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On December 7th, civilian defense in North Carolina received a much-needed shot in the arm. Before that time officials had not been able to get any response from many county councils; but the next day, state officers were being besieged with offers of service and a framework for civilian defense was laid out for the State.
The strength of a democracy in war is more than the ability to produce the machines of war and the ability to man those machines with trained men. It is also the strength of every individual and the organizational strength of every group. To assist state and local Defense Councils, the Office of Civilian Defense has been established in Washington.
In this extended issue, Coates presents a series of lectures growing out of Citizens Defense Corps training, discussing basic duties; organization; internal security; defense by sea, land, and air; and issues of mobilization and shortage.
Midgett shares memories of her father’s boat, a 45 foot ketch constructed by J.R. Miller in Morehead City. Launched in 1941, the ketch SULU was soon conscripted by the U.S. Coast Guard for the war effort. A .50 caliber machine gun was mounted on deck and Midgett’s father became a commissioned Chief Petty Officer. SULU was operated by six or seven men who were responsible for reporting any enemy vessels seen offshore. Following the war, SULU once again became a recreational vessel and was used by the family.