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Today in World War II History—June 15, 1942

Escort carrier USS Copahee with a load of captured Japanese planes, 8 July 1944 (US Navy photo: 80-G-276964)

Escort carrier USS Copahee with a load of captured Japanese planes, 8 July 1944 (US Navy photo: 80-G-276964)

80 Years Ago—June 15, 1942: USS Copahee is commissioned as the first Bogue-class auxiliary carrier, converted from a merchant ship.

US nationwide rubber scrap drive begins; will bring in 450,000 tons. (See: “Make It Do—Scrap Drives in World War II” and “Make It Do—Tire Rationing in World War II”)

US Army Postal Service institutes V-Mail system to microfilm overseas mail and maximize shipping space (See: “Victory Mail in World War II.”)

US poster promoting use of V-Mail, 1944 (US National Archives: 44-PA-1191)

US poster promoting use of V-Mail, 1944 (US National Archives: 44-PA-1191)

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