Wartime Wednesday: The Army-Navy E Award
In an effort to encourage the production of materials in America’s factories, the army created the Army-Navy “E” Award, an honor presented to companies whose facilities achieved “Excellence in Production (“E”) of war equipment. Also known as the Army-Navy Production Award, it was created in July 1942 by the War Department who merged the Navy “E,” Army “A,” and Army-Navy Munitions Board “Star” into a single, service-wide award.
Of the 85,000 companies involved in producing materials for the military effort, approximately five
Criteria for the award included excellence in quality and quantity of production as well:
- Overcoming production obstacles
- Low rates of absenteeism
- Avoidance of work stoppages
- Maintenance of fair labor standards
- Training of additional labor forces
- Effective management
- Good record-keeping on accidents, health, sanitation, and plant protection
Estelle Johnson promised to wait for Aubry DeLuca, but then she receives word of his debilitating injuries. Does she have the strength to stand by him in his hour of need?
Aubry DeLuca storms the beaches at Normandy, then wakes up in the hospital, his eyes bandaged. Will he regain his sight? Will the only woman he’s ever loved welcome him home or is he destined to go through life blind and alone?
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