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Keeping the Army alive throughout World War II was something the Signal Corps did ably. Going from a small, poorly equipped and trained body to a vast organization of skilled soldiers capable of providing global communications systems, the corps' technological achievements were phenomenal.
Yet those achievements only partially explain the branch's contributions to the war effort. Men and women, generals, noncomms and privates were the heart and soul of the World War II Signal Corps. Chief Signal Officer MG Dawson Olmstead presided over a multibillion-dollar budget. MG Spencer Akin managed information in the Pacific theater of war. 1SG Percy Ricks and Women's Army Corps Pvt. Selene Treacy Weise blazed the trail for African-Americans and women in the Signal Corps. You'll find these and other stories in this special edition.
Also, this Army Communicator special edition is a preview into how our nation changed, both during the war and after. Communications we take for granted as part of the information superhighway strengthened from their World War II use. Wireless communications produced "startling change" in that era, and still do today as the Signal Corps advances in technological capability.
Beginning with George Raynor Thompson's overview, next, we've tried to provide a sampling of the places, people and equipment that were the Signal Corps during World War II. Hopefully this special edition will inform and encourage more exploration of this magnificent facet of our branch's history.
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