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Special ArGhives
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106
CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM PROJECT
VOL 1


State Arsenal
St. Francis
Barraclis
St. Augustine,
Florida















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DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL



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Bay County Public Library (1968) *State Library of Florida (1968)
25 West Government Street Documents Section
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Tallahassee, Florida 323 9-0250
Bay Vista Campus Library (1982)
Documents Department Stetson University (1968)
Florida International University Dupont-Ball Library
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Broward County Division of Libraries (1968) Jacksonville University (1968)
100 South Andrews Avenue Carl S. Swisher Library
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101 East Central Boulevard Documents John Pace Library
Orlando, Florida 32801 Pensacola, Florida 32514-5750
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St. Petersburg, Florida 33713 100 Clematis
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713 West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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CAMP BLAND ING



MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK
OF THE
SECOND WORLD WAR









PRELIMINARY REPORT















1. SITE AND FACILITIES




The appropriate site for the museum and associated facilities has
been identified as an area adjacent to the Main Gate (indicated
on Map # 1 attached) and would include Building 3040, one of the
last surviving buildings from the era of the Second World War.


...Eventually, a fence will enclose the property and entry and
egress for the public will be via an expanded version of the
existing small access road which presently leads to the parking
lot of Building 3040 from the main highway (just short of the
Main Gate Guard Building itself). Military personnel will have
an entrance from the road inside the gate. (Map U 2)


...New, expanded and landscaped parking facilities will be
created in areas where both permanent and temporary parking areas
now exist. (Map U 3)


...Building 3040 will be partially reconditioned (to bring it up
to code); the first floor to become the site of the "inside"
museum, including a mock-up of part of a World War II barracks,
uniformed mannequins, posters, arms, equipment and other
memorabilia which reflect the war story of Camp Blanding and the
men and units that trained here. (And something of their story
after they left here). The top floor will be for offices,
storage and exhibit preparation. (Map U 4)


...The open area in the center of the museum/park area will be
reserved for large weapons which were used in World War II;
tanks, artillery, half tracks, trucks and similar items, (even
captured equipment), all on their individual hardstands. (Map t
5)


...The grove adjacent to the outdoor weapons displays is reserved
for a Memorial Park and Garden. The area will be landscaped with
bushes and flowers and contain a meandering path with a series of
small branches leading to individual permanent memorials
erected to commemorate the service and the sacrifice of
individuals and units that served or trained here during the
Second World War. (There have been inquiries and the need for
such a place of monuments has long been voiced at veteran's
reunions) (Map # 6)










...The grove of trees beyond the drainage ditch (former creek
branch) is to become a picnic area. A wooden bridge will link the
picnic area to the remainder of the museum complex. (Map U 7)


...The small, self-contained grove area immediately south of
Building 3040 is to become a Memorial Grove for the Florida
Regiments of World War II. Individual monuments will be erected
to honor each Florida Regiment. The names of each Florida
Guardsman known to have died or been killed in the war will be
inscribed either on each memorial or in a Memorial Book available
at the Grove. (To include the date, place and unit at time of
death if practical) As in a National Cemetery, it is recommended
a flag pole be erected and the National Colors flown at all
times. (Map t 8)


NOTE:

There are many items in the Camp Blanding historical collection
which do not relate to the Second World War nor is the continuing
story of Camp Blanding on display. It is recommended that
certain, limited display areas be used at the Officer's Club (for
example, with items from the gift of Ralph Cooper) and at the
Armory. The latter facility, now housing part of the World War
II collection, could become the most reasonable and appropriate
location for displays which commemorate and otherwise tell the
on-going and important story of Camp Blanding since the war.






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I1. ADMINISTRATION



Camp Blanding: Camp Commander


Obviously, with the museum on the grounds of the Camp itself,
much of the maintenance and logistic support, especially during
the development phase, must come from the Camp Commander and his
professional staff. He will be responsible for assigning
priorities governing the use of camp resoruces and personnel in
the development and. operation of the facility. In addition, he
will serve as the official host to the public once the facility
is open. Thus, the Camp Commander, or his designated
representative, must be considered the key person in the
organization and operational administration of the museum. It is
he who will supervise the individual assigned to create and
operate the museum on a day to day basis. The Camp Commander, or
his representative, should be included as a voting member on the
boards of directors of both support organizations listed above.



Florida National Guard Historical Foundation Inc.


The present historical foundation would provide the umbrella
r.-p f;t organizat on foi the Camp Blanding Museum. Donations
of money or artifacts, special financing or grants in aide and
similar administrative functions can be assumed by the foundation
as currently organized. The Blanding-assigned (mi I itary)
director of the museum project (director of the museum itself
eventually), and the president of the Camp Blanding Museum
Associates would both serve on the Board of Directors of the FNG
Historical Foundation.



Camp Blanding Museum Associates


A museum associates organization to provide volunteers and other
services to the Blanding museum is currently under organization.
It will be a typical museum associates organization, patterned
after the one that services the Florida State Museums. The
organization will have both military and civilian personnel in
its membership and would be open to anyone and everyone with an
interest in the museum. It is the associates organization that
will provide most of the personnel needs of the museum once open
to the public.
















II. SITE DEVELOPMENT AND STAFFING NEEDS



General Recommendations



Below are listed those personnel and funding resources needed to
develop the Museum of the Second World War with the least
disruption of, or addition to, already existing mandated
operations at Camp Blanding. It is understood that the
development of this facility is already included among the stated
strategic goals of the Florida National Guard. Obviously, such a
facility will enable the Guard to add to its positive public
image and provide a qualitative improvement to the cultural and
historical heritage of our state and its local communities.


...Fortunately, the site and building proposed for use as parts
of the museum complex are already part of the Camp Blanding
property and easily susceptible to re-designation of function by
the Armory Boara.


...As an identified and functional goal of the Florida National
Guard's Strategic Plan 2000, most, perhaps all of the site and
building development materials, equipment and personnel hours,
and incidental costs can be obtained from existing resources.
(The Trust Fund, FTTO Code 124 manday allotments, inmate labor,
in addition to existing camp personnel and budgeted maintenance
and development funds).


...Development of the memorial park and picnic garden area might
become a project for local garden clubs; veteran's groups would
contribute toward the erection of memorials; private and
corporate donations could be solicited for specific developmental
equipment and materials. (Some federal museum development funds
might be available ) and there are numerous private and public
foundation sources available.


...Realistic target dates for the completion of each phase of
the project need to be established at the beginning and the TAG
needs to specifically and publically embrace the project. This
should give it sufficient priority to overcome minor
institutional difficulties.









...One individual needs to be charged with the specific
responsibility to implement the plans on a step by step, day to
day, schedule. This person should be a senior NCO directly
responsible to the Camp Commander and/or his chief of staff.
Only in this manner will the project receive the priority and
attention it requires.


...One or more part-time professional soldiers needs to be
assigned to the project as an assistant to the Project Director.
(These in addition to any volunteer workers might be recruited)
These part-time helpers can be trained to acquire the necessary
ski lls for Army museum development and management using existing
budgetary (federal and state) resources.


...There will need to be some secretarial support, presumably
from existing personnel resources at the camp.




IV. IMPLEMENTATION



Building and property


...The Armory Board must formally set aside the designated area
and building for the stated purpose of creating the Museum and
Memorial Park.


...The Building must be cleared for this new purpose; the first
floor of the building to be cleared of other users immediately
and parts of it converted for storage, office and exhibit
preparation space. (Much of the Camp Blanding Historical
Collection is scattered in various, and unsatisfactory, storage
facilities and could now be centralized in the one location).


...Conversion of one-half the downstairs space to useable museum
area to commence as soon as the identified personnel and the
historical collection have been transferred to the facility. (The
conversion of the second floor to its new use can wait a couple
of months until the project reaches the stage of bringing the
entire building up to code).


...The development of the landscaping and other projects
associated with the memorial parks, picnic area and parking
facilities can also begin immediately. Regular camp maintenance
units can do to parking and access drive development. (Paving is
desirable but not necessary in the beginning stages; delineation
and marking should suffice for the time being). Some form of









temporary or permanent fencing on the main street side of the
property isolate the area should be put into place at an early
date.


..It is suggested that contributions of time, work and materials
for the development of the gardens in the memorial parks and
picnic area be solicited from interested individuals and groups
from local communities and others from around the state. (There
are many local garden clubs that would love the opportunity to
work on this project).


...Obtain the voluntary help of an professional architect to
produce the detailed plans necessary for re-converting Building
3040 to museum/office/storage use and to bring it up to code.


...Immediately contact veteran's groups, directly and through
national magazines, to solicit material and to identify those
groups that might wish wish to add a memorial to their unit in
the memorial garden park.


...Develope a detailed display program and an artifact needs list
to accompany the plan. (For both the display in the Building and
on the hardstans outside)


...As legitimate World War II vehicles and larger weapons are
obtained and rendered suitable for display, hardstands need to be
placed in the appropriate locations and the items installed.
(There are many items available, from both private and
governmental sources, especially as they are to have a good and
appropriate home, one open to the public!)


...Work could begin on the development of the Florida Memorial
Grove at once. Associations of veterans of Florida's World War
II regiments have expressed deep interest in the project and are
ready to begin work on, and solicitation of funds for, the
memorials in this section immediately. (They have already
donated many items for use in the museum, with more on the way!).




...Both the office of TAG and the Camp Blanding Post Commander
need to officially communicate to all departments at the Camp
their wish to nave this project proceed toward completion in a
timely fashion. The creation of this museum and memorial park is
completely consistent with Army and National Guard policy and the
cooperation, assistance, and use of both mi itary and civil
service technical personnel and maintenance facilities is
appropriate and strongly encouraged. (This is especially
important in obtaining necessary help in making large artifacts,
such as vehicles and weapons, ready for exterior display).














Phase Three: June 1990 to .....



It is to be presumed the development and improvement of a museum
and memorial park such as the one proposed for Camp Blanding will
become an on-going process. New exhibits will be added, changes
made, new memorials emplaced; in effect, it will never really be
"finished".

However, it is to be hoped the main complex and especially the
Florida Regiments Memorial Grove, will be essentially complete in
time for the 50th Anniversary of the federal mobilization of
Florida's National Guard regiments for World War II service; 25
November 1990.











ADDENDUM



1. The Museum Project NCO should have the following
qualifications and job responsibilities:

Qualifications


...Possess basic museum curatorial methods knowledge and skills.

...Have supervisory experience.

...A wide knowledge of, and interest in, the history of the
Second World War is greatly desired.


Responsibilities


...Serves as the general point of contact for all Camp Blanding
museum activities.

...Plans, coordinates, and supervises all activities associated
with the Camp Blanding museum projects.

...Supervises regular camp and temporary personnel, volunteer
workers and any others assigned to museum-connected construction,
maintenance, or facility/colection development activities.

...Responsible for the collection, preservation and preparation
for display, and maintenance of all historical artifacts in the
Camp Blanding collection.

..Serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida National Guard
Historical Foundation and the Camp Blanding Museum Associates
organization.

..Reports directly to the Camp Commander or his designated
representative.









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CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR


MASTER PLAN



Table of Contents


Immediate Needs and Procedures Addendum

Introduction

I. Site and Facilities

II. Administration

II. Site Development and Staffing Needs

IV. Implementation

V. Milestones

VI. Personal Qualifications: Museum Project Director

VII. General Budget Considerations (In preparation)

VIII. Mission Statement and Collections Policy

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CAMP BLENDING: MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR



INTRODUCTION



Camp Blanding was a major US Army training facility during the
Second World War. It was originally established as the state
military training reservation for units of the Florida National
Guard. However, the mobilization of the Florida Guard in
November 1940 and the rapid expansion of the Army, especially
following Pearl Harbor, required the use of Camp Blanding use as
a multi-purpose training facility for the entire US Army. And so
it remained until war's end.


For some time, it has been a stated strategic objectived purpose
of the Florida National Guard to commemorate that important part
of Blanding's history by establishing a public museum which will
focus on the World War II history of Camp Blanding itself, and,
the general story of the men and units that were stationed here
at any time between 1940 and 1945.


Frequently, individuals or representatives of units which served
here during the war inquire about making donations of money or
memorabilia in support of some sort of World War 11 museum.
Additionally, many of these veterans have asked about the
possibility of establishing a memorial marker to commemorate men
who served in their respective units during the war, especially
those who did not survive the conflict.


During the past several years, the personnel at Camp Blanding
have made progress towards the creation of a World War II museum
collection and in its temporary display in the foyer of the Camp
Blanding Armory. Of course, this is not the major public museum
originally envisaged, but is a significant beginning. The report
that follows presents a description of the proposed museum
facility and memorial park as a complete entity, including a step
by step, detailed account of the process necessary to bring it
into public reality.












CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR


MASTER PLAN: IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND PROCEDURES ADDENDUM




Based on our experience with the original master plan and its
subsequent implementation, a number of problems have emerged for
which the following solutions are offered. When in place, these
solutions will enable the project to be completed, on time and
with a minimum of difficulty.

...We need a letter from General Ensslin to all
department/division heads at Camp Blanding stating his interest
in the project and assigning it an appropriate priority rating as
part of the overall program of the Florida National Guard.

...A letter or other document indicating that the Armory Board
has officially dedicated this property for the use of the museum
and memorial park.

(Copies of these letters/documents can be shown by museum project
personnel to all individuals and groups, both at Camp Blanding
and within the larger Florida community and at whatever level of
responsibility).

...The project needs to be supported with personnel/man hours.

The project director needs to work on this full time. He needs a
clear line of administrative reporting and responsibility under
the Post Commander and, finally, he needs to be involved, (or at
least informed) in the decision making process that allocates
funds, equipment and personnel on the Post. He also needs the
equivalent of one full-time person to assist in the project.
(See staffing notes in the master plan). Further, there is a
vast need for clerical assistance. There is an incredible amount
of cataloging to be done, accession records to create,
correspondence to handle and phone calls to receive. We are
missing a large number of possible contributions of money,
artifacts and volunteer work hours by not having such support.

...At least one half of the downstairs of the Guest House, the
future museum, must be made available immediately. It is
absolutely necessary for use as an office, storage, and display
assembly space. Also, as it is adjacent to the main gate, the
many visitors to the camp who might contribute to the project can
be better "intercepted" and informed.

...A process needs to be established by which the many volunteers
who have agreed to help can be utilized on weekends. There are
retired, and some active, members of the camp staff who are








willing to help supervise these work sessions, issue tools,
obtain equipment and provide other services. Most of the current
volunteers cannot work week days. Several groups who have
volunteer to take on specific restoration projects are entirely
limited to weekends. (Perhaps "designated museum project
weekends")

...A clear understanding is needed as to how the project is to be
funded or supported and at what level, for what aspects of the
project and at what period in its development that specific
funding assistance is to be sought from the state legislature.
Speical funding will be needed from the legislature to
rehabilitate the Guest House, bring it up to code and render it
useable as a museum. Regular budgetary support wil I eventual be
necessary to staff the facility. (See Staffing in the master plan)

...A great many of the projects needs can be done now and using
existing units, individuals and resources, physical and fiscal,
at Camp Blanding and from our volunteers and several institutions
in the larger community.

Landscaping; to include the trees, flowers, shrubbery and pathways
associated with the memorial and picnic areas
Paving parking areas and drives
Creation of the pond and using the fill to elevate the Florida
Regiments Memorial area
Fencing
Establishing the concrete pads for individual exterior weapons
displays
Rehabilitation of donated vehicles, weapons and other artifact
material
Sprinkler system for the garden areas
Make the pedestals and truncated obelisks to be used for the
individual divisional and regimental memorials
Install the bronze and enamel plaques for the memorials
Assist in the construction and erection of the Florida Regiments
Memorial
Emplacement of the fountain (already extant) in the Florida
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INTRODUCTION



Camp Blanding was a major US Army training facility during the
Second World War. It was originally established as the state
military training reservation for units of the Florida National
Guard. However, the mobilization of the Florida Guard in
November 1940 and the rapid expansion of the Army, especially
following Pearl Harbor, required the use of Camp Blanding use as
a multi-purpose training facility for the entire US Army. And so
it remained until war's end.


For some time, it has been a stated strategic objectived purpose
of the Florida National Guard to commemorate that important part
of Blanding's history by establishing a public museum which will
focus on the World War II history of Camp Blanding itself, and,
the general story of the men and units that were stationed here
at any time between 1940 and 1945.


Frequently, individuals or representatives of units which served
here during the war inquire about making donations of money or
memorabilia in support of some sort of World War II museum.
Additionally, many of these veterans have asked about the
possibility of establishing a memorial marker to commemorate men
who served in their respective units during the war, especially
those who did not survive the conflict.


During the past several years, the personnel at Camp Blanding
have made progress towards the creation of a World War II museum
collection and in its temporary display in the foyer of the Camp
Blanding Armory. Of course, this is not the major public museum
originally envisaged, but is a significant beginning. The report
that follows presents a description of the proposed museum
facility and memorial park as a complete entity, including a step
by step, detailed account of the process necessary to bring it
into public reality.














I. SITE AND FACILITIES




The appropriate site for the museum and associated facilities has
been identified as an area adjacent to the Main Gate (indicated
on Map U 1 attached) and would include Building 3040, one of the
last surviving buildings from the era of the Second World War.


...Eventually, a fence will enclose the property and entry and
egress for the public will be via an expanded version of the
existing small access road which presently leads to the parking
lot of Building 3040 from the main highway (just short of the
Main Gate Guard Building itself). Military personnel will have
an entrance from the road inside the gate. (Map # 2)


...New, expanded and landscaped parking facilities will be
created in areas where both permanent and temporary parking areas
now exist. (Map U 3)


...Building 3040 will be partially reconditioned (to bring it up
to code); the first floor to become the site of the "inside"
museum, including a mock-up of part of a World War II barracks,
uniformed mannequins, posters, arms, equipment and other
memorabilia which reflect the war story of Camp Blanding and the
men and units that trained here. (And something of their story
after they left here). The top floor will be for offices,
storage and exhibit preparation. (Map U 4)


...The open area in the center of the museum/park area will be
reserved for large weapons which were used in World War II;
tanks, artillery, half tracks, trucks and similar items, (even
captured equipment), all on their individual hardstands. (Map t
5)


...The grove adjacent to the outdoor weapons displays is reserved
for a Memorial Park and Garden. The area will be landscaped with
bushes and flowers and contain a meandering path with a series of
small branches leading to individual permanent memorials
erected to commemorate the service and the sacrifice of
individuals and units that served or trained here during the
Second World War. (There have been inquiries and the need for
such a place of monuments has long been voiced at veteran's
reunions) (Map U 6)










...The grove of trees beyond the drainage ditch (former creek
branch) is to become a picnic area. The "ditch" itself will
become a small pond. A wooden bridge will link the picnic area
to the remainder of the museum complex. (Map U 7)


...The small, self-contained grove area immediately south of
Building 3040 is to become a Memorial Grove for the Florida
Regiments of World War II. There will be a major Memorial on the
site, identifying and honoring each Florida regiment that served
in the war. A separate monument, adjacent to the pole for the
American Flag, will contain the names of all Florida Guardsman,
mobilized with their units for war service, who are known to have
died or been killed in action during the conflict. (To include
the date, place and unit at time of death if practical) As in a
National Cemetery, it is recommended that the National Colors be
flown from its pole in the Memorial Garden at all times. (Map a
8)


NOTE:

There are many items in the Camp Blanding historical collection
which do not relate to the Second World War nor is the continuing
story of Camp Blanding itself on display anywhere at the camp.
It is recommended that certain, limited display areas be used at
the Officer's Club (for example, with items from the gift of
Ralph Cooper) and at the Armory. The latter facility, now
housing part of the World War II collection, could become the
most reasonable and appropriate location for displays which
commemorate and otherwise tell the on-going and important story
of Camp Blanding both during and since the war.












II. ADMINISTRATION



Camp Blanding: Post Commander


Obviously, with the museum on the grounds of the Camp itself,
much of the maintenance and logistic support, especially during
the development phase, must come from the Post Commander and his
professional staff. He will be responsible for assigning
priorities governing the use of camp resoruces and personnel in
the development and operation of the facility. In addition, he
will serve as the official host to the public once the facility
is open. Thus, the Post Commander, or his designated
representative, must be considered the key person in the
organization and operational administration of the museum. It is
he who will supervise the individual assigned to create and
operate the museum on a day to day basis. The Post Commander, or
his representative, should be included as a voting member on the
boards of directors of both support organizations listed below.



Florida National Guard Historical Foundation Inc.


The present historical foundation would provide the umbrella
non-profit organization for the Camp Blanding Museum. Donations
of money or artifacts, (when tax considerations require), special
financing or grants in aide and similar administrative functions
can be assumed by the foundation as currently organized. The
Blanding-assigned (military) director of the museum project
(director of the museum itself eventually), and the President of
the Camp Blanding Museum Associates would both serve on the Board
of Directors of the FNG Historical Foundation.



Camp Blanding Museum Associates


A museum associates organization to provide volunteers and other
services to the Blanding museum is currently under organization.
It will be a typical museum associates organization, patterned
after the one that services the Florida State Museums. The
organization will have both military and civilian personnel in
its membership and would be open to anyone and everyone with an
interest in the museum. It is the associates organization that
will provide all of the voluntary personnel needs of the museum
while under development and once the museum opens to the public.








Museum Development and Operational Staff


Eventually, the museum will require a state-mandated and funded
staff. This should include a director and curator of collections
in addition to one grounds and building maintenance person. As
part of the budget process, these needs can be anticipated in the
appropriate fiscal year. Between the present and then, it is
presumed there are ways of providing funding for the museum
development and clerical support personnel needs of the immediate
future. (Refer note in "Addendum").











III. SITE DEVELOPMENT AND STAFFING NEEDS



General Recommendations



Below are listed those personnel and funding resources needed to
develop the Museum of the Second World War with the least
disruption of, or addition to, already existing mandated
operations at Camp Blanding. It is understood that the
development of this facility is already included among the stated
strategic goals of the Florida National Guard. Obviously, such a
facility will enable the Guard to add to its positive public
image and provide a qualitative improvement to the cultural and
historical heritage of our state and its local communities.


...Fortunately, the site and building proposed for use as parts
of the museum complex are already part of the Camp Blanding
property and easily susceptible to re-designation of function by
the Armory Board.


...As an identified and functional goal of the Florida National
Guard's Strategic Plan 2000, most, perhaps all of the site and
building development materials, equipment and personnel hours,
and incidental costs can be obtained from existing resources.
(The Trust Fund, FTTO Code 124 manday allotments, inmate labor,
retired and civilian volunteers, in addition to existing camp
personnel and budgeted maintenance and development funds).


...Both the office of TAG and the Camp Blanding Post Commander
need to officially communicate to all departments at the Camp
their wish to have this project proceed toward completion in a
timely fashion. The creation of this museum and memorial park is
completely consistent with Army and National Guard policy and the
cooperation, assistance, and use of both military and civil
service technical personnel and maintenance facilities is
appropriate and strongly encouraged. (This is especially
important in obtaining necessary help in making large artifacts,
such as vehicles and weapons, ready for exterior display).


...Development of the memorial park and picnic garden area might
become a project for local garden clubs; veteran's groups would
contribute toward the erection of memorials; private and
corporate donations could be solicited for specific developmental
equipment and materials. (Some federal museum development funds
might be available ) and there are numerous private and public
foundation sources available.










...Realistic target dates for the completion of each phase of
the project need to be established at the beginning and the TAG
needs to specifically and publically embrace the project. This
should give it sufficient priority to overcome minor
institutional difficulties.


...One individual needs to be charged with the specific
responsibility to implement the plans on a step by step, day to
day, schedule. This person should be a senior NCO directly
responsible to the Post Commander and/or his chief of staff.
Only in this manner will the project receive the priority and
attention it requires.


...The equivelant of one full-time professional soldier needs to
be assigned to the project as an assistant to the Project
Director. This will be the individual who is able to "float" from
project to project. It may be that special skills requirements
dictate that several individuals be involved as required by
specific projects; man-hours to equal one full time person. (This
in addition to any volunteer workers might be recruited) These
part-time helpers can be trained to acquire the necessary skills
for Army museum development and management using existing
budgetary (federal and state) resources.


...There will need to be some secretarial support, presumably
from existing personnel resources at the camp. This person needs
to handle the extensive record keeping and correspondence needs
of the project in addition to manning the telephone in the museum
project office.














IV. IMPLEMENTATION



Building and property


...The Armory Board must formally set aside the designated area
and building for the stated purpose of creating the Museum and
Memorial Park.


...The Building must be cleared for this new purpose; the first
floor of the building, (or at least one half of it), to be
cleared of other users immediately and parts of it converted for
storage, office and exhibit preparation space. (Much of the Camp
Blanding Historical Collection is scattered in various, and
unsatisfactory, storage facilities and should now be centralized
in the one location).


...Conversion of one-half the downstairs space to useable museum
area to commence as soon as the identified personnel and the
historical collection have been transferred to the facility. (The
conversion of the second floor to its new use can wait until the
project reaches the stage of bringing the entire building up to
code).


...The development of the landscaping and other projects
associated with the memorial parks, picnic area and parking
facilities can begin immediately. Regular camp maintenance or
engineering units can do to parking and access drive development.
Some form of temporary or permanent fencing, (preferably split
rail), on the main street side of the property isolate the area
should be put into place at an early date.


...It is suggested that contributions of time, work and materials
for the development of the gardens in the memorial parks and
picnic area be solicited from interested individuals and groups
from local communities and others from around the state. (There
are many local garden clubs that would love the opportunity to
work on this project). Horticultural departments associated with
the state prison system have indicated a willingness to assist in
this process as have the landscaping units associated with the
Bradford County Vo-Tech school.

...Obtain the voluntary help of an professional architect to
produce the detailed plans necessary for re-converting Building








3040 to museum/office/storage use and to bring it up to code.
The Department of State has indicated a willingness to provide
professional help with this historic building and there are local
architects, including one currently in the FNG who can provide
further assistance.


...Immediately contact veteran's groups, directly and through
national magazines, to solicit material and to identify those
groups that might wish wish to add a memorial to their unit in
the memorial garden park.


...Develope a detailed display program and an artifact needs list
to accompany the plan. (For both the display in the Building and
on the hardstans outside) In the initial stages, the artifact
plans are largely determined by what is available and what
individuals or groups are willing to donate. Eventually, a
specific needs list can be drawn up detailing additional
desirable items required for the collection and steps taken to
obtain them.


...As legitimate World War II vehicles and larger weapons are
obtained and rendered suitable for display, hardstands need to be
placed in the appropriate locations and the items installed.
(There are many items available, from both private and
governmental sources, especially as they are to have a good and
appropriate home, one open to the public!)


...Work could begin on the development of the Florida Memorial
Grove at once. Associations of veterans of Florida's World War
II regiments have expressed deep interest in the project and are
ready to begin work on, and solicitation of funds for, the
memorials in this section immediately. (They have already
donated many items for use in the museum, with more on the way!).











V. MILESTONES



Phase One: July 1988 to May 1989


The objective for Phase One is to have the facility ready to open
and receive its first visitors at approximately the beginning of
the Annual Training periods for Florida National Guard units in
the spring of 1989.


...By next May, a limited display area can have been established
in a part of the first floor of Building 3040. This can include
much of the World War II material collected to date. (In
addition to the already-mentioned office, storage and preparation
areas)


...Several World War II era vehicles/weapons can have been
obtained, prepared, and emplaced in the exterior display area.


...The basic entry, parking and picnic areas to be completed;
temporary (or permanent) fencing to be in place along the main
road and back side of the property.


...Landscaping of the memorial areas should be complete and the
first memorials themselves placed appropriately. We believe the
divisional, and several regimental, memorials can be inplace and
a significant start on the Florida Regiments Memorial
established.


Phase Two: June 1989 to May 1990



...Fencing, parking and picnic areas to be completed.


...Building 3040's conversion and rehabilitation to be completed.


...Further development of the memorial groves and gardens.


...Additional weapons added to the exterior display area.

...Substantial development and, at least partial completion of
the first floor museum display area in Building 3040.
















Phase Three: June 1990 to .....



It is to be presumed the development and improvement of a museum
and memorial park such as the one proposed for Camp Blanding will
become an on-going process. New exhibits will be added, changes
made, new memorials emplaced; in effect, it will never really be
"finished".

However, it is to be hoped the main complex and especially the
Florida Regiments Memorial Grove, will be essentially complete in
time for the 50th Anniversary of the federal mobilization of
Florida's National Guard regiments for World War II service; 25
November 1990. The veteran's groups associated with Florida's
Regiments and those of the 31st "Dixie" Division all plan to
visit the facility on that date.












PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS: MUSEUM PROJECT DIRECTOR



I. The Museum Project Director should have the following
qualifications and job responsibilities:

Qualifications


...Possess basic museum curatorial methods knowledge and skills.

...Have supervisory experience.

...A wide knowledge of, and interest in, the history of the
Second World War is greatly desired.


Responsibilities


...Serves as the general point of contact for all Camp Blanding
museum activities.

...Plans, coordinates, and supervises all activities associated
with the Camp Blanding museum projects.

...Supervises regular camp and temporary personnel, volunteer
workers and any others assigned to museum-connected construction,
maintenance, or facility/colection development activities.

...Responsible for the collection, preservation and preparation
for display, and maintenance of all historical artifacts in the
Camp Blanding collection.

...Serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida National Guard
Historical Foundation and the Camp Blanding Museum Associates
organization.

...Reports directly to the Camp Commander or his designated
representative.


















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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the
Second World War is to establish and operate a public facility
dedicated to individuals and units of the U. S. Army in memory of
their World War II service. The museum will collect, preserve,
exhibit, display and account for all objects and artifacts related
to the history, heritage and traditions of Camp Blanding, the
Florida National Guard, individuals and units that trained here
and the U. S. Army. To accomplish this mission, the museum will
accept donations, procure artifacts and arrange loans of materials
that will aid in the interpretation and exhibition of our rich
historical heritage. Th.e museum will also provide tours,
educational programs and information to civilian and military
communities as well as to individuals.













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SCOPE OF COLLECTIONS POLICY

The Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park will contain objects,
which are related to the history of Camp Blanding. The museum
collection serves three major purposes that are consonant with the
museum mission statement.

1. Preserve objects which give the public an understanding
and appreciation of: the history of Camp Blanding, individuals
and units that trained here and their contribution during World
War II.

2. Provides military education for soldiers and units
training at Camp Blanding.

3. Allow resources for limited research into the history of
Camp Blanding and the American military during World War II.

Objects acquired for the museum through unconditional gift
purchase, or loan will relate directly to the history of the
Installation or the American Army presence during World War II.
Thus, the scope of the objects to comprise'this collection will
include the following:

1. Military Euioment.

a. Weapons, uniforms ,wheel and track vehicles, Army Air
Corps Aircraft and other US Army military issue items that are
specifically identified with Camp Blanding during World War II.

B. Other army military objects that could be attributed
to World War II, but may not be identified as actually
used at Camp Blanding.

2. Personal Possessions.

a. Personal items that belonged to or were used by Army
military personnel, their family members or acquaintances and
civilians during their tour of duty throughout World War II.

b. Non-military equipment and objects that can be
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3. Archealooical Remains.

a. Selected archeaological and anthropological
artifacts discover on the Camp Blanding reservation which
specifically relate to the military presence on the Camp Blanding
Reservation during World War II.

4. Art.

a. Prints, paintings, drawings and sculpture
pertaining to Camp Blanding, the Pacific and European Theaters,
and the US Army during World War II.

b. Models of American, German, Italian and Japanese
equipment used during World War II.

c. Photographs of Camp Blanding, the military presence
of World War II, and individuals, units, equipment and events of
World War II history.

5. Documents.

a. Books, manuels, and papers pertaining or related
to Camp Blanding and World War II.

b. Publications- about, pertaining, or related to army
military equipment and supplies used during World War II.

The donation of objects by individuals is encouraged and treated
as tax-deducted gifts. However, the Camp Blanding Museum reserve
the right to reject those donations which are not considered
suitable for display or within the limits of this collections
policy or the museum mission statement. The Camp Blanding Museum
will give each donated object the best available care and
attention, but the museum does not guarantee that every donated
object will be displayed.

Donor labels, generally will not be placed with all items on
exhibit. The prospective donor must understand that all donations
are unconditional. Restrictions should not be attached to
donations, no member of the museum staff is authorized to give
appraisals of donated property. All donations become the property
of the Florida National Guard Historial Foundation, Inc.












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The museum will accept only loaned items which are essential to
the museum needs.

Subject to the availability of funds, the museum may purchase
appropriate historical objects with either appropriated funds,
approved foundation funds or approved associates funds.

Historic property in the museum collection will be deaccessioned
and disposed of in accordance with applicable Army and National
Guard regulations. Generally, these objects will be items that do
not conform to this scope of collections policy, the museum
mission statement, are damaged beyond repair, or are considered to
be excess to the needs of the museum. No property in the museum
collection will be transferred or deaccessioned without the
consent of the Florida National Guard Historical Foundation.








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TABLE OF CONTENTS


SUBJECT PAGE


I. INTRODUCTION

A. BACKGROUND ....................... ............... 1
B. PURPOSE ........................................... 1
1) LOCATION MAP ................................. 3
2) VICINITY MAP ................................. 4
C. SITE DESCRIPTION .................................. 5


II. EXISTING FACILITIES

A. BUILDING ........................................ 7
B. UTILITY SYSTEMS ............ ...................... 7
C. ROADS AND PARKING ................................ 7
D. DRAINAGE ........................................ 8


III. PROPOSED FACILITIES

A. SITE MAP ....................................... 9
B. FLORIDA REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL GARDEN ............... 10
C. MEMORIAL PARK ....................... ........... 14
D. BUILDING REHABILITATION ......................... 17


IV. COST ESTIMATES AND MILESTONES

A. PHASE ONE ...................................... 19
B. PHASE TWO ...................................... 19
C. PHASE THREE .................................... 19
D. DEDICATION ................... ................... 19


V. ADMINISTRATION

A. ORGANIZATION .................................... 20
B. MISSION STATEMENT ............................... 21
C. SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS .......................... 21
D. SCOPE OF COLLECTIONS POLICY .................... 22

APPENDICES: A CAREER SERVICE CLASS SPECIFICATIONS ...... 24
B ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT ................ 29









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I INTRODUCTION

A. BACKGROUND


Camp Blanding was a major U.S. Army training facility during the Second World
War. It was originally established as the state military training reservation
for units of the Florida National Guard. However, the mobilization of the
Florida National Guard in November 1940 and the rapid expansion of the Army,
especially after the attack on Pearl Harbor, required the use as a multi-
purpose training facility for the entire U.S. Army.

Prior to its conversion to an Infantry Replacement Training Center (IRTC) in
late 1943, dozens and dozens of complete army units, comprizing hundreds of
thousands of men, trained at Camp Blanding. Included were a Cavalry Regiment,
Tank Destroyer Battalions, Field Artillery Brigades and Regiments, Engineer
Regiments, Medical and other specialist troops, many Infantry Regiments and
nine entire Infantry Divisions (1st, 29th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 43rd, 63rd, 66th
and 79th).

For most of 1944 and 1945, a very large percentage of the individuals sent to
replenish the ranks of America's combat infantry units trained at Camp Bland-
ing's Infantry Replacement Training Center. Further, the camp was the site
of a large hospital, a reception station, a German Prisoner of War compound
and at the war's end, a separation center.

Following the war, Camp Blanding reverted to state control again and by public
law, is operated as a training site for the training of the National Guard
and other reserve components of the nation's Armed Forces.


B. PURPOSE


The Florida National Guard's strategic plan includes the goal of constructing
and operating a public museum and memorial park to be located at Camp Blanding.
This master plan provides a viable plan for the construction and operation of
the facility. The contents provide a cormon focus and direction for the actions
most critical in accomplishing the museum's mission, and should influence the
major decisions of individuals involved in the effort.

It is envisaged that the Florida National Guard will commemorate that important
part of Camp Blanding's history by establishing a public museum which will
focus on the World War II History of Camp Blanding itself, and the general
story of the men and units that were stationed here at any time *between
1940 and 1945.





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Frequently, individuals or representatives of units which served at Camp
Blanding during World War II inquire about making donations of money or
memorabilia in support of sane sort of WW II Museum. Additionally, many
of these veterans have asked about the possibility of establishing a
memorial marker to commemorate individuals and units who served during the
war, especially those who did not survive the conflict. The museum and
its supporting organization will provide the vehicle to honor those requests.










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C. SITE DESCRIPTION


The site is located on State Road 16 approximately twelve miles east of
Starke, Florida.

The description of the site is as follows:

A parcel of land on the Camp Blanding National Guard Training Site in
Clay County, State of Florida situated in a portion of the North of
the Northeast of section 15 of Township 6 South, Range 23 East
described as follows:

Point of beginning at fence line on the west right of way of
Tallahassee Street south along right of way 804 feet then
turn west 310 degrees, 982 feet then turn north 344 degrees,
255 feet to fence line then turn 91 degrees, 1177 feet along
fence line to point of beginning and containing 13 acres more
or less.


D. CONCEPT


The site for the museum and associated facilities is an area adjacent
to the Installation Main Entrance and will include building #3040, one
of the last surviving buildings from the era of the Second World War.

.Eventually, a split rail fence will enclose the property and entry
and egress for the public will be via an expanded version of the existing
access road just short of the main gate guard building leading into the
reservation. Military personnel will enter the museum area from the
reservation from inside the main gate beyond the building.


MUSEUM BUILDING


.Building #3040 will be rehabilitated to meet museum codes to include
handicap access, security, lighting and climate control as well as proper
fire suppression systems. The first floor will become an exhibit area to
include uniformed manequins, posters, arms, equipment and other memora-
bilia which reflect the war story of Camp Blanding and the individuals
and units that trained here, and something of their story after they
entered campaigns world wide. The top floor will serve as offices,
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MEMORIAL PARK


.. .The grove adjacent to the outdoor weapons display is reserved for
The Mnmorial Park. The area will be landscaped with shrubbery and flowers
and contain a meandering path with a series of small branches leading
to individual permanent memorials erected to ccmnemorate the service and
the sacrifice of individuals and units that served or trained here during
the Second World War.

An area in the center of the Memorial Park area will be reserved for large
weapons which were used in World War II, e.g. tanks, artillery, half-
tracks, trucks and jeeps, all on individual hardstands.


DAY PICNIC AREA


.. A wooded area on the west side of the site will become a picnic
area. An outfall ditch will become a small pond with a wooden bridge
Slinking the picnic area to the remainder of the museum complex.

.. .A small, self-contained grove area immediately south of building
#3040 is to become a Memorial Garden for the Florida Regiments of World
War II. There will be a major memorial on the site, identifying and
honoring each Florida Regiment and one separate battalion that served
in the war. A separate monument, adjacent to the pole for the American
Flag, will contain the names of all Florida Guardsmen, mobilized with
their units, who are known to have died or been killed in action
during the global conflict. As in a national cemetery, The National
Colors will be flown.


ANCILLARY EXHIBITS


There are many items in the Camp Blanding historical collection which
do not relate to the Second World War. Those articles which are of
historical significance will be displayed at limited areas such as in
the Officers Club and Post Headquarters.













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It. EXISTING FACILITIES


A. BUILDING


The site contains one building, a wooden two-story structure constructed
in 1940. The building is a typical World War II barracks that is sub-
divided into small rooms and contains public restrooms. The building was
used as a guest house during World War II and is now being utilized as
troop housing for senior enlisted personnel and billeting offices. Each
floor contains approximately 3,600 square feet of floor space. The building
is climate controlled with small HVAC units. The building is structurally
sound and free of termite infestation.


B. UTILITY SYSTEMS


1). WATER

The site is furnished potable water from the installation's water supply
system. Water supply is adequate for fire protection, domestic use and
for grounds irrigation.

2) SANITARY SEWERS

The installation sanitary sewer system is connected to the building and
is adequate.

3) ELECTRICAL

Electrical power is furnished to the existing building. Electrical
power supply is adequate to serve the site.

4) HVAC

The building is presently heated and cooled with individual window
reverse cycle units.


C. ROADS AND PARKING


The site is bordered on one side with State Road 16, two sides are bordered
with reservation streets and a large parking area is in the confines.
The road network is adequate, however, the parking area is overgrown with
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D. DRAINAGE


No storm sewers exist on site. However, the site is relatively flat and
well drained and will not present a runoff problem nor does water stand.
A shallow swale runs through the center of the property providing an
outfall with scme water flow into State Road 16 ditch during heavy rains.














































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A. SITE MAP

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B. FLORIDA REG MENTAL MEMORIAL GARDEN


An area containing approximately 3/4-acre is designated for the site of
the Florida Regimental Memorial Garden. The site is immediately south of
building #3040 (Museum Building), bordered on the east by Tallahassee Street.

The garden will contain a fountain, a monument with the names of Florida
Guardsmen mobilized with Florida units that died during World War II, a
lighted flag pole and monuments commemorating eight units of the Florida
National Guard who answered call to the colors during World War II.


SCOPE OF WORK


Spray and clean out moss from existing trees

Elevate the site approx. 2-feet with fill dirt(approx. 750 Cu Yds)

Stabilize perimeter of fill with railroad crossties or landscape timbers

SRelocate old hospital fountain in woods to the gardens

Rehabilitate fountain and install recirculating pump

Install wiring for lighting and recirculating pump (Approx. 30 amps)

Install irrigation piping

SCompact and grade site

Pour concrete slabs and ribbons

Install sprinklers

Erect flag pole

Erect Monuments

Landscape

Erect benches

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Inducted into Federal Service
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C. MEMORIAL PARK


In addition to the Florida Regimental Memorial Gardens and the "inside
museum" located in building #3040, a larger area will be set aside for
large displays such as weapons and vehicles surrounding a lagoon complete
with a water spray, all surrounded by landscaped gardens with a network
of meandering pathways leading to monuments ccmnemorating major units
stationed at Camp Blanding during World War II.

An area on the western edge of the site will be reserved for a visitor
picnic area connected by a wooden bridge across a small outfall swale.


SCOPE OF WORK


Erect an entrance facility sign (drawing on succeeding page)

Landscape design and implementation

Construct 14 concrete pads (12' x 22', 4" thick & reinforced) for equip-
ment displays

Pour footing & mount aluminum electrical pole for aircraft target mount
(In flight)

Excavate lagoons and fill in low areas with spoil

Run electrical wiring for lagoon pump

S Install pump for water spray in lagoon

Erect split rail fence around entire facility

Erect two gates across entrance roads

SRelocate vehicle wash point now located on site

Rehabilitate parking area to include spraying area with herbicide to kill
grass overgrowth and paving (contains approx 2,590 sq yds)

Construct equipment display access road network to include stabilizing
and paving (contains approx 1,638 Sq yds)

Connect entrance road to parking area contained in an area of 136 sq yds
1 to be stabilized and paved






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Construct network of pathways

Erect Monuments

Construct wooden bridge

Construct picnic tables

Restoration of equipment for displays












































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ENTRANCE SIGN

Construct with: Field Stone
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D. BUILDING REHABILITATION


Building #3040 is presently used as a billeting office and for troop
housing. It is a two-story wooden structure constructed in 1940. The
building is well maintained, structurely sound and free from termite
infestation. It is now sub-divided into small rooms. Each floor con-
tains approximately 3600 square feet of floor space.

The building will be rehabilitated to meet all necessary museum codes
to include access for the handicapped, fire suppression, lighting,
storage and climate control. A number of non-loadbearing walls will
be removed to open up the display area.

The first floor will house the display area, a small gift shop near
the exit and the public restrooms. The second floor will contain
office areas, storage for artifacts and exhibition work areas.




SCOPE OF WORK


Engage architectural and engineering services

Rehabilitate building

Construct display cases

Design exhibition layouts

Set-up displays

Establish gift shop

















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Two Memorial Park $35,000 July 1990

Three Rehabilitate Building $100,000 November 1990

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V. ADMINISTRATION


A. ORGANIZATION

INSTALLATION COMMANDER, CAMP LANDING

Obviously, with the museum complex on the grounds of the reservation
itself, much of the maintenance and logistical support, especially during
the development phase, must come fram the Installation Commander's
guidance. He will be responsible for assigning priorities governing
the development and operation of the facility. In addition, he will
serve as official host to the public once the facility is open. Thus,
the Installation Commander, or his designated representative, must be
considered the key person in the organization and operation administration
of the museum complex. The Installation Commander, or his representative,
should be included as a voting member of both support organizations
listed below.

DEPUTY COMMANDER/TRAINING SITE MANAGER

The Deputy Commander/Training Site Manager manages the Camp Blanding
administration, logistical support, engineering, personnel and budgets
on a daily basis. It is he who will supervise the individual assigned
to establish and operate the museum complex. It is he, who will provide
budget information and logistical support on a continuing basis.

MUSEUM EXHIBIT DESIGN SUPERVISOR

This is the museum complex supervisor who is responsible for work
planning, organizing and directing the design, construction & fabrication
of a variety of specialized museum collections and coordinating the
development and presentation of museum exhibits. It is expected the
individual will be responsible for day to day operations of the museum,
once the facility is complete. A Career Service Class Specification is
provided in Appendix A.

MUSEUM PREPARATOR

This is a semi-skilled worker who will perform a variety of activities
in the design, fabrication and restoration of military artifacts. The
person should possess a general knowledge of carpentry,.metal work,
electrical circuits, lighting, etc. The worker will report to the Museum
Exhibit Design Supervisor. A Career Service Class Specification is
provided in Appendix A.









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B. MISSION STATEMENT


The mission of the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the Second
World War is to establish and operate a public facility dedicated to
individuals and units of the U.S. Army in memory of their World War II
service. The museum will collect, preserve, exhibit, display and account
for all objects and artifacts related to the history, heritage and
traditions of Camp Blanding, the Florida National Guard, individuals
and units that trained at Camp Blanding and the U.S. Army.

To accomplish this mission, the museum will accept donations, procure
artifacts, and arrange loans of materials that will aid in the inter-
pretation and exhibition of World War II heritage. The museum will also
provide educational programs and information to civilian and military
communities as well as to individuals.



C. SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS


FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD HISTORICAL FOUNDATION, INC


The present historical foundation will provide the umbrella non-profit
organization for the Camp Blanding Museum Complex. Donations of money
or artifacts, when tax considerations require; special financing or
grants in aide and similar administrative functions can be assumed by
the foundation as currently organized. The Camp Blanding Museum Super-
visor, and the President of the Camp Blanding Museum & Historical
association both serve on the Board of Directors of the foundation.


THE CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION


A museum associates organization to provide volunteers and other
services to the museum complex has been organized. It is a typical
museum associates organization, patterned after the one that services
the Florida State Museums. The organization has both military and
civilian personnel in its membership and is open to anyone and everyone
with an interest in the museum.










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D SCOPE OF COLLECTIONS POLICY


The Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the Second World War will
contain objects, which are related to the history of Camp Blanding. The
museum collection serves three major purposes that are consonant with the
museum mission statement.

1. Preserve objects which give the public an understanding and
appreciation of: the history of Camp Blanding, individuals and units that trained
here and their contribution during World War II.

I 2. Provides military education for soldiers and units training at
Camp Blanding.

3. Allows resources for limited research into the history of Camp
Blanding and the American military during World War II.

Objects acquired for the museum through unconditional gift, purchase, or
loan will relate directly to the history of the Installation or the American
Army presence during World War II. Thus, the scope of the objects to comprise
this collection will include the following:

1. Military Equipment

a. Weapons, uniforms, wheeled and track vehicles, Army Air Corps
Aircraft and other U.S. Army Military Issue items that are specifically
identified with Camp Blanding during World War II.

b. Other Army military objects which could be attributed to World
War II, but may not be identified as actually used at Camp Blanding.

2. Personal Possessions

a. Personal items that belonged to or were used by Army military
personnel, their family members or acquaintances and civilians during their
tour of duty through-out World War II.

b. Non-military equipment and objects that can be readily identified
with the Army military presence in World War II.

3. Archaeological Findings

S.Selected archaeological artifacts discovered on the Camp Blanding
reservation which specifically relate to the military presence during World
War II.






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4. ART


a. Prints, paintings, drawings and sculpture pertaining to Camp
Blanding, the Pacific and European Theaters, and the U.S. Army during
World War II.

b. Models of American, and other Allied nations (as well as Axis)
equipment used during World War II.

c. Photographs of Camp Blanding, the military presence in World
War II; and individuals, units, equipment and events of World War II.


5. DOCUMENTS


a. Books, manuals, and papers pertaining or related to Camp Blanding
and World War II.

b. Publications about, pertaining to, or related to Army military
equipment and supplies used during World War II.

The donation of objects by individuals is encouraged and treated as tax-
deductable gifts if necessary. However, the Camp Blanding Museum reserves
the right to reject those donations which are not considered suitable for
display or within the limits of this collection policy or the museum mission
statement. The Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the Second World War
will give each donated object the best available care and attention, and the
museum does not guarantee that every donated object will be displayed.

Donor labels, generally will not be placed with all items on exhibit. The
prospective donor must understand that all donations are unconditional unless
otherwise specified. All donations became the property of the Florida National
Guard.

The museum will accept only loaned items which are essential to the museum
needs.

Subject to the availability of funds, the museum may purchase appropriate
historical objects with either appropriated funds, approved foundation funds
or approved association funds.

Historic property in the museum collection will be deaccessioned and disposed
of in accordance with applicable Army and National Guard regulations. Generally,
these objects will be items that do not conform to this scope of collections
policy, the museum mission statement, are damaged beyond repair, or are considered
to excess to the needs of the museum.





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Class Specification CLASS CODE


CLASS TITLE MUSEUM EXHIBIT DESIGN SUPERVISOR


ALLOCATION FACTORS)

This is supervisory work planning, organizing and directing
the design, construction, and fabrication of a variety of spe-
cialized museum collections and coordinating the development and
presentation of museum exhibits with other professional museum
staff. The primary duty of the employees) in the positions)
allocated to this class is to spend a major portion of the time
communicating with, motivating, training and evaluating employ-
ees, planning and directing their work; and having the authority
to hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge,
assign, reward or discipline subordinate employees or to effec-
tively recommend such actions.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: (Note: The examples of work as
listed in this class specification are not necessarily descrip-
tive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific
statements does not. preclude management from assigning specific
duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment
to the position. Examples of work performed are not to be used
for allocation purposes.)

Motivates employees to improve the quality and quantity of
work performed.
Plans workloads, workflows, deadlines, work objectives and
time utilization with employees.
Evaluates employees through establishing evaluation crite-
'ria and responsibilities and meeting regularly with employees to
insure the pre-established"criteria are met.
Trains employees in methods for performing an effective and
efficient job.
Communicates on a regular basis with employees both individ-
ually and in staff meetings.
Directs the work of employees to insure maximum use of time
and resources.
Plans, coordinates and participates in the development, de-
sign and construction of complex exhibits for a large state
museum.
Supervises subordinate personnel in the construction and
fabrication of museum exhibits and oversees the contractors and
sub-contractors on grant and contract activities involving muse-
|um building construction and case fabrication.
Coordinates the development and direct presentation of muse-
lum exhibits and information programs with other professional
museum staff.




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EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: (Continued) :

Interview.i and selects exhibit construction and specimen
preparation personnel; instructs personnel in exhibits produc-
tion techniques and art media used in preparing exhibits and may
participate in exhibit production.
SInitiates and/or participates in short and long-range plan-
ning with reference to exhibit, research, and personnel
programs.
Coordinates the production of a variety of printed materi-
als for the museum which includes the graphic design and layout
of these materials.
i Assists other museums and local historical societies in de-
sign conceptualization of individual historical exhibit units
and other museum undertakings.
Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (Note: The knowledge, skills
and abilities (KSA's) identified in this class specification rep-
resent those needed to perform the dutie; of this class. Addi-
tional knowledge, skills and abilities may be applicable for
indiJvidual positions in the employing agency.)

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective
written and verbal communication.
Knowledge of the principles, techniques and equipment used
in designing, fabricating or constructing museum exhibits.
Skill in the use of equipment and material used in museum ex-
hibit work.
Ability to supervise people.
Ability to design, fabricate or construct museum exhibits.
Ability to plan, develop and coordinate the preservation of
museum exhibits.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to evaluate and analyze data relating to museum exhi-
bits.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to determine work priorities, assign work and in-
sure proper completion of work assignments.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A bachelor's degree with a major in art, history, anthropol-
ogy or archaeology and three years of experience in designing,
fabricating or constructing museum or gallery exhibits or in
graphic design work; or
A master's degree in art, history, anthropology, or archae-
ol6gy and two years of experience as described above.





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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Continued)

Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-
year basis for the required college education.


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S Career Service 2754

Class Specification CLASS CODE


CLASS TITLE MUSEUM PREPARATOR


ALLOCATION FACTORS)

This is semi-skilled work performing a variety of activ-
ities in the design and fabrication of museum exhibits requiring
a general knowledge of carpentry, metal work, electrical cir-
cuits, lighting and construction of dioramas and display cases
and/or matting or framing art work.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: (Note: The examples of work as
listed in this class specification are not necessarily descrip-
tive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific
statements does not preclude management from assigning specific
duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment
to the position. Examples of work performed are not to be used
for allocation purposes.)

Makes crates for shipping specimens and/or works of art.
Mounts specimens on museum exhibit panels and specimen
cases.
Makes fixtures, specimen mounts, and/or mats and frames
works of art.
"Assists in all-types of museum panel and case
installations.
Maintains tools and supplies.
Fabricates and constructs museum exhibits requiring a gener-
al knowledge of wood working, metal working, casting, and elec-
trical circuits.
Constructs a variety of routine diorama accessories for mu-
seum exhibits.
May be responsible for cleaning and keeping the exhibits
lab in order.
Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: -(Note: The knowledge, skills
and abilities (KSA's) identified in this class specification rep-
resent those needed to perform the duties of this class. Addi-
tional knowledge, skills and abilities may be applicable for
individual positions in the employing agency.)

Knowledge of basic woodworking, metalworking, painting, cast-
ing, electrical wiring, and lighting.
Skill in using a variety of hand and power tools.
Ability to follow design instructions, specifications and
blueprints.
Ability to fabricate and construct exhibits.
Ability to construct a variety of diorama and exhibit
S accessories.
Ability to mount specimens and install exhibits.



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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (Continued)

Ability to maintain tools and supplies.
Ability to mat, frame and install exhibits.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

One year of experience in the design, fabrication, or con-
struction of exhibits; or
SCompletion of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college
course work which includes two courses in studio of fine arts.


ESTABLISHED: 1/1/84 APP VED BY-

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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF .CAMP LANDING



A. GENERAL

The Armory Board maintains the Florida National Guard's 70,380 acre
Training Site located in Clay County. Included in this area are 40,000
acres, representing former federal lands, deeded to the State of Florida
by the federal government through Public Law 493, with stipulations that
all the lands be maintained as a military reservation and that a forestry
management program be conducted. The Department of Military Affairs receives
revenue from the forestry management program and, also, from heavy mineral
sands removed from these lands, all of which is utilized to defray operating
expenses at Camp Blanding.

The Camp Blanding Military Reservation is used extensively by the Florida
National Guard and by Active and Reserve Component branches of the Armed
Forces. Additionally, training facilities on the reservation are used on a
regular basis by various federal, state, county and local governmental agencies.
Several civilian organizations utilize the various facilities available at the
Camp Blanding Training Site throughout the year.


B. CAMP BLENDING MANAGEMENT TRUST FUND

This fund consist of revenues generated at Camp Blanding, principally,
from the sale of timber products and royalties received from the mining
operation conducted on the reservation, and by law, is expended exclusively
for the operation and maintenance of Camp Blanding. Due to the revenues
generated on the Installation and including federal appropriations, Camp
Blanding is self-supporting and does not normally require funds from the
state general revenue.


ANNUAL STATE FINANCIAL INPUT

(FY 88-89)

Salary and Benefits . . .... .$2,062,978.00
Other Personnel Services . . . 58,216.00
Expenses .......................................... 642,421.00
Operating Capital Outlay .......................... 151,570.00
Fixed Capital Outlay .............................. 108,800.00
Refunds .......................................... 1,008.00
Certifications Forward ............................ 114,710.00
Cancellation Warrants ............................. 57.00


TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS $3,139,760.00



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C. ANNUAL FEDERAL FINANCIAL INPUT



In addition to state revenue accrued and expended within the area, federal
appropriations for operations and maintenance, military construction and
military payrolls significantly enhance the area economy.

Army Training Site Cooperative Funding .................$1,258,700.00
Military Construction .................................. 5,064,358.00
Pay for National Guard Technicians ..................... 4,276,585.00
Federal Duty for Site Support .......................... 1,200,000.00


D. ANNUAL TRAINING USAGE AT CAMP BLENDING


During the fiscal year July 1, 1987 through June 30, 1988 a total of 256,240
mandays were used for training at Camp Blanding. The Florida National Guard,
other states' National Guard, elements of other reserve components, and active
components of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all trained at the
installation with payrolls that were significant. Various other government
agencies and civilian organizations also utilized the training facilities.


E. MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK HAS SIGNIFICANT IMPACT


Many veterans that trained at Camp Blanding along with their families visit
the installations on a weekly basis. It is suspected this number will continually
increase within the next few years as most have now retired and vacation or
move to Florida. Once the facility is open as a complete entity with appropriate
advertisements and with more public knowledge, the museum will become an
area attraction that potentially will attract larger numbers of visitors.




















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HEADQUARTERS
INSTALLATION SUPPORT UNIT AND CAMP BLENDING
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Route 1, Box 465. Camp Blanding
Starke. Florida 32091-9703

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TABLE OF CONTENTS


PART I.


INTRODUCTION

GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

...Project Summary
...Site Plan
...Location Maps
...Project; Contact Persons

PROJECT AND THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

VETERAN ORGANIZATIONAL PARTICIPATION; NEEDS AND POLICY


PART II.


A. MUSEUM BUILDING

...First Floor; Museum Plan
...Second Floor; Research Library and Archives

B. FLORIDA REGIMENTS MEMORIAL

C. MEMORIAL GARDENS

D. EXTERIOR DISPLAYS

E. PICNIC AREA


APPENDICIES


...FLORIDA REGIMENTS AND GUARDSMEN; SECOND WORLD WAR
...COLLECTIONS POLICY
...ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT GROUPS




























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The Camp Blanding Military Reservation near Starke, Florida, was
a major U.S. Army training center during the Second World War.
It was originally established as a state military training
reservation for units of the Florida National Guard. Following
mobilization of the National Guard beginning in September of
1940, and especially following the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor, Camp Blanding became a major multi-purpose training base
for many units and individuals representing all branches of the
army.

Prior to its conversion to an Infantry Replacement Training
Center in late 1943, dozens and dozens of complete army units and
some several hundred thousand men, trained at Camp Blanding.
Included were a cavalry regiment, tank destroyer, field
artillery, engineer and medical battalions, many separate
infantry regiments and nine complete infantry divisions- the 1st,
29th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 43rd, 63rd, 66th and 79th.

For most of 1944 and 1945, a very high percentage of the
individuals sent to replenish the ranks of America's combat
infantry units trained at Camp Blanding's Infantry Replacement
Training Center. Additionally, the camp was the site of a German
Prisoner of War compound, a large hospital, reception station
and,at war's end, a separation center. Following the war, Camp
Blanding reverted to state control and, by public law, is still
operated as a training site for the National Guard and other
reserve components of the nation's Armed Forces.

And now, the Florida National Guard is sponsoring the
establishment of the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of
the Second World War to honor and remember the war-time history
of the camp and all the men and units of the U.S. Army who
trained here between 1940 and 1945. The facility will be formally
opened and dedicated in special ceremonies on the 25th of
November 1990, the fiftieth anniversary of the mobilization of
the Florida National Guard.














GENERAL DESCRIPTION


The Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the Second World
War is a thirteen acre site adjacent to the main entrance of the
present camp. It includes a World War II two-story barracks
building housing museum displays and a research library and
archives collection, an exterior display area for major weapons,
memorial gardens dedicated to the various units and individuals
who trained here, a picnic area and the Florida Regiments
Memorial of the Second World War. All areas will be open to the
public.


MUSEUM BUILDING


The entire first floor of the museum building will be devoted to
displays illustrating the war-time history of Camp Blanding and
the two major theaters of war in which units trained at Camp
Blanding fought. In the "theaters of war" areas, there will be
displays focused on the campaigns of the nine infantry divisions
which trained at Blanding in addition to general displays
depicting various aspects of the war in general.

The second floor of the building, in addition to some office and
storage space, there will be a research library and archives
collection associated with World War II in general and the units
which served here in particular. Included in the archives will
be documents, unit histories, manuscripts and a wide variety of
visual materials. There will be a large conference and lecture
room adjacent to the library.


EXTERIOR WEAPONS DISPLAYS


In the center of the property, around a small man-made pond,
hardstands will hold individual displays of large weapons,
vehicles and, hopefully, several aircraft associated with the war
service of the units and men trained at Camp Blanding.


PUBLIC PICNIC AREA


Across a small stream from the exterior weapons display area is a
public picnic area, nicely shaded and which will have both
covered and uncovered picnic tables and basic rest room
facilities.












MEMORIAL GARDENS



Several tree-shaded acres of thepark immediately adjacent to the
exterior fence of the reservation and north of the exterior
weapons display area is where the memorial gardens are now being
prepared. Meandering walkways through the gardens branch into
numerous side paths leading to small memorial display sites. It
is planned to have attractive memorials in place to each of the nine
Blanding divisions and the IRTC by the time of the opening. Over
time, it is hoped many additional units, individuals and
veteran's groups will choose to erect other memorials in the
garden.


FLORIDA REGIMENTS MEMORIAL


Immediately south of the museum building is a 3/4 acre area on
which a large memorial commemorating the World War II service of
the men and units of the Florida National Guard mobilized in
1940. This memorial is presently under construction and should be
;finished by the spring of 1990. Included in the memorial will
be a life-sized bronze statue of a World War II soldier, engraved
individual displays devoted to each mobilized unit of the Florida
National Guard indicating its campaign and battle honors and two
large marble pedestals on which the name, date of death, Florida
unit and combat service unit of each identified Florida Guardsman
who died or was killed in action during the war will be
inscribed. The entire memorial area will be beautifully
landscaped and contain a lighted fountain and appropriate flag
displays.







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To obtain additional information about the Camp Blanding project
in general, the 1990 Dedication Ceremonies and Reunion or to
discuss donations of funds, assistance, items of equipment or
memorabilia associated with the Second World War and library or
archival materials, please contact any of the individuals and
organizations listed below:


Office of the Adjutant General
State of Florida
State Arsenal
P.O. Box 1008
St. Augustine, FL
32-85-1008
(904) 824-8461

Robert Hawk
President
Florida National Guard Historical
Foundation
State Arsenal
P.O. Box 1008
St. Augustine, FL
32085-1008
(904-824-8461 ext 174)

SGM Rodney Hall
Curator
Camp Blanding Museum
CBTS
P.O. Box 465
Starke, Fl 32091-9703
(Work) (904)-533-3196
(Home) (904)-473-3152

Lt.Col. James Bloodworth (Ret.)
President
Camp Blanding Museum and Historical Associates
(904)-964-6870

Maj. Gen. W. Stanford Smith (Ret.)
Vice President
Camp Blanding Musuem and Historical Associates
(407)-777-5475















FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR



It may not seem possible to some but the fiftieth anniversary
years of the Second World War are nearly here. It was the most
important event of the entire 20th century and we still live in
its shadow. Yet more than one half of the present American
population was born after the war and have no memory of its
events or clear knowledge of its tremendous impact on our
society. Those of us associated with America's armed forces,
past and present, have an obligation to provide the public with
information and formal presentations to help recall and remember
those years, the effort and sacrifice that ensured a last half of
the century characterized by general prosperity and no "Third
World War."

To most Americans, World War II began with the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. It didn't. For America, the war
years began with the establishment of a peacetime selective
service and the federalization of the National Guard beginning in
September of 1940. It was a time of declared "national
emergency", not yet war. But those young men who went to federal
duty in 1940 and survived the ensuing five years of peace and war
would not return home again until 1945. And so it was with the
young men of the Florida National Guard who were mobilized
on the 25th of November 1940.

During December of 1940, Florida's Guardsmen began arriving at
the their newly created state training site, Camp Blanding, near
Starke in northcentral part of the peninsula. It was hardly more
than a 72,000 acre largely un-imporved swamp and sand-soil
forest. It was soon brought under federal jurisdiction for the
duration of the war and would eventually expand into one of the
largest and most important army training sites in the nation.

Here nine full infantry divisions, hundreds of separate
battalions and regiments of infantry, artillery, engineers and
other specialist units would form and train. Here the largest of
the Infantry Replacement Training Centers would be established
in late 1943. Here was a major prisoner of war camp, a hosptial
and, when the war ended, a demobilization base.

After the war, Camp Blanding was returned to its original
function as a major state-owned training site for the National
Guard and Reserves. But the war years were remembered and
physical remnants of its "federal period" remained. A
long-cherished ambition to commemorate its era of greatness was
finally realized in 1988 with the creation and approval of the
plans for the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the
Second World War.














Money has been authorized, more solicited, detailed plans
established and work begun on this most interesting and beautiful
facility. It encompasses thirteen acres of land adjacent to the
main gate. Included are an original World War II barracks
building for the indoor portion of the museum, a large open area
with pond for the display of larger weapons and vehicles, a
picnic area, an extensive landscaped garden area where memorials
to the various divisions and other units that trained here are
being established and a newly designed major memorial to the men
and regiments of the Florida National Guard that served in the
war.

The opening and dedication ceremonies for the new museum and
memorial park are to occur on the fiftieth anniversary of
Florida's mobilization for war, 25 November 1990. Many veteran's
groups and those of several of the divisions and regiments that
trained here have already committed to participate in the event.
As the only major Army or National Guard facility dedicated
exclusively to the Second World War, we hope to have its opening
and dedicatory ceremonies recognized as the premier event
initiating the Department of Defense, Army and National Guard's
formal celebration of the fiftieth anniversary years.

Present plans envision a schedule which includes:

...24 November

Open house and tours of Camp Blanding, demonstrations of current
military weapons and tactics during the day, a formal banquet
or ball and military ceremonial in the evening

...25 November

A military and veteran's parade, massing of colors and fly-past
of World War II aircraft will proceed the formal dedication of
the Florida Regiments Memorial specifically and the entire Museum
and Memorial Park in general followed by guided tours of the
facility and a barbeque by the lake in the evening.

...26 November

General Open House at Camp Blanding and the Museum

...27 November

For those interested, guided tours of St. Augustine including
its newly established Museum of Florida's Army and the Florida
National Guard's State Arsenal occupying the site of the 16th
century Spanish monastery and a later British, Spanish, and
American military post. Included will be a special memorial
service at the National Cemetery adjacent to the Arsenal.





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