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WWII museum honors canines and cartoonists

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle is presenting two special exhibits in March – to honor America’s canine military veterans and to recognize the role of cartoonists in World War II. 

These exhibits will open Tuesday, March 1 and be on display at the museum until Saturday, April 2. The museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted.

National K9 Veterans Day, March 13, is a day set aside to honor commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history. Dogs served in many capacities in wartime, including in World War II, as messengers and sentry dogs. They were also trained for mine and explosive detection, finding injured soldiers and flushing enemy troops from hidden spaces. Dogs’ keen sense of smell and acute hearing made them valuable assets in war and today for national security. 

The press was essential for keeping the public informed in wartime, but cartoonists and cartoons played a unique role in bringing the war to citizens. The cartoon figure and possibly America’s earliest meme, Kilroy, is engraved on the World War II Memorial in the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Camp Gordon Johnston Museum will share images of familiar characters like Private Snafu, Donald Duck, Willie and Joe, and Kilroy who all play a prominent part in World War II history. The exhibit will also present the works of cartoonists like Bill Maudlin and Dave Breger, as well as the animated works by Disney and Warner Brothers that served as both propaganda for citizens and training for servicemen.

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

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