Falling in love at Camp Gordon Johnston

Party at the Camp Gordon Johnston officers club with John and Sarah Easley, lower right.

Party at the Camp Gordon Johnston officers club with John and Sarah Easley, lower right.

From the Collection of Penny warren
Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 09:58 AM.

John and Sarah Easley were one of many couples who met and fell in love at Camp Gordon Johnston during World War II. When they married after the war, they began their life together in Carrabelle.

John Easley was born in Clay City, Indiana where his dad owned Easley’s Drug Store. John decided to follow in his footsteps so he earned a degree in pharmacology at Purdue University .

For a time, he worked in the family business, but then came the war and everything changed.

Easley enlisted in the Army in Feb. 1942 and graduated from medical administration corps officer candidate school in January 1943. He was assigned to Camp Carrabelle . The same month, the name of the base was changed to Camp Gordon Johnston.

Easley worked as a pharmacist at the post hospital, his first assignment to survey how narcotics were handled on the wards. He discovered the hospital kept no records and the drugs were not locked up. After he discovered a-ranking officer was helping himself to the pharmaceuticals, Easley saw to it that procedures were changed and drugs were secured and inventoried.

Carrabelle Mayor Curley Messer was among the first soldiers stationed in Carrabelle and remembers Easley as a nice guy.

A sociable type who liked to date, Easley caught the eye of more than one young lady on the base. He was dating someone else when he met his future wife, Sarah Reed, but the war stepped in to bring them together.

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