Outer Banks and WWII

When the War was at Our Doorstep

OBX WWII Submarine
Photo courtesy of the OBX History Center

The history of the Outer Banks is filled with the tales of pirates and sea battles. But not all the battles fought off the coast of North Carolina were shrouded in the mists of history and legend. One of the most horrific battles of WWII was the Battle of the Atlantic, and North Carolina was on the front lines of that struggle.

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Dynamic Outer Banks “Hot Spots”

The Outer Banks is a remarkably dynamic place with immense sandbars that rise above sea level. Because of this fact, the force of the wind and sea can have a dramatic impact on the shoreline. Yet the majority of the Outer Banks remains stable. Some of this stability is a result of geography or nature; other secure areas are the result of human intervention including South Nags Head’s recent success with beach nourishment.

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WWII on the Outer Banks

The history of the Outer Banks is remarkable, and at times it has been tragic. No more so than activities on the sea’s edge during World War II. Since North America was discovered by European explorers, shipping has hugged the coastline, riding currents that head south before bearing east for Europe. The Germans were aware of this pattern, and during WWII, their submarines exacted a terrible toll on ships off the coast of the Outer Banks.

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Fundraising on the Outer Banks

Duck & Wine FestivalOne of the most fulfilling parts about living on the Outer Banks is taking part in raising money for various charities. It’s almost always local charities, because one of the things that defines the Outer Banks community is that we take care of our own. National charities and nonprofits do not have as strong of a presence in the local community.

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The Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County (C&YP)

Dare Co Children and Youth PartnershipOne Outer Banks feature that makes it such a special place to live is how committed the community is to our children. Of course, many towns and municipalities may say the same thing, but here on the Outer Banks there is real evidence that this is the case.

The Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County (C&YP) is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The story of how the organization came into existence is a great example of what it means to be committed to the children of a community.

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