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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC7) wants the US House to designate a city each year as an “American World War II City,” and he wants Wilmington to top the list.

According to a statement from his office, McIntyre has introduced legislation to create the honor. He says Wilmington is deserving of recognition because of its contributions to the US war efforts.

“Wilmington’s long and distinguished contributions to the World War II effort should be honored and celebrated,” McIntyre said in the statement. “This bill will ensure of that, and it will also set in place a procedure for other cities to receive this rightful designation. As a nation, we should never forget the tireless efforts of those who supported our brave men and women in uniform, and Wilmington stands at the top in support of community contributions and effort. I look forward to doing all I can to ensure passage of this important measure.”

The bill would have the Secretary of Veterans Affairs designate one city in the United States each year as an “American World War II City” based on a set of criteria that includes contributions to the war effort, efforts to preserve the history of the city’s contributions, and the presence of military facilities within the city.

McIntyre says Wilmingtons contributions include:
·During World War II, Wilmington was the country’s unique wartime boomtown, aptly and officially named “The Defense Capital of the State.”
·Wilmington based and trained all five military services—the Air Force at the Wilmington Airport, the Army at Camp Davis and Fort Fisher, the Navy at Fort Caswell, the Coast Guard at Wrightsville Beach, and the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune.
·The North Carolina Shipbuilding Company of Wilmington, the state’s largest employer at that time, constructed 243 cargo vessels with which to provide goods and equipment to our soldiers.
·Wilmington provided the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad headquarters, three housing camps for German prisoners of war, a major training base for P-47 fighters, defense industries producing goods and equipment, a British patrol base, and a shipping point for Lend Lease supplies to the Allies.
·Wilmington’s dispatched thousands of its sons and daughters to fight the enemy on land, sea, and air as Navy frogmen, P-51 fighter aces, Tuskegee Airmen, submarine skippers, bomber pilots, Marine riflemen, Army artillerymen, physicians and nurses, and volunteers of all sorts.
·Wilmington tragically lost 248 men as a result of their courageous efforts to defend America and two New Hanover High School graduates received the Congressional Medal of Honor and numerous others received high decorations for valor, including Navy Crosses, Distinguished Service Crosses, and Distinguished Flying Crosses.
·Wilmington’s strategic position made it vulnerable to enemy attack by German U-boats, which marauded shipping off our beaches. In July 1943 a U-boat fired at the Ethel-Dow chemical plant in Wilmington, perhaps the only German attack on America. Wilmington endured this attack, as well as constant civilian defense restrictions and air raid drills, including black-outs and dim-outs. The city’s population more than doubled with the influx of military personnel, forcing locals to cope with strain on housing and schools, transportation, medical and social services, law enforcement, and food supply.

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12 Comments on "McIntyre wants Wilmington designated “American World War II City”"

2015 years 10 months ago

..accusations and point their cyber-fingers. Why are you whiners always so hell-bent on destroying anything that may be good? Wilmington is very rich in WWII contributions. There is nothing at all wrong with that being recognized. This isn’t taking any money out of your pockets, so quit your whiney chin-music and allow something nice to happen for a change!

By the way, the WWII era was one where the people were proud of their beloved country. They lived and died for it proudly, without disdain. Some still do but, most just whine, complain and do NOTHING for her!

2015 years 10 months ago

See what I’m talking about?

2015 years 10 months ago

I so agree with your post. People now are always so quick to criticize anything and everything, especially if it’s political. I remember my Dad was in civil defense here during WWII. He couldn’t serve in the regular military because of knee injuries, but said he was so happy to serve in ANY capacity.

Cyberdoom posters sometimes just need to put a lid on it.

2015 years 10 months ago

Feel good legislation to ensure the next election.

We need to stop congratulating ourselves on how great we WERE.

The future is coming whether we like it or not.

Memorials turn into idols when there is nothing to look forward to.

Let’s make some congressmen that have some practical ways to address our current needs.

Wake up.

Guest 4545
2015 years 10 months ago

This is all smoke and mirrors, it’s the absolute shell game. Mike McIntyre and the rest of these “feel good” hacks need to do their job.

2015 years 10 months ago

Saffo, City Council, and our County Commissioners. Maybe Mike will show up with one of his big cardboard checks.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m not talking about cyberdoom, I’m talking about real doom.

2015 years 10 months ago

So I should have said “cybergloom” instead of “cyberdoom”. My point is that so many posters are always so negative about everything. It’s refreshing to hear something positive once in a while.

2015 years 10 months ago

Well, how’s this then….

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood, won’t you be my neighbor?”?

2015 years 10 months ago

What a great idea for legislation sponsored by Congressman McIntyre! Our servicemembers from the WWII era are often called “America’s Greatest Generation”. A splendid homage to those great Americans who fought that war and a fitting remembrance for those who have gone before us.

Why not set cynicism aside and welcome this gesture?

2015 years 10 months ago

to WWII effort certainly, along with Detroit, Kansas City, New Orleans, Los Angeles, SF/Oakland, Seattle, New York… Name your city, they contributed to the WWII effort. Wilmington contributed…just like practically every other American community. Some gave more, some less, some gave all. We ain’t that special. Nothing to see here…move along.

If the local citizenry is the genesis of the idea, I could get behind it, maybe. When a politician thinks of the idea, they are angling for votes.

It won’t be long until Louise McColl is running the program.

2015 years 10 months ago

Jobs! McINTYRE!!! It’s the CURRENT economy….that you need to concentrate on very closely.

Get with the sentiments of what your constituents NEED right NOW.

Forget spending your time on touchy-feely good sentiments of yesteryear and having some totally out of touch, Ole Historical Society, Wilmingtonian type running an annual WWII City spotlight Program. Give me a break.

I love all of our military and our veterans, my dad is a disabled WWII German U-Boat and Sub chaser Navy man who patrolled the east coast from N.Y. Harbor to Miami for 3 years and 8 months in WWII, but the Congressman should listen to his regions NEEDFUL people…who are begging for an END to wasteful spending and a concentration on economic recovery of the Market which will induce job recovery and hiring practice.

… and worry about our historical notoriety later…when we feel like celebrating again.


That was BECAUSE….Everyone was WORKING!!!!!

J-O-B-S NOW!!! McIntyre needs to do the JOB we are PAYING him to do!!!

Eradicate Unemployment, Create Jobs, Bring jobs back to this great nation from China, Mexico, India.

Then, do the city thingy all you care to, for as long as you want.


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