graves at Normandy American Cemetery

Rows of graves at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 U.S. military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Image source.

More than 8,500 North Carolinians who served in World War II did not return. The National Archives has made available the complete lists of war casualties published in 1946:

Army and Army Air Force
The World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from North Carolina lists all soldiers by county. The “tabulation” gives total numbers for each county.
Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard
The State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from North Carolina does not list casualties by county, but includes the names of all personnel wounded in action.