LABOR: Guts & Sweat

Smartly the 83rd Division band blared the serenade that welcomes recruits to Indiana's Camp Atterbury, This Is the Army, Mr. Jones. About 250 civilians piled off the Sunday-night train from Detroit. They were no ordinary recruits, some were beyond military age, some had fought in World War I; all were members of C.I.O.'s United Automobile Workers. They had come from Midwestern armament plants to Atterbury's wooded hills to train a few days with U.S. soldiers.

Shrewd Walter P. Reuther, U.A.W. vice president and one of organized labor's best brains, had sold the War Department the idea: if workers could fraternize...

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