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Today in World War II History—July 26, 1942

Gene Autry on the cover of the New York Sunday News magazine, 12 February 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Gene Autry on the cover of the New York Sunday News magazine, 12 February 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—July 26, 1942: Maj. Gen. Millard Harmon takes command of US Army Forces in South Pacific Area.

In a live radio broadcast, Gene Autry, cowboy singer/actor, is inducted into the US Army Air Force; he will serve as a technical sergeant.

British begin rationing chocolate and sweets—2 ounces per week.