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  • USS North CarolinaUSS North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina
    The North Carolina finished her shakedown cruised in the Med just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it was ironic that her first assignment was to head to Pearl. She would stay in the Med for a while looking for the German battleship Tirpitz, in case that battleship would maraud the Atlantic and disrupt the cargo convoys going back and forth between the states and Great Britain. In the summer of 1942, the North Carolina headed to the Pacific, anxious to give a lot of payback, and after completing some heavy war exercises she would be the first new battleship to get to the Pacific since the start of the war. She cleared the Panama Canal four days after the Battle of Midway and headed to San Pedro and San Francisco before getting to Pearl, and according to the sailors stationed on the west coast, the North Carolina was "the most beautiful thing they had ever seen", and when she arrived in Pearl Harbor, their spirits were lifted immensely and the morale was at its highest point in a long while. The North Carolina became part of the island hopping campaign against the Japanese, landing the marines on Tulagi and Guadalcanal in August of 1942; thus starting the Guadalcanal campaign. She would be the sole battleship in the group, with the carriers Saratoga, Enterprise and the Wasp, as well as their cruisers and other escort ships. Then came the Solomons, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Gilbert Islands campaign, Makin, Tarawa, Abermama, the Marshalls, Truk in the Carolines, the Marianas, Saipan, Tinian, and Guam; Palau and Woleai, Ponape, Saipan again, Tanapag, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, Leyte, Luzon and the Visayas, Iwo Jima, and finally Tokyo.  The mighty and magnificent North Carolina was decommissioned in New York in 1947, and taken off the naval register in 1960, and then transferred to the people of North Carolina in 1961. She can be enjoyed in all her splendor today, and she was made a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

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  • Cape Fear MuseumCape Fear Museum Wilmington, North Carolina
    The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, North Carolina is the oldest history museum in the state, beginning in 1898, growing and changing through the years, until today, it is the magnificent repository of the history of the state and the many changes it has gone through. At the start, the museum would start be collecting any Confederate items it could find or acquire, and now gathers images and relics that help visitors and residents alike understand the incredible history, culture and science of the region. It started in just one room, with volunteers, and has evolved into a professionally managed American Association of Museums accredited facility, containing over 50,000 objects of interest. It was actually started by a group of women that desired to save the relics and memories of the Civil War, belonging to the newest chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, that was originally located in the Wilmington Light Infantry's building. In WWI, the collection was moved to Raleigh, and afterwards, it would take another ten years before the New Hanover County Historical Commission and the UDC to bring the collection back. In 1930, the North Carolina Sorosis women's group took over the management of the collection and under their leadership, there were many new items brought in that increased the circumference of the collection to contain pieces from different historical periods, cultures and events. In their permanent collection there are numerous categories that include; governance items, agricultural tools and equipment, educational materials, religious materials, leisure equipment, household items, police, fire and military items, commerce-related relics, charitable items, work-related items, clothing and other personal items and transportation objects.

March 08, 2011