WHAT: A movie screening of the documentary “Camp Blanding: Florida’s Hidden Gem From the Beginning”
WHEN: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 7. Video presentation begins at 7 p.m.
WHERE: WJCT Studios 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. 32202
This short documentary gives viewers a modern day high tempo view of the current training and capabilities of this little known post. It also provides a rustic historical telling of how the post came into being, its ties to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the Empire State Building, and German POW’s.
Some of the people who appear in the movie worked at Camp Blanding as teenagers, trained there before entering World War Two, were held as German POW’s, and one woman who was born there, tells the story of her father who worked in the post hospital as a doctor.
The movie was written, directed and produced by Mr. A.J. Artley.
Contributors: Col. Matt Johnson, Commander, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center
Mr. Greg Parsons, Historian, Camp Blanding Museum
Doctor George Cressman, Historian, Camp Blanding Museum
Mr. Carlos Bouvier, WJCT Producer