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Camp Gordon Johnston

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Camp Gordon Johnston Post 82

Located in Lanark Village, Florida and proudly welcoming honored veterans and our community.

Established in 1953, The American Legion Post 82, in Lanark Village, Carrabelle, Florida, has been the home and heart for local veterans and their families for nearly seven decades.

Post 82 is named in dedication to Camp Gordon Johnston, a local Army training facility opened from 1942-1946. Spanning 165,000 acres of forest and beach, the camp began as the Army’s Amphibious Training Center, and later transitioned to a Special Forces Training Center. At the end of World War II, its purpose shifted to serving as a Separation Center for personnel of all services who lived in the Southeast region.

Today, American Legion Post 82 is a keystone in the community. Open 7 days a week, it is an inviting place to grab a bite to eat, relax with a drink, and make some new friends. Of course, it also serves as a headquarters for Legionnaires, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the American Legion Riders. Get involved, give back to our venerable veterans, or find support and resources.

Four Ways to Join

Legionnaire Members

The heart of the American Legion, and the group all of its branches works to support, is its Legionnaires – those men and women who so honorably served our country in any of its military branches.

Its mission is to enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion’s vision statement is “The American Legion: Veterans Strengthening America.”

Today, the American Legion is made up of more than 2 million members, with posts in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, France, and the Philippines.

Membership as a Legionnaire is open to any veteran who has served at least one day of active military service since December 7, 1941, and is either currently active or has been honorably discharged.

Auxiliary Members

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members across the globe. Originally formed as a women-only organization, the Auxiliary now welcomes male and female spouses, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of the American Legion.

The ALA recognizes that military service is a sacrifice made by the whole family, and looks for ways to support the children and spouses of veterans – in addition, of course, to the veterans themselves. Many programs focus on youth and education, including patriotic associations and scholarship awards.

Together, each year they give tens of thousands of volunteer hours and raise millions of dollars to support its programs, its veterans, and charities for the benefit of the American people.

Sons Members

The Sons of The American Legion was established in 1923, with a simple and clear mission: to strengthen the Four Pillars of The American Legion. Individual chapters have flexibility to choose which activities and priorities best serve their communities each year, but all efforts are conducted with respect to the values of The American Legion.

Membership in Sons of The American Legion is open to all male descendants, adopted sons, and stepsons of members of The American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during World War I, and December 7, 1941, to date, as set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of The American Legion, or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the Sons of The American Legion.


Rider Members

The Legion Riders began as an idea in Garden City, Michigan, back in 1993, conceived by two longtime motorcycle riders who wanted to unite Legion members who shared a passion for riding. Today, over 110,000 members meet in over 2,000 chapters. While each program manages its program at the post level, the members uphold and protect certain traditions and patriotic duties, such as

  • escorting military units returning from overseas combat;
  • completing annual rides such as Operation Wounded Warrior;
  • riding to honor fallen men and women, and offering a level of protection and sanctity at their memorial services

and much more.

Legion Riders must be members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion.