World War II: A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Perspective
World War II had a tremendous impact upon Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Thousands of men went off the war, many never to return. These photographs
provide a brief glimpse into the ships that took men into harm's way. We are
interested in gathering other photographs that show the imapct of World War
Two on the people of Mecklenburg County. Call us at 375-6145 if you would
like to share your memories of this momentous era.
Photograph No. One
The U.S.S. Starr, named for a County in Texas, rides high in the water in
San Francisco Bay. It was an attack cargo transport ship, meaning that it
took vehicles and cargo into battle at places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The
U.S.S. Starr was built in and launched from Wilmington, NC.
Photograph No. Two
Nestled beside the U.S.S. Starr is one its so-called Tank Lighters. Fifty
feet long, these boats were used to carry tanks to the beaches. The Starr
also carried Jeeps, rocket launchers, and general cargo.
Photograph No. Three
This is the U.S.S. Starr's five-inch gun. You might wonder why a cargo
ship should have a gun. Attack cargo transports were in the middle of
amphibious operations throughout the Pacific. In fact the Starr was struck
by a Japanese suicide boat off Okinawa.
Photograph No. Four
The man sitting on the far left of this photograph is Harold Beaver. Now
retired and living at Sharon Towers, he worked for the Charlotte Mecklenburg
Public Schools for many years, including serving a principal of Cotswold Jr.
Photograph No. Five
Harold Bender and Gib Allen enjoy themselves during a peaceful moment
aboard the Starr. Gib Allen is retired, lives in Charlotte, and is active in
the Little Church on the Lane.