Museum Soesilo Soedarman: English Version
Museum Soesilo Soedarman was inaugurated in year 2000 in honor of the late General Soesilo Soedarman (1928 – 1997), a prominent Indonesian military leader and one of the Indonesia’s distinguished citizens. He served in the Indonesian military establishment since 1945 as a Cadet at The Yogyakarta Military Academy, and joined the guerilla campaign in West Java and in around Yogyakarta Capital areas during the War of Independence (1945 – 1948). He and his unit, the SWK-104, Werkhreise III, was participated in the successful March 1, 1949 major-attack of Yogyakarta Capital under the leadership of then Colonel Soeharto, the Commander of the Werkhreise III Brigade, and later became the 2nd President of Indonesia.
Soesilo Soedarman graduated with honor from the Yogyakarta Military Academy Class of 1948, and was swearing in as a Second Lieutenant by Ir.Soekarno, the Indonesian first President, on November 28, 1948. He served in the Indonesian Cavalry Corps.
During his 40 year of military career (1945-1985), he served distinctly as a field commander, an Operation Officer, a Staff Officer, served in various Military Schools, as the Defense Attache in Washington-USA, as a General Staff at the Indonesian Armed Forces Headquarter, and as a Commander of the Sumatera and West Kalimantan Defense Regional Command (1981 – 1985). He saw military campaigns in West Java, West Sumatera and South Sulawesi. He also received military trainings in the Netherland, at the United States of America and at the Soviet Union.
Since 1986 until 1997, he assumed public position as the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States of America (1986-1988), as the Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecommunication (1988-1993) and as the Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs (1993-1997).
General Soesilo Soedarman died on December 18, 1997. He was buried at the Kalibata Hero Cemetery in Jakarta with full military honor. He survived with his wife, Widaningsri, and five children. Indonesia went into 3-days National Mourning and the flag was lowered into a half-staff. For his 52 years of serving the Nation, Soesilo Soedarman received 25 medals of Honor coming from The Government of Indonesia, the USA, The Netherland and from The Kingdom of Austria.
The Museum exhibits memorabilias, articles and photos of Soesilo Soedarman during his life as an Indonesian Military Officer, during his public service roles and his role in the communities, among others, as Vice Chairman of the Indonesian National Sport Committee (KONI), as Member of The Board of Trustees at the University of Lampung, at the University of General Soedirman in Purwokerto and at the University of March 11, in Surakarta. He was also chaired the Ki Hadjar Dewantara Foundation, The Seruan Eling Banyumas (SERULINGMAS) Foundation and was The Chairman of the Indonesian Armed Forces Retirees Organization (PEPABRI).
SOME OF THE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
The Museum occupies the Joglo Style Javanese House, build in 1899, as the house of Soesilo Soedarman’s grandfather, the first Village Chief of Gentasari. This house was the place where Soesilo Soedarman spent his childhood time. At the West Wing pavilion, the gamelan instruments, the Kyai Manis, and a set of Shadow Puppet collection is being stored.
At the courtyard, there is a Russian-Made BRDM amphibious panzer, built in 1958. This armor car is the Command Car for Major Soesilo Soedarman, the 1st Cavalry Battalion Commander, during the campaign to crushed the rebellion of the Darul Islam/TII Movement in West Java (1959-1960).
Also at the Museum yard, there are a NOMAD N-22 Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the Indonesian Navy. This airplane, with call-sign number P-806, was used by Lt.Gen Soesilo Soedarman during his tenure as the Commander of the Defense Regional Commander I, covering Sumatera and West Kalimantan (1981-1985).
A one-horn rhino mascot statue is also being placed at the Museum courtyard to commemorate the Visit Indonesia Year 1991 event.
Inside the Museum, there are collections of rifles, pistols and machine guns. Collections of special uniforms for various historical occasions and photos. Photos of Soesilo Soedarman with all Indonesian Presidents are found at the Museum. Also photos of Soesilo Soedarman during his military service period, as well as, during his public service periods.
Newspaper articles of historical values are also being exhibit at the Museum. Also the medals of Honor from various countries are being displayed.
The Museum is also equipped with a library, a mosque and children playing ground.
The Museum is open daily from 08.00 until 17.00, for the whole year.
Information: Phone: +62-282-494-400.