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On May 5, 2018, a planeload of area veterans will proudly wear a commemorative hat naming and claiming him or her as an honored guest on the 2018 Coastal Georgia Honor Flight to Washington, DC.-- a keepsake of "one of the best days of their lives." Read more

Coastal Georgia Historical Society's World War II Home Front Museum at the HIstoric Coast Guard Station on St. Simons Island

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The Coastal Georgia Historical Society's newly opened World War II Home Front Museum recounts how our quiet coastal region was transformed when our country went to war and brings to life the extraordinary contributions made by Coastal Georgia. Read more

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With a smile that lights up the room, Sadie “Kashey” Odum beams enthusiasm and support for Coastal Georgia Honor Flight. The 94-year old Navy veteran shares her experience and why she thinks it's important for veterans to make this trip. Read more

Culture & History

During World War II, official U.S. Navy photographers acted as the "eyes" of the military. Their photos documenting some of the training and personnel at Naval Air Station, St. Simons, help us understand what it was like to be stationed here then. Read more

Culture & History

Zach White, Sandy Jensen, Staci Bennett

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Recently the Coastal Georgia Historical Society held a reception honoring the Society’s Keepers of the Light at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center. They also announced the completion of the capital campaign to fund a WWII Home Front Museum on SSI. Read more

People & Places

Doris Duke Christening the Liberty Ship named after her father.

Photo provided by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

The J.A. Jones Shipyard of Brunswick, was one of 18 shipyards throughout the U.S. to produce Liberty ships during World War II.The Liberty ships are credited with providing a vital lifeline of food and war material to the Allies’ global war effort. Read more

Culture & History

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Bob Shoreman

When the sun rises on May 6, the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport will be teeming with hundreds of volunteers creating “the best day of their lives” for 95 World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans, as part of the 2017 Coastal Georgia Honor Flight. Read more

Events

Tom Purdy shares the inspiring story of Ernie Andrus and his Guinness World Record setting run across the country. This 92 year-old WWII veteran's trek has a mission behind it as well, and hopefully will finish his journey right here on SSI. Read more

Blimp Convoy Escort

Courtesy of Paul Pribble, Glynn County Airport Commission archives

Learn about Brunswick's important role in protecting World War II ship convoys in this story about the history of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport by Leslie Faulkenberry. Read more

Culture & History

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Image courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

In 1944, Brunswick shipyard workers made a special holiday gift in a spontaneous outpouring of patriotism that captured widespread attention and appreciation. Read more

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Michael Hanneld brings us the impressive tale of a historic aircraft housed at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport who is soon to celebrate her 70th birthday. Read more

Culture & History

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