Ben F. Rogers


As 1941 drew to a close, in many states of the Union com- placent citizens still argued that the war in Europe and Asia was none of our business, that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were insurmountable barriers which no enemy could ever cross. In the state of Florida, however, this was not so. Led by their irrepressible Senator, Claude Pepper, Floridians had long been deeply concerned with the rising tide of totalitarianism; the Gallup polls found Florida one of the most interventionist of all states. During the preceding years, moreover, there had been a tremendous expansion of Florida’s military facilities, and before the war was over, she was to play hostess to more than forty important military installations from Key West to Pensacola.