Tuesday, July 6, 1943
Today’s topic is shared sacrifice. The theory of WWII was that everyone – those on Home Front as well as in the military would contribute to the war effort. Buying war bonds was one important way to do that. Hollywood stars were especially active in touring and performing for war bond drives, as this rare footage demonstrates. But sometimes privilege trumped all. Thus it was that several members of Yale’s secret Skull and Bones club were given leave to participate in their initiation. Not fair? Probably. But still a far cry from Revolutionary and Civil War days when a wealthy man could pay someone else to take his place in the military.