Special Exhibit on the Guadalcanal Campaign
October 4, 2022 - October 29, 2022
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Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle is presenting a special exhibit on the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theatre. This exhibit will be on display at the museum from Tuesday, October 4 until Saturday, October 29. The museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. There is no charge for admission, but donations are gladly accepted.
Operation Watchtower, which was the campaign in the Solomon Islands, including the effort to control Guadalcanal (Aug 1942- Feb 1943) was the first offensive campaign against the Japanese in WWII. By mid 1942 the Japanese empire controlled a vast area of the Pacific Ocean and planned a large airfield on Guadalcanal, which would have presented a direct risk to the supply route between the US and the Eastern coast of Australia, interfering with plans to use Australia as a staging point for operations against New Guinea and against the huge Japanese base at Rabaul in the New Britain Islands. The Guadalcanal Campaign, in conjunction with the Battle of Midway (June 1942), is considered a turning point in the war and a key to eventual victory over the Japanese. Come learn more about this fascinating history at this special exhibit October 4-29 at Camp Gordon Johnston Museum.
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is located at 1873 Hwy 98 West, directly across from the very beach where the beach assault training occurred in 1942-1943. Carrabelle Beach was the site of many practice beach assault landings.