North Carolina and World War II

A Documentary Portrait


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About the Book

North Carolina did more than its part during World War II. This Southern state trained more troops than any other state in the nation. Can one still find the military posts and shipyards, the cemeteries and memorials, the convalescent units and R&R facilities today? This volume describes in detail both the state’s 20-plus military sites and the eight little-known North Carolina prisoner of war camps. Images and memories tell the story of service personnel and their families who contributed to the war effort at much personal sacrifice. The book reminds readers of how those Carolinians who remained behind did their part through supporting the troops, rationing, salvaging metals, growing Victory Gardens and purchasing War Bonds.

About the Author(s)

Anita Price Davis, a North Carolina native, Gold Star daughter, and Duke University graduate, retired as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Education Emerita after 36 years at Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is the author of many historical books and articles.

Bibliographic Details

Anita Price Davis

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 50 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7984-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1992-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
1. The Beginning of World War II in Europe 5
2. The Beginning of America’s Direct Involvement in the War 8
3. Some Immediate Effects of the War on North Carolina (December 1941–August 1942) 14
4. Other Effects of the War on the State and the Nation 22
5. National Cemeteries in North Carolina 27
6. Sites in the Mountain Region 35
7. Sites in the Piedmont Region 56
8. Sites in the Western Coastal Plain 77
9. The Southern Tidewater Subregion of the Coastal Region 100
10. The Central Tidewater Subregion of the Coastal Region 135
11. The Three Capes of North Carolina 145
12. The Northern Tidewater Subregion: Nags Head, Manteo, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Weeksville, Vultee 159
13. The Incalculable Costs of World War I and the Great Depression to the World, the Nation and the State Before World War II 175
14. The Incalculable Costs of World War II 177
15. The Medal of Honor 179
16. The Home Front 188
Bibliography 197
Index 209