Goldsboro in Wayne County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
flight training by Army
Air Forces; reopened in
1956. Named for Seymour
Johnson, naval aviator
and Goldsboro native.
Erected 1995 by Department of Archives and History. (Marker Number F-59.)
Location. 35° 22.046′ N, 77° 57.408′ W. Marker is in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Berkeley Boulevard and Elm Street, in the median on Berkeley Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldsboro NC 27531, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Odd Fellows Home (approx. 1.8 miles away); Goldsboro (approx. 2.3 miles away); North Carolina Press Association (approx. 2.3 miles away); Seymour Johnson AFB History / 4th Fighter Wing History Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Wayne County Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Pentecostal Holiness Church Congregation (approx. 2.3 miles away); Company E, 119th Infantry, Goldsboro Rifles World War I Monument (approx. 2.3 miles away); John Lawson (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goldsboro.
Regarding Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
In 1942 the U.S. Army Air Force took over Seymour Johnson Field for use as a training center. At the peak of its strength during the war years, the field hosted 27,000 troops. Over the course of the war in excess of 250,000 troops trained there, creating serious overcrowding and housing problems for the area. The 326th Fighter Group arrived in 1943 and in 1944 basic training of F-4 pilots became the primary mission of the base. The Army Air Force at Seymour Johnson prepared the first bombers to penetrate Germany. At the close of the war the field functioned as a separation center. In May 1946 it was deactivated.
On April 1, 1956, the U.S. Air Force reopened the base following a successful campaign by Goldsboro community leaders. The 83rd Fighter Wing was assigned as the primary union to be replaced by the 4th Wing in 1957. In 1959 the base first housed A-59s. Personnel from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base have been deployed in the Cuban missile crisis, in Southeast Asia, and in the Mideast. Today the base is home to the F-15 Strike Eagle. Seymour Johnson is the only Air Force base named for a naval officer. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
Also see . . . Seymour Johnson AFB. (Submitted on May 20, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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