Draft Card for Lyle Frank Rubash of Huntley, Illinois
World War II

World War II Selective Service Draft Registrations

On 16 September 1940 the United States Congress, under the directive of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, passed the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940. It was the first peace-time draft in American history, although not unwarranted as both Europe and Japan were already in conflicts -France had fallen to the Nazis in June 1940 […]

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World War II

World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Today marks the 75th anniversary of “V-E Day,” representing the allied victory in Europe during World War II. To commemorate the occasion, we wanted to talk about the history of the campaign medal awarded to service members in the European theater of World War II. The European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal was established by President […]

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World War I

On This Day: 19 April 1917, “Wake Up, America” Day

On 6 April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson had declared America’s entrance into the Great War and a nation-wide recruitment effort to build America’s armed forces was under way. A demonstration day was set up across the country to coincide with Patriots’ Day (or Lexington Day) – a commemoration of the the Battles of Lexington and […]

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