[This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.]As German submarines harassed the North Carolina and Atlantic coastlines in 1942 and 1943, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard expanded training programs, coastal patrols, and communications systems to build up American forces’ efforts to protect the home front. Many coastal North Carolinians joined the Coast Guard, or traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, to enlist in the Navy.
This undated small, discolored map shows the location of bombing targets in the Albemarle Sound of coastal North Carolina as proposed by the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Naval District, based out of the Norfolk Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia. These sites appear to be bombing target practice, possibly for Navy ships, submarines, or aircraft. Its exact purpose is unknown, but it was produced during World War II as part of the increase in naval training and coastal protection around North Carolina.
To see this and other documents from the U.S. Coast Guard’s operations along coastal North Carolina, check out the County War Records collection in the WWII Papers, found in the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina.
This blog post is one in two-week series of posts sharing the items used in the exhibit titled “The Family Traditions of Service: A Historical Tribute to Veterans.” This exhibit, on display from November 3 to November 13, 2015, at the Dare County Arts Council building in Manteo, N.C., is sponsored by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, the exhibit serves as a historical tribute to over 100 years of military service of North Carolina residents and their families, with particular emphasis on coastal North Carolina. The goal of the exhibit is to honor the role of North Carolina veterans and their families during peacetime and war. The items from this exhibit come from the holdings of the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina and the Outer Banks History Center.