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Today in World War II History—Mar. 2, 1942

Connie Haines, Maxie Rosenbloom, Ben Lyon, Morton Downey and Joan Blondell at the Stage Door Canteen in New York, 20 August 1943 (public domain via Wide World Photos).

Connie Haines, Maxie Rosenbloom, Ben Lyon, Morton Downey and Joan Blondell at the Stage Door Canteen in New York, 20 August 1943 (public domain via Wide World Photos).

75 Years Ago—Mar. 2, 1942: In Australia, all adult civilians are liable for compulsory war service.

US Army reorganizes into three autonomous commands—Ground Forces, Army Air Forces, and Services of Supply.

Stage Door Canteen opens on Broadway in 44th St. Theater, where stars entertain and serve servicemen.