TEN MILLION AMERICAN MEN ANSWER CALL TO REGISTER FOR DRAFT
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 5, 1917, ten million American males ages 21-30 signed up for military service in the first of three National Registration Days.
In Cleveland and Detroit registrars ran out of registration forms and had to print emergency supplies. Provost Marshal General Enoch H. Crowder* ordered all offices to stay open until all applicants were registered and "slackers" were given a one day grace period to sign up without penalty.
*Major General Enoch Herbert Crowder (1859-1932) was born in Edinburg, MO & graduated from Grand River College & the United States Military Academy (1881).
EHC studied law in Brownsville, TX & was admitted to the bar. He served as Judge Advocate General of the United States 1911 & 1923 & as administrator of the Selective Service Act of 1917, 2.8 million men were inducted.
"'US May Pass 10,000,000; Illinois 640,000, Rush of Youth To Aid Nation Swamps Polls", by Arthur Sears Henning, The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 6, 1917.
First National Registration Day
June 5, 1917
Library of Congress Photo