The Rehoboth Beach, Delaware airport is only a memory today. But during the early days of World War II, it was pivotal to securing the Atlantic Coast from unrelenting attacks on U.S. ships by German submarines. Had it not been for the heroic efforts of the Civil Air Patrol — formed on Dec. 1, 1941 — hundreds more ships and thousands more lives would have been lost. Coastal Patrol Base 2 in Rehoboth Beach was among the first of 21 bases activated, from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Brownsville, Texas. Recently, CAP members in the area gathered to recognize the 75th anniversary of the activation of Base 2 and honor those who served there. Learn more about the 75th anniversary celebration of Base 2 in Ron MacArthur’s story written for the Cape Gazette.