- The Afrika Korps at Home in Wilmington, 1944-46
- The U.S. Navy at the Normandy D-Day Invasion – June 6, 1944
- The USS North Carolina at the Battle for Iwo Jima
- “What Are We Fighting For?”: A Perspective on Wilmington Blacks on the World War II Home Front, and Saluting the Tuskegee Airmen
- Allied Naval Forces at Operation Dragoon, August 1944
- Free a Man to Fight!: This is Our War Too: American Women in the World War II Armed Forces
- America in the Pacific War, 1941-45: An Overview
- Rescue at Sea in the Middle of the North Atlantic by the RMS Queen Mary 2
- Rosie the Riveter: American Women in World War II
- Henry Churchill Bragaw, Soldier: An Exceptional American Life
- Inside President Ford’s White House
- Wilmington’s Connection to the Attack on Pearl Harbor: Hawaii and the Wilmington Home Front – Dec. 7, 1941
- North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, a.k.a. The Wilmington Shipyard: From the SS Zebulon B. Vance, Dec. 6, 1941 – to the “Ghost Fleet”
- Determination, Coordination, and Leadership: Wilmington’s 12-Year Project to Become the First “American World War II Heritage City”
Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. visiting with Cub Scout Pack 200 in Wilmington. Jones spoke with the scouts about growing up on the WWII home front in Wilmington.
Seventy-seven years after captivating the Wilmington Rotary Club about the Battle of Midway, hometown warrior Clarence Earle Dickinson, Jr., returned here in film.
In mid-July 1942, Navy dive bomber pilot Lieutenant Dickinson, fresh from helping to sink the Japanese carrier Kaga on June 4th during the Pacific War’s defining American victory, came to show the flag.
“The war can be won or lost at home,” he admonished Rotarians. “This is going to be a long war, at least three years. Some of those boys are never coming back. It’s up to the people back home to stick behind us.” He just received his third Navy Cross for valor, the war’s first to achieve that distinction.
Below is a list of links to stay up to date on Wilbur Jones’ tireless efforts to designate the city of Wilmington as an American World War II City.
- Wilmington’s Contributions and Accomplishments.
- “American World War II Cities” Signed Into Law
- Wilmington native works to have his hometown designated as first WWII Heritage City
- Read letter Drafted to Make Wilmington first WWII City
- American WWII Heritage Cities Provision Passes Senate
- Jones, Rouzer Advocate for Wilmington WWII Designation
- Momentum Builds for WWII Heritage Designation
WILMINGTON, NC–Due to COVID-19 the traditional July 4th Open House at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center has been…
The Battle of Iwo Jima Sept. 28 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Battleship North Carolina
Rosie the Riveter: American Women in WWII Jan. 8, 2020 – 1:15 p.m. Great Oaks Club, Landfall Country Club
Wilmington and Southeastern NC in WWII Nov. 14 – 11:00 a.m. Historical Society of Topsail Island, Assembly Building, Topsail Beach
Contributions to War Effort North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. constructed 243 cargo ships for Merchant Marine and Navy All five armed…
SOCIALITE. NAVY WIFE. MOTHER OF TWO. Trailblazing freelance photographer. Patricia O’Meara Robbins In 1933 at the age of 22, Pat…
Not coincidentally, football employs military terms associated with war, such as â€œaerial attack,â€ â€œblitz,â€ â€œfield general,â€ and â€œtrench warfare.â€ 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 footballâ€™s rugged physical, mental, and competitive conditioning to prepare men for combat, boost morale, and help win the war.
The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front is the natural sequel to the authorâ€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 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.
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.