Shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked in December of 1941, the United States began what has been called the “Old Man’s Draft” which required all men born between April 28, 1877 and February 16, 1897 to register.
This draft was not intended to be a call to military service, but was organized to measure the manpower available to the United States and to gather information regarding the industrial skills of those men. Once registered, each man was sent a three-page questionnaire to document his occupational skills in case they were needed later in the war. Unfortunately, none of these questionnaires survived.
Harold John Clark registered in 1942 in Springfield, Massachusetts at the age of 48.
David C. Poole was one of the many men born on April 28, 1877, who were called into the draft. His registration card says that he is identifiable by the scar on his right eye.
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