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D-Day Commemorative Event
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is hosting a special commemoration day in honor of the 75th Anniversary of 1944 D-Day landing on Thursday, June 6. Located at 1873 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle Beach, FL, the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum is directly across the street from the very ground where the practice beach assault landings occurred in preparation for the D-Day invasion. On this historic anniversary, the museum will feature film screenings, a special presenter, a WWII military vehicle display and more. There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted.
Dr. Kurt Piehler, Director of FSU WWII Institute and the Human Experience, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at the museum. He will be discussing the D-Day landing on Normandy and Operation Overlord. There will also be other FSU WWII Institute staff on hand along with material on display from FSU’s WWII Institute. Please note there is limited seating available. Camp Gordon Johnston Association/Museum members may reserve VIP seating by calling the museum at (850-697-8575). Others can be seated on a first come first served basis at the event. Standing room within museum is also available.
Additionally, during that week the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum will be showing the movie, “Saving Private Ryan” daily at 1:00 pm. Please note: this movie is rated “R” for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language. Parental discretion is advised.
All that week the museum will also be presenting a fascinating short training film in the mornings. This Army training film shows the Carrabelle Beach training instruction that took place in March 1943. There are several well-recognized photos of the Carrabelle Beach assaults taken from this video footage, which was filmed by the U.S. Signal Corps. The amphibious training conducted at this site was to be the last training before shipping out to England. Also during the week of June 6th, special displays and exhibits will honor D-Day, including an interview of a 28th Infantry Division veteran that trained at the Camp.
When Camp Gordon Johnston opened in 1942 in Carrabelle, FL, its main purpose was to train entire infantry divisions, including the U. S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and their support units in amphibious warfare. Both Camp Gordon Johnston’s training and the men who trained there would be put to the test on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The first amphibian infantry assault teams to arrive on French soil were those from the 4th Infantry Division at Utah Beach. The D-Day invasion was the largest seaborne invasion in history and included over 100,000 Allied troops.