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Old 01-23-2020, 11:41 PM
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Colt and Singer employee's of WWII

So I have been researching the history of my granpa's navy ship during World War II, the USS Forrest DD-461/DMS-24, and I have been compiling a brief biography of each of his fellow crewmen. It turns out the 1940s Draft Registration Cards have a wealth of personal information on them such as place of employment: I discovered two young men worked at Colt's Patent Firearms and Singer Manufacturing before they all served together in the Navy with granpa on their ship. What are the odds? (Of course, the record doesn't say and we can't prove they worked in 1911 production, but I'd like to think they did...) If you have a account, you can find several hundred young and older men who were employed at both companies respectively and get a snapshot of their respective workforce cadres. It's kinda neat to put a name or two of the men who were making these pistols we collect to an actual person. God bless their efforts to keep America free from tyranny. (Note: only T. Frank was drafted into the Navy as best I can tell; the other individuals are representative of their companies. For viewer interest, I also included an individual from each of the other WWII era Mfg's.-although they and their companies have no connection to my Navy research.)
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:06 AM
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Really cool. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:26 AM
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I noticed that Lester Grover was from Ithaca, New York. Is that where Ithaca 1911's were made?
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:26 PM
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Amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing.
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:06 PM
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Did anyone notice the ages of some of these men. Often I hear " so and so was over 35,too old to be drafted" Here are some true stories. My mothers uncle was born in 1899, he was drafted and served in WW2, my dad was born in 1901, drafted, served in the south pacific with the SeaBees. In case you're trying to figure out how old I am , Dad was in his 50's when I was born. Here's the other end of the story. My mothers brother was drafted out of high school. He was 18 and a couple of months from graduating. This was in a ship building town where they had trouble meeting the quota. All of this is true and has been documented. The greatest generation? Yes!
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Old 01-24-2020, 07:06 PM
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pretty interesting. thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-24-2020, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Auto Blaster View Post
I noticed that Lester Grover was from Ithaca, New York. Is that where Ithaca 1911's were made?

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