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William Gaskins Heacox was an aviation machinist’s mate and carburetor mechanic aboard USS RANGER during the Second World War. Heacox, a Morehead City native, traveled extensively during the Second World War and primarily worked with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft. The carrier RANGER was responsible for aircraft transport and submarine patrols during Heacox’s time on board. Heacox’s diary illustrates both his duties and events which occurred during his shore leave in North Carolina.