Billy Sutton

– Wilmington, NC
Mounted Coast Guard Patrol

Few of us will forget Billy’s incredible descriptions of the home front in his native Wilmington as well as his service patrolling the beaches nearby. There, fearful of what each day and night might bring, he and others rode up and down long, isolated stretches of beach – keenly aware of Wilmington’s vulnerability with its shipyard, Ethyl Dow plant and Bluethenthal Field — looking for German submarines and saboteurs. Meanwhile, supplies and wreckage washed ashore, fishermen picked up survivors and Billy and others saw the glow from burning ships offshore.

Rob Holliday narrates the story of Coast Guard Seaman 1st Class Billy Sutton, whose World War Two service involved patrolling Wilmington’s beaches.