The Ameri-Conn Vol 2, No. 8 September, 1943 WWII Publication
Presentation of Army-Navy "E" Award
Rear Admiral A.M. Charlton, U.S.N.
Inspector of Naval Material, Chicago District
The measure of a fighting man can alwasy be tested by the answers to two questions. "Cany he take it? Can he dish it out?"
I am not here today to predict when the war will end. But for the benefit of those of you who indulge in wishful thinking that victory is just around the cornder, let me quote this letter of June 25, 1943, from the under secretary of the Navy, to the Office of Procurement and Material in the Navy Department.
"The heaviest fighting of the war still lies ahead. The great blow at the heart of the enemy has still to be struck."
"We in uniform appreicate the fine job you have done here in converting this plant from its peacetime function of producing band instruments to 100% production of war materials."
Acceptance of Award
President C.G. Conn Ltd.
It is of course unnecessary to say that I am very much pleased and honored to receive the Army-Navy "E" pennant from Admiral Charlton on behalf of this corporation and the employees of C.G. Conn, Ltd.
Our job during the next 6 months is to win a star for this flag as evidence of continued "outstanding production of war materials."