Wilmington could get national recognition for World War II efforts

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Submitted: Tue, 10/29/2013 - 1:35am
Updated: Tue, 10/29/2013 - 2:18pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington might be the first to get the American World War II City designation.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday to give that honor to at least one city in the country each year. Congressman Mike McIntyre, Captain Wilbur Jones and the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition have been working for years to try and bring the national recognition to the Port City.

According to a news release from Congressman McIntyre, during World War II, Wilmington was the “Defense Capital of the State.” It based and trained all five military services. Also, the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company of Wilmington constructed 243 cargo vessels that provided goods and equipment to soldiers.

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee whose ranking member is North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.


  • GuestUSMC says:

    WWII ended almost 70 years ago. Maybe this recognition 60 years ago might have had some meaning, but since most of those who were involved in the effort are gone, it just seems a moot point. Our leaders wouuld fulfill our needs more by spending their time and our money by working on matters somewhat more contemporary. Wonder what the costs of this will be?

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    It was a World War, a very important era for America that should never be forgotten. I lost relatives in WWII and my father was there AND in Korea. Where’d you serve? The barracks and galley at Camp Lejeune?

    If out leaders cans spend, I mean waste money with this Obamacare fiasco, supply every food stamp recipient with free cell phones and housing, pay out 4.3 BILLION dollars a year as a tax credit for illegals to have babies here when they don’t pay taxes in the first place, then spending a few bucks to recognize our area in the participation of WWII is formidable!

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