The U.S. At War, Hello To Arms

Recruiting stations met the first rush by calling in additional clerks and doctors, keeping open 24 hours a day in some cities, sometimes staying open on Sundays.

But the wave of enlistments was no nine-day wonder. Every time it receded a new bulletin from the Pacific helped roll it up again. Good news or bad—either kind made men want to join up.

The Army signed up 10,646 men in the first week, the Navy 11,303 in eight days, the Marine Corps an estimated 6,400 in ten days. Beyond that point, recruiting-office statisticians had last week...

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