The Outer Banks of North Carolina became Torpedo Junction in the Battle for the Atlantic during the early years of World War II. German Nazi u-boats, also called wolf packs, terrorized Allied shipping until the Allies were able to turn the tide in 1942. Entire ships and their crews disappeared beneath the waves of the Atlantic. The loss of life, munitions and supplies was horrific.
These cemeteries remain on the Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as a reminder—a little piece of British soil carefully tended on the Banks. These are the graves of British sailors whose bodies washed ashore to be discovered by the Bankers and respectfully interred. British representatives of Her Royal Majesty still honor these men and the others they represent in a touching ceremony every year in May, open to the public. Some of these men were never able to be identified. They remain known only to God.
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We, the many, owe so much to the few. There was an almost forgotten time ago when German u boats prowled off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Only those living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina understood how precarious was our freedom.
Nightly, they watched in horror as the u boats sank freighters and passenger ships. The Civil Air Patrol, with bases from Florida to New Jersey, was established to locate the German wolf pack and target them before they could target Allied shipping. The CAP kept watch over the coastline until sabotage and invasion was no longer a threat, breaking the backbone of Nazi aggression in the Americas.
When the late Billy Davis of ESVA took my husband on a quick side trip to see an old World War 2 airstrip, the idea for The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family was born.
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