V. F.W.'s 150,000

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, convening at Manhattan's Commodore Hotel last week, had the proud, britches-busting look of a youngster who has just discovered he is growing as big as his old man.

Since World War I, V.F.W. has been second in size and influence (200,000 members in 1941 to the American Legion's more than 1,000,000). But since Pearl Harbor V.F.W. has signed up 150,000 new members (a 75% increase) while the Legion, which waits for prospects to be mustered out, has gained only 42,000.

This membership race, for which the American Legion voted a $250,000 war chest fortnight ago, is...

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