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This 1942 video reveals how three cities worked to solve problems created by WWII includes the city of Mobile

December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan and the United States was brought into WWII. Cities all over the country were turned upside down and everyone had to work out wartime difficulties as they occurred in their communities.

Cities worked together to solve war problems

The Video below reveals the cooperative efforts of four cities to solve wartime problems. It includes many closeups of the people. In Norfolk, Virginia, residents in an emergency housing community set up, equip, and operate the Alexander Park School.

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It also provides a glimpse of Mobile, Alabama during this time when trailers and emergency housing had to be set up to relieve crowded living conditions and many of the beautiful mansions were used as dorms.

In Detroit, residents of a trailer city build and operate a nursery school.

In Ogden, Utah, citizens of the Cache Valley donate their Sundays to unload trains and store military supplies. There is a brief break in the middle of the film, but it continues a few moments later.

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  1. I am proud that my great state of Alabama came together like that to help out on the war effort!!! People still don’t realize our Industrial Might!!!

  2. I sure like anything about History and early days. I was born on February 14, 1942.

    1. So strange to see your name when I came to this site! I was looking for pictures of my maternal grandmother who was a welder during WWII and then I see your name and I had to stop for a minute and say something because you have the same exact name as my paternal grandmother. Even the last name. My maiden name is Ayers and it was something to see it here today with the name Bernice attached to it. You may never see this but if you do, just know it was a nice remembrance of both my grandmothers in the same place. =)

  3. Believe this is the time period when Prichard Homes was built, for the shipyard workers. My Dad and Mom and I moved there in the early 1950’s.

  4. My Mother and her Parents lived in Mobile during that time and my Grandfather worked in the ship yards and my Grandmother worked there for a short spell.

  5. My Dad worked at one of the shipyards in Mobile, our hometown. They built tankers for our troops. There were several housing areas for workers, Alabama village, Snug Harbour, Gulf Homes, and Gulf Village. There were others smaller that have disappeared over the years. We lived in Ala Village .

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