While North Carolinians fought overseas, its coast was under attack as well. German submarines or Uboats lurked off shore, picking off merchant ships that were easy prey when silhouetted against the lit-up coastline. Lionel Gilgo was a child living on Portsmouth Island not far from Cape Hatteras, where the treacherous waters became known as “Torpedo Junction.” Gilgo still remembers how the houses shook and windows rattled, causing residents to go outside to look for the red glow from yet another ship being hit. People were scared that Germans would even come ashore. Soon, blackouts were required. Margaret Rogers, a child in Wilmington at the time, remembers blackouts well – especially after one night when she peaked through a closed Venetian blind in their dining room, popping it in the process. A soldier immediately knocked on their door and as Margaret tells the story, her embarrassed mother made certain that did not happen again!