Working at the U.S. Navy Torpedo Plant

Incoming shipment of Army records in 1950.

National Archives Administration

During the heyday of the U. S. Navy Torpedo Plant, it received six awards for excellence during World War II. The plant was ranked as one of the five highest plants in the country to achieve a perfect record of six awards during World War II. The torpedoes made at the plant sunk or seriously damaged 1,085 Japanese ships. The men and women who worked there took pride in their work. They were working 50 to 60 hours a week during the war-time.

Many African Americans came to Alexandria during the great world wars as U.S. veterans or…

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