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Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 Web Final

August 2016

Ernest Davenport:

Ernest Davenport: Washington County’s First Casualty of WWII By: David Bennett, Curator at the Port o’ Plymouth Museum Private Ernest J. Davenport was the first man from Washington County to die during World War II. He was born on July 28, 1918, to Alexander and Pauline Davenport. Alexander Davenport was killed in an accident when Ernest was only two years old. In 1921, Ernest’s mother married A.L. Clifton. Clifton was a poor farmer but he strove to provide Ernest with an education. Unfortunately, financial hardship necessitated that Ernest leave school after the 8th grade to work on the family farm. Ernest understood the importance of education and wanted to see his half-sister, Olean Clifton, go to college. Therefore, he joined the U.S. Army to pay for his sister’s education. On June 23, 1939, Ernest J. Davenport was inducted into the Army. At the end of November 1941, Ernest boarded the Cynthia Olson, a merchant ship, in Tacoma, Washington, with orders to report for duty in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ernest, however, never made it to Hawaii. On December 7, 1941, at 7:38 a.m. (Hawaiian Time), the Cynthia Olson was attacked by a Japanese submarine, I-26, 1,000 miles northeast of Hawaii. Before she sank, the Cynthia Olson transmitted an S.O.S. indicating that she was “under attack by a surfaced submarine.” Just before 8 a.m., the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy. Due to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy could not respond to the Cynthia Olson. There were 33 merchant marines and two U.S. Army personnel, including Ernest Davenport, aboard the ship. None survived. This incident marked the first American vessel to be sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II. Today, Ernest Davenport’s name can be found inscribed on the World War II West Coast Memorial, located in San Francisco, California. The memorial is dedicated to the American servicemen who lost their lives in American coastal waters during World War II. Special thanks to the Golden Skillet, and U.S. Cellular for sponsoring this article on behalf of the Port o’ Plymouth Museum. Helping Northeastern NC Families since 1998 with Personal Loans Automobile Financing Retail Financing Convenient terms to fit your budget Apply online, or give us a call: 338-9008 145 Rich Blvd ~ Elizabeth City 441-4422 1300 S Croatan Hwy ~ Kill Devil Hills 232-3320 109 Currituck Commercial Dr ~ Moyock Mention this ad for a free gift! (Photo courtesy of the Jones family.) Comments? E-Mail The Albemarle Tradewinds reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ...... call Ken and learn how. 252-333-7232 14 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016

SWEET SUMMERTIME By Jimmy Fleming Every season has its good and bad … but summer time is definitely special to me. I know summer brings out the mosquitoes, snakes, and temperatures in the 90’s, but I decided to think about all the good things about summer. As a kid, my most favorite thing about summer was no school which allowed me to do the other great things that summer provided. Like most kids growing up in rural Tyrrell County, NC … one of my first loves was swimming, especially in Albemarle Sound. My folks would take us to Legion Beach, Dewey’s Pier, or Colonial Beach for a cool dip in the sound. Sometimes while swimming, we would have another summer favorite which is hot dogs speared on a coat hanger and cooked over a driftwood fire. Other childhood summer favorites were playing tag after dark, catching lightning bugs, chasing the mosquito spray truck, dip netting terrapins, riding bikes, picking up soda bottles for the deposit money, snatching watermelons, and making homemade ice cream . In my teen years I began another summer favorite which is fishing … catching bream, bass, catfish, or perch in the canals, river, or sound. It was also a great time to go to teen hangouts such as The Casino, Albemarle Beach, Sentell’s, or just hang out at the local Drugstore for milkshakes and such. As I grew into an adult, summer favorites are of a different sort. Things ripe from the garden such as the first ripe tomato for a perfect tomato sandwich, the first mess of fried okra or squash, or just about any veggie fresh from a home garden. And I can’t forget catching a mess of hard crabs with lines baited with chicken necks for a great crab boil. It was just as much fun catching those blue crabs as it was eating them. Summertime in Tyrrell County also meant tater digging time. As a young boy potato season meant a summer job working at the grader or driving field trucks. After I got married, my wife and I enjoyed scrapping in the potato fields after they were dug to get free potatoes to last us throughout the year. Summertime was also a time to set mullet nets and cook out fresh caught mullets on the shore of Albemarle Sound, Scuppernong River, or Alligator Creek. I could go on and on but these are some of the highlights of what summertime in eastern North Carolina means to me. I hope I have stirred some summer memories in you and if not you need to get out there and make some summer memories of your own. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. We’ve got this town covered with 4G LTE. With U.S. Cellular,® get high-speed 4G LTE data coverage where and when you need it. Visit Ace Paging Carolina Communications for more information. Plymouth 77 US Hwy 64 E., 252-791-0008 CALL FOR STORE HOURS. The Dismal Swamp State Park is seeking nature-based vendors for their upcoming 4th annual Dismal Day to be held at the Dismal Swamp State Park in Camden County on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 am-2 pm. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Doepker at (252)771-6593 or by email at 4G LTE not available in all areas. See for complete coverage details. 4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. ©2016 U.S. Cellular New_No_Contract_4GLTE_Version1_Flyer_DI_8_5x11 2293849 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 15