Camp Blanding Museum

Camp Blanding Museum The Camp Blanding Museum covers the history of Camp Blanding and general World War II history. We are open daily 12(noon) until 4 PM. Group tours can be arranged outside those times with prior coordination.
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04/02/2020

This is to inform you that Camp Blanding Museum will be closed until the end of April. At that time we will reassess all mandates and recommendations. This is in compliance with State of Florida Gov. De Santis and CDC mandates and recommendations.

Please join us in practicing safe procedures and ensure you, your family and our entire country will stay well. We are in this together!

02/26/2020

Important dates for Camp Blanding during WWII

February

10 (1942) 36th Infantry Division Arrives for Training

14 (1942) 43rd Infantry Division Departs for Camp Shelby

21 (1942) 1st Infantry Division Arrives for Training

23 (1942) 31st Infantry Division Departs for Camp Bowie

Camp Blanding Museum Curator, Greg Parsons and Senior Historian, Dr. George Cressman represented CBM at the Tallahassee ...
02/26/2020

Camp Blanding Museum Curator, Greg Parsons and Senior Historian, Dr. George Cressman represented CBM at the Tallahassee Clay Day on 12 February with artifacts from the museum World War Two collection.

02/21/2020
Florida National Guard

Florida National Guard

Two family member's careers began at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, just more than 77 years a part. Our newest #Airman in the Florida Air National Guard swore in yesterday in front of his great grandmother, who swore into the U.S. Army Womens Corps in 1942 at the very same base! #Welcome #RightReadyRelevant

01/09/2020

Important dates for Camp Blanding in the month of January

January

1 (1940) Order Number 1 Names Post Camp Albert H. Blanding in Honor of General Blanding

1 (1941) Equipment Arrives for a 1,000 Bed Station Hospital

27 (1941) Major General John J. Persons (Commanding, 31st Infantry Division) Assumed Command of Camp Blanding

Please keep the 82nd and the Marines in your thoughts and prayers as they actively fight to secure our embassy.
01/02/2020

Please keep the 82nd and the Marines in your thoughts and prayers as they actively fight to secure our embassy.

Elements of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were able to respond to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and equipment within 18 hours of activation yesterday because they train year-round to always be ready to answer the nation's call.

Last winter, the Brigade went to National Training Center/Fort Irwin to sharpen their skills and maintain the constant state of readiness the U.S. Army requires of them.

01/01/2020
Patton's Vanguard - The United States Army Fourth Armored Division

Hope to see you World War Two history buffs and meet Mr. Fox this Saturday at Camp Blanding Museum. His book signing will be from 11AM to Noon. We will be open from 10AM to 4PM.

Unit history of the U.S. Fourth Armored Division, published in two volumes: "Patton's Vanguard (2003) and "Final Battles of Patton's Vanguard" (2020).

Happy New Year to all!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year to all!

January 1, 1945. At the stroke of midnight, American artillery throughout the Ardennes celebrated the start of 1945 with a thunderous salute. It was a hell of a way to start the new year if you were on the receiving end. There was a little bit more excitement when a German plane crashed near the positions of the 35th Tank Battalion; they took two airmen prisoner at 0150 hours.

The Germans still hoped to take Bastogne, and the Fourth Armored remained on alert for possible counterattacks from the east (they no longer had responsibility for the west side of the corridor, due to the arrival of the 11th Armored Division and 87th Infantry Division on their left flank).

The 6th Armored Division continued its attack from the day prior, now feeding its Combat Command B into the fight. After a good initial start, they hit strong resistance at Arloncourt and the woods southeast of Neffe. The 101st Airborne attacked on their left and the 35th Infantry Division on their right. But both division's failed to keep pace with the 6th Armored, which forced the division commander to spread his combat commands wider, thus diluting his strength.
The Fourth Armored Division's artillery battalions fired in support of the 35th Infantry Division's role in the attack.

While not in the fight directly, several of the other units of the Fourth were subjected to artillery and rocket fire. The Luftwaffe made an appearance as well; a bomb dropped in the 37th Tank Battalion's bivouac area killed one soldier and wounded eleven from D Company.

The 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion was transferred to the control of CCA and assembled in the vicinity of Sainlez (south of the 51st AIB), where it became a reserve force for the combat command.

The biggest challenge for the men was the incessant cold. The snow cover was dense and the temperature terribly oppressive. It would remain this way for many days to come.

12/21/2019

Camp Blanding’s 80th Birthday Celebration Please join us to celebrate the 80th birthday of the historical Camp Blanding Military Reservation.

In the summer of 1939, the Florida National Guard acquired a new training site on Kingsley Lake. In early January 1940, General Order Number 1 named the Post Camp Blanding in honor of General Albert Hazen Blanding, a native Floridian who had risen to the rank of Major General and served as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. During World War II, Camp Blanding was a major training site for the U.S. Army; over 150 units and more than 800,000 men trained at Camp Blanding during the War. Today Camp Blanding serves as a training site for the Florida National Guard and many other units of the U.S. armed forces.
In January 2020, Camp Blanding will be 80 years old! A birthday celebration will be held on Saturday, 4 January 2020 at the Camp Blanding Museum. The celebration will be held from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, and the public is cordially invited. Special activities for the day include:
• At 11:00AM a book signing by Mr. Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs and historian for the 4th Armored Division. Copies of Mr. Fox’s book Patton’s Vanguard will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
• At 1:00PM, a presentation by Dr. George Cressman entitled “The Normandy Invasion 75 Years Later,” which will focus on how Normandy looked on 6 June 1944 and how it appears today. Two Camp Blanding trained infantry divisions (the 1st and 29th) were “Spearhead” divisions in the Normandy D-Day.
• Throughout the day, there will be a historic military vehicle display provided by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association.
During the day, Museum volunteers will be available to tell you the Camp Blanding story and guide you through the Museum displays. And, we’ll even provide birthday cake!
Camp Blanding Museum is located at Camp Blanding; the physical address is 5629 State Road 16W, Starke, Florida 32091. The Museum is located outside of Camp Blanding’s secure area, so Post access is not required. There is no admission fee for the Museum.
Come join us, and help us celebrate 80 years of Camp Blanding’s history!

Never forget.
12/07/2019

Never forget.

Never forget!
12/06/2019

Never forget!

The day before the 7th of December 1941 everyone was enjoying another blue sky day in Hawaii. The memories of one Navy nurse stationed in Oahu was that the nurses' workload was mostly broken bones, appendectomies and sailors with serious sunburns. That would all change Sunday morning at 0755 when the bombs began dropping on Ford Island. 2,390 men, women and children were killed in that attack. 1,177 were from the USS Arizona alone with 49 civilians at various locations around Oahu. "Remember Pearl Harbor" was on many people's lips in the weeks to come.
#RememberPearlHarbor #WWII #WW2 #GreatestGeneration #USSArizona #DestinationBedfordVA

The 82nd Airborne Division in WW2
12/06/2019

The 82nd Airborne Division in WW2

During the Battle of the Bulge in January 1945, First Sergeant Funk and his unit of 1-508 PIR soldiers advanced 15 miles in a raging snowstorm. He attacked 15 houses in the small village of Holzeim, cleared them and took 30 prisoners without suffering a casualty. The fierce drive of his company quickly overran Holzheim, netting some 80 prisoners, who were placed under a four-man guard. An enemy patrol succeeded in capturing the guards and freeing the prisoners.

1SGT Funk was ordered to surrender by a German officer who pushed a machine pistol into his stomach. Although overwhelmingly outnumbered and facing almost certain death, he pretended to comply with the order, began slowly to unsling his submachine gun from his shoulder and with lightning motion, brought the muzzle into line and riddled the German officer. He turned upon the other Germans, firing and shouting to the other Americans to seize the enemy's weapons. In the ensuing fight 21 Germans were killed, many wounded, and the remainder captured. For this action, 1SGT Funk was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Just a couple of months before, during Operation Market Garden, Funk was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for action against enemy forces on 18 September 1944, near Voxhill, Holland. With great courage, intrepidity, and on his own initiative, he led a three man patrol against a German flak battery of three 20-mm guns which were firing on American gliders then circling to land. He drove off all enemy security around the guns and led an assault which killed approximately twenty members of the crews and inflicted other causalities. The flak guns were silenced before effective fire could be placed upon the aircraft.

Cpl. Dobbs was a soldier  in A Company 508 PIR. The 508th PIR 82nd Airborne was formed at Camp Blanding did in World War...
11/21/2019

Cpl. Dobbs was a soldier in A Company 508 PIR. The 508th PIR 82nd Airborne was formed at Camp Blanding did in World War Two. Rest in peace Sir.

When Cpl. Thomas M. Dobbs enlisted in December 1942, he volunteered to become a Paratrooper. After graduating from Jumpschool he was assigned to A company 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

About 18 months after signing up for the Army, he found himself in the same predicament as thousands of U.S. paratroopers who’d been lucky enough to survive the drop into Normandy. He was alone, lost, and separated from his unit. He managed to scramble into makeshift fighting units, and would complete the greatest airborne assault in history.

In September 1944, Cpl Dobbs jumped into Holland as part of Operation Market Garden and was engaged in heavy fighting on and around Devilshill, before being sent to Suippes (France) for some much needed R&R in November.

A few weeks later, Dobbs’ unit was called upon again. This time, instead of jumping out of airplanes, they hopped onto the backs of trucks and drove into the Ardennes region of Belgium. They were needed to help halt the last big Nazi offensive what would later become known as the Battle of the Bulge. On December 29, while fighting without proper gear, clothing or ample supplies, he was killed in action somewhere between the villages of Basse-Bodeux, Erria and Villettes in Belgium. He was 21 years old.

11/20/2019

Telling THE story for Camp Blanding history, November 1940

November
1 (1940) First Members of Post Medical Detachment Arrive
26 (1940) First Nurses Arrive

11/20/2019

73rd Field Artillery Brigade
The 73rd Field Artillery Brigade was constituted 1 September 1940 and allotted to the Pennsylvania National Guard. After establishing its headquarters, the Brigade was assigned to V Corps on 30 December 1940, and ordered to active federal service on 13 January 1941. The Brigade’s elements were the 141st, 166th and 190th Field Artillery Regiments.
Following its orders to federal service, the 73rd FAB was ordered to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, arriving there 18 January 1941. The Brigade participated in the 1941 Louisiana Maneuvers, and then moved to Camp Sutton, North Carolina on 23 March 1942. The Brigade then moved to Camp Blanding on 13 October 1942. Following participation in the 1943 Tennessee Maneuvers, the Brigade moved to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma on 20 August 1943. While at Camp Gruber the Brigade was re-designated the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB) of the X Corps artillery.
Continuing to train, the HHB moved to the California-Arizona Maneuver Area in January 1944, and on to Camp Beale, California in April 1944. The HHB staged at Camp Stoneman, California and departed San Francisco in July 1944. The unit’s first combat was in New Guinea in July 1944, and the unit then assaulted Leyte, Philippines in October 1945. Following VJ Day, the unit moved to Japan and served occupation duty until early 1946.

We are telling THE story!

11/11/2019

Camp Blanding Museum thanks our Military Veterans for their service and sacrifice to our great country. Freedom is never free and our Veterans have made it possible to live free in the greatest country in the world...the USA!

Interesting story of the British Unknown Solider and the poppy flower.
11/10/2019

Interesting story of the British Unknown Solider and the poppy flower.

On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme.

None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why.

The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. Once there, the bodies were draped with the union flag.

Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. The other three were reburied.

A French Honour Guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight of the chosen soldier overnight.

On the morning of the 8th November, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court arrived and the Unknown Warrior was placed inside.

On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed:

"A British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for King and Country".

On the 9th of November, the Unknown Warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through Guards of Honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside.

There, he was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Vernon bound for Dover. The coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths, surrounded by the French Honour Guard.

Upon arrival at Dover, the Unknown Warrior was met with a nineteen gun salute - something that was normally only reserved for Field Marshals.

A special train had been arranged and he was then conveyed to Victoria Station, London.

He remained there overnight, and, on the morning of the 11th of November, he was finally taken to Westminster Abbey.

The idea of the unknown warrior was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served on the front line during the Great War the union flag he had used as an altar cloth whilst at the front, was the one that had been draped over the coffin.

It was his intention that all of the relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the Unknown Warrior could very well be their lost husband, father, brother or son...

THIS is the reason we wear poppies.

We do not glorify war.

We remember - with humility - the great and the ultimate sacrifices that were made, not just in this war, but in every war and conflict where our service personnel have fought - to ensure the liberty and freedoms that we now take for granted.

Every year, on the 11th of November, we remember the Unknown Warrior.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

Lest we forget.

11/09/2019

Camp Blanding Museum will extend the Museum hours on Veterans Day, November 11. The day hours will be from 9 AM to 4 PM. Please bring your family and friends in to honor all of our veterans that has enabled us to live in a free country! Spread the word!

11/08/2019

As we continue to tell the Camp Blanding story we are in need of funds to restore, preserve and expand the Museum presence to the end of displaying modern day conflicts. You can help us by donating to the building preservation and expansion. Your donation is a tax deduction. We thank you in advance!

11/08/2019

Military Police were a critical component of Camp Blanding’s World War II life. MPs assigned to the Station Complement were responsible for Post security, traffic regulation, criminal investigations (although crime was a relatively small part of the War time facility), and stockade operations. Camp Blanding MPs also manned sub-posts in St. Augustine, Gainesville, Jacksonville and Starke – where soldiers on pass could go in their rare free time. And, as Camp Blanding became a Prisoner of War Post for German prisoners, MPs staffed multiple sub-camps across Florida.
As Camp Blanding’s primary mission during the War was training, MP units came to the Post to conduct training. Four MP units were activated at Camp Blanding during the War:
• 724th Military Police Battalion – ultimately serving in the Pacific Theater.
• 795th Military Police Battalion – which served in the European Theater.
• 202nd Military Police Company – which served in the Mediterranean Theater.
• 204th Military Police Company – which also served in the Mediterranean Theater.
For a deeper look at Camp Blanding’s Military Police history, see “Camp Blanding, Florida, and the Military Police Corps in World War II” in the Fall 2019 issue of Military Police.
We’re telling the story of Camp Blanding’s rich history, and we want to tell more of this story. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the Camp Blanding Museum!

This is a great story of the will to live.
11/07/2019

This is a great story of the will to live.

On November 8, 1943, a plane carrying 13 US Army nurses and 17 soldiers took off from Sicily headed for Bari, Italy. Bad weather and heavy cloud cover caused the pilot to overshoot the destination and they got lost before crash-landing in Nazi-occupied Albania. The group hiked for 60 days through blizzards, hunger and illness before reaching Allied lines. After being rescued, their ordeal was initially kept secret to protect the Albanians who helped them escape. Pictured here are the nurses after their rescue. Read their amazing story here: http://fnote.it/6x4o

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5629 State Road 16 W
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32091

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Monday 12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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Hello I am a volunteer researcher with the Maritime Archaeology Trust here in the United Kingdom. We are currently preserving a wall in Southampton where over 100 American servicemen carved their names before departing for Normandy during WW2. I am researching the story of one of those soldiers, Jewett Augustus callaway army service number 34788989. Unfortunately, not much is known about his life before the war but I do know he was at Camp blanding for a time. He was not assigned any branch in the military as far as I can see. The purpose of the research is to record everything digitally as the Wall is degrading fast and to preserve it for future generations and also to reunite Jewett's family with a piece of their history. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated in trying to find more about Jewett's military career. Thank you. Michelle xx
Toured the museum last summer and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Will visit again.
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