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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

 
Clickable Map of Okaloosa County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Okaloosa County, FL (130) Santa Rosa County, FL (67) Walton County, FL (14) Covington County, AL (17) Escambia County, AL (31)  OkaloosaCounty(130) Okaloosa County (130)  SantaRosaCounty(67) Santa Rosa County (67)  WaltonCounty(14) Walton County (14)  CovingtonCountyAlabama(17) Covington County (17)  EscambiaCounty(31) Escambia County (31)
Crestview is the county seat for Okaloosa County
Fort Walton Beach is in Okaloosa County
      Okaloosa County (130)  
ADJACENT TO OKALOOSA COUNTY
      Santa Rosa County (67)  
      Walton County (14)  
      Covington County, Alabama (17)  
      Escambia County, Alabama (31)  
 
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1Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail
In Honor of Col. George E. “Bud” Day, USAF (Ret.), MOH, and Doris “Dorie" Sorenson Day Bud and Dorie were both natives of Sioux City, Iowa and later adopted the Fort Walton Beach area as their hometown. After service in World . . . Map (db m163813) HM
2Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Cathay Williams — Civil War
Cathay Williams was born to an enslaved mother and a free father in Independence, Missouri in 1844. During her adolescence, she worked as a house slave on the Johnson plantation on the outskirts of Jefferson City, Missouri. In 1861, Union forces . . . Map (db m192285) HM
3Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — 13 — Class Action Lawsuit — Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail —
Filed by Attorney, Col. (Ret) George E. "BUD" Day Many times, Bud wondered what God was saving him for, and perhaps the answer came more than twenty years after he retired from the Air Force. In 1995, the government Bud Day had . . . Map (db m163780) HM
4Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — 8 — Dorie's POW Negotiations — Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail —
When her husband was shot down in 1967, Doris became involved in the MIA/POW group, and as President she organized the Phoenix Area Families (66), and incorporated them. Later she became the Arizona Coordinator of the National League of Families of . . . Map (db m163806) HM
5Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — F-94 — Fort Walton
Originally called Camp Walton, this Confederate installation, constructed in 1861 to guard East Pass, was garrisoned by a company of Florida militia called the "Walton Guards". Several small skirmishes with federal landing parties occurred near . . . Map (db m110313) HM
6Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — F-569 — Indianola Inn, An Indian Midden Mound, and Civil War Cannons
Side 1 The Indianola Inn, the second hotel in this area, was built on this midden mound in 1912 – the only structure ever permitted to do so. The inn burned in 1962, but the steps, foundation parts, and well head have been . . . Map (db m99232) HM
7Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Jacqueline Cochran — World War II
Ms. Cochran was an American pilot who held more speed, distance, and altitude records than any other flyer during her career. Ms. Cochran took her first flying lesson in 1932, and got her pilot's license in three weeks. She soon mastered the . . . Map (db m192254) HM
8Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — John C. Beasley Park Commemoration
• Created out of the frustrations of racial segregation, John C. Beasley State Park opened in 1960 as an area “For Colored Only,” as the Highway 98 gated entrance sign read. The Park resulted from the efforts of members of the Negro community and . . . Map (db m192251) HM
9Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Jonita Ruth Bonham — Korean War
Jonita Bonham was born on April 2, 1922 in Bennington, Oklahoma, After completing nursing school, she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps Medical Corps 1944-1945. She served both in the Philippines and Japan after World War . . . Map (db m192280) HM
10Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Leigh Ann Hester — Persian Gulf War
Ms. Hester is the first Army female to be awarded the Silver Star for Valor since World War II. The presentation was held at Camp Liberty, Iraq, on June 16, 2005. Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of the 617th Military Police Company, a National Guard . . . Map (db m192263) HM
11Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Lenah Higbee — World War I
Ms. Higbee immigrated to the United States from Canada, completed her nursing training in 1899, and began working as a surgical nurse. She joined the United States Navy in 1908 as one of the original “Sacred Twenty," the nurses who started the Navy . . . Map (db m192281) HM
12Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Margaret Corbin — Revolutionary War
Margaret Corbin was born on November 12, 1751, near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She was orphaned at age five during an Indian raid and raised by an uncle. In 1772, Margaret Cochran married John Corbin, a Virginia farmer. When the Revolutionary War . . . Map (db m192290) HM
13Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Naseema — Afghanistan
Born in a small village in Afghanistan, Naseema grew up in a simple mud hut with no electricity or running water. Her father immigrated to the US on a Doctoral Scholarship, and was able to secure visas for his young children. Naseema was 12 years . . . Map (db m192257) HM
14Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial
In honor of America's heroes in Operation Desert Storm Map (db m99338) WM
15Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Preserving and Protecting the Mound
Preserving the Mound Florida is home to a rich variety of cultural resources that represent our society. Many significant archaeological sites, like the Fort Walton Temple Mound, are in public ownership. The preservation of the temple . . . Map (db m99254) HM
16Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — 7 — Prisoner of War — Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail —
Shot down August 26, 1967 during 500 M.P.H. attack on missile site. Injured with 3 right arm breaks, injured knee, damaged eye. Captured, tortured, and escaped through jungle for 2 weeks, swam the Ben Hai River back into South Vietnam, and was . . . Map (db m163781) HM
17Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Revolutionary War Patriots
This marker commemorates the men and women who achieved American independence. These Patriots, believing in the noble cause of liberty, fought valiantly to found a new nation. 1775 - 1783 Presented by Choctawhatchee Bay . . . Map (db m192301) HM
18Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Sharon Ann Lane — Vietnam War
Ms. Lane joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve on April 18, 1968. She completed her training at Fort Sam Houston on June 14, 1968, and reported for duty at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado, just 3 days later. She worked there until . . . Map (db m192276) HM
19Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Story of the Fort Walton Temple Mound
You are looking at a hill of earth which is the original temple mound built by the Prehistoric People living here between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1500. It is thought to be one of the largest human-made prehistoric earthworks on salt water. The temple . . . Map (db m150434) HM
20Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — 6 — The Mistys — Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail —
In 1967, a group of experienced jet fighter pilot volunteers was brought together in South Vietnam to form a Top Secret unit officially designated Operation Commando Sabre, but known by their now-famous call sign, "Misty," after Bud and Dorie's . . . Map (db m163733) HM
 
 
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May. 29, 2022