Camp Gordon Johnston

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Camp Gordon Johnston
Big Bend, Florida
Type Military training base
Site information
Controlled by United States Army
Site history
Built September 1941
In use September 1941 — 1946
Garrison information
Past
commanders
Brig. General Frank Keating

Camp Gordon Johnson was a World War II United States Army training center located in Carrabelle, Florida, United States. The site's history is featured at the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum.

History[edit]

Camp Johnson opened in September 1941 as Camp Carrabelle and was later named after Colonel Gordon Johnston, a well decorated soldier who served in the Spanish-American War in Cuba with the Rough Riders, in Philippine-American War, and World War I.[1][2]

The camp at 165,000 acres (670 km2) served as an amphibious training base housing around 10,000 troops at one time and rotating between 24,000 and 30,000 soldiers from 1941 through 1946. The nearby islands of Dog Island and St. George Island were used as landing points for exercises.

Units[edit]

Units stationed at Camp Gordon Johnston:

  • Hq. & Hq. Company, 3rd ESB
  • HQ Medical Detachment
  • 1061st Port Construction and Repair Group
  • 1463rd Engineer Maintenance
  • 563rd Engineer Boat Maintenance
  • 375 Transportation Corps Harbor Craft
  • 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
  • 105th Harbor Craft Training Reg. & Coast Guard Detachment
  • 332nd, 339th, 353rd, 356th, 376th, 377th Harbor Craft
  • 534th, 544th, 593rd, 584th EB & SR
  • Engineer Special Brigade
  • 534th Scouts
  • 351st 5th Platoon[3]

In 1946, many buildings, facilities and the land was sold as war surplus. Officers quarters later became the retirement community of Lanark Village. 165,000 acres (670 km2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Col. Johnston Dies of Injury at Polo" (PDF, fee required). The New York Times (The New York Times Co.). March 9, 1934. p. 19. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. ^ U.S. Army: Johnson, Gordon
  3. ^ Camp Gordon Johnston.com

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