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As the country enters its second year during World War II, Carraway recounts a number of changes and events that have taken place in the war effort. Among them are military camp and base construction; men who have been cited for gallantry; an increased population--especially at the Wilmington shipyards; and mining for valuable minerals, such as mica, copper, and manganese.
In order to adjust to war conditions, a filling Station in Durham employs women in over half of its positions. New tires and other auto parts has become a rare commodity, which forced the owner to continually add new items to their stock typically unseen in a service station.
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.
During the Second World War, government contracts and employment greatly increased the standard of living in the communities of Sea Level, Atlantic, and Cherry Point. As household goods and staples were rationed, some families decided to invest in real estate, moving to Pine Ridge. The author recalls one man, Mr. Denard, deciding to move his entire house to the burgeoning community. Using heavy cables, the house was lifted onto rollers and carted off.
In 1940, the Burleigh family move to Morehead City from England as they feared German invasion. Mr. Burleigh had stayed to serve England, however his wife and children became integrated into the local Carteret County community. Their host family would later receive the King’s Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom—one of 16 North Carolina families bestowed this honor.