America returns to war
Legionnaires mobilize in the military and their communities.
Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, brings the United States into World War II. Soon, more than 150,000 members of The American Legion (World War I veterans and career officers) resume wartime service. In addition, nearly 400,000 Legionnaires volunteer as air-raid wardens, 300,000 as police officers and 50,000 as firefighters to fill wartime needs in their communities.