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Mount Olive College to hold program on N.C. in WWII

By From staff reports
Published in News on October 31, 2012 1:46 PM

Mount Olive College Moye Library is hosting a program by Kevin P. Duffus called "War Zone: World War II off North Carolina's Outer Banks" on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in videoconference rooms 114 and 115 of the Communications Building. Provided by the Road Scholars program of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the lecture is free and open to the public.

In 1942, the United States suffered one if its worst defeats of WWII, not in Europe or the Pacific, but along the nation's eastern seaboard. Three hundred ninety-seven ships were sunk or damaged, and 5,000 people died. For six months, 65 German U-boats hunted merchant vessels, practically unopposed, within view of coastal communities. The greatest of these attacks occurred off North Carolina's Outer Banks. For this program, Kevin Duffus has compiled a stunning collection of eyewitness stories of merchant sailors, Coast Guard recruits and coastal residents who survived the events. He discusses the facts behind decades-old urban legends of German spies, sympathizers, and saboteurs. His story is one of faith, courage, and determination as well as infamy, irony, and innocence.

For more information, contact Cynthia Hughes at (919) 658-4916.