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On paper, particularly newspaper, what Captain Bernice Balance might be best known for was his bravery. This characteristic was chiefly expressed during his career in the Life Saving Service, now called the Coast Guard. The life-saving incident that made the papers was his role in the rescue of Coast guardsmen adrift after a hurricane struck the North Carolina coast in September 1944. Incidents perhaps just as worthy of print included his catch of a seventy five pound channel bass, touted as the "world's record for drum caught in the surf."
Margaret Wallace was fascinated with Portsmouth Island, North Carolina from the time she set foot there, and has been living there since she was given a lease on the school house from the state. While the Park Service maintains the buildings, Wallace provides a historical tour of Portsmouth from the 1750s on.
A true down homer was about more than just being born in a local town or having one’s name affiliated with a local building. What made Charlie Gray Sr. so included turning down job offers after graduation from North Carolina State College, so he could own a local grocery store. Being a down homer was also reflected in his promotion of education for the area. During his almost fifty year career as a school principal and teacher, he professed a hope for Hatteras Island to have a central accredited high school.
The children of Urias Gaskins, Isaac Jennette, and Edward Midgett discuss the lives of their parents. Gaskins was the officer in charge of the Cape Hatteras Coast Guard Station at the time of his death. He received the Silver Medal of Honor for assisting in the rescue of the crew of the BREWSTER. Jennette spent his life in the Coast Guard and died while on duty. He also received the Silver Medal of Honor for assisting in the rescue of the crew of the BREWSTER. Midgett served twenty-eight years in the Life Saving Service and died at the age of eighty-three. He was a recipient of the Silver Medal of Honor for the BREWSTER incident.
Urias O'Neal Gaskins (1878-1919) was the officer in charge of the Cape Hatteras Coast Guard Station and received a medal for his gallant efforts in the rescue of the steamship BREWSTER. Isaac L. Jennette (1857-1913) also spent his life in the service of the Coast Guard and earned a silver medal of honor for lifesaving assistance to the crew of BREWSTER. Edward J. Midgette, originally from Avon, North Carolina, also served 28 years in the lifesaving service.