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December 7 1941

December 7, 2010 by USA Post 

December 7 1941, Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941; the United States entered the war. Over the next four years, troops from southern Delaware fought on battlefields around the world. When the men answered the call to serve, they had no idea where they are stationed. Soldiers in southern Delaware were found in the middle of great battles. Others were located in isolated posts away from the front lines.

At the beginning of World War II, the 198th Coast Artillery National Guard of Delaware, with many men from southern Delaware in its ranks, has been called into federal service. Less than two months after Pearl Harbor, the Sussex County men were aboard a ship bound for a destination known only by the codename “Bobcat”. After a trip through the Panama Canal, the men were sent to the other side of the Pacific Ocean until they reached “Bobcat”.

According to Delaware’s role in World War II, “As the ship neared the land and the island took shape, all hands were happy with what they saw. In” Bobcat “seems to be the dream of Paradise South Sea Island. Deep blue-green water in a port locked coral, palm trees, huts, and the natives with canoes Pereau dark and stabilizers. And the war that they were supposed to hasten seemed more distant than ever. ”

“Bobcat” was the island of Bora Bora, located 150 miles southwest of Tahiti. He has served as inspiration for James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific,” which also became a hit Broadway musical. When soldiers in southern Delaware have landed in Bora Bora, they found friendly natives, but without electricity, roads, and, fortunately, no Japanese soldiers. The mission of the 198th was to transform the tropical island into a modern military installation. It was hot, difficult work, and 198th spent a year in Bora Bora before he was sent to other assignments.

Finally, the men of Sussex County were scattered in the units of all armed forces, but few, if any, men who served on the tropical island, were sent to the missions frigid as that encountered Harmon Parker Jr., a Nanticoke Indian Millsboro area. He worked in apple orchards Townsend before he was inducted into the U.S. Army six weeks before Pearl Harbor. Assigned to the Corps of Engineers, Harmon has been sent to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Canada, where his unit and their Canadian counterparts working in freezing conditions to build a road linking the interior ice to the Canadian Coast Pacific.

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