Army & Navy And Civilian Defense - MANPOWER: Grandpa Too

Flophouse bums, San Juan Hill veterans, archbishops, governors. 300-odd members of the House of Representatives—all the 13,000,000 men of the U.S. in the 45-65 age group—flocked to the fourth Selective Service registration this week. Only men excused were those with the armed forces (active and reserve), foreign diplomatic staffs and nonresident aliens.

Registrants included John L. Lewis, 62, Senators Burton Kendall Wheeler, 60, and Gerald P. Nye, 49, Father Charles E. Coughlin, 50, and John Florence Sullivan, 47, better known as Radio Comic Fred Allen. Not even Franklin Roosevelt, 60, was exempt....

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