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Carabelle Beach in Franklin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Camp Gordon Johnston Training Area

 
 
Camp Gordon Johnston Training Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2016
1. Camp Gordon Johnston Training Area Marker
Inscription. With the approach of World War II, amphibious warfare training centers were hurriedly built. Camp Carrabelle opened in September 1941. Construction began in July 1942 and the camp was renamed in honor of Colonel Gordon Johnston (1874-1934), a highly decorated Army officer and veteran of multiple wars. The 165,000-acre camp served as an Amphibious Training Center and Armed Service Forces Training Center for soldiers from all branches of the military during the war. Once referred to as the “Alcatraz of the Army” by columnist Walter Winchell, the camp housed around 10,000 troops at any one time and rotated between 24,000 and 30,000 from 1941 to 1946. Nearby islands and beaches, particularly Dog Island and St. George Island, were used as landing points for amphibious exercises. Florida's sandy beaches, swamps, and jungle-like forests allowed the military to simulate the conditions of landings in the European and Pacific theatres. Camp Gordon Johnston provided some of the toughest military training in the world and was the Army's major amphibious training center. The camp was responsible for training nearly 250,000 men and women before it closed in June of 1946.
 
Erected 2015 by Camp Gordon Johnston Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-855.)
 
Location.
Camp Gordon Johnston Training Area Marker and future site of museum image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2016
2. Camp Gordon Johnston Training Area Marker and future site of museum
29° 49.75′ N, 84° 41.609′ W. Marker is in Carabelle Beach, Florida, in Franklin County. Marker is on U.S. 98/319 0.2 miles west of Beacon Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the future site of Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Carrabelle FL 32322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War II D-Day Training Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Gordon Johnston (approx. 6.7 miles away); William Augustus Bowles (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
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Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 161 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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