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Merchant marine draft, school starts, Highway 21 realignment discussed


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The Odessa Record

August 16, 1918

Merchant marine wants young men. Fred Thiel, local enrolling officer for the United States Merchant Marine recruiting service, has just received instructions from the U.S. shipping recruiting service at Seattle to enroll youths from 18 to 20 years of age, a new are limit having been established for men entering the merchant marine. Men between the ages of 32 and 35 will also be accepted for training for sailors, cooks and stewards. Prior to this, all the 3,000 men a month accepted for training by the shipping boar...

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