May 9, 1941
Volunteer aircraft observers of the Aircraft Warning Service wore these small lapel pins.
During WWII, the east and west coasts of the United States were protected by civilian volunteer aircraft spotters, members of the Ground Observer Corps. The GOC was a component of the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS) that was established in May 1941 in response to the development of heavy bomber aircraft capable of flying over 1,000 miles.
Almost one million men and women–volunteer “soldiers out of..