Georgia County Seeks Federal Designation for Role in World War II | Georgia News
BRUNSWICK, Ga (AP) – A coastal community in Georgia seeks special designation from the federal government for its role during World War II.
Authorities in Glynn County have asked the United States Department of the Interior to be named the World War II American Heritage City. Letters supporting the effort were submitted by 14 members of Congress from Georgia as well as Governor Brian Kemp, The Brunswick News reported.
“Based on the designation criteria, Glynn County is a strong candidate in terms of our contributions to the war effort on the home front and our current community-wide initiatives to preserve the heritage and l ‘legacy of the war effort and the history of World War II,’ Sherri Jones, executive director of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, said in a press release.
In 2018, the Historical Society opened the WWII Home Front Museum on St. Simons Island to tell the unique story of Glynn County during the war.
It was a time when thousands of workers, many of them women, at Brunswick shipyards were building so-called freedom ships used to transport supplies to US troops overseas. Airships taking off from Naval Air Station Glynco scoured the coast for enemy submarines. Naval officers in the area have been training to use radar to direct fighter jets in the heat of battle.
And on April 8, 1942, a German submarine torpedoed two merchant ships off St. Simons Island. The attack killed 22 sailors, while others were rescued by coastguard crews.
A federal law passed in 2019 allows the Home Secretary to designate a US World War II heritage city by state. The distinction can also relate to a county or another jurisdiction. The National Park Service says it can take several months to review applications.
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