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Thanksgiving at Underwood 1943

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Topic: Thanksgiving at Underwood 1943
Posted By: newsman3
Subject: Thanksgiving at Underwood 1943
Date Posted: Nov 23 2022 at 3:34pm


Underwood Production Halted for Huge Feast
Thanksgiving 1943

Soldiers and defense workers sat together to share a Thanksgiving dinner, just as they share the burden of furthering the Allied cause at a huge feast spread for them in the plant cafeteria of the Underwood Elliot Fisher Company.

Workers, busy turning out M1 carbines, machetes, and other war materiel, took a break long enough to enjoy a feast. Joining them was soldiers of the local anti-aircraft unit who also helped ushering in and serving workers. Music was provided by the Anti-Aircraft band.

Preceding the dinner for the first shift of workers Colonel Frederick U. Conard, vice-president and works manager of UEF, introduced Governor Baldwin, who stated “The Company is to be complemented for its insight and foresightedness in helping employees to forego the usual feast at home by preparing Thanksgiving dinners for them here in the plant,” said Gov. Baldwin, as well as pointing out just how  important and essential the war workers were on the home front and praised UEF workers for their records in producing carbines.

Louis G. Julian, a director of UEF, said he appreciated the spirit in which workers had given up the holiday to stick to their jobs. “If the boys at the battlefronts can be thankful for nothing else, they can be thankful for the first-class fighting weapons which have been made here.” he declared.

Also, in attendance were Brigadier General Reginald B. DeLacour, adjutant-general and commander if the Connecticut State Guard: Staff Sergeant Lester Miller, recently repatriated from a German prison camp: Captain H. P. Smith, in charge of army inspection at the UEF plant.

The third shift workers also took pause from their duties at 3 a.m. to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.
(Hartford Courant Photo)

Shown above are cafeteria helpers serving plates of food for the long line of 2900 workers on the day shift. Workers enjoyed more than 3000 pounds of turkey, hundreds of bushels of potatoes, coffee, cider, pie, and all the other fixings.

Posted By: David Albert
Date Posted: Nov 24 2022 at 4:58am
Thanks for posting this. You can see a couple of employee badges in the photo, and I like the detail about the shifts, and working through Thanksgiving. It's the history such as this that interests me the most with the M1 Carbine.

Happy Thanksgiving!

David Albert

NRA Life Member
Past Pres., The American Thompson Association
Amer. Society of Arms Collectors
SAR Writer
Author - The Many Firearm Designs of Eugene Reising
Eagle Scout

Posted By: sling00
Date Posted: Nov 24 2022 at 7:00am
Great post to remind us of how thankful we should be to the greatest generation.  

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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