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for The State Vol. 11 Issue 47, Apr 1944
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Lieutenant J. A. McNeill served in the navy during World War II. After completing midshipman's training at Columbia, he was assigned to an LCT (Landing Craft Tank). The LCT was to be hauled across the Pacific to engage the Japanese. Some of his adventures while in charge of the ship included being mistaken for a submarine, being lost at sea, and eventually engaging the enemy at Guadalcanal.
Besides contributing a number of men and women to the war effort, Haywood County's industrial plants are working round the clock producing material for war use. The largest plant is the Champion Paper and Fibre Company in Canton. The Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Company in Waynesville in the second largest. The Wellco Shoe Corporation is another firm making war materials. Green bean production saw 20,000 cases sent to the armed forces, and apples from the largest orchard east of the Mississippi are sent to servicemen. Another cash crop is burley tobacco.