I stumbled across this interesting tidbit this morning. I would be willing to bet his is not a unique story. In 1942, even the “leaders” of the Communist Party dropped what they were doing and went to war to defend Liberty and the U.S.
Junius Irving Scales was born into a socially prominent family in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1920. In 1935 he began hanging around ‘The Intimate Bookshop’ in Chapel Hill (run by Milton A. Abernethy and known to locals simply as Ab’s), a barn-like off-campus watering hole for local intellectuals and bohemians which had a clandestine Communist Party printing press in a back room. He was soon hired as a clerk in the store, and spent more time reading the books than working. He started attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the following year, at the age of 16, and three years later on his birthday, in 1939, he secretly joined the Communist Party, and soon afterward married his first wife, Vera, and quit school to became a union organizer in the textile mills. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought a sudden end to his union organizing efforts, and he volunteered for military service.
After serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, he returned to Chapel Hill. While completing work on his bachelor’s degree and starting work on his master’s, he became the local party organizer, supervising five local Communist clubs and hosting weekly salons at his home open to both party and non-party members. In 1948 he became state chairman of the party.