Camp Blanding

Camp Blanding Facts

  • Location: Clay County, Florida near the city of Starke
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  • Phone: (904) 682-3357
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Florida Camp Blanding is closely associated with army training facility in the world war. As originally built as public training reservation in a year of 1939, it is particularly built for supporting the Florida National Guard. However along with the demand of mobilization of forces and quick expansion of US army, the Florida Camp Blanding is required to be a federal reservation. It was then rebuilt for bigger area to accommodate two entire infantry divisions plus a lot of separate units. Before the conversion, the camp building was previously used to train dozens of army troops. There it includes cavalry, infantry, field artillery, tanks destroyer, medical and engineer and so on.


All specialist troops were trained in Florida Camp Blanding. Between 1944 and 1945, a great percentage of people were sent to reload the ranks of the formation of combat infantry. Also the Florida Camp Blanding was used for hospital with 2800 beds, prisoner from Germany and The separation center. After the war, camp blending were reverted to strictly under state control. Nowadays, the camp is universal training center for reserve components, active component trainings and National Guard.

Camp Blanding Snipper Practice
Camp Blanding Tank at front yard

The Florida Camp Blanding was built to dedicate the reminiscent of World War II service. There you will find museum that is used to collect and exhibit some artifacts and objects about traditions of camp Blanding, heritage, and history as well as global campaigns. In reminiscent of history in Florida Camp Blanding, the story about German prisoners is revealed. The US government has granted 25 million dollars for paying for German prisoners up to 80 cents on daily payment in canteen checks while getting payment at labor wage rates. In 1946, the German prisoners were sent home since the POW camp was already closed. Few years later, several places were declared to be historical sites.

About Richard Wilson

Military veteran who spent most if his active military career outside US and never made back and currently lives in Europe but still haven't lost passion about military forces.


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6 Responses to Camp Blanding

  1. Nancy Pihl Maggard February 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    My father Donald G. Pihl was trained at CP Blanding in 1945. May I have information on what division he was trained in, and where he went to serve after he completed training.

    • jerry rosenberg August 1, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Ms. Maggard,

      I have a large group photo of soldiers with a pennant marked RTC 200A taken at Camp Blanding on Feb. 22, 1945. My father was trained at the site, and is among the soldiers pictured. If I have a chance to scan the photo and you would like a copy, I could send it to you. Perhaps your father might be among the young men.

      • Nancy Pihl Maggard August 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

        Mr. Rosenburg, thank you, i would like a picture. Please send to my email;

      • Johnny Raines August 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

        Would u please email any pictures u have as my father was there in 1945 then went to ca to fort ord then to the Philippines he is looking for any men that may have been in his unit his unit was anti tank company 126 inf 32nd div apo 32. Thank u for this

  2. Marco Ordóñez March 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    My aunt Julia Fetzer ( Guatemalan , daughter of a german father and Guatemalan mother, married to a german) and her son Gerardo Asmussen, were sent to Camp Blanding concentration Camp in Fl. during the war. We would like to know if you have a record of them that shows the time they spent there. Thanks.

  3. Sharon Shaak August 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    How can I find out if a soldier is based at camp blanding? He says he lives in Starke fla. which is near there. Also could you tell me if a soldier who is retired from the army over there on July 14, 2016 is in Afghanistan and say he his waiting for the general (5star) to sign his papers for him to leave Afghanistan and come home? Does he need to go to home base first to get discharge? Thank you

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