campground at a reenactment of the Battle of Olustee

    Campground at a reenactment of the Battle of Olustee.


    Military History in Florida

    By Lauren Tjaden

    Florida boasts a fascinating military history, one that includes U-Boats, spies and bomber planes that mysteriously vanished into thin air, never to be seen again.

    An example? Visit Jacksonville Beach today and you’re likely to see some people playing on the waves, while others hang out on the pier or kick back on the sand. The scene wasn't dramatically different on a sultry evening in 1942. Folks felt protected and far away from the war that raged in Europe.

    That is, until they heard an explosion. It was a U-Boat, a German submarine that bombed and ultimately sunk the Gulfamerica – an 8,000-ton steam tanker on its maiden voyage from Port Arthur, Texas, to New York City – just miles offshore.  

    Check out these articles to discover more of the story, as well as other riveting tales of Florida’s military past.

    Florida’s World War II U-Boat War

    Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base During World War II

    Florida’s World War II Saboteurs

    Famous Florida Resorts Served Soldiers in Time of War

    The Lost Patrol: Mystery Flight from Fort Lauderdale

    Discover the Seminole Trail at Fort Cooper State Park

    Spirit of the Seminole

    History Unfolds On Baker County’s Olustee Battlefield

    World War II Museums in Florida

    Military Museums in Florida