THIRD OF NATION PHYSICALLY UNFIT, HERSHEY SAYS–Draft Chief Cites a Need For Funds, Measures to Correct Situation

From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON, July 11–One-third of the nation’s manpower is physically unfit and constitutes a threat to the survival of democracy, Maj. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, director of Selective Service, told a Senate subcommittee on war-time health and education yesterday.

Hershey said that so large a part of the population mentally sick with venereal disease and depleted by other illnesses justified federal measures and funds to put the nation in sound health for present war needs and for post-war planning.

The U.S. was a flabby, soft, ailing country staggering under the load of damaged health, illiteracy and emotional instability at the start of the war, Hershey added.

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General Lewis Blaine Hershey. Hershey served as the director of the Selective Service System until February 15, 1970.

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General Lewis B. Hershey and Conscientious Objection during World War II (American Military Experience)

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