A "Moment in Time"
form Camp Gordon Johnston's History
From the January 30, 1943 issue of the Amphibian
38th Artist Spouts Fame
The Army Times, National Weekly Newspaper for the U.S. Army, introduced last week the nations newest comic strip by a soldier artist.
The artist was Pfc. Grover Page, Jr, public relations cartoonist for the recently removed 38th Division Newspaper, the Cycloner.
While he was stationed at Camp Gordon Johnston - Camp Carrabelle – then – Pfc. Page’s ink antics were plugged in Time Magazine. His Character, “Cyclone Moer” (sic) now appearing weekly in the Army Times glorified the underdog G.I. in all his oversized and sad problems. The strip has attracted attention in scores of newspapers across the nation.
While here, Cyclone Moer went through the darker phases of amphibious training at Camp Carrabelle.
Pfc. Page is the son of the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal’s nationally known cartoonist, Grover Page, Sr.
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, houses over 10,000 square feet of artifacts, photos, displays, vehicles and stories such as the above preserving the history of America’s Greatest generation. Visit us on www.campgordonjohnston.com. Like us on facebook.
CGJ African-American DUKW truck battalions at Iwo Jima
(Assisting Marines during D-Day at the invasion of Iwo Jima drew the praise of their officers as well as the grateful Marines)
The 43rd Amphibious truck battalion was constituted on 30 June 1944 and activated as an African American battalion on 5 July 1944 at Camp Gordon Johnston, Florida. The 43rd had three Amphibious Truck Companies, the 471st, 473rd and 476th. After training and shipping out to the Pacific Theatre, the 471st was attached to the 5th Marine Division, the 476th to the 4th Marine Division and the 473rd was attached to the Corps Artillery and Anti Aircraft Artillery for the scheduled 19 February 1945 Amphibious landings.
The 471st and 476th hauled ammunition and division artillery right behind the initial assault waves and then returned for more ammunition under a hail of enemy fire. The 473rd did not bring in the Corps Artillery until early morning the next day. The companies lost several DUKW’s to enemy fire and continued to return to the ships to pick up and deliver critical supplies. The HHD, 43rd Amphibious Truck Battalion arrived at the invasion and assumed control, from the Marines, over the three truck companies.
For their performance during the invasion, the three companies were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Medal. As a testament to their bravery, the 476th had 5 soldiers receive the Silver Star and 17 earned Bronze Star medals. The 473rd had three soldiers earn the Silver Star. There is no list as to how many valor medals were awarded to the 471st.
The current 332nd TC BN, Tampa, Florida traces its lineage and honors back to the 43rd. The 332nd has attended Camp Gordon Johnston Days in past years bringing its LCU 2000 for display on Marine Street.
Information for this article was derived from the Original Camp Newspapers “The Amphibian” March 31st and April 21st 1945 issues as well as the TC-Regt-Association Magazine in the Hall of Fame section 2011. Special thanks also to Colonel Charles Aucoin, USAR (Ret).