When it came across the wire that Fall of 1942 saw the U.S. Navy enlistments increase by 150%, the editors of PM were not slow to dispatch a team down to the induction center to check it out (at 67 Broad St., NYC).
Many, many African-Americans answered the call as well, but with understandable reservations...
More about W.W. II induction can be read here
In the attached column, Liberty Magazine publisher Paul Hunter responded to all the naysayers who were carping about how poorly the American war was being prosecuted, he would have none of it. Hunter pointed out that previous American wars were plagued with all manner of shortages and bureaucratic foul-ups that hampered military success but that was not the case with the current conflict. The war at that point was not even half-way over, yet Hunter seemed clairvoyant when he wrote these words that historians yet un-born would agree with:
"On performance to date it is an even bet this war will go down in the history books as the best-run war America has ever fought."
A similar article can be read here.
The attached 1942 article tells the remarkable story of Prime Minister John Curtin (1885 - 1945) and his amazing Australians - together they redefined themselves as a wool-producing agrarian nation and began producing the necessary tools of war.
The Battle of Guadalcanal (August 7, 1942 – February 9, 1943) was the first major land offensive by Allied forces against the Japanese. When this article went to press, the American military presence on the island was exactly one month old; it was at this point that the Marines sought to outmaneuver the enemy by conducting an additional amphibious landing on the north side of the island where "They found that except for a few snipers, the Japanese had scampered to the hills."
The battle of Saipan spanned the period between June 15 through July 9, 1944. Here is an eyewitness account of the three week battle:
"Reveille for the Japanese garrison on Saipan sounded abruptly at five-forty that morning of D-Day minus one, with a salvo from the 14-inch rifles of one of our battleships. Other guns, big and small, joined the opening chorus and from than on we realized why we had stuffed the cotton in our ears. The bass drum jam session was to continue for hours."
The U.S Marine Corps is not in the practice of sending their oldest members into harm's way - they aren't now, and they weren't in 1942. But when they imparted this information to Gunnery Sergeant Lou Diamond (1890 - 1951), he would have none of it - the mere idea that the world was to be at war, and he would be excluded: not going to happen:
"Lou roared his way through the battles of Guadalcanal and Tulagi and did much to back up the Marine Corp's contention that he is far and away the the most expert mortar sergeant in any branch of the service."