Near Carrabelle in Franklin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
World War II D-Day Training Site
Inscription. In late 1943, Carrabelle Beach and Dog Island, while they were a part of Camp Gordon Johnston, were used by the US Army 4th Infantry Division to train for the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. The Amphibious Training Center had been officially closed, but it was reopened and staffed for the purpose of training for this important mission. Although the troops had trained for over three years, the amphibious training conducted on this site was the last step before shipping out to England for the invasion. On D-Day, the first amphibian infantry assault teams to arrive on French soil were from the 4th Infantry Division at Utah Beach. On June 6, 2000, the Camp Gordon Johnston Association extracted a small amount of soil from this site and delivered it to the National 4th Infantry Division Association to be placed in the Association's monument in Arlington, VA. The US Department of Defense's World War II Commemoration Committee in 1995 named the Camp Gordon Johnston Association an official "Commemorative Community."
By Tristan Budd, February 8, 2009
1. World War II D-Day Training Site Marker
Erected 2001 by Camp Gordon Johnston Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-427.)
Location. 29° 49.763′ N, 84° 41.538′ W. Marker is near Carrabelle, Florida,
in Franklin County. Marker is on U.S. 319, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at a rest area, just a few miles west of Carrabelle. Very close to the lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Carrabelle FL 32322, United States of America.
By Darlene Greany, May 2, 201
2. World War II D-Day Training Site Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Gordon Johnston Training Area (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Augustus Bowles (approx. 11.7 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Categories. • 20th Century • War, World II •
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