Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wilmington, NC's Role at Pearl Harbor-- Part 5

More Wilmington area residents at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941:

Seaman First Class William Wesley Troutman.

Lt. Col. Brooke E. Allen, a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and graduate of New Hanover High School, took off from Hickam Airfield around 11:40 AM and circled Diamond Head and was in the air for seven hours looking for the Japanese fleet.

He tracked false reports the fleet was to the south before figuring the attack must have come from the north.  He said he "returned with a minimum of fuel and heart full of disgust that I had been unable to locate them."

Tech Sgt J.W. Thompson Jr
Marsden S. Ward Jr.

At the Army's Schofield Barracks:
Private William S. Smith
Harry Redrick


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