WW II Red Ball Express Truck Day!
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Camp Gordon Johnston WW II Museum, Carrabelle History Museum

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(850) 697-8575

WW II Red Ball Express Truck Day!

11 am- 4 pm.  Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle is hosting a rare opportunity to see a famed WWII Red Ball Express Truck up-close and personal as part of the last day of its African-American Servicemen special exhibit. This piece of hard-working history will be on display at the museum on Saturday, February 29, from 11 am – 4 pm. The museum will also be screening a movie on the Red Ball Express at 1 pm.

After D-Day, the Allied military forces made a critical push from Normandy across France. Supply lines were soon stretched to their breaking point. Without ammunition, fuel and food, the US Army would have soon been at a standstill. A huge trucking effort called the "Red Ball Express" was created and played a key role in the defeat of the Nazis. Nearly 75 percent of all Red Ball Express drivers were African American.

This unique event will close out Camp Gordon Johnston Museum’s month-long exhibit honoring the service of African American soldiers during WWII. There is no charge for this event and admission to the museum is free.

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is located in Carrabelle, directly across from Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1873 Hwy 98 West. For more information, contact Camp Gordon Johnston Museum at (850) 697-8575 or Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

(Photo: Soldiers load trucks with rations bound for frontline troops. From left to right are Pvt. Harold Hendricks, Staff Sgt. Carl Haines, Sgt. Theodore Cutright, Pvt. Lawrence Buckhalter, Pfc. Horace Deahl and Pvt. David N. Hatcher. The troops were assigned to the 4185th Quartermaster Service Company, Liege, Belgium. Photo Courtesy Army Transportation Museum.)



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