ONE GOOD TURN…A GI WHO SENDS GIFTS HOME TO HIS DRAFT BOARD

By Sgt. Irving Caress

YANK Field Correspondent

TRINIDAD, BWI—The milk of human kindness apparently flows both ways. Pvt. Arnold Fullmer of the Fort Read postal detachment here sends regular gifts to his Salt Lake City (Utah) draft board. Sometimes he sends coconuts from the nearby jungle, sometimes native trinkets for the wives of the board members.

Pvt. Fullmer says the gifts are a gesture of the appreciation of the board’s efforts in helping win the war. The other GIs say Pvt. Fullmer is heat happy.



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Secretary of War, Henry Stimson selects the number for the first group of men to be drafted into the Military on October 29, 1940. The number, 158, was read aloud by President Franklin Roosevelt. 6,175 men held that number.

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The First Peacetime Draft (Modern War Studies)




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