Reporting for Duty

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Draft inductees leaving Wilmington in November 1940.

Reporting for Duty

The Selective Service was made law in September of 1940 by President Roosevelt. The following month it was put into operation in Delaware. It was required of all men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-six to register, except for a few exempt. On the initial day of registration, October 16, 1940, a total of 35,215 persons registered throughout Delaware.

This photograph is part of the Delaware in World War II collection. The collection represents a wide range of activities in Delaware during the war. More than twenty-five percent of it deals with Dover Air force Base, New Castle Army Air Base, Fort du Pont, Fort Miles and Edgemore Coast Guard Base. Civilian war activities include war loan drives, Victory Gardens, civilian defense, industry, salvage drives, Red Cross, U.S.O. and celebration of the war’s end. There is also a section that deals with everyday life in Delaware; especially in Wilmington and includes the Swedish Tercentenary and the crash of St. George’s Bridge.