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Schenectady turned its eyes to war after Pearl Harbor

A GE employee works on a generator with the words "Sure We'll Remember Pearl Harbor" painted on it inside the company's Schenectady plant in 1942. (courtesy of miSci)
A GE employee works on a generator with the words "Sure We'll Remember Pearl Harbor" painted on it inside the company's Schenectady plant in 1942. (courtesy of miSci)
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On Dec. 6, 1941, a Saturday and the day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, there was plenty of war news in the Schenectady Gazette. The Russians and the Germans were fighting along the Mius River in Eastern Europe, Great Britain had declared war on Finland, Rumania and Hungary, and the U.S. Congress had just OK’d a huge increase to the Lend-Lease program by a vote of 309-5. In Schenectady, a city of 87,549 ...

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