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Army & Navy – MANPOWER: Happy Recruit

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Cobbler Harry Jake DeVoogd, 26, of Boone, Iowa is an earnest young man with a broad grin and a deformed foot. His draft classification was 4-F and the Army refused him when he volunteered.

For months he plagued his draft board, wrote the President that he didn’t care what he did in the Army if he could only be part of it.

The draft board finally gave in, let him see Lieut. Colonel Robert Fulton, a top State draft official who got him into the Army—as a cobbler. (G.I. shoes are usually tapped twice before being discarded.)

When Private DeVoogd left on the 5:30 for Camp Dodge, the mayor of Boone was there, so was the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and so was a crowd of gift-laden townsfolk. Said DeVoogd after the speeches: “I’m happier than I’ve been in my whole life.”

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