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Friday, March 12, 2010


We were still experiencing the aftermath of the Great Depression back there in 1940, and President Roosevelt's administration believed that a structured, military style organization would be an ideal place for young American boys. As a boy of 7, I remember that my buddy Don Slabicki's brother Karl joined that group back in the late 1930's or early 40's.
If there are any visitors who were in the CCC or have relatives who were, it would be appreciated if you would add your experiences to this post for the benefit of future generations.


SJBill said...

Nice pics, as always!

I had to visit the Armory in May of 1964, and I felt a little uncomfortable in the process. That's where all males were required to register for the Selective Service System. I was more comfy enlisting in the Navy rather than chancing the draft.

The entrance to the SSS offices was across the street from Sears (Front Street?), down in the basement.

Ralph Lucarella said...

Hi Tom: In the late 30s I was not quite old enough for the CCCs so I enrolled in the NYA. The CCC was a full time enrollment and required a lenght of time in different parts of the country. The NYA stood for National Youth Administration and was primary for those not old enough for the CCC. IN the NYA you worked 8 days a month for $18, it was a help. It was a tough time but we managed to survive. Regards.