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Wilbur D. Jones, Jr.

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  • 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”

Battle of Midway warrior back in Wilmington -- in film

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.

Battle of Midway warrior back in Wilmington -- in film

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.

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Saipan, Marianas - Last command post cave of Japanese commander Gen. Yoshitsugu Saito on island's northern end. 1995
The Battle of Iwo Jima

The Battle of Iwo Jima Sept. 28 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Battleship North Carolina

Books

Football! Navy! War!
“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
The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front

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
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.

HitlersSoldiers
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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