Fort DeRussy is located on the beach near the northwest end of Waikiki. It is considered US Army property, though most of the grounds is green space, beach and a museum and parking lots open to the public.
The fort was completed in 1911 and named after General René Edward De Russy a graduates of the United States Military Academy and a Union veteran of the Civil War. The fort main feature was Shore Battery Randolph, armed with guns to defend the city and the nearby military bases from attack. During the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, the guns were silent, but they were test fired later, causing more damage to the Waikiki are than the attacking planes did, mostly minor broken windows thankfully.
During the Vietnam War, soldiers took R&R at Fort DeRussy and, in 1975 as the war ended, the Hale Koa R&R facility opened here. The Hale Koa is still a popular military resort today. The Pacific Command's Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is also located here at the fort.
I HAD NEVER BEEN IN THE MUSEUM UNTIL JUST THE OTHER DAY..IT WAS IMPRESSIVE.IT HAD A LOT OF HAWAIIAN ARTIFACTS ALSO ,..WHICH WAS FASCINATING!!! Helicopters, tanks, guns now silenced and vacant bunkers welcome the visitor to the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai`i. Once a bastion built to protect Hawai'i from invading forces, today it houses a Museum telling in military story of Hawai'i from ancient times up to the Vietnam conflict. Each of these hostilities is covered graphically in separate displays with photographs and sound effect creating a real "you were there" experience.
AS I HAD MENTIONED THERE WERE SOME FASCINATING EXHIBITS OF HAWAII'S PAST WAR VETERNS.....HERE ARE SOME PICTURES...