Dawson hints in this letter of his working to secure a second patrol base for the state. This would be the coastal patrol base located at Beaufort, NC which Dawson himself commanded, beginning on 7 September 1942. While Manteo suffered from a lack of buildings, Beaufort's field was described in the base yearbook as "growing waist-high in swamp grass, and full of stump pine. About half the field was under water at high tide. The only evidence of human effort of living in the area was a tiny, two-room homestead in the northeast corner of the field."
The WPA would provide some assistance at Manteo, but their biggest help came at Beaufort, where the state submitted a Federal Works Agency War Public Works application to build a hard-surfaced airport to serve the men and the town of Beaufort. One of the few airfields built in the state during World War II for civilians rather than military personnel, this airport is still in use today as the Beaufort-Morehead City Airport (named Michael J. Smith Field).