Newspaper Coverage








The newspapers offered elaborate coverage of hometown enlistments, as these articles demonstrate. For instance, in the February 23, 1944 issue of the Oregonian, a full page spread proclaimed “OREGON WAVES HELP WIN THE WAR.”  Another newspaper article talked about how the recruits from that area would be part of an ‘all-Oregon WAVES platoon.”

The “all-Oregon” unit showed how the Navy was able to keep a continuous stream of stories placed in a variety of Oregon newspapers, from the establishment of the unit to individual enlistments to the unit’s departure by train in late August.

The enlistment of Margaret Anderson, who lived in the small Southern California town of Caprinteria, was similarly follwed via a series of articles in her hometown newspaper.




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