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Special Exhibit: Battle for Okinawa

May 22 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A WWII Marine points a gun as his companion ducks for cover near Shuri. Okinawa, 1945.

Starting April 30 and lasting until June 1, the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum will present a special exhibit on the most violent and costliest campaign of WWII, the battle to take Okinawa. The battle started with the capture of the Kerama Islands by the 77th infantry Division on March 26, 1945, and ended 98 days later on July 2. This effort involved three marine divisions and four infantry divisions making up the Tenth Army, which had its own tactical air force, and was supported by naval and amphibious commands. The battle cost more lives on both sides than any other campaign in the Pacific. The taking of Okinawa provided a base from which Operation Downfall, the invasion of the Japanese mainland, was to be launched. Operation Downfall, of course, was made unnecessary by the surrender of Japan in September of 1945. Included in the exhibit will be historic photos and Marine Corps artifacts.

This exhibit will open Thursday, April 30 1 at 11 am and will be on display at the museum until Saturday, June 1 at 5 pm. There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted.

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is located in Carrabelle, directly across from Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1873 Hwy 98 West. For more information, contact Camp Gordon Johnston Museum at (850) 697-8575 or museum@campgordonjohnston.com. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum
1873 Hwy 98 West
Carrabelle, FL 32322 + Google Map

(850) 697-8575