Evansville designated as American World War II Heritage City
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was joined by representatives from the Evansville Wartime Museum and USS LST 325 to make a special announcement Tuesday.
The National Parks Service has designated Evansville as an American World War II Heritage City Program.
The website shows “World War II catalyzed Evansville into a leading defense manufacturer, resulting in 80 factories transitioning to war production and manufacturing 330 different goods for the war effort.
The military recognized the high production levels achieved by awarding 15 businesses in the region with Army-Navy “E” Awards.
Factories recruited thousands of workers to meet high demand. As a result, employment dramatically increased from 18,000 in 1940 to 60,000 by the middle of the war.”
There are 19 cities on the list.
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