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G-ma Ruth’s Diary – July 4, 1943

DiarySee this post for more information about my Grandmother’s diary.

July 4, 1943 – Sunday

“Worked today.  Had swell lunch at 6 p.m.  We made coffee and one girl brought home-made cinnamon buns.  Sure were good.  Sewed #4 Ensigns nearly all day.  Harley visited me at 8 p.m.  First time he had been in Flag Loft.  Found out it was first time he had seen a powered machine run.

The flag loft on Mare Island employed 500 workers, 400 women doing their part by working 8 hours a day 6 days a week.  The U.S. Navy numbers its flags 1 through 12, one being the largest and 12 the smallest.    An ensign is the national flag flown on a vessel to indicate citizenry. The ensign is the largest flag,  generally flown at the stern (rear) of the ship while in port. 

Production facts for July 1943:
• 12,000 to 17,000 flags per week
• 800 to 900 National Ensigns
• 400 to 500 Union Jacks
• Signal flags
• Commissioning pennants, etc.



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