In Washington the ranks of home-front watchers—air-raid wardens, fire guards, auxiliary police, etc.—had become so thin that OCD officials asked the armed services for help in staging a thumping parade at month's end. Their hope: that the spectacle of Civilian Defense Volunteer Office uniforms and equipment, sandwiched in among warlike detachments of soldiers and sailors, would stimulate recruiting of home-defense workers.

Washington's total of CDVO men & women has dropped from 70,000 to 48,000 in the past 18 months. Washington needs 6,000 air-raid wardens and 14,000 other workers to bring the organization...

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