Four Who Served in World War II

This exhibit features items belonging to four Jefferson County individuals who served in the U.S. military in World War II: Frank P. Bane, Madalean Lawson McIver, Lucy Rosenberger Milton, and Edward H. Thornton.

On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan after its attack on Pearl Harbor, launching this country into World War II. In Jefferson County, more than 4200 men registered for the draft and at least 26 women joined the armed forces.

World War II transformed the U.S. military. An all-male force became a force of men and women. Three years after the war, on July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order abolishing segregation and ordering full integration of the armed forces.

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Four Who Served in World War II