A WWII veteran from Chico, California owns a unique souvenir from his time as a young GI. While stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he picked up a 16-inch acetate recording of a promo for a soldier musical called “Hi Yank.”
The recording starts with a director's introduction explaining the musical is a “blueprint special” created by GIs for GIs to be performed anywhere in the world. Our contributor has heard of United Service Organization shows to support troops by boosting morale, but never a “blueprint special” musical.
Could this recording be a piece of forgotten history?
History Detectives meets with U.S. Army archivists and historians to find out if this disk was connected to the American war effort.
- Related Investigation Red Cloud Letter How was a leader of the Lakota people connected with the controversial sculptor of Mount Rushmore?
- Related Investigation Harley Davidson Motorcycle Did this motorcycle see action in World War I?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Wartime Baseball Is this baseball evidence of an unusual ballgame that took place during segregation?
- Also with Elyse Luray Chinese Opium Scale Could this really be an opium scale from the Chinese community of Montana?
- Also with Elyse Luray Annie Oakley Coin Was this coin a target for one of the Wild West's most popular female sharpshooters?
- Also with Elyse Luray Lost Gold Ship Is this wreck in Alaska the remains of a steamship carrying miners to the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.