Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum
Monday through Thursday 1:00-4:00 pm
Friday 12:00-4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am-2 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome, and the facility is ADA accessible.
Tours and special requests are welcome
Located in the Carrabelle City Complex and admission is by donation
WW II Museum containing a wide array of artifacts, as well as a small Field Hospital, Mail Room, Library Room (Circa 40's), Barracks room and a Research Library. This is the only World War II museum east of New Orleans and the only one in Florida. We have over 7,000 feet of artifacts; WW II footage on DVDs and interviews with WW II veterans, as well as civilians; extensive research library including not only books, but documents. Movies are shown on the last Saturday of each month in our 22 seat movie theater. Admission is free but donations are accepted, Plus FREE popcorn. The museum was named in honor of Colonel Gordon Johnston, an American soldier who served in the Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War and World War I. The Museum is dedicated to the Amphibious World War II Soldiers who trained for the D-day invasion at Camp Gordon Johnston from 1942-1945.
Download In Memorium Wilburn "Curley" Messer
Download In Memorium Sidney Winchester
Download In Memorium Michael Horvath
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is funded, in part, by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. ADA accessible.
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Camp Carrabelle opened in September 1941 and was later named after Colonel Gordon Johnston. The camp utilized a twenty-mile stretch of Gulf Coast beach from Alligator Point extending west and including St. George and Dog Islands, at 165,000 acres. It was opened for the sole purpose of training amphibious soldiers and their support groups and provided some of the toughest military training in the world. The base housed around 10,000 troops at one time and rotated between 24,000 and 30,000 soldiers from 1941 until closing in June of 1946. A quarter of a million men trained here.
When opened was officially designated the Amphibious Training Center (ATC) and in 1943 was disbanded and replaced with the Armed Service Forces (ASF) Training Center. This training was geared toward harbor craft companies and amphibian truck (DUKW) companies, which were needed in the Pacific. Paratroopers from Fort Benning, GA, conducted airborne exercises in the area.
In addition to the training function, German and Italian POWs were moved to this site in March 1944. Camp Gordon Johnston later became the second largest POW base camp in the state with branch camps at Telogia, Dale Mabry Field, and Eglin Field. Prisoners housed at this site principally performed work in the military camp.
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