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Title: Camp Blanding museum project
Series Title: Special archives publication
Physical Description: 3 v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida -- Dept. of Military Affairs
Publisher: State Arsenal
Place of Publication: St. Augustine Fla
Publication Date: [1991?]
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Subject: Military museums -- Florida   ( lcsh )
History -- Camp Blanding (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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SpGecaI ArGhlives
PubIication Number


107
CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM PROJECT
VOL 2


State Arsenal
St. Francis
Barracks
St. Augustine,
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STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL



POST OFFICE BOX 1008
STATE ARSENAL. ST. AUGUSTINE
32085-1008





The special Archives Publication Series of the Historical
Services Division are produced as a service to Florida
communities, historians, and to any other individuals, historical
or geneological societies, and national or regional governmental
agencies which find the information contained herein of use or
value.

At present, only a very limited number of copies of these
publications are produced and are provided to certain state and
national historical record repositories at no charge. Any
remaining copies are provided to interested parties on a first
come, first served basis. It is hoped these publications will
soon be reproduced and made available to a wider public through
the efforts of the Florida National Guard Historical Foundation
Inc.

Information about the series is available from the Historical
Services Division, Department of Military Affairs, State Arsenal,
St. Augustine, Florida.


Robert Hawk
Director











FLORIDA STATE DEPOSITORIES

State documents are distributed to the following depository libraries and are available
to Florida citizens for use either in the libraries or on interlibrary loan, subject to
each library's regulations. An asterisk (*) indicates libraries that are obligated to
give interlibrary loan service. Requests should be directed to the nearest 'epository.

Bay County Public Library (1968) *State Library of Florida (1968)
25 West Government Street Documents Section
Panama City, Florida 32402 R. A. Gray Building
Tallahassee, Florida 323 9-0250
Bay Vista Campus Library (1982)
Documents Department Stetson University (1968)
Florida International University Dupont-Ball Library
North Miami, Florida 33181 Deland, Florida 32720-3769

Broward County Division of Libraries (1968) Jacksonville University (1968)
100 South Andrews Avenue Carl S. Swisher Library
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 University Blvd., North
Jacksonville, Florida 32211
Cocoa Public Library (1968)
430 Delannoy Avenue *Tampa-Hillsborough County Public (1968
Cocoa, Florida 32922 Library System
900 North Ashley Street
*Florida Atlantic University (1968) Tampa, Florida 33602
Library
P. 0. Box 3092 *... *University of Central Florida (1968)
Boca Raton, Florida 33431 Library
I Universy ( ... 1Post Office Box 25000
*Florida International University (1971) Orlando, Florida 32816-0666
Documents Section
Tamiami Campus Library Tamiami Trail *University of Florida Library (1968)
Miami, Florida 33199 i::Documents Department
.;.Gainesville, Florida 32611
*Florida State University Library (1968)
Documents Maps Division *University of Miami Library (1968)
Tallahassee, Florida 32306 Gov't Publications
P. O. Box 248214
*Jacksonville Public Library (1968) Coral Gables, Florida 33124
122 North Ocean Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202 *University of North Florida Library
Documents Division
*Miami-Dade Public Library (1968) Post Office Box 17605
101 West Flagler Street Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Miami, Florida 33130-1504
*University of South Florida (1968)
*Ocala Public Library (1972) Library Special Collections
15 Southeast Osceola Avenue 4204 Fowler Avenue
Ocala, Florida 32671 Tampa, Florida 33620

Orange County Library District (1968) University of West Florida (1968)
101 East Central Bqulevard Documents John Pace Library
Orlando, Florida 32801 Pensacola, Florida 32514-5750
St. Petersburg Public Library (1968) WestPalm Beach Public Library (1968
3745 Ninth Avenue, North West Palm Beach Public Library (1968
3745 Ninth Avenue, North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713 West Palm ea
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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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 Train-
ing Center. Additionally, the camp was the site of a German Prisoner of War compound, a
large hospital, reception station and, at wars 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 BLAND-
ING 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.









I GENERAL DESCRIPTION



The CAMP BLENDING 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, 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 including the home front, industry at war, Medal
of Honor recipients, casualties and military medicine.

The second floor of the building, in addition to some office and storage space, will contain 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,2

manuscripts and a wide variety of visual materials. There will be a large conference and lecture
room adjacent to the library.




















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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 restroom
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MEMORIAL GARDENS
Several tree-shaded acres of the park 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, individual memorial display sites. It is planned to have attractive
memorials in place to each of the nine Blanding divisions, the Infantry Replacement Training
Center, (IRTC), Medal of Honor and Purple Heart, by the time of the opening. Over time, it
is hoped many additional units, individuals and veteran's groups will choose to erect other
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Immediately south of the museum building is a 3/4-acre area on- which a large memorial
commemorating the World War I service of the men and units of the Florida National Guard
mobilized in 1940. This memoriajis 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 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
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BLENDING WORLD WAR II MUSEUM; INTERIOR DISPLAYS
GENERAL AREA THEMES
ENTRY;

Identification and orientation information to include:

...Signs; one with wooden cut-out letters; "Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the
Second World War" and the other identifying the Florida National Guard as sponsor and
Camp Blanding as host facility ...Orientation and map of facilities; museum and park ...Nar-
rative explanation, purpose and nature of the museum ...Thanks list ...Display devoted to
General Albert Blanding

AREA A: CAMP BLENDING; 1940-1945
To include;

...Six wall displays Blanding 1940-42 and Blanding 1942-45 ...Two cased mannequin displays
...Possibly one cased artifact display ...Either a large model of the camp circa 1944 or a
two-figure full-size barracks inspection scene) ...A large and detailed map of Camp Blanding

AREA B: DIVISIONAL HALL
To include:

...Ten wall displays and one or two cased artifact displays devoted to the nine "Blanding"
Divisions (1st, 29th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 43rd, 63rd, 66th, 79th), one Airborne Regimental Combat
Team (508th)

AREA C; MIXED AREA; FNG, HEAVY EQUIPMENT DISPLAY; INTRO TO OTHER AREAS
To include;

...Three wall displays and one artifact case; Florida National Guard; World War II ...Heavy
equipment; to be determined but tentatively ajeep or staff car of the period with accompanying
mannequins and equipment ...Three wall displays introducing the other half of the museum

AREA D; WAR ERA AND COMBAT-RELATED DISPLAYS

To include:

...1. outline map of the Pacific Theater and 2. outline map of European Theater (Hopefully
on clear plexiglass; otherwise framed drawings) ...Six cased mannequin displays, European
and Pacific Theaters ...Five or six cased artifact displays, various topics ...Approximately 20
wall displays, various topics

AREA E; MEDAL OF HONOR AND CASUALTY LIST (PURPLE HEART) HALL
To Include:



...Six wall displays with photos and citations for the forty seven recipients of the Medal of
Honor associated with the Blanding Divisions and casualty information for the same units
with a special area devoted to military cemeteries overseas ...One cased artifact display with









all American medals associated with the war ...Podium with large book; lists of fatal casualties;
Blanding Divisions by name and unit

AREA F; PX (Museum Store)

Tentatively scheduled to be operated by the Camp Blanding historical and Museum Associates
and to sell:

...Divisional and other history books ...Patches, badges and similar military memorabilia both
original and reproduction ...A large variety of prints, photo reprints, postcards and similar
items ...Visitor-oriented cloth goods ...Other items as needs and availability identified

INTERIOR DISPLAYS; DETAILED BY TYPE
CASED MANNEQUINS:

(All cases to be of uniform size; 4 foot square and 7 to 7'6 inches high)

...Camp Blanding Soldier; circa 1941; pre-Pearl Harbor (A) ...Camp Blanding Soldier; 1942-
1945 (A) ...US combat infantryman; Pacific (D) ...Japanese infantryman (Hopefully) (D) ...US
infantryman or artilleryman; Europe (D) ...US airborne infantryman (D) ...German infantry-
man (D) ...US Army Nurse (D)

UN-CASED MANNEQUINS (Possible)

...Two figures; officer and private; barracks and kit inspection (Clothing and personal equip-
ment layout inspection (A) ...One or more figures; jeep, staff car or artillery; display (C)

ARTIFACT DISPLAYS; CASED

(All artifact cases to be of uniform size; 3 foot square, approximately 6 feet high including a 2
1/2 foot boxed base)

...Artifacts and information; General Albert Blanding ...Blanding items; 1940-1945 (A)
(Tentative) ...Divisional items; nine divisions, one abn RCT (B) ...Same as above ...Personal
items; US Soldier all theaters (D) ...Military Medicine; combat (D) ...Theme undetermined;
depends on what is obtained but likely to be an assortment of items; all theaters. Present plans
suggest military hearldry; all combattant nations. ...Decorations and medals; US (E)

STANDARD WALL-SPACE DISPLAYS

(All wall displays to be of uniform size; 40 by 60 inches display area plus frame. They can be
suspended from the ceiling and can hang lengthwise or sideways, depending on area separation
needs or demands of specific displays)

ENTRY (Four Displays)

...Title sign ...Blanding sign ...Diagram of park and museum ...Thanks list and narrative
description/explanation of facility

AREA A (Six Displays)

...Blanding; pre-Pearl Harbor; construction and establishment (Photographs and narratives)
...Blanding; pre-Pearl Harbor; various views taken from a color postcard series of 1941; will









include several flat artifacts ...Continuation of above ...Florida National Guard at Blanding
...Blanding; 1942-43; divisional and independent unit training site ...Blanding; IRTC (Repro-
duction of IRTC Handbook)

AREA B (Ten Displays)

(Each divisional display will contain a color reproduction of its patch, title, campaigns,
casualty figures, dates it was assigned to Camp Blanding, narrative summary; combat history
and approximately seven photographs) ...lst Division ...29th Division ...30th Division ...31st
Division ...36th Division ...43rd Division ...63rd Division ...66th Division ...79th Division
...508th RCT

AREA C (Six Displays)

...Florida National Guard; World War II casualty lists with Florida Regiment, combat unit,
date and place of death when known ...Florida National Guard; A Florida state flag embla-
zoned with the patches of all divisions and air forces in which mobilized Florida Guardsmen
are known to have served ...Florida National Guard; Then and Now display; photos and lists
with narratives of the war service of one company of Florida Guardsmen 1940. Includes info
on present active members of the company association ...Remember Pearl Harbor display of
posters and other materials ...US flag (Plexiglass front and back); 48 star flag used to cover the
coffin of a World War II veteran ...Getting there; photos and other items related to overseas
transportation of Blanding soldiers

AREA D (Twelve Displays;possibly four more might be added)

(These displays will consist of a variety of items, generally photographs, magazine covers,
posters and flat artifacts suitable for the themes and flat display format)

The two war zone or theater maps are considered wall displays but will be case or mounted
differently. It is hoped the outlined maps can be made on clear plastic and mounted between
two sheets of plexiglass.

...The Home Front; the war begins ...An industry at war (Allis Motor Company) ...Medals,
badges, patches, insignia ...Money and the Mail ...Propaganda in several forms post cards,
letters, stamps, greeting cards ...Magazine covers; various topics ...Military medicine ...Train-
ing or instructional posters and postcards ...Propaganda posters and advertisements; late war
(Home Front) ...Same; overseas ...The Allies and the enemies ...War's End and demobilization

AREA E (Six Displays)

...Medal of Honor; recipients with photos and citations; Blanding Divisions ...Same ...Same
...Special display and narrative; casualties; all forms; killed in action, died of wounds, wounded,
captured and missing ...Military cemeteries ...Same

GENERAL; ENTIRE MUSEUM; ARMY ART

...Approximately THIRTY National Guard and US Army prints of original paintings, various
World War II subjects and themes; will be individually framed and placed in appropriate areas
throughout the museum.

CAMP BLENDING WORLD WAR II MUSEUM; EXTERIOR DISPLAYS









The large concrete pads arrayed near the pond will support a variety of weapons and vehicles.
Some of these items are already at hand and some are yet to be located, obtained and restored.

...105 mm artillery piece ...155 mm artillery piece ...Large truck ...Half-track ...One or more
tanks ...Ambulance ...Amphibious landing craft ...C-47 restored as airborne infantry transport
...Jeep ...4x4 small truck

And other items depending on availability and cost

MEMORIALS

There will be paths leading to a number of assigned unit zones within the Memorial Garden
area. Each zone will have a circular pad of brick with a small, four-foot block or marble
pedestal topped with an engraved and enameled black marble tablet of the unit's crest (or
theme identification). Included will be;

...lst Infantry Division ...29th Infantry Division ...30th Infantry Division ...31st Infantry
Division ...36th Infantry Division ...43rd Infantry Division ...63rd Infantry Division ...66th
Infantry Division ...79th Infantry Division ...Infantry Replacement Training Center ...Purple
Heart ...Medal of Honor

In addition, one regimental association, the 508th, has already emplaced a memorial and
several other independent units have indicated a wish to do the same.

Each division is encouraged to establish an additional and separate memorial commemorating
their war service within the designated divisional zone. To date (January 1990), the 30th, 43rd
and 66th Infantry Division Associations have committed to construct additional individual
unit memorials.










LANDING MUSEUM OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
NON-FUNDED MUSEUM NEEDS

With the aide of state monies, in-house (National Guard) and institutional (Department of
Corrections) support, contributions from private individuals and the Florida National Guard
Officer's Association, most of the exterior work on the park, divisional memorials, exterior
weapons displays, rehabilitation of the barracks and the FNG Memorial are adequately
funded. However, only a very modest amount of scheduled funding has been made available
to actually design, create and establish the World War II museum to be housed in the barracks
building.

The Camp Blanding Museum Associates have assisted by providing consultant monies for a
museum design specialist and the Florida National Guard Historical Foundation is endeav-
oring to supply the rest of the resources necessary to create the museum. In addition to the
many thousands of hours required to research and design the many displays, there are specific
financial needs that must be resolved. (Amounts indicated are based on researched estimates
according to established designs)

...Materials for constructing the artifact, mannequin and wall display cases, excluding plexiglas
($2600) ...Materials for mounting and matting the "wall" displays ($1200) ...Plexiglas for all
the wall, artifact and mannequin cases ($12-14,000) ...Skilled graphic artists to put the displays
together (? but certainly $800-1000) ...Purchase of the many artifacts and other display
materials not available from donations or as trade items for materials surplus to our collection
needs (extrapolated from present anticipation on what has already been donated and pur-
chased; $4-5,000) ...Special graphic artist requirements associated with many of the displays
including the maps and diagrams ($500-700) and the model of Camp Blanding if eventually
constructed ($1500) ...Special photographic needs can be fairly estimated at approximately
$800 ...Lighting ($11-14,000) ...Hardware for mounting, suspending and installing displays
($600) ...Signage (In-house) ...Labor for all the above (Most has been promised either in-house
or Department of corrections) ...Framing National Guard and US Army Art prints (In-house)
...Security system (In-house?)

We have been assured that Camp Blanding personnel can construct the frames for the prints
and the wall displays. The Vo-tech program of the Department of Corrections will construct
the artifact and mannequin display cases. All other tasks are those that cannot be accom-
plished by existing institutional or departmental resources.

Not included on the above list are certain non-funded items associated with the exterior
displays and park areas of the facility.

...The ceramic reproductions fo divisional crests, IRTC logo, Medal of Honor and Purple
Heart memorials ($2100-2400) (Since assumed by the FNGF) ...Purchase of large weapons
and vehicles not available from normal government sources ...Transportation and special
handling of such equipment ...Restoration of many items, beyond the capacity of existing
Camp Blanding personnel and facilities (for both interior and exterior displays)

And, probably, a "miscellaneous" category to cover un-anticipated needs without a pricetag.








NOTE:
The mannequin, artifact and wall display cases have been designed in standard shapes, sizes
and component materials:

8 Mannequin Cases: Wood (type TBA); 4' by 4' by 7 to 7 1/2'

8-10 Artifact Cases: (as above); 3' by 3' by 6 1/2' with a base approximately 2' high)

38-42 Wall Cases: (as above); 40" by 60" interior display area plus frame

28-30 Art Prints: (as above); normal framing








I 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 character-
ized 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 Septem-
ber 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 unimproved 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 hospital 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 commemo-
rate its era of greatness was finally realized in 1988 with the creation and approval of the plans
for the CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK OF THE SECOND
WORLD WAR.












FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF MOBILIZATION REUNION 1940-1990




The dedication ceremonies associated with the opening of the CAMP BLANDING MU-
SEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR will take place on the
fiftieth anniversary of the day in 1940 when Florida's National Guard was mobilized for war
service. All surviving veterans who were mobilized with the Florida Guard are invited to
attend a reunion in their honor. We are also inviting everyone who later served with any of
Florida's regiments during the war to take part in the festivities.

The Florida National Guard, in cooperation with a large number of interested private
individuals and organizations, is sponsoring all activities associated with this FIFTIETH
REUNION OF FLORIDA'S REGIMENTS. Veterans of Florida's war-time regiments will
be escorted to all activities and are especially invited to an Fiftieth Anniversary Banquet at the
Ponce de Leon Resort in St. Augustine, Florida to be held the evening of 24 November. The
banquet will feature formal military ceremonies and presentations. All participants are
encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and to display their full-sized or miniature medals.

A great many other individual veteran's, organizations and divisional associations are being
invited to participate in the weekend's activities. Most of them will also hold reunions.
Coordination of these other reunions is being handled by the Meeting Management Group,
the event accommodations facilitators.



NOTE: The reunion of Florida's regiments is being coordinated by the State Headquarters of
the Florida National Guard. Many of the services and equipment needed for sponsorship are
available through departmental resources. However, there are many expenses that cannot be
met with existing resources and all interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to
contribute toward meeting those expenses. Contact the State Arsenal, St. Augustine for more
information. (P.O. Box 1008, St. Augustine, Fl 32085, 904-824-8461)






REUNION AND DEDICATION
INFORMATION REUNION AND DEDICATION

24-25 NOVEMBER 1990 INFORMATION




ACCOMMODATIONS AND AIRLINE
INFORMATION

MEETING MANAGEMENT GROUP # CAMP
6304 1121th Avenue BLANDING
Tampa, F 33617
(813-988-0737)


FLORIDA REGIMENTS REUNION-

FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD
HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
State Arsenal
P.O. Box 1008
St. Augustine, Fl 32085
(904-824-8461 ext 174)


IVISIONAL AND REGIMENTAL REUNIONS;
GENERAL INFORMATION

CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND 24-25 NOVEMBER 1990
HISTORICAL ASSOCIATES
Route 1, Box 465
Camp Blanding
SStarke, F 32091
(904-533-3196)






tional event for the dedication of our new ;
museum and memorial park on the fifti- -_.* ,
eth anniversary of that mobilization and a "
reunion of all World War II veterans who 'aft t..
trained at Camp Blanding. We are the *
first national event recognized and sanc- -
tioned by the Department of Defense
0 Commemoration Committee to pay spe-
"cial homage to the period when all of
America's National Guard was called to
federal duty.
It may not seem possible, but the fiftieth
anniversary Years of the Second World The Reunion and Dedication of the
War are here. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial
Department of Defense, have established Park of the Second World War promises SATURDAY 24 November 1990
a committee to coordinate and help spon- to be a most memorable event. We invite 0900-1800 Open House, Guided Tours and
sor nationwide activities commemorating all who are interested to make their plans ContemporaryMility Demonstra-
the military and naval events of the war early. For additional information, please lions: Camp Blanding
Years. The Department of Military Af- contact: 1930- Formal World WarI ReunionBan-
fairs, Florida National Guard is partici- quets (Florida Re8iments will meet
pating by establishing a major museum Camp Blanding Reunion and Dedication at the Ponce De Leon Resort St.
and memorial park of the Second World Department of Military Affirs Augustine; Additional divisional
d memorial park of the Second World State Arsenal and regimental banquets are being
War at Camp Blanding in northcentral P.O. Box 1008 organized at otherlocations)
Florida. St. Augustine, Fl 32085
SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 1990
Camp Blanding is the state training estab-
lishment for the National Guard but was 1100-1500 Tours of the Museum and Memo-
a major Army training base during the iaPark
war. Nine full infantry divisions, hun- 1200-1300 Luncheon Buffet at Lakeside
dreds of separate battalions and regi- (Weather Permitting)
ments of infantry, artillery, engineers and r 1500 Dedication Ceremonies and Mass-
other specialist units formed or trained ing of the Flags
here. One of the nation's largest Infantry
Replacement Training Centers was es- MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 1990
tablished at Camp Blanding in late 1943. 0900-10 On H e at Cp
0900-1600 Open House at Camp Blanding"
-" Self Guided Tours of Camp, Mu-
The Florida National Guard was mobi- seun and Memorial Park
lized for federal service on the 25th of








HOTEL
AIRLINE INFORMATION AND

Special group rates are available TRAVEL
through Delta Airlines for this
dedication weekend. Delta services INFORMATION
the following area airports:
Gainesville, and CAMP BLANDING
Jacksonville, and
Daytona Beach.
These rates are 40% off coach
fares or 5% off max-saver fares if
requirements are met. We will '
forward all information to you and
ticketss will be mailed directly with N
your approval.
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special celebration will be held in
november, 1990. I at the following properties: 2)
November, 1990. A
Special arrangements for hotel St. Augustine Please indicate which factor is of greater
accommodations and air travel via 1) The Ponce de Leon............ $60.00 importance to you:
Delta Airlines have been made for 2) Holiday Inn ..................... $43.00 0 location 0 rate
this event in conjunction with 3) The Monterey .................. $64.00 Deposit: Please enclose a check for one
Meeting Management Group; Starke night's room rate payable to hotel
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3304 112th Avenue, Tampa, Florida 1) Best Western .................. $38.00 Credi Card: O MC
33617. 2) Econo Lodge.................... $41.00 0 VISA
Blocks of rooms have been Gainesville AMEX
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.obs.gerved and those reunits who wish 1) Hilton ............................ $55.00 Number
o be. together for the reunion can 2) Holiday Inn ...................... $60.00 dat
nake group reservations by calling 3) Cabot Lodge ...................... $45.00 Deadline for receipt is October 1, 1990.
113-988-0737. You may also fill out Mail the completed form to:
;he attached form, mail it to the Jacksonville Meeting Management Group
abovee address and we will contact 1) Holiday Inn .................... $41.00 6304 112th Avenue
Iou. 2) Hampton Inn .................. $39.95 Tampa, FL 33617
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CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM
AND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATES, INC.
Route 1. Box 465. CAMP BLENDING
Starke, Florida 32091-9703

"Massing of the Colors"
At Camp Blanding Dedication
When the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park is dedicated 25 November 1990,
a colorful patriotic backdrop will be provided by a ceremony known as "Massing of
the Colors."

This ceremony affords all veterans, military and other patriotic organizations
the opportunity to participate in the dedication program, demonstrate their own
patriotism and receive public recognition as part of this tribute to all who have
served in the nation's armed forces.

As each participating organization is announced, two representatives march to
assigned positions adjacent to the platform and facing the audience. One representa-
tive carries the National Colors, the other carries the organization's .lag. For
the disabled or others who prefer, soldiers or ROTC cadets will be available to
carry the flats.

When all have assembled, the program begins with the national anthem, invocation,
ribbon-cutting and remarks by a distinguished speaker. The photograph below shows
a "Massing of the Colors" held annually before a Veterans Memorial Tower at the
Brevard Community college campus in Cocoa, FL, sponsored by the college and the
Military Order of the World Wars. MOWW originated and sponsors the "Massing of the
Colors" in many cities.

All posts, chapters and local groups of military, veterans and other patriotic
organizations are invited to participate in the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial
Park dedication. For detailed information, contact the Camp Blanding Museum and
Historical Associates at the address abote, telephone (904) 533-3196.




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MEMORIALIZED UNITS
In the exhibits of the museum and the memorial park adjoining, we have chosen to emphasize
the service and experiences of the nine infantry divisions and one airborne regimental combat
team that were assigned to Camp Blanding for training prior to their commitment to combat.
These units were the 1st, 29th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 43rd, 63rd, 66th, and 79th Infantry Divisions
and the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.

The campaign service of these ten units spanned the globe from North Africa to the Solomon
Islands, Italy to New Guinea, Western Europe to Mindanao and Central Europe to Luzon.
Combined, they suffered nearly 24,000 combat dead and more than 80,000 wounded. The war
service histories of these ten units illustrate the diversity of combat experience for the American
infantryman in World War II. The summary history of each, with photographs, narrative
summaries, and selected artifacts, will be displayed. And each will be memorialized in the
gardens.

These ten "Blanding" units also earned forty-seven Congressional Medals of Honor. Each
recipient will be memorialized in the gardens and their photographs and citations displayed in
the museum.

Although many independent specialist units and hundreds of thousands of infantry replace-
ments were also trained at Camp Blanding during the war, it was not possible to include them
for special emphasis. However, the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Blanding,
1943-1945, will be described in the museum and memorialized in the gardens.

When dedicated and opened in November 1990, the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial
Park of the Second World War will be a unique and interesting American institution. It won't
be complete. We anticipate adding materials to both the interior and exterior displays as they
become available. And further, we are establishing a major regional research library and
archives devoted to the history of the Second World War in the upper half of our museum
building. This year's accomplishments are only the beginning!

















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30th Infantry Division 31st Infantry Division 36th Infantry Division












43d Infantry Division 63d Infantry Division 66th Infantry Division










79th Infantry Division








1ST INFANTRY DIVISION
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29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
NORMANDY
NORTHERN FRANCE
RHINELAND
CENTRAL EUROPE

30TH INFANTRY DIVISION
NORMANDY
NORTHERN FRANCE
RHINELAND
ARDENNES-ALSACE
CENTRAL EUROPE

31ST INFANTRY DIVISION
NEW GUINEA
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

36TH INFANTRY DIVISION
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SOUTHERN FRANCE
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43RD INFANTRY DIVISION
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63RD INFANTRY DIVISION
RHINELAND
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66TH INFANTRY DIVISION
NORTHERN FRANCE

79TH INFANTRY DIVISION
NORMANDY
NORTHERN FRANCE
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508TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY
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I FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

It was the greatest war in all history and Florida's National Guardsmen served, trained, fought
and some died, in every theater and in every great battle, on land and in the air, of that titanic
global struggle. Most served in, or with, the infantry, many in the Army Air Corps, and others
in the artillery, engineers, quartermasters and as specialists in all the various technical profes-
sions associated with modem, industrial and scientific warfare. Most came home at wars end;
some did not.

One might suppose all of Florida's Guardsmen would have served in the same unit, the 31st
Division, of which they were an organic part prior to general mobilization. Actually, most did
not. It was partly calculation and intent on the part of the Regular Army but mostly it was
simply the incredible demands created by the nature and size of the war itself. Some artillery,
some support troops and a handful of Florida infantry would eventually reach the South
Pacific and serve with the 31st Infantry Division in New Guinea and the Philippines. All of
the Coast Artillery and most of the infantry would fight their war in other units and in other
places.

Following general mobilization in November 1940, (January 1941 for the 265th), Florida's
soldiers took up residence at newly created Camp Blanding in the northcentral part of the state.
There they were joined by other elements of the 31st Division and their ranks fleshed out with
draftees, most from Florida and the other southern states which contributed component units
to the division. Almost immediately, individuals were separated from their Guard units; some
to attend special technical schools, a few to OCS and even more succumbed to the romantic
attractions of a war in the air; the Army Air Corps.

After the maneuvers of 1941 and the cataclysm of Pearl Harbor, Florida men began disappear-
ing from the division in large numbers. More volunteered for the Air Corps, numerous
individuals went off to a greatly expanded OCS program and a very large number responded
to the appeal for men to fill the ranks of the new airborne divisions. By this time, the 124th
Infantry was no longer part of the 31st Division. They were school troops at the infantry OCS
school at Fort Benning, Georgia, training the thousands and thousands of new junior officers
needed for the vastly expanded national army.

By the fall of 1943, approximately one half of the Florida Guardsmen originally in the 124th
were gone and, at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, the remainder were transferred to other units
and the regiment itself was officially disbanded. From Camp Jackson, large drafts of men
from the 124th were sent to the 4th and 30th Divisions, destined for a war that would begin in
the hedgerows of Normandy during June of 1944. Others were sent as infantry replacements
to the Mediterranean Theater, where Americans had been in combat with the Axis since
November of 1942. Many of them would end up in the 3rd and 45th Divisions in the Anzio
Beachhead.

Following a political rumpus over the disbandment of Florida's 124th, it returned to existence
through the expedient of re-designating the 154th Regiment, then in New Guinea with the
31st Division, as the 124th. (It is ironic and fitting that the 154th had been Florida's assigned
regiment immediately following the end of World War I). Some Florida Guardsmen were
already in the 154th, now 124th, and others would find their way there in the months to come.
But, in numbers, they never comprised more than ten percent of the regiment.








Of the nearly 4,000 Florida Guardsmen mobilized for war in 1940, approximately one hundred
and seventy are known to have been killed in action or died during the war years. (This number
represents about eighty-five percent of the total fatal casualties from the Florida Guard). Forty
died of non-battle related disease or accidents or were killed at times, places and with unit
assignments that are not part of the available records. At least fourteen were killed while serving
in the Army Air Corps and one as a Marine.

Nearly half of all fatal casualties among Florida's Guardsmen occurred during service with a
relatively small and select group of divisions; the 3rd, 4th, 30th, 31st and 45th Infantry
Divisions and the llth, 17th, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Other divisions in which
Florida Guardsmen who were killed in action served included the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 24th, 34th,
35th, 37th, 40th, 42nd, 63rd, 77th, 78th, 79th,, 94th, 96th Infantry, and the 6th and 10th
Armoured Divisions.

If the divisions and specialist units in which surviving Florida Guard veterans are known to
have served are included, we could add the 7th, 26th, 36th, 41st, 43rd, 65th, 66th, 75th, 76th,
83rd, 84th, 85th, 87th, 88th, 98th, 99th, 104th, 106th Infantry, 10th Mountain, 13th Airborne,
Americal, and the 1st, 1lth and 13th Armored Divisions, the Rangers, 158th RCT, various
intelligence and signal units and even training detachments in India, attached to the Chinese
Army. And, as indicated, more than two hundred former Florida Guardsmen served in various
units of the Army Air Corps.

In short, there really wasn't anyplace Florida Guardsmen didn't serve during the war. Their
impact on the Army must have been vastly greater than mere numbers might suggest. The
Florida Guard provided private soldier, NCO and officer leadership cadres to most of the elite
divisions in the Army and good men in many other divisions, specialty units, and air squadrons
worldwide. They made a difference and established an enviable record, one worthy of com-
memoration. The new memorial and museum at Camp Blanding is but a start in recognizing
a long-neglected and overlooked achievements of those "Florida Boys of 1940" to whom
Florida, and the nation, owe so much.














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GENERAL DESCRIPTION



The CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK OF THE
SECOND WORLD WAR is located on a thirteen-acre site adjacent to the main
entrance of the present camp. It includes a World War I era, two-story
barracks building which will house museum displays, a research library and
archives collection, an exterior display area for major weapons, memorial gar-
dens and monuments dedicated to the various units and individuals who trained
here, a picnic area and the Florida Regiments Memorial of the Second World
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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
Septemberof 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 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
wars 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 BLENDING 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.








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 served. 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 including the home front, industry at war, propa-
ganda, military medicine, medals and insignia, casualties and the Medal of
Honor.

The second floor of the building, in addition to some limited office and
storage space, will contain a research library and archives collection associated
with World War II in general and the units which served here in particular.
Included in the facility will be books, documents, unit histories, manuscript
collections and a wide variety of photographic and other visual materials.










MEMORIAL GARDENS



Several acres of the park have been dedicated for the establishment of
memorials to the men and units trained at Blanding. Meandering walkways
through a garden area branch into numerous side paths leading to small,
individual memorial display sites. We are erecting standard memorials to each
of the nine Blanding divisions, the Infantry Replacement Training Center,
Medal of Honor recipients and the Purple Heart. Each area will have sufficient
space for the emplacement of additional monuments. Several divisional associ-
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We hope our new facility will be an interesting and attractive destination for
many people of all ages. When all the landscaping is complete, we will develop
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Around a small man-made pool and fountain in the center of the property,
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SITE CONSTRUCTION


A project of this size and complexity requires the support of many individuals
and institutions. In part financed by the state, local resources and several
private foundations, much of the labor has been provided by the inmate-person-
nel associated with the vocational-technical programs of nearby state correc-
tional facilities. Given the restrictions of institutional budgeting and personnel
shortages, it would not have been possible to progress with this project without
the dedicated assistance of these men. The inmates have worked many months,
devoted thousands of hours of skilled labor and enthusiastic support to the
project and this effort is deeply appreciated by all concerned.









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In the exhibits of the museum and the memorial park adjoining, we have
chosen to emphasize the service and experiences of the nine infantry divisions
and one airborne regimental combat team that were assigned to Camp Blanding
for training prior to their commitment to combat. These units were the 1st, 29th,
30th, 31st, 36th, 43rd, 63rd, 66th, and 79th Infantry Divisions and the 508th
Airborne Regimental Combat Team.

The campaign service of these ten units spanned the globe from North Africa
to the Solomon Islands, Italy to New Guinea, Western Europe to Mindanao and
Central Europe to Luzon. Combined, they suffered nearly 24,000 combat dead
and more than 80,000 wounded. The war service histories of these ten units
illustrate the diversity of combat experience for the American infantryman in
World War IL The summary history of each, with photographs, narrative
summaries, and selected artifacts, will be displayed, and each will be memorial-
ized in the gardens.

These ten "Blanding" units also earned forty-seven Congressional Medals of
Honor. Each recipient will be memorialized in the gardens and their photo-
graphs and citations displayed in the museum.

Although many independent specialist units and hundreds of thousands of
Infantry replacements were also trained at Camp Blanding during the war, it
was not possible to include them for special emphasis. However, the Infantry
Replacement Training Center at Blanding, 1943-1945 will be described in the
museum and memorialized in the gardens.

When dedicated and opened in November 1990, the Camp Blanding Museum
and Memorial Park of the Second World War will be an unique and Interesting
American institution. It won't be complete. We anticipate adding materials to
both the Interior and exterior displays as they become available. And further,
we are establishing a major regional research library and archives devoted to
the history of the Second World War in the upper half of our museum building.
This year's accomplishments are only the beginning!










1ST INFANTRY DIVISION


ALGERIA-FRENCH MOROCCO
TUNISIA
SICILY
NORMANDY
NORTHERN FRANCE
RHINELAND
ARDENNES-ALSACE
CENTRAL EUROPE




29TH INFANTRY DIVISION


NORMANDY
NORTHERN FRANCE
RHINELAND
CENTRAL EUROPE




30TH INFANTRY DIVISION



NORMANDY
NORTHERN FRANCE
RHINELAND
ARDENNES-ALSACE
CENTRAL EUROPE











31ST INFANTRY DIVISION



NEW GUINEA
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES


36TH INFANTRY DIVISION



NAPLES-FOGGIA
ANZIO
ROME-ARNO
SOUTHERN FRANCE
RHINELAND
ARDENNES-ALSACE
CENTRAL EUROPE


43RD INFANTRY DIVISION



GUADALCANAL
NORTHERN SOLOMONS
NEW GUINEA
LUZON


63RD INFANTRY DIVISION



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CENTRAL EUROPE











66TH INFANTRY DIVISION



NORTHERN FRANCE





79TH INFANTRY DIVISION



NORMANDY
NORTHERN FRANCE
RHINELAND
ARDENNES-ALSACE
CENTRAL EUROPE











FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD IN THE SECOND
WORLD WAR


It was the greatest war in all history and Florida's National Guardsmen
served, trained, fought and some died, in every theater and in every great battle,
on land and in the air, of that titanic global struggle. Most served in, or with,
the Infantry, many in the Army Air Corps, and others in the artillery, engineers,
quartermasters and as specialists in all the various technical professions asso-
ciated with modern, industrial and scientific warfare. Most came home at wars
end; some did not.

One might suppose all of Florida's Guardsmen would have served in the
same unit; the 31st Division of which they were an organic part prior to general
mobilization. Actually, most did not It was partly calculation and intent on the
part of the Regular Army but mostly it was simply the incredible demands
created by the nature and size of the war itself. Some artillery, some support
troops and a handful of Florida infantry would eventually reach the South
Pacific and serve with the 31st Infantry Division in New Guinea and the Philip-
pines. All of the Coast Artillery and most of the infantry would fight their war
in other units and in other places.

Following general mobilization in November 1940, (January 1941 for the
265th), Florida's soldiers took up residence at newly created Camp Blanding in
the northcentral part of the state. There they were joined by other elements of
the 31st Division and their ranks fleshed out with draftees, most from Florida
and the other southern states which contributed component units to the division.
Almost immediately, individuals were separated from their Guard units; some
to attend special technical schools, a few to OCS and even more succumbed to
the romantic attractions of a war in the air, the Army Air Corps.


After the maneuvers of 1941 and the cataclysm of Pearl Harbor, Florida men
began disappearing from the division in large numbers. More volunteered for
the Air Corps, numerous individuals went off to a greatly expanded OCS
program and a very large number responded to the appeal for men to fill the
ranks of the new airborne divisions. By this time, the 124th Infantry was no
longer part of the 31st Division. They were school troops at the infantry OCS















116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
124TH INFANTRY









149TH FIELD ARTILLERY
265TH COAST ARTILLERY









106TH QUARTERMASTERS Loit SA M 106TH ENGINEERS


106TH MEDICAL










school at Fort Benning, Georgia, training the thousands and thousands of new
junior officers needed for the vastly expanded national army.

By the fall of 1943, approximately one half of the Florida Guardsmen
originally in the 124th were gone and, at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, the
remainder were transferred to other units and the regiment itself was officially
disbanded. From Camp Jackson, large drafts of men from the 124th were sent
to the 4th and 30th Divisions, destined for a war that would begin in the
hedgerows of Normandy during June of 1944. Others were sent as infantry
replacements to the Mediterranean Theater, where Americans had been in
combat with the Axis since November of 1942. Many of them would end up in
the 3rd and 45th Divisions in the Anzio Beachhead.

Following a political rumpus over the disbandment of Florida's 124th, it
returned to existence through the expedient of re-designating the 154th Regi-
ment, then in New Guinea with the 31st Division, as the 124th. (It is ironic and
fitting that the 154th had been Florida's assigned regiment immediately follow-
ing the end of World War I). Some Florida Guardsmen were already in the 154th,
now 124th, and others would find their way there in the months to come. But, in
numbers, they never comprised more than ten percent of the regiment.

Of the nearly 4,000 Florida Guardsmen mobilized for war in 1940, approxi-
mately one hundred and seventy are known to have been killed in action or died
during the war years. (This number represents about eighty-five percent of the
total fatal casualties from the Florida Guard). Forty died of non-battle related
disease or accidents or were killed at times, places and with unit assignments
that are not part of the available records. At least fourteen were killed while
serving in the Army Air Corps and one as a Marine.

Nearly half of all fatal casualties among Florida's Guardsmen occurred
during service with a relatively small and select group of divisions; the 3rd, 4th,
30th, 31st and 45th Infantry Divisions and the Ilth, 17th, 82nd and 101st
Airborne Divisions. Other divisions in which Florida Guardsmen who were
killed in action served included the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 24th, 34th, 35th, 37th, 40th,
42nd, 63rd, 77th, 78th, 79th, 94th, 96th Infantry, and the 6th and 10th Armoured
Divisions.

If the divisions and specialist units in which surviving Florida Guard veter-
ans are known to have served are included, we could add the 7th, 26th, 36th,










41st, 43rd, 65th, 66th, 75th, 76th, 83rd, 84th, 85th, 87th, 88th, 98th, 99th, 104th,
106th Infantry, 10th Mountain, 13th Airborne, Americal, and the 1st, 11th and
13th Armoured Divisions,. the Rangers, 158th RCT, various intelligence and
signal units and even training detachments in India, attached to the Chinese
Army. And, as indicated, more than two hundred former Florida Guardsmen
served in various units of the Army Air Corps.

In short, there really wasn't anyplace Florida Guardsmen didn't serve
during the war. Their impact on the Army must have been vastly greater than
mere numbers might suggest. The Florida Guard provided private soldier, NCO
and officer leadership cadres to most of the elite divisions in the Army and good
men in many other divisions, specialty units, and air squadrons worldwide. They
made a difference and established an enviable record, one worthy of commem-
oration. The new memorial and museum at Camp Blanding is but a start in
recognizing the long-neglected and overlooked achievements of those "Florida
Boys of 1940" to whom Florida, and the nation, owe so much.











BLENDING WORLD WAR II MUSEUM


INTERIOR DISPLAYS


GENERAL AREA THEMES

ENTRY;

Identification and orientation information to include:
..Signs; one with wooden cut-out letters; "Camp Blanding Museum and
Memorial Park of the Second World War" and the other identifying the Florida
National Guard as sponsor and Camp Blanding as host facility ..Orientation
and map of facilities; museum and park ...Narrative explanation, purpose and
nature of the museum ..Thanks list ..Display devoted to General Albert Bland-
ing

AREA A: CAMP BLENDING; 1940-1945
To include;
...Six wall displays Blanding 194042 and Blanding 194245 ..Two cased
mannequin displays ..Possibly one cased artifact display ..Either a large model
of the camp circa 1944 or a two-figure full-size barracks inspection scene) ...A
large and detailed map of Camp Blanding

AREA B: DIVISIONAL HALL
To include:
.Ten wall displays and one or two cased artifact displays devoted to the nine
"Blanding' Divisions (1st, 29th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 43rd, 63rd, 66th, 79th), one
Airborne Regimental Combat Team (508th)

AREA C; MIXED AREA; FNG, HEAVY EQUIPMENT DISPLAY; INTRO
TO OTHER AREAS
To include;
..Three wall displays and one artifact case; Florida National Guard; World
War II ...Heavy equipment; to be determined but tentatively a jeep or staff car
of the period with accompanying mannequins and equipment ...Three wall
displays introducing the other half of the museum










AREA D; WAR ERA AND COMBAT-RELATED DISPLAYS

To include:
..1. outline map of the Pacific Theater and 2. outline map of European
Theater (Hopefully on clear plexiglass; otherwise framed drawings) ...Six cased
mannequin displays, European and Pacific Theaters ...Five or six cased artifact
displays, various topics ..Approximately 20 wall displays, various topics

AREA E; MEDAL OF HONOR AND CASUALTY LIST (PURPLE HEART)
HALL
To Include:

...Six wall displays with photos and citations for the forty seven recipients of
the Medal of Honor associated with the Blanding Divisions and casualty
information for the same units with a special area devoted to military cemeteries
overseas ..One cased artifact display with all American medals associated with
the war ...Podium with large book; lists of fatal casualties; Blanding Divisions
by name and unit

AREA F; PX (Museum Store)

Tentatively scheduled to be operated by the Camp Blanding historical and
Museum Associates and to sell:
.Divisional and other history books .Patches, badges and similar military
memorabilia both original and reproduction ..A large variety of prints, photo
reprints, postcards and similar items ...Visitor-oriented cloth goods ..Other
items as needs and availabllty identified

INTERIOR DISPLAYS; DETAILED BY TYPE
CASED MANNEQUINS:

(All cases to be of uniform size; 4 foot square and 7 to 76 inches high)
...Camp Blanding Soldier; circa 1941; pre-Pearl Harbor (A) ..Camp Bland-
ing Soldier; 1942-1945 (A) ...US combat infantryman; Pacific (D) .Japanese
Infantryman (Hopefully) (D) ...US infantryman or artilleryman; Europe (D)
...US airborne infantryman (D) ...German infantryman (D) ...US Army Nurse
(D)










UN-CASED MANNEQUINS (Possible)

.Two figures; officer and private; barracks and kit inspection (Clothing and
personal equipment layout inspection (A) ...One or more figures; jeep, staff car
or artillery; display (C)

ARTIFACT DISPLAYS; CASED

(All artifact cases to be of uniform size; 3 foot square, approximately 6 feet
high including a 2 1/2 foot boxed base)
..Artifacts and information; General Albert Blanding ...Blanding items;
1940-1945 (A) (Tentative) ...Divisional items; nine divisions, one abn RCT (B)
..Same as above ..Personal items; US Soldier all theaters (D) ...Military Medi-
cine; combat (D) ..Theme undetermined; depends on what is obtained but likely
to be an assortment of items; all theaters. Present plans suggest military
hearldry; all combattant nations. ..Decorations and medals; US (E)

STANDARD WALL-SPACE DISPLAYS

(All wall displays to be of uniform size; 40 by 60 inches display area plus
frame. They can be suspended from the ceiling and can hang lengthwise or
sideways, depending on area separation needs or demands of specific displays)

ENTRY (Four Displays)

..Title sign ...Blanding sign ...Diagram of park and museum ...Thanks list
and narrative description/explanation of facility

AREA A (Six Displays)

...Blanding; pre-Pearl Harbor; construction and establishment (Photo-
graphs and narratives) ...Blanding; pre-Pearl Harbor; various views taken from
a color postcard series of 1941; will include several flat artifacts ...Continuation
of above ..Florida National Guard at Blanding ...Blanding; 1942-43; divisional
and independent unit training site ...Blanding; IRTC (Reproduction of IRTC
Handbook)










AREA B (Ten Displays)

(Each divisional display will contain a color reproduction of its patch, title,
campaigns, casualty figures, dates it was assigned to Camp Blanding, narrative
summary; combat history and approximately seven photographs) ..1st Division
..29th Division ..30th Division ..31st Division ...36th Division ..43rd Division
..63rd Division ...66th Division ..79th Division ...08th RCT

AREA C (Six Displays)

..Florida National Guard; World War H casualty lists with Florida Regi-
ment, combat unit, date and place of death when known ..Florida National
Guard; A Florida state flag emblazoned with the patches of all divisions and air
forces in which mobilized FloridaGuardsmen are known to have served ..Flor-
Ida National Guard; Then and Now display; photos and lists with narratives of
the war service of one company of Florida Guardsmen 1940. Includes info on
present active members of the company association ...Remember Pearl Harbor
display of posters and other materials ...US flag (Plexiglass front and back); 48
star flag used to cover the coffin of a World War II veteran ...Getting there;
photos and other items related to overseas transportation of Blanding soldiers

AREA D (Twelve Displays; possibly four more might be added)

(These displays will consist of a variety of items, generally photographs,
magazine covers, posters and flat artifacts suitable for the themes and flat
display format)
The two war zone or theater maps are considered wall displays but will be
case or mounted differently. It is hoped the outlined maps can be made on clear
plastic and mounted between two sheets of plexiglass.
.The Home Front; the war begins ..An industry at war (Allis Motor Com-
pany) ...Medals, badges, patches, insignia ...Money and the Mail ..Propaganda
in several forms post cards, letters, stamps, greeting cards ...Magazine covers;
various topics ...Military medicine ...Training or instructional posters and post-
cards...Propaganda posters and advertisements; late war (Home Front) ..Same;
overseas ...The Allies and the enemies ...War's End and demobilization










AREA E (Six Displays)

...Medal of Honor; reciplants with photos and citations; Blanding Divisions
..Same ...Same ...Special display and narrative; casualties; all forms; killed in
action, died of wounds, wounded, captured and missing ..Military cemeteries
...Same

GENERAL; ENTIRE MUSEUM; ARMY ART

.Approximately THIRTY National Guard and US Army prints of original
paintings, various World War I subjects and themes; will be individually framed
and placed in appropriate areas throughout the museum.

CAMP BLENDING WORLD WAR I MUSEUM; EXTERIOR DISPLAYS
The large concrete pads arrayed near the pond will support a variety of
weapons and vehicles. Some of these items are already at hand and some are
yet to be located, obtained and restored.
..105 mm artillery piece ...155 mm artillery piece ...Large truck..Half-track
...One or more tanks ...Ambulance ..Amphibious landing craft ...C47 restored
as airborne infantry transport .Jeep ...4x4 small truck
And other items depending on availability and cost

MEMORIALS
There will be paths leading to a number of assigned unit zones within the
Memorial Garden area. Each zone will have a circular pad of brick with a small,
four-foot block or marble pedestal topped with an engraved and enameled black
marble tablet of the unit's crest (or theme identification). Included will be;
..1st Infantry Division ...29th Infantry Division ...30th Infantry Division
..31st Infantry Division ..36th Infantry Division ..43rd Infantry Division..63rd
Infantry Division ..66th Infantry Division ...79th Infantry Division ...Infantry
Replacement Training Center ...Purple Heart ...Medal of Honor
In addition, one regimental association, the 508th, has already emplaced a
memorial and several other independent units have indicated a wish to do the
same.
Each division is encouraged to establish an additional and separate memo-
rial commemorating their war service within the designated divisional zone. To
date (January 1990), the 30th, 43rd and 66th Infantry Division Associations have
committed to construct additional individual unit memorials.






REUNION AND DEDICATION
INFORMATION REUNION AND DEDICATION

24-25 NOVEMBER 1990 INFORMATION

Ii

ACCOMMODATIONS AND AIRLINE
INFORMATIONN

MEETING MANAGEMENT GROUP CAMP
6304 1121th Avenue BLANDING
Tampa, Fl 33617
(813-988-0737)


FLORIDA REGIMENTS REUNION F

FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD
HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
State Arsenal
P.O. Box 1008
St. Augustine, F1 32085
(904-824-8461 ext 174)


DIVISIONAL AND REGIMENTAL REUNIONS;
GENERAL INFORMATION

CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND 24-25 NOVEMBER 1990
HISTORICAL ASSOCIATES
Route 1, Box 465
Camp Blanding
Starke, F 32091
(904-533-3196)





ber, 1940. We j an.. -7: .r.,al event
forthe dedi csiuorL aiooUr n rimiusaum and __ 6
memorial park on the Fiftieth Anniversary
of that mobilization and a reunion of all ,
World War II veterans who trained at
Camp Blanding. We are the first national '
event recognized and sanctioned by the
Department of Defense Commemoration .
Committee to pay sepcial homage to the .
period when all of America's National "
Guard was called to federal duty. SATURDAY, 24 November 1990
It may not seem possible, but the fiftieth
anniversary years of the Second World The Reunion and Dedication of the Camp 0900-1800 Open House, guided tours and con
War are here. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of temporary military demonstration:
Department of Defense, have established the Second World War promises to be a Camp Blanding
a committee to coordinate and help spon- most memorable event. We invite all who 1930- Formal World War II Reunion Banquets
sor nationwide activities commemorating are interested to make their plans early. (Florida Regiments will meet at the
the military and naval events of the war For additional information, please con- Ponce De Leon Resort, St Augustine;
years. The Department of Military Affairs, tact: Additional divisional and regimental
Florida National Guard, is participating by banquets are being organized at
establishing a major museum and memo- Camp Blanding Reunion and Dedication other locations.)
rial park of the Second World War at Department of Military Affairs
State Arsenal SUNDAY, 25 November 1990
Camp Blanding in northcentral Florida. P.O. Box 1008
St. Augustine, FL 32085-1008 1100-1500 Tours of the Museum and Memorial
Camp Blanding is the the state training Park
establishment for the National Guard but
was a major Army training base during the 1200-1300 Luncheon Buffet at Lakeside (weather
war. Nine full infantry divisions, hundreds 'permitting)
of separate battalions and regiments of 1500 Dedication Ceremon es and Massing
infantry, artillery, engineers and other of the Rags i
specialist units formed br trained here.
One of the nation's largest Infantry Re- MONDAY, 26 November 1990
placement Training Centers was estab- I N
lished at Camp Blanding in late 1943. 0900-1600 Open House at Camp Blanding; self-
~ / *-' guided tours of the Camp, Museum
and Memorial Park
The Florida National Guard was mobilized and Memorial
for federal service on the 25th of Novem-









HOTEL
AIRLINE INFORMATION AND
Special group rates are available TRAVEL
through pelta Airlines for this
dedication weekend. Delta services INFORMATION
the following area airports:
Gainesville, CAMP LANDING
Jacksonville, and
Daytona Beach.
These rates are 40% off coach
fares or 5% off max-saver fares if
requirements are met. We will
forward all information to you and
tickets will be mailed directly with
your approval. {
Flight information schedule: 3

Origination Airport _
Destination Airport__
Return date O te
Number of passengers
Seating request
Delta Frequent Flyer #

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS ONLY DEDICATION
1-800-543-1124 (FL) NOVEMBER, 1990
1-800-345-5193 (NATL) ,





S/ HOUSING FORM HOTEL RESERVATION
FORM

CAMP "i seA. t
BLANDING I \-Name__ 1. Name
u o A OS.. Address
S. A. City State Zip
The Florida Department of Military I Home phone( )
Affairs, in cooperation with the Camp Business phone ( )
Blanding Museum and Historical "- ( T- Arrival date
Association and The Florida National I Departure date
Guard Historical Foundation, is Room type: 0 King
privileged to cosponsor "The I 0 Double
Dedication Ceremony of Camp ...Other requests_ _
Blanding Museum and Memorial I Number of guests
ark of t Sond Worl War." T Hotel choice: Please name by preference.
Park of the Second World War. This
,Blocks of rooms have been reserved 1)
special celebration will be held in Blocks of rooms have been reserved
November, 1990. at the following properties: 2)
November, 1990.3)
Special arrangements for hotel St. Augustine Please indicate which factor is of greater
accommodations and air travel via 1) The Ponce de Leon............ $60.00 importance to you:
Delta Airlines have been made for 2) Holiday Inn ...................... $43.00 0 location 0 rate
this event in conjunction with 3) The Monterey .................. $64.00 Deposit: Please enclose a check for one
Meeting Management Group; Starke night's room rate payable to hotel
I or
6304 112th Avenue, Tampa, Florida 1) Best Western .................... $38.00 Credi Card: O MC
33617. 2) Econo Lodge..................... $41.00 0 VISA
Blocks of rooms have been e AMEX
reserved and those units who wish Ga il Number
I 1) Hilton ............................ $55.00
to be together for the reunion can 2) Holiday Inn ......................' $60.00
make group reservations by calling 3) Cabot Lodge ...................... $45.00 Deadline for receipt is October 1, 1990.
813-988-0737. You may also fill out Mail the completed form to:
the attached form, mail it to the Jacksonville Meeting Management Group
above address and we will contact 1) Holiday Inn ..................... $41.00 6304 112th Avenue
you. I 2) Hampton Inn .................... $39.95 Tampa, FL 33617
I For more information, call ....
Hospitality suites as well as banquet Other accommodations are available. (813) 988-0737 or
soace can also be arranged. Please call us for details. (904) 823-0174





o01 1 ian &" a Luu ttr .I* .S'-
The Museum will be in Building 3040 near
the Main Entrance. It is structurally sound
and will be rehabilitated to meet the
museum codes and provide appropriate
space for exhibits on the first floor and of-
fices or work areas on the second floor. A
Each floor has about 3,600 square feet of B LAN IN G
floor space. BLANDING
Florida Regimental Memorial Garden
will be about 3/4 acre with a fountain and
monuments with names of Florida National
Guardsmen who lost their lives in World
War II, a lighted flagpole and monuments to
the six regiments of the Florida National E
Guard who answered the call to the colors
for the Second World War.
The Memorial Park will be a larger area
set aside for displays of weapons and
vehicles surrounding a lagoon, complete
o with a water spray, all surrounded by land-
scaped gardens. A network of pathways will \
lead to monuments commemorating major C0
units stationed at Camp Blanding during
World War II, all based on the desires of
tf participating veterans of those units. An
area on the western edge of the site will be
r 3 ( reserved for a visitor picnic area. i
The. project will be conducted in three
0 phases:
ZPhase 1: Florida Regimental Memorial
Sc g Garden to be completed in March 1990.
Sa ePhase 2: Memorial Park to be completed
S,4 in July 1990. the
*Phase 3: Museum building rehabilitation :
to be completed in November 1990.
Dedication ceremonies are planned in the
Z form of a "Massing of the Colors" with all
0 units, veterans organizations and other FLORIDA HONORS
Z patriotic groups invited to participate with
their organizational flags and the national
Sa colors providing a colorful backdrop. The AMERICA'S
Goal is to have this-dedication November 25,
) 1990, the 50th anniversary of mobilization of WORLD WAR II SOLDIERS
,< 0 the Florida National Guard in World War II.

Now Is The Time
This r, ect needs your support and your Dedication Ceremony
artici a .n. Now is the time to show your November 25, 1990
inin the Cam Blandin





Lest We Forget
Camp Blanding Military Reservation
near Starke, FL, played a major role in This Patrioic Effort
training U.S. Army troops before their
deployments throughout the world for com-
bat in the Second World War. First used by Membership
units of the Florida National Guard, Camp Membership is open to all individuals who
Blandin became the major multi-purpose are interested in preserving the history of
training ase for many units of all branches the U.S. Army involvement in the Second
of the Army including nine entire infantry World War.
divisions- the 1st, 29th, 30th, 31st, 43rd, Four types of memberships are
63rd, 66th, and 79th divisions, available: Annual, at $10 per year;
Americans united in their support for the Lifetime, at $50; Patron, at $100; and
Armed Forces to restore freedom to Europe Benefactor, at $200. Corporate membership
and the western Pacific. Now the Florida begins at $500. A mail-back coupon applica-
National Guard will honor all those units tion for membership is included herein.
and individuals by establishing at Camp
Blanding a Museum and Memorial Park of
the Second World War. Located near the
Main Entrance to Camp Blanding, it will in- ..
elude a museum with permanent displays, a
Memorial Park for outdoor weapons Organization Z ;"
displays and permanent memorials honor- W in 1
ing units and individuals who trained here, When you oin the Camp Blanding Z
and a daytime picnic area. All areas will be Museum and Historical Associates, you are
open to the public affiliating with an active, already function- .
ing, patriotic organization. ." i'
The formal organizational meeting was S &
Your Help Is Needed held April 1, 1989, at Camp Blanding g a
To provide for participation in this pro- adopted by-laws and elected a Board of 0 .
ject by members of the National Guard, Directors. More than 100 individuals attend-
veterans who trained at Camp Blanding and ed this meeting, including representatives C o
other interested military and civilian per- of many of the units which trained at Camp c W
sonnel, supporters have organized the Blanding in the 1940s.
Camp Blanding Museum and Historical 3a B
Associates, Inc., a non-profit organization Following the membership meeting, the g **
registered with the State of Florida for this Board of Directors met and elected the g a
purpose. The association will promote and following officers: a ,
support the project during its development *President: Lt. Col. James F. Bloodworth 3 ..l
phase and subsequently when the Museum (Ret.) N 1 .
and Memorial Park become an operating *Vice President: Maj. Gen. W. Stanford t
entity. Smith (Ret.) Mea t
By joining this association, you will be *Secretary: SFC Marlene Strickland, AR- o
supporting this patriotic undertaking, you NG ., a
will be kept informed of progress, and your *Treasurer: Cpt. Sandy Darden, ARNG
suggestions will be welcomed as the project *Registered Agent: SGM Rodney P. Hall, g.g 1 a4
develops. You will also be invited to par- ARNG
ticipate in the Dedication Ceremony now W
planned for November 25, 1990. An Executive Council of the Board was r Z
Headquarters of the Camp Blanding also named, and that group met again May i Z
Museum and Historical Associates is 13 to review progress of the project and of W *
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FIRST DRAFT

INTERIOR MUSEUM DESIGN AND LAYOUT















CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR



FIRST DRAFT; INTERIOR MUSEUM DESIGN AND LAYOUT


Attached is a rough first draft design of the Blanding Museum.
Included are display case specifications, topical area
designations, display arrangements and tentative individual
display subjects. Although many of the displays and their
positioning are in nearly final form, others are still subject to
alteration depending on the availability of materials and
technical requirements of the facility.












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Army Art; Prints and photo reproductions of various sizes; 8x10
to approximately 14x17. Each will be individually framed; larger
items hung alone, smaller items in groups. Normally to be
positioned on the short retainer walls and other locations around
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CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM: DISPLAY CASES


It is hoped to have standard designs for all cases and frames,
identical forms, common wood types and embellishments or trims.


MANNEQUIN CASES

Each approximately 40 inches on a side and 7 feet high with a
plain base. Wood-framed plexiglas sides with the design of the
top, including ventilation and modified interior track lighting
to be determined.


ARTIFACT CASES

Each approximately 32-36 inches on a side and-7 feet high.
Solid framed base rising 2 feet the wood-framed plexiglas sides.
Top as with the mannequin cases.


CLEAR PLEXIGLAS PANEL DISPLAYS

Hopefully, etched or inscribed plexiglas panels; an outline of
Camp Blanding, a map of the European Theater and one of the
Pacific Theater. The fourth clear display is an American Flag
hanging vertically between two clear plexiglas panels, probably
framed with wood beams floor to ceiling.


WALL DISPLAYS

All wall displays are of standard size and shape, 40x60 inches
plus frame. Each will have a central layer of foam core covered
by matt boards (Off-white with olive tint) All flat display
items, narratives and identification materials will be mounted on
thin foam core and secured to the surface of the matt. Each will
be covered with a sheet of plexiglas.

Most wall display panels will be hung horizontally with those in
or near the divisional area of the museum hung vertically.


ARMY ART

All Army Art selections will be framed and matted individually
and range in size from 8x10 to approximately 14x17. Frame design
and type of wood to be the same as with all other display cases.








CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM: DISPLAY CONTENTS/TOPICS


(Based on "Preferred Museum Plan"; all displays and their topics
are subject to change depending on technical arrangements and the
availability of needed display items)

MANNEQUINS; CASED


(Each figure to be uniformed, equipped and armed appropriately)

M1...Mobilized Florida Guardsman citda 1941

M2...American Infantryman; European Theater

M3...American Infantryman; Pacific Theater

M4... American Parachute Infantryman

M5...German Infantryman

M6...Japanese Infantryman

ARTIFACT CASES


ART1...Artifacts associated with Camp Blanding; 1960-1945

ART2...Artifacts associated with the nine highlighted divisions
that trained at Camp Blanding

ART3...Personal and military "pocket and pack" items carried by
American soldiers during the war

ART4...Combat Medical Kit and supplies

(If an alternate design is used, there may be two or three
additional artifact cases; one with items associated with Florida
Guardsmen during the war, one with "souvenirs" and one to be
determined).


MODEL


A scaled three-dimensional model of Camp Blanding during the war
years.


SUNKEN DISPLAY AREA


SD1...To be determined; perhaps a vehicle or medium-sized weapon
or a tableau of variously uniformed-mannequins








SD2...A barracks inspection scene with two mannequin figures


CLEAR PLEXIGLAS PANELS


GLASSl...Outline map of Camp Blanding 1944

GLASS2...48 star US flag (A flag used in the military funeral of
a World War II veteran)

GLASS3...Outline map of European Theater

GLASS4...Outline map of Pacific Theater


PURPLE HEART PEDESTAL
---me----------------

A pedestal on which will rest the book containing the names of
all those men attached to the nine divisions who died as a result
of enemy action during the war.


WALL DISPLAYS
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ENTRY

E1...Narrative and detailed map of all facilities; museum and
memorial.park

E2...Sign for museum; 4 inch wood letters spelling out "Camp
Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the Second World War"
or the Camp Blanding Museum and Library of the Second World War.

E3...Sign and narrative; Florida National Guard and Camp Blanding
Training Center; detailed map of museum and its displays

(E4...If used; history of Camp Blanding 1940-1990 with pictures;
also thanks list of those who helped with the project)


BLENDING

A1...Color pictures of Camp Blanding 1941

A2...Same as above; continued

A3...Photos; Camp Blanding under construction

A4...Same with early map

A5...Florida National Guard training and living at the Camp
1940-41









A6...Other units of the nine divisions training at Camp Blanding

A7...Scenes of IRTC training

A8...IRTC Booklet

A9...IRTC Booklet or news and magazines relative to period and
topic

A10...Immediate pre-Pearl Harbor propaganda and associated
domestic materials


DIVISIONS

(Each divisional display will contain; official title and
nickname if any, a color photo of the divisional patch, campaign
honors and battle credits, casualty information, a narrative
combat history and approximately seven photographs associated
with the division's operational history).

Dl...lst Infantry Division

D2...29th Infantry Division

D3...30th Infantry Division

D4...31st Infantry Division

DS...36th Infantry Division

D6...43rd Infantry Division

D7...63rd Infantry Division

D8...66th Infantry Division

D9...79th Infantry Division


FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD

F1...State of Florida Flag emblazoned with the identifying
patches of all divisions, air forces and other service branches
in which mobilized Florida Guardsmen are known to have served
during the war.

F2...Known fatal casualties among mobilized Florida Guardsmen to
include their Florida unit, combat unit and date, place and
location of death when known.

F3...A Florida Guard unit; then and now. Photos, lists and
biographical information on Company B, 124th Infantry Regiment,
1940 and 1990)







TRANSITIONAL

Tl...Pearl Harbor; the beginning

(T2...Also GLASS2) 48 star US Flag

T3...Getting there; sea transport and associated items


WAR

(These are very tentative estimates of the topics to be covered,
dependent on further research and the availability of suitable
materials)

W1...US Medals, insignia and badges

W2...An industry at war (printed materials associated with one
American company during the war)

W3...Women at war; military and home front

W4...Mail

W5...Yank and similar military publications; Pacific

W6...The enemy, our view,. Pacific

W7...The Allies and V for Victory materials

W8...General homefront propaganda

W9...Lighter side; cartoons

W10...Yank and similar military publications; Europe

Wl1...-The enemy, our view; Europe

W12...Domestic coverage of the news; magazines and newspapers;
Europe

W13...Combat medicine

W14...Movies and the war; Pacific and Europe

W15...Domestic coverage of the news; magazines, newspapers;
Pacific

W16...American Airborne forces, Europe and Pacific; highlight the
508th Parachute Infantry

W17...Medals, badges and insignia; Allies and enemies

W18...Wars End; V-E and V-J Days and getting home









MEDAL OF HONOR

The nine divisions highlighted in the museum received forty-six
Medals of Honor. Each recipient will be included with citation
and photograph where available.

MH1...Photo of medal, general information aon medal and
individual citations

MH2...Same as above, continued

MH3...Same as above, continued


PURPLE HEART

PH1...Photo of medal with information on its award, general
statistical data and associated materials

PH2...US military cemeteries overseas

PH3...Same as above, continued












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CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK
OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

FACILITIES

The Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park of the Second World War consists
of three major segments; the Florida Regimental Memorial, the museum and the memorial
park and picnic area. During the next fiscal year, the research library and archives will be
completed and a small theater added.

Visitors to the dedication ceremony can see the results of more than two years of work
on all three parts by our small professional staff and hundreds of volunteers.
The museum building is a World War II barracks immediately adjacent to the Main
Entrance to the post. It has been extensively renovated and strengthened to meet all
current building code requirements.

The first floor of the museum building houses an interesting and colorful series of visual
exhibits, artifacts and mannequin displays honoring and illustrating the history of Camp
Blanding, the nine divisions which trained here, the Infantry Replacement Training Center
and the war era in general both at home and overseas.

The Florida Regimental Memorial is adjacent to the museum building. It presents a
striking appearance with the statue of a infantry soldier before a walled memorial to the
Florida National Guard units which served In World War II. A large marble edifice is
inscribed with the names of all Florida Guardsmen who lost their lives in that war.

The Memorial Park is a large area set aside for displays of weapons and vehicles
surrounding a lagoon and landscaped gardens. A network of pathways leads to monu-
ments for each of the nine Army divisions, the Medal of Honor recipients of those divisions,
the Infantry Replacement Training Center, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Purple
Heart and former Prisoners of War. An area on the western edge of the site is reserved as
a visitor picnic area.

All work on the project site has been supervised by Sergeant Major Rodney Hall in
collaboration with Blanding Associates President James Bloodworth, Camp Blanding Post
Commander Col James E. Rogers and Deputy Post Commander L. Col Kent Patelle.
Design and development of the interior museum has been the responsibility of Robert
Hawk, creator of the project and departmental Director of the Historical Services and
President of the Florida National Guard Historical Foundation.












CAMP BLENDING MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL PARK
OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

SCHEDULE FOR THE OPENING WEEKEND

(This is NOT the final schedule as some changes are inevitable, especially in memorial
dedication ceremonies. Please check with me personally (Bob Hawk) or Rodney Hall (or
both) before going to press)

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 1990

0900-1700 Open House at Camp Blanding

There will be living history (World War II) and modem military exhibits and demonstra-
tions all day. The museum and park will be open for visitors.

MEMORIAL DEDICATIONS

10 AM German Cemetery (At weapons display area. Memorial Park)

(The remainder of the dedications will be at the appropriate sites in the Memorial Park
area)

11:00 AM Florida Regimental Memorial
12:00 Noon 1st Infantry Division
1:00 PM Purple Heart
2:00 PM 30th Infantry Division
3:00 PM 29th Infantry Divison
4:00 PM Military Order of the World Wars
5:00 PM 43rd Infantry Division

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 1990

0900-1900 Open House at Camp Blanding with demonstrations as above

11:00-2:00 Museum open to visitors
2:00- Museum closed to prepare for ceremonies; to be re-opened following
ceremonies.

1:30 PM Dedication of the Medal of Honor Memorial
3:00 PM Massing of Flags and formal dedication of the Camp Blanding Museum
and Memorial Park of the Second World War.

MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 1990
Camp Blanding and the new museum will be open to the public











PR RELEASE 17 OCT 1990
(NICHOLS)

CAMP BLENDING: K-Rations
Few words engender images of World War II as do those describing the standard meal
in the field for GIs.

From barren Pacific atolls to the frigid forests of Germany, K Rations were the fuel that
fed the human war machine that carried the American cause to victory.

But that once-standard issue has long since been replaced by the modern dehydrated
version-MREs-so finding an authentic set for display at Camp Blandin's Museum of the
Second World War proved more than just a little challenge for Florida National Guard
historian Bob Hawk.

"No one locally had them" Hawk said of the search to find "the real thing" for display
in the museum which opens November 25 as part of a massive World War II 50th
anniversary celebration at Camp Blanding.

Hawk eventually bid $500 for a set of three rations through a national collector's
catalogue company. "But our bid was too low by $50," he said.

After much searching and dealing, Hawk said "I was delighted to find a supplier to
collectors in Montana who had several cases of K rations and was willing to sell us a set
of three for 'only' $350'.

Those K rations and thousands of other uniforms, weapons, vehicles and artifacts will
be on display for public viewing at the dedication of the museum and memorial park near
the entrance of Camp Blanding.

Planning for the dedication weekend of Nov. 24-25 has been underway for about a
year. The event, one of the first in the nation kicking off a five-year celebration-rembrance
of World War II, is expected to attract several thousand people, many of them Florida
National Guard veterans who were mobilized 50 years ago as America began the buildup
of its fighting forces in preparation for the coming global war now known as World War II.

The Camp Blanding Musuem and Memorial Park of the Second World War is on a
13-acre site adjacent to the main entrance to the camp on State Road 16 between
Jacksonville and Starke.

Camp Blanding today is an active National Guard installation used for training by
thousands of soldiers, active Army and Reservists, each year.

In addition to a two-story, World War II-era building that is being converted to a 3,00
square foot museum complex, the site includes a Florida Regiments Memorial commem-
orating the men and units of the Florida National Guard that were mobilized in 1940, a











Memorial Garden with displays honoring each of the nine divisions that trained at Camp
Blanding, the Infantry Replacement Training Center, Medal of Honr and Purple Heart
recipients.

Phase Two of the project includes a library, archives and a period movie theater and
is scheduled for completion during the next fiscal year.

Camp Blanding was selected for the site of the museum and memorial park because
of its ties to the World War II era.

The camp was originally established as a state military training reservation for units of
the Florida National Guard. After mobilization of the National Guard, Camp Blanding was
pressed into federal service and became a major multi-purpose training base for the active
Army.

Prior to its conversion to an Infantry Replacement Training Center in late 1943, dozens
and dozens of complete Army units and 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.

After World War II, Camp Blanding reverted to state control and is now a major training
center, attracting soldiers and units not only from the United States, but worldwide.










PR RELEASE 2; 24 OCT. 1990
(NICHOLS)

CAMP BLANDING: Visitors here on the weekend of Nov. 24-25 may think they've
entered The Twilight Zone when they are stopped at the main gate by military policemen
dressed in World War II khaki and giving directions in 40's slang.

The 'MP's will be among about 30 men and women reeactors-actors if you will-who
will be on hand to give a feeling of "the way it was" 50 years ago when the Florida national
Guard was mobilized for what would become World War II.

The weekend activities will culminate with the dedication of the Camp Blanding
Museum and Memorial Park of the Second World War on Nov. 25.

Speaker for the dedication ceremonies will be retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Arter,
special consultant to the Secretary of the Army.

Arter, who coordinated the Department of Defense's U.S. Constitution commemora-
tion, is the coordinator for the Department of the Army's World War II 50th Anniversary
Commemoration, which will run through 1995.

The Camp Blanding celebration is one of the first in the nation kicking off that five-year
commemoration of World War II. The Nov. 24-25 weekend was selected because it
cooincided with the mobilization of the Florida National Guard for federal service in 1940.

The dedication weekend is expected to attract several thousand people, many of them
Florida NationalGuard veterans who were mobilized 50 years ago as America began the
buildup of its fighting forces in preparation for the coming global war now known as World
War II.

The reenactors will be on hand that weekend to add a nostalgic flavor for the returning
veterans, their families and other visitors, according to National Guard Staff Sergeant Mike
Belanger of St. Petersburg, who has volunteered his time and expertise to coordinate the
reenactors.

"Some of these guys are semi-professional. They've appeared in movies and TV
productions" Belanger said of the actors.

In addition to the MPs on the main gate, reenactors will be located in small groups
around the museum and memorial park where they will go through various drills such as
marching, order of arms and bayonet drills.

As much as possible, Belanger said, the reenactors will try to use 40s era slang and
knowledge in their conversations. Tape recorders will also blare out 40's music and radio
programs to enhance the mood.





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