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A wave of LCPRs hits G Beach at Carrabelle
The lower photo was snapped 20 seconds after the upper, yet in that time the boat in the foreground was completely emptied and its ramp raised ready to retreat.
Camp Carrabelle was later renamed 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.'"
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A wave of LCPRs hits G Beach at Carrabelle. 1942. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/152792>, accessed 28 September 2021.
A wave of LCPRs hits G Beach at Carrabelle. 1942. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/152792>.