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691 Rayon Employees Served in WWII. The bronze memorial now sits in a wharehouse with talks going on to save it.  See the names of those who served, bios of those who died, and a list of those who received medals.

More than 97% of plant employees bought War Savings Bonds to get Treasury Department's Blue and White Minute Man Award.  The majority of workers were donating 10.05% of their paychecks to the war!

At the outbreak of WWII, women entered in to jobs that were the past forbidden fields for women.   Here is the story of 2B Textile and other areas of Rayon which women dominated during the war.   Employment for women increased by 83,000 between 1940-1950.* 

In accord with governmental regulations, DuPont's guard force became Auxiliary Military Police during WWII.  The entire police department took the oath to perform their duties as an "M.P." in the United States Army.

Americans were forced to ration sugar (each person was allowed 12 ounces of sugar per week), rubber, gas, and other items.  Stamps were issued for the purchase of these items.  In addition, Old Hickory Villagers were asked to donate salvageable items such as tires, metal, and of all grease!  

Pin-Up Girls of popular movie stars were an important part of WWII.  Since the Rayon Yarns were shipped to all soldiers employed by DuPont, the Yarns started their own very tasteful version of incorporating a pinup girl (a Rayon employee) in each edition.  Here you will see a few of these women. 

This is the front of the December, 1941 Rayon Yarns.  It is a cartoon that is shocking by today's standards, but displays how intense feelings were about the war. 

Gardening first began in Old Hickory during the depression of 1932.  Plots of ground, here and there were cleared and plowed up and made ready for cultivation.  During WWII these gardens became even more important as rationing took hold and fears of invasion spread.
* Tennessee Historical Quarterly - Spring - 1992