The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, located in Carrabelle, Florida, was established to honor and preserve the heritage of the men and women who trained at the camp during WWII. Camp Gordon Johnston opened in 1942 for the sole purpose of training Infantry Divisions and their support units in amphibious operations by U. S. Army Engineer Special Brigades [ESB]. This camp trained a quarter of a million men, closing in June of 1946. Three infantry divisions and two special brigades left here after receiving amphibious training to confront tyranny both in Europe and the Pacific. Learn about their dedication, fears and heroism at our museum.
The sacrifices and achievements of our WWII era citizens have led historians to label these individuals as the best generation America has yet produced. We feel it would be a tragedy not to display their accomplishments as a worthy lesson for today’s citizens. To this extent the museum promotes not only the history of WWII, but also portrays the gigantic effort that our nation poured into this conflict. The CGJ Museum has compiled an extensive history of the various units that trained here, as well as a photographic display of the area and life as it existed at the camp. Furthermore, the CGJ veterans have contributed the artifacts brought back from battles overseas, along with uniforms, equipment, and all sorts of souvenirs, too numerous to name.
They were willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for us. Won’t you give to preserve their historic legacy?
The Camp Gordon Johnston Museum is in the midst of a capital expansion project that will add exhibit space, enhance the library and archives, and expand collections and conservation space. This will ensure the proper respect is given to the stories and artifacts of the brave service members who trained here. It is through your generosity that this facility will become a reality, and it will be through your generosity that it will continue to thrive for generations to come. We rely on your direct support to continue preserving the legacy of the “Amphibious Soldiers” of WWII. Please donate today to say thank you to them for their great service and sacrifice.
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum wins
a 2021 Florida Preservation Award
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation with a 2021 Florida Preservation Award. These Florida Preservation Awards recognize people, organizations and communities who have worked to protect Florida’s extraordinary history and heritage.
The Florida Preservation Award nominations “are made by the public with award recipients selected by a five-member jury from around the state representing a variety of backgrounds and experience” according to the press release from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum was awarded Noteworthy Achievement in the category of Preservation Education/Media. The mission of the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is to honor and preserve the heritage of the men and women who trained at Camp Gordon Johnston. As part of its museum development efforts, the Camp Gordon Johnston Association successfully obtained funding to research, design, produce and install exhibits featuring ten interior panels, a retractable banner display unit, 3,000 new informational brochures and the fabrication and installation of six outdoor interpretive signs, display structures, graphic panels and design standards manuals. Both the indoor and outdoor panels have furthered the educational component of the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum with new research and interpretation presented in a professionally designed format. These educational efforts are especially important as there are increasingly fewer WWII veterans to participate in reunions.
For more information, contact the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum at (850) 697-8575 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.floridatrust.org/2021-florida-preservation-awards. Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is located in Carrabelle, directly across from Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1873 Hwy 98 West. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.
Funded in part by the Franklin County TDC