Our military heritage is a part of who we are. We encourage you to wander our historic military forts and walk where our armed forces once walked. Check out some of our historic military locations below to help plan your next visit to South Mississippi.
Built after the War of 1812, Fort Massachusetts is situated West of Ship Island. It is part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Heritage Area and .is open to the public.
FORT MAUREPAS PARK
The greater Biloxi area has a very rich history, and it all started at Fort Maurepas, also known as old Biloxi.
The GI Museum’s mission is to preserve and represent the generations of Americans who have served our country. It is because of them that we remain free today.
The Air Fore Reserve is home to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), more commonly known as Hurricane Hunters. This squadron is the only Department of Defense organization that still flies into storms.
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE
The Base opened in 1941 and has specialized in ground training since its inception. The base trains Air Force as well as Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and more military and civilian federal agency personnel.
MISSISSIPPI VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
A State of Mississippi Memorial, honoring the young men from Mississippi who made the supreme sacrifice.
NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION CENTER
The Naval Construction Battalion Center is home to the Atlantic Fleet Seabees. It has served a variety of functions since the early years of WWII.
PHOENIX NAVAL STORE
Locals see the Phoenix Naval Store as an endangered site with a wealth of historical value. Located in Gulfport’s Turkey Creek Community, the Naval Store was once as essential part of the timber industry in South Mississippi.