American World War II Heritage Cities Provision Passes The Senate

On February 12, 2019 , The Senate passed The Natural Resources Management Act, which includes a provision authored by Senator Thom Tillis(R-NC) to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City,” with Wilmington, North Carolina likely to be among the first cities to receive the honor.

Senator Tillis most recently introduced the same provision as standalone legislation in January, with Congressman David Rouzer introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The Natural Resources Management Act, which includes Senator Tillis’ World War II cities provision, now heads to the House for final passage.

“Today marks a major step toward creating official designations for American World War II cities, including Wilmington,” *said Senator Tillis.*


Rouzer Bill to Designate "American World War II City" Heads to Senate

The week of Dec 11, 2019, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman David Rouzer’s bill, H.R. 6118, to direct the Department of Interior to designate one city per year as a nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  Due to the hard work and dedication of Wilmington native Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), who is a distinguished author and veteran active in the community, the idea of honoring Wilmington as the Nation’s first World War II City is one step closer to being achieved. READ MORE

Jones, Rouzer advocate for Wilmington WWII designation

On Sept. 6, 2018, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing examining H.R. 6118 – Congressman David Rouzer’s bill to designate and recognize the city of Wilmington as the first nationally recognized “American World War II City.”

Due to the hard work and dedication of Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), a Wilmington native, distinguished author and veteran active in the community, the idea and introduction of this bill came to fruition.  Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., testified on behalf of the bill during the hearing.

Momentum builds for ‘WWII Heritage City’ designation

Buoyed by recent strong official and community endorsements and constructive Capitol Hill conferences, optimism increases for Wilmington’s 10-year project seeking national designation as the first “American World War II Heritage City” by act of Congress.


Wilbur Jones has returned home from another trip to Washington, DC. There is new excitement in a project he has headed for a decade, to have his hometown designated as the first “American World War II Heritage City” in the United States. State lawmakers recently passed HR 970, which urges Congress to award that designation to one city every year, with Wilmington being the first to receive the honor.


08 Feb: World War I Love Affair

Wilmington historian Wilbur D. Jones Jr. spent countless hours researching World War II, military, and defense issues for 18 books,…


Football! Navy! War!
01 Jul: “Football! Navy! War!”: How Military Lend-Lease Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II

Not coincidentally, football employs military terms associated with war, such as “aerial attack,” “blitz,” “field general,” and “trench warfare.” Beyond providing essential jargon, by necessity and choice the military linked with colleges during World War II to preserve the game and keep schools from closing, and utilized football’s rugged physical, mental, and competitive conditioning to prepare men for combat, boost morale, and help win the war.

The Journey Continues
10 Nov: The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front

The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front is the natural sequel to the author’s first volume on this subject, the highly acclaimed, nationally distributed book, A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs of a Wartime Boomtown, winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians 2003 Willie Parker Peace Book Award.

A Sentimental Journey
10 May: A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs of a Wartime Boomtown

A Sentimental Journey is a social history of the life and culture on the Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina home front. The personal story of a burgeoning community, it is the first book covering a specific geographic area this extensively.

10 Oct: Forget That You Have Been Hitler Soldiers: A Youth’s Service to the Reich

Hermann O. Pfrengle’s remarkable, breathtaking memoir describes the unorthodox life and travails of an adolescent German boy on the war-scarred home front. As a member of the Jungvolk organization loosely associated with the Hitler Youth, he helped construct the Siegfried Line, worked in the war effort and civilian defense, and attended high school until it was bombed.

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Pearl Harbor Ties to Wilmington