E for Effort (1940)

Wilson Gray hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET
Wed May 5 03:17:26 UTC 2004

On May 4, 2004, at 10:44 PM, sagehen wrote:

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> Subject:      Re: E for Effort (1940)
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>   Bob Fitzke wrtes:
>> It seems to me that the original "E for Effort" was a government
>> award to
>> defense contractors during WW II. On the other hand, my being old
>> enough to
>> remember that probably brings the accuracy of my memory into the
>> equation.
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> I was going to post my similar recollection.  I remember the blue
> banner
> with the script E surrounded by laurel leaves in gold that was the
> emblem
> of this award.  I remember being unsure whether it was E for Effort or
> E
> for Excellence. It may have been the War Production Board that made the
> award.  In those days we didn't euphemize military stuff so much.  We
> had a
> War Department, not a Defense Department, for example.
> A. Murie

> Not to mention the old Articles of War as opposed to the current
> Uniform Code of Military Justice.

-Wilson Gray

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