The military has been a source of pride and
growth in our area. From the Civil War battles
along Beach Drive to the Navy Coastal
Systems Center and Tyndall AFB, Bay County
has supported our military.
Tyndall Air Force Base opened as a gunnery
school in 1941. Named in honor of WW I flying
ace, Lieutenant Frank B. Tyndall, its planes are
still a common sight.
In 1942 Wainwright Shipyard began
construction of 102 Liberty ships and 6 tankers
used in WW II. The shipyard was named for
General Jonathan Wainwright, a prisoner of
Across the bay from Wainwright Shipyard,
the Naval Section Base began in 1942. In 1945
the base was recommissioned as a U. S. Navy
Countermeasures Station. We now know it as
the Navy Coastal Systems Center.