Shipyard Volunteers Button

Description
A push to recruit 250,000 additional shipyard workers for the Hog Island shipyard in early 1918 led the Emergency Fleet Corporation to create the “U.S. Shipyard Volunteers.” Men who signed up to work in the yards were exempted from the military draft.
In May 1918, shortly after the initiative began, New York led the drive with more than 81,800 volunteers, followed by Illinois and Massachusetts.
Object Name
button
date made
ca 1919
Physical Description
copper alloy (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15/16 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 2.38125 cm x 3.175 cm x .635 cm
ID Number
TR*63540.02
accession number
63540
catalog number
308554
subject
Military
Transportation
Work
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Fishing
event
The Emergence of Modern America
See more items in
Work and Industry: Maritime
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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