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Beaufort SC Military Bases

It’s true Beaufort South Carolina is home to Parris Island, 1 of 2 of our nation‘s Marine Corps Recruit Depots or “MCRD” for short, where United States Marines are made. Just north of Parris Island on Port Royal Island you will find the Naval Hospital that services recruits form PI and retired military. Travel a bit further, approximately 8 miles north heading out of town, and you will pass The Marine Corps Air Station, “MCAS”, also known as “Fightertown”. This 6,900 acre military air bases is among one of the largest military air strips in the world. Beaufort is proud of our bases, our troops and our low country history. Next time you’re in town visit one of our bases and show your support to our military personnel.


Visit the Parris Island Museum

Ooh-rah! Two of the best things about Beaufort, SC, our history & our military, come together in one place: the Parris Island Museum is located at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in Beaufort, SC.  Exhibits feature the “long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps.” Admission is free, and the hours are the following: daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The museum is closed on New Years, […]Read More »

Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station - MCAS

Location: Comprised of 6,900 acres MCAS Beaufort is located 70 miles south southwest of Charleston, S.C., on South Carolina Highway 21, four miles from downtown Beaufort, and eight miles from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The base covers 6,900 acres, of which 5,800 are located east of Highway 21 and include operational facilities. The remaining acres contain the Laurel Bay military family housing area four miles west of the […]Read More »

Beaufort Naval Hospital - Beaufort, SC

Command’s Employment: The primary mission of Naval Hospital, Beaufort is to provide a comprehensive range of emergency, outpatient, and inpatient health care services to active duty personnel and ensure preparations for the performance of assigned contingency and wartime duties. In addition, to provide health care services in support of the Navy and Marine Corps shore activities and units of the operating forces. Subject to the availability of resources, provide health […]Read More »

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