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Gulfport Yacht Club Goes all-in for World War II
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Gulfport Yacht Club Goes all-in for World War II

Gulfport, Florida -- In response to Uncle Sam’s call for young, able-bodied men for the war effort in World War II, the Gulfport Yacht Club gave everything it had.

Out of the 15 members, only one did not serve, but it was not because he didn’t try. C.J. Allen, better known to the club as “Pop,” was a World War I Navy veteran who had established the yacht club based on his vision that it could offer young boys clean and helpful fun. Pop taught the boys how to build their own boats and how to navigate the seas. When the call came for World War II, Pop tried to enlist for service but was denied. That denial did not keep him from supporting his boys, though, since he regularly purchased war bonds and even paid $80 to personally buy the Army a Garand Rifle with the hopes that one of his boys from the club would end up with it.

The rest of the 14 younger members made it into the service, scattered throughout the Navy, Army Air Force, Army, and Marines. Seven of the fourteen went to high school together, graduating from St. Petersburg Senior High School before entering the service. These young men were more than just a group of guys from Gulfport: they were a family of men, a brotherhood of sailors who were willing to serve the country that they loved so dearly. 

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