ECHOES OF TOPSAIL – Stories of the Island’s Past Published in 2006 - Second Edition 2010 ISBN 0-9708239-2-4 You can find it: - Missiles & More Museum - Topsail Island & area book stores - David A. Stallman Now Available as ebook: - Amazon.com - Kindle with Audio - Google Books - GooglePlay.com
ECHOES records a history of Topsail Island, North Carolina, its origins, facts, and folklore, voiced by its people. Topsail’s history spans from its beginning through Civil War days, a gold hole exploration, and missile testing after WWII. The second edition is indexed and updates Topsail's history to 2010.
OPERATION BUMBLEBEE Published 1994 - Reprinted 2009
A history of Missile Development 1946 – 1948 conducted by the US Navy and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on Topsail Island.
These early experiments in missile flights were undertaken to extend the Navy’s firepower range. WWII U-boat threat on our east coast and Kamikaze on the west coast spurred our missile development. Early Ramjet rocket firings are described.
A history of the military camp that used Topsail Island for artillery training during WWII. Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP served there towing aerial targets for antiaircraft gunnery training.
Camp Davis was built from scratch in 1941 expanding the tiny town of Holly Ridge from 28 people to a peak of 110,000 in 1943. After WWII, Camp Davis provided a base of operations for Operation Bumblebee.
HOLMESVILLE, OHIO - Our Home Town Published 2001 ISBN 0-9708239-1-6
This is my way of preserving the history of my home town, its formation, evolution and traditions. I find that we are urged to keep returning because we hunger for the values and traditions we grew up with that are being lost in our fast-paced world. The town’s size has remained constant at about 350 people. The book captures what the town was and how it has evolved.