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Re: FDNY in WW2


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Posted by JOE COOL on Friday, October 27th 2017:

In Reply to: FDNY in WW2 posted by Will Suphan on Tuesday, October 17th 2017:

im retired fdny but did not know the answer.
i asked others on a fdny online forum i belong to, and got a few replies.
if i get any more i will post them .
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...No deferments in WW2. 1833 members served in the armed forces. 33 killed in action or died while in service.

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...At some point the FDNY stopped allowing members to volunteer so most members who served in military were drafted.

The city fought hard to get FD & PD exempted from draft but Selective Service rejected it.

You can request your father's military records at link below (many records however were destroyed in a fire in the 1970's). It will probably say whether he was drafted or not.

www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

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...It is confusing. I recall my dad, who came on the job in '37, telling me he was drafted and then exempted right away because of the job. I didn't understand that as a kid and still don't. Unfortunately, he transferred to that engine company in the sky many years ago so I still can't get the real story.


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