History, Military, Park
Camp Blanding was a major U.S. Army training facility during the Second World War. It was originally established as a state-owned training reservation in 1939 for the Florida National Guard. However, as war clouds materialized, the mobilization of reserve forces and the rapid expansion of the entire United States Army required Camp Blanding to be converted to a federal reservation. It was subsequently enlarged to house two complete infantry divisions along with many separate units.
Culture, History, Military, Specialized
Dedicated to the memories of the “Amphibious Soldiers” of WWII, Franklin County is proud to be the location of North Florida’s premier WWII museum.
Our new facilities, located across from Carrabelle Public Beach Park, house over 4,000 square feet of artifacts, vehicles, photos, memorabilia and memories of the soldiers, sailors and other military as well as civilian personnel who trained and worked here during the WWII years.
Cedar Key, Florida
Anthropology, Archaeology, Cemetery, History, Historic House, Military
Cedar Key Historical Society sponsored museum which consists of two buildings which are accessible to the public.
History, Library, Military, Specialized
The museum is named in honor of Cpl. Larry Eugene Smedley, who was born on March 4, 1949 in Front Royal Virginia. He attended Howard Junior High School in Union Park, Florida, leaving in 1964.He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on March 18, 1966 in Orlando, Florida. In July 1967, LCpl. Smedley arrived in the Republic of Vietnam.
The mission of the Cpl. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum is to educate the youth and the general public in regard to the sacfifices of all veterans, past and present, in their service to our country. Through our displays and artifacts, many of which are hands on, our staff is able to communicate the experiences of the veteran to the visitors. We also participate in community outreach by taking various displays to schools, parades and parks.