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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

MILITARY RESERVE UNITS IN THE VALLEY RECRUITED HEAVILY IN HIGH SCHOOLS

US Navy Reserve North Hollywood - 1957 The Arcade student newspaper North Hollywood High School - Collection of Ray Marin 2008 (click on image to enlarge)
Nearly all branches of the United States military had recruiting offices and reserve units in the San Fernando Valley. High school boys (and a few girls) were often the children of veterans of World War II and accepted military service as a "natural" thing to do. Look at the base of this photograph to see that it was released by the Navy's public relations officer. The Naval Station was located just south of Victory Boulevard at the back of a commercial section on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. With parents' consent a high school student could enlist in the Naval Reserve at the age of 17. Recruits from the Valley were given two weeks "boot camp" in San Diego. Later, they would experience other training such as weapons' use etc.

1 comment:

Mr. Footprint said...

WOW!! I was in the first class to "Graduate" from NoHo - "Boot Camp" (Feb 1957), then went on to a 13 year career in the U.S. Navy - Jim Rowe - NoHo