Harford History

June 08, 2008

Troops march through Bel Air

World War II came to Harford County as early as November 1940 when the military draft, also known as Selective Service, began. It became routine for folks along major roads to see and hear troop movements day and night. "The Caissons Went Rolling Along," according to the front page headline in the Aegis newspaper when Wednesday, June 3, 1941, a large contingent of soldiers moved through Bel Air from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m. en route from Fort Dix, N.J., to a post in Virginia. Town police were not equipped to deal with the traffic flow since they had no radio equipment.

Source. "The Homefront: Harford County During World War II, Part 1" by Esther Dombrowski, Harford Historical Bulletin, No. 65, Summer 1995.

Compiled by the staff of the Harford County Public Library

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