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Size Matters: 1943

Size Matters: 1943

February 1943. "Mrs. Mary Betchner measuring 105mm howitzers at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plant of the Chain Belt Company. Her son is in the Army; her husband and daughter are in war work." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

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Service Age

The average WWII serviceman's age was 26 according to the Westmoreland papers. The average age of an infantryman (MOS 11B) serving in Vietnam was 22.

http://www.ussboston.org/VietnamMyths.html

Chain Belt

http://www.rexnord.com/corporate_profile/history.asp

Apparently the company is now known as Rexnord, and is still in Wisconsin with facilities in other areas around the country; it does aerospace and industrial manufacturing now.

Re: Young Mother

I believe the average age of a soldier or Marine in World War II was nineteen. I know of one fellow who joined up at sixteen, fought in North Africa, transferred to the airborne, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and died in France at twenty, a grizzled veteran of three years hard combat.

Mary looks so young!

How could she possibly be old enough to have a son in the Army? Beautiful!

I can't resist...

"Feeling inadequate?"

Big gun go boom

You can have your howitzer any color you want as long as it's olive drab.

Uh-oh...

I hope she's not wearing purple socks like those other wartime workers and therefore delegitimizing herself.

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