be a good interview.
By the way, the California State Military Museum (the US Army Museum for the state and or official state military museum) is building a memorial to our citizens killed in GWOT. So far it has over 250 names, more than any other state in the union. A lot are from the Camp Pendleton based 1st Marine Division and I Marine Expeditionalry Force. But as with anything like this, there is no public monies available and funds are running short. Contractors have been helpful, but they have limits. Donations can be sent to the California State Military Museum, ATTN: GWOT Wall of Honor, 1119 Second Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
“Sergeant Major Dan in Sacramento”
Daniel M. Sebby
Historian and Webmaster
US Army Museum Activity, California
Contract Staff Environmental Historian
Defense Environmental Restoration Program
Sacramento District, US Army Corps of Engineers
Command Sergeant Major
California Center for Military History
California State Military Department
Let’s hope some generous donors step forward to assist both projects.