Camp Gordon Johnston addresses end of World War II

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Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle is presenting a special exhibit about the surrenders and war’s end in the Asia-Pacific and Europe-Mediterranean theaters of operations.

This exhibit is on display at the museum through Saturday, Oct. 30. There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted. The museum and exhibit are open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On May 7, 1945, Karl Donitz, a naval admiral, ardent Nazi, and Hitler’s successor, agreed to the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces to take effect the next day. The document of surrender was signed that day at Reims, in northeastern France by Gen. Alfred Jodl. On May 8, people filled the streets in celebration and this day is known as Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day).

On Aug. 14, 1945, the Japanese surrendered without qualifications to the United States and thus, preparations began for an official surrender and the end of World War II. On Sept. 2, 1945, formal surrender documents were signed on the decks of the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. This day is celebrated as Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in the United States.

This special exhibit includes relevant artifacts like Soviet Army and Italian equipment, Nuremberg trials related documents such as a vintage copy of Hitler’s will, occupation souvenirs from Italy and Japan, photos of post-war Germany, and more.

The museum is directly across from Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1873 Hwy 98 West. For more information, call (850) 697-8575 or email museum@campgordonjohnston.com. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

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