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Morrison Army Airfield
Palm Beach International Airport

1000 Turnage Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406
Palm Beach County
561-471-7420

This site is located in the Southeast region of the state. The latitude and longitude of the site is 26-40-59.383N / 080-05-44.139W.

DIRECTIONS
From Interstate Highway 95: From the south, exit at Southern Boulevard, Exit #50, turn left (west). Turn right (north) on Australian Avenue and follow the signs to the airport entrance on your left. From the north, exit at Belvedere Road, Exit #51. Turn left (west) on Belvedere Road to Australian Avenue. Turn left (south) and proceed to the airport entrance on your right.

With the increased war activity in Europe, the U.S. Army Air Corps began the conversion of Morrison Field for military purposes during 1941. Morrison Field was dedicated in honor of Grace K. Morrison, county airfield pioneer, when opened in 1936. The 313th Material Squadron, previously operating at the Miami Municipal Airport, moved to Morrison in April 1942. Charged with maintaining aircraft of the Ferry Command as well as handling all air cargo and airport facility maintenance, the 1,000 man cadre worked around the clock seven days a week to keep the planes in the air. Base personnel overhauled and repaired aircraft and then tested for airworthiness before releasing the plane to service. As many as 250 WACS served in all capacities at Morrison. Deactivated in June 1947, this facility eventually became Palm Beach International Airport. U.S. Navy CMDR.David McCampbell, Palm Beach county Medal of Honor recipient, received recognition in 1988 with the dedication of the new terminal and a display in his honor.

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