By Claudine Burnett
because the federal govt checked out America’s west coast they observed an extreme desire for a more robust army presence if the U.S. ever needed to safeguard its Pacific beaches. For lengthy seashore this was once excellent news. town had its harbor and airport, either already in use by means of the army, with lots of on hand land for growth. lengthy seashore used to be approximately to go into its maximum interval of progress and improvement on the grounds that oil was once came across in 1921.
It didn’t take a visionary to determine that lengthy seashore will be a primary objective for an enemy assault. The japanese element of the town housed a number of shipyards and a military base; to the north there has been Douglas plane corporation, and the military air base on the Municipal Airport; to the east was once the Los Alamitos Naval Air Station and the Seal seashore Naval Weapon’s Depot. in the course of lengthy seashore have been numerous oil wells, fueling the ships, planes and different gear had to struggle a struggle.
throughout the Nineteen Forties hordes of individuals escaping the results of the good melancholy flooded into lengthy seashore searching for jobs within the shipyards, oil undefined, and airplane factories, which had sprung up because the battle in Europe intensified. The novices didn't heavily give some thought to the truth that lengthy seashore will be a primary objective if the USA entered the warfare. What they wanted was once a role, and lengthy seashore was once the place to discover one. After Pearl Harbor the phobia set in. lengthy seashore will be a primary objective for a eastern assault. there has been additionally a moment fear---that playing pursuits and political corruption might take over the city."
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