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Camp Butner, located on 40 square miles of parts of Person, Granville, and Durham counties, is the newest addition to North Carolina's military training centers. It is regarded as one of the finest training camps in operation and is complete to the last detail. It is the training site of the 78th Division.
During the Second World War, the U.S. Army opened a Glider Pilot training program in Laurinburg-Maxton airport in Maxton, North Carolina. Holt was a program participant and trained as a CG-4A glider pilot and C-47 co-pilot. During the war, Holt served with the American invasion force at Wesel, Germany.
During World War II, there became a shortage of pilots in the United States. The Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots (WASP) program was organized in 1942, allowing women to train to be pilots in support positions in North Carolina. Though they never saw combat, they helped in anti-aircraft training exercises that still proved dangerous, resulting in thirty-eight deaths.