Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
World War II
(left) National Guard Lt. Gen. Joseph C. Hutchinson of Sanford accepted the surrender of Mindanao from Japanese Lt. Gen.Gyosaku Morozumi on September 8, 1945. Gen.
(center) Cmdr. F. Massie Hughes (on left), the first commander of NAS Sanford, and Lt. Cmdr J.D. Greer. Naval Air Station Sanford opened in November 1942 as an auxiliary training base for US Navy carrier pilots. The station had four 6,000 foot runways and more than 2,000 Navy and civilian personnel. About half of all pilots in the South Pacific during World War II received some training in Sanford. The first aircraft to arrive at the station were 34 PV1 Ventura bombers. The Orlando-Sanford International Airport now occupies the site of NAS Sanford.
(right) The Sanford Chamber of Commerce building on East First Street was built for the USO during World War II. The building was dedicated in July 1943.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is May 8, 1945.
Location. 28° 48.921′ N, 81° 16.078′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker can be reached from Seminole Boulevard north of North Park Avenue, on the right when traveling west. The marker is one of several located in the City of Sanford's Veterans Memorial Park, which extends along a pier at the shore of Lake Monroe. It is found along the boardwalk Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Sanford World War Memorial (here, next to this marker); The U.S. Navy Enlisted Bombardier/Navigator (a few steps from this marker); Korean War (a few steps from this marker); World War I (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam War (a few steps from this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 10, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.