Badge: Shipbuilding War Service

Badge: Shipbuilding War Service

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The United States entered World War I in April 1917. Within days, the federal government created the Emergency Fleet Corporation (EFC) to construct a fleet of merchant ships. The EFC hired the American International Shipbuilding Corporation to build and operate the largest shipyard in the world: Hog Island, near Philadelphia.
This badge identified the wearer as a member of the World War I Hog Island shipbuilding team.
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date made
Physical Description
copper alloy (overall material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 1 5/8 in x 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 4.1275 cm x.635 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Corp.
The Emergence of Modern America
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My grandfather was a ship builder in Baltimore. He had one of these badges. What is the significance of The number on the back?? His is 256
I have one of the war ship building service badge and i would like to know if there is a way to tell if it is ww1 or ww2. The # on back is 147650.
I found one of these Badges when I was going thru some old stuff that I had. I remember my father telling me that he was an inspector on ships when they were being built. I remember his story about a large hole that had to be had to be made in metal. He said that one company cut the hole manually while the next company had a big machine that punched it out. The badge has a number on the back of 8778 with an "A" above that.

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