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November 1944: Adair County at War
To all who have served in the armed forces, a heartfelt thank you.
By the time mid-November 1944 arrived, the United States had been involved in the war for nearly three years. Some four dozen young Adair County service men had died, several had been captured and taken as POWs, many others injured in combat or in training mishaps -- and the Battle of the Bulge and some of the worst of the South Pacific bloodbaths loomed large (but mercifully yet hidden) on the near event horizon.
Several items in the November 15 edition of the News dealt with the war.
David Heskamp had been named by F.X. Merkeley, the chair of the Adair County War Finance Committee, to head the Sixth War Loan Drive, set to run November 20 through December 16. The county goal was $250,000. To help jump start the effort, the Committee planned to hold a Bond Rally and Auction on Saturday, November 25. (The quarter million dollar goal, some $3.6 million in today's money, was met and exceeded. At the rally alone, Adair Countians bought up $100,000 worth of the War Bonds.)
Another fund-raising effort, the Adair unit of the state War Fund Drive already had collected nearly $3,000 and expected to receive more. All monies received beyond the goal of $2,600 were earmarked for "erecting an honor board in the Court House yard, listing all Adair men in the Armed Forces."
Other home folks gave to the war effort in a different manner. On the previous Wednesday, no fewer than 261 Adair County motored to Louisville in a 62 vehicle caravan to the Red Cross Center there to donate blood.
Several service men drew mention is edition of the News, including:
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