Post by benotforgot on Aug 22, 2008 12:17:03 GMT -5
During the entire period of WWII (1941-1945), Bob & Ann & Carole (b. 1935) & Lainie (b. 1941) & Susie (b. 1944) are living in Lynn, Massachusetts, where Bob is employed at Boston Machine Works, which winds up being designated as a wartime munitions / defense plant.
Meanwhile, Robert & Roberta are attending school in Texas, & living with their paternal grandparents, Edgar & Berta Mary (Sharp) Henry.
There is a photo of most of the descendants of Edgar & Berta Mary that has been tentatively dated to October of 1939 in Norton, Runnels County, Texas. Included in that photo are Bob & Ann & Robert & Roberta & Carole. Was this when Robert & Roberta stayed in Texas while Bob & Ann & Carole returned to Massachusetts?
Post by benotforgot on Aug 22, 2008 12:17:49 GMT -5
Robt. E. & Ann R. Henry are living at 112 Washington Apt. #3 in Lynn, Massachusetts . . . he is working as a "bench worker" at Boston Machine Works on Willow Street . . .
14th of September :: According to the way I read the following, Robert E. Henry would have had to register with his local draft board . . . in Lynn, Massachusetts . . . The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, also known as the Burke-Wadsworth Act, 54 Stat. 885 was passed by the Congress of the United States, becoming the first peacetime conscription in United States history when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law two days later. This Selective Service Act required that men between the ages of 21 and 30 register with local draft boards. Later, when the U.S. entered World War II, all men aged 18 to 45 were made liable for military service, and all men aged 18 to 65 were required to register.
Post by benotforgot on Aug 22, 2008 12:19:28 GMT -5
Lainie is born in Lynn, Massachusetts . . .
7th of December :: Just before 8 a.m., Honolulu time, 360 Japanese planes attack Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military base on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The attack cripples the U.S. Pacific fleet, & kills more than 2,300 American soldiers, sailors, & civilians. The attack precedes Japan's formal declaration of war, which is delivered by the Japanese foreign minister to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo more than seven hours later.
8th of December :: President Roosevelt addresses the U.S. Congress, saying that December 7 is "a date that will live in infamy." After a vote of 82-0 in the U.S. Senate, and 388-1 in the House, in favor of declaring war on Japan Roosevelt signs the declaration of war. During the next four years, much of the country's resources go to the war effort. Education is put on the back burner as many young men quit school to enlist; schools are faced with personnel problems as teachers & other employees enlist, are drafted, or leave to work in defense plants. "There are no men in town between the ages of 19 & 35 except the occasional serviceman that came home on leave. We have War Bond rallies, save bacon grease, collect newspapers for recycling, & collect huge piles of scrap metal to send to factories. We have meat rationing, gas rationing, tire rationing, & even save tin foil off of gum wrappers. Women knit sweaters, wrap bandages, & go without nylon stockings. Everyone on the home front is involved."
Post by benotforgot on Aug 22, 2008 12:20:11 GMT -5
January :: Unofficial Ambassadors by Donna Alvah . . . In January 1942, the director of the Selective Service asked draft boards not to exempt married men without children from military duty. The next year, the Selective service moved to induct fathers into the armed forces in order to meet predicted needs for personnel. Between October and December 1943, the percentage of fathers inducted into the services jumped from 6.8 to 26.5 percent; in April 1944, nearly fifty-three percent of draftees were fathers. As of June 1945, an estimated four million men in the armed forces were married.
Holiday tradition includes the singing & playing of "White Christmas," called by Time magazine "the first big sentimental song hit of World War II." Baritone Bing Crosby sang Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in "Holiday Inn," a movie musical released in August. More than 600,000 "White Christmas" records had been sold by the end of November & it became the longest running song ever on "Your Hit Parade," a weekly radio show. More than a million copies of the sheet music were sold by the end of the year.