Practice at the beach of Camp Gordon Johnston

Practice at the beach of Camp Gordon Johnston

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://floridamemory.com/items/show/11974
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Title

  • Practice at the beach of Camp Gordon Johnston

Image Number

  • PR13583

Year

  • 1943

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General Note

  • Doughboys move on the double from their assembly area to board a waiting wave of LCPRs.
  • Camp Gordon Johnston originally opened as Camp Carrabelle and was later named to honor Colonel Gordon Johnston in January 1943.
  • An historical marker later placed at Carrabelle reads, "In late 1943, Carrabelle Beach and Dog Island, while they were a part of Camp Gordon Johnston, were used by the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division to train for the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. The Amphibious Training Center had been officially closed, but it was reopened and staffed for the purpose of training for this important mission. Although the troops had trained for over three years, the amphibious training conducted on this site was the last step before shipping out to England for the invasion. On D-Day, the first amphibian infantry assault teams to arrive on French soil were from the 4th Infantry Division at Utah Beach. On June 6, 2000, the Camp Gordon Johnston Association extracted a small amount of soil from this site and delivered it to the National 4th Infantry Division Association to be placed in the Association's monument in Arlington, VA. The U.S. Department of Defense's World War II Commemoration Committee in 1995 named the Camp Gordon Johnston Association an official 'Commemorative Community.'"

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 3 x 5 in.

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