GENERAL LEWIS B. "OLDEST SOLDIER" HERSHEY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/12/1942 - HFSID 225083
Sale Price $324.00
LEWIS B. HERSHEY
Lewis B. Hershey signs a document authorizing the National Broadcasting Company to make recordings of his remarks on the program "Wanted: 30,000,000 Men".
Partly printed Document Signed: "Lewis Hershey," "Leo M. Cherne," and "Neil N. Jacoby," 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1942 April 12. To "National Broadcasting Company, Merchandise Mart Building, Chicago, Illinois." In full: "I hereby authorize you to make or have made recordings of my remarks on the program 'Wanted: 30,000,000 Men' on April 12, 1942 and to use and to authorize the use thereof by your affiliated stations for the purpose of broadcasting such remarks from such recordings on a sustaining basis at such subsequent times as you may deem advisable and to permit educational institutions to use the same in connection with their activities." By its title, the radio program obviously dealt with the Selective Service System. Hershey saw brief service in France, with the rank of Captain, in World War I. In October, 1940, Brigadier General Hershey was assigned to the staff of the newly created Selective Service System (September 16, 1940) and in December was named Deputy Director. In July, 1941, he became Director of Selective Service, a post he held until February, 1970, except for the time between his retirement in December, 1946, and his recall in January, 1947, and the few months between the expiration of the 1940 law in March, 1947, and the enactment of the peacetime draft a few months later. When Hershey retired in March, 1973, at the age of 79, he was the oldest man on active status. Fine condition.
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