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Discover Florida’s Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park

November 24, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Camp Blanding MuseumCamp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park, in Starke, FL, is a fascinating military museum complete with monuments, exhibits, and military vehicles from all eras and conflicts.

Camp Blanding is a historic and still active North Florida National Guard installation bustling with activity and troops. Just outside the main gate, however, in a 1940s-era guest barracks, resides Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park.

Camp Blanding Museum traces the history of both Camp Blanding and the Florida National Guard. The two-story building is surrounded by massive armaments from World War II. These include an M3 Half-Track, and an M16 Half-Track, and an M4 Sherman Tank. Wow!

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Explore Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park

September 9, 2016 by Corey A Edwards

Explore Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial ParkCamp Blanding: what was a major U.S. Army training facility during WWII is now a fascinating military museum and memorial park in Starke, FL.

Camp Blanding originally opened in 1939 as a state-owned training facility for the Florida National Guard. The world had other ideas, however. Camp Blanding was enlarged and converted to a federal reserve as the U.S. Army expanded for WWII.

Hundreds of thousands of troops trained at Camp Blanding. Infantry, Cavalry, Tank Destroyer, Field Artillery, Engineer, Medical, and other specialist troops trained here. Nine full Infantry Divisions trained here, as well, including the 1st ID (aka the Big Red One), the 29th ID, the 30th ID, the 31st ID, the 36th ID, the 43rd ID, the 63rd ID, the 66th ID, and the 79th ID.

The camp also served as an Infantry Replacement Center for most of 1944 and 1945. A large percentage of U.S. soldiers sent to replenish WWII combat infantry ranks trained here. The Camp also held a 2800-bed hospital and a German POW Compound. Near the war’s end, it also served as a Separation Center.

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