Historic Markers Across Florida

Tampa Goes to War

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Location: MacDill Park, 100 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 56.714    W 082° 27.523
  27.94523333    -82.45871666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMM3XD


U.S. Enters WWII and MacDill Readies the Air Attack

MacDill's First Base Commander
-Col. Clarence L. Tinker took command on March 11, 1940
-First Native American to attain the rank of Major General
-Killed in action in Pacific Theater during Battle for Midway in 1942
-Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, OK and Tinker Elementary School in Tampa, FL are named in his honor.

Before he piloted the historic mission over Hiroshima, Col. Paul Tibbets was Commander of the 340th Bomb Squadron-97th Bombardment Group at MacDill.

In 1959, Col. Tibbets returned to MacDill as Commander of the 6th Air Division and was soon promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
By 1945, over 3000 African-American soldiers were based at MacDill Field.
City of Tampa


There are six markers in MacDill Park on the Riverwalk honoring MacDill Air Force Base and the military in Tampa.