Thursday, August 9, 2018

Windsor Helps Finance the March on Japan in 1945

The Seventh War Bond drive in Windsor began in May 1945 while the World War II battle for Okinawa, the last step before American forces reached Japan, was underway. 

First Selectman Leland B. Granger issued a plea to Windsor residents to purchase their War Bonds in town so that Windsor could reach its $100,000 E-Bond quota. $100,000 in 1945, is about $1.4 million in today’s money. Anna Nagle, chairwoman of the Windsor war finance committee, was in charge of the E-Bond drive in town.

The News-Weekly said that “eventually Windsor men will march with other Americans into Tokyo. The path to Tokyo can be made easier and the journey made all the more quickly if we in Windsor buy more War Bonds.”
Bond sales got off to a brisk start due to the efforts of the High School Victory Corps girls who helped sell bonds by offering to babysit children for one evening for people who buy bonds from them or at the Plaza Theatre.
By the end of the drive, Windsor exceeded its quota and bought $116,392 worth of E-Bonds.

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