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The Rock Island Arsenal Record - Published by Bawden Bros. Inc. Publishing Company, a civilian enterprise, in the interest of the personnel of the Rock Island Arsenal. News matter pertaining to the Rock Island Arsenal, furnished by the Arsenal Public Relations office, is available for general release. All photographs have been approved by the War Department and Arsenal officials. The magazine's format is 9-1/4" x 12" with 50+ pages.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1942 04
Vol. 1 No. 1 ... In this, our first issue of the Rock Island Arsenal Record, we have attempted to bring you all in closer contact with your fellow workers in an effort to promote better teamwork for the good of our war program. The success of this monthly publication depends entirely upon your cooperation. We hope you will all contribute some bit of news from time to time about your associates, or tell us about yourself. If you have an interesting hobby, or have had an unusual experience either at work or on the outside, write the event and hand it to your foreman or send it to the Adjutant's office. In each issue we intend to feature one or more departments of the Arsenal, with a full background story generously flavored with photographs illustrating its operations and leading personnel. In this issue we have featured the Cafeteria. In subsequent issues stories on other departments will appear in a similar fashion. The publication shall also bring to the new residents of this quad-city area a better understanding of the educational, cultural, recreational and religious advantages which this great industrial center offers. This magazine is being published for the benefit of the entire working personnel. We hope you like it. With your help, we are confident that it will, prove to be the finest publication of its kind for any military establishment in the country.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1942 05
Vol. 1 No. 2 ... Cover: The RECORD photographer caught Sgt. William R. Simmons of the 225th Military Police company and Lt. D. L. Winquist as they paused under an archway of the stone barracks. The story of the 225th M.P.'s complete with illustrations may be found on pages 35 through 41.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1942 07
Vol. 1 No. 4 ... Cover: Stored away here, ready for shipping to the field, are 15,500,000 targets. This is just one example of the tremendous quantities of war materials handled by the Rock Island Arsenal Field Service Depot. The story of Field Service workers may be found on pages 12 through 29.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1942 08
Vol. 1 No. 5 ... Cover: Floodlights lighting the outside front entrance of the new Administration building at night produces this unusual shot. The story of the building may be found on pages 20 to 26.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1942 09
Vol. 1 No. 6 ... Cover: An angle shot of Rock Island Arsenal Foundrymen pouring metal from an electric furnace. One of the most vital spots in all war production is the foundry. The story of the R. I. A. Foundry may be found on pages 20 through 37.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1942 10
Vol. 1 No. 7 ... Cover: The Rock Island Arsenal's corps of civilian guards, which includes both police and fire departments. These loyal and able men aid in protecting the Arsenal from war and peacetime dangers of fire and sabotage. Read their story on pages 17 through 30.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1942 11
Vol. 1 No. 8 ... Cover: The RECORD wishes to express its appreciation for the cooperation received from the Arsenal in supplying many of the photographs in this issue. Mr. Joseph F. Harant and Mr. M. H. Fennel of the Photography Laboratory took the cover pages and the pictures on pages 20. 21. 54, 55, 57 and 59. Pictures on pages 33 and 22 were taken by Captain K. A. Heyher. Picture at left shows Mr. Harant and Mr. Fennel at work during the "E" flag ceremony.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1943 04
Vol. 2 No. 1 ... Cover: Brig. Gen. N. F. Ramsey stands beside the RECORD'S first birthday cake. For with this issue the RECORD completes its first twelve months of existence. The birthday cake was made by Beyer's Bakeries under the personal supervision of Mr. Clarence Beyer.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1943 08
Vol. 2 No. 5 ... Cover: Brig. Gen. Norman F. Ramsey greets former Arsenal employee, Albert Hansen, who was wounded in the Tunisian campaign.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1943 11
Vol. 2 No. 8 ... Cover: Releasing men for the armed services, these women, recently hired in the Cloth Division of the Leather, Cloth and Printing Department, are doing fine jobs on the sewing machines formerly operated by men.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 02
Vol. 2 No. 11 ... Cover: The RED CROSS appeals to you for help. If a day's pay would save a life, you'd give it, wouldn't you? The RED CROSS administers medicine and nurses' care for our wounded and saves many lives. Work one day to save a life, give your earnings to the Red Cross.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 03
Vol. 2 No. 12 ... Cover: This is the coal hopper and ash pit of the new central heating plant. Building No. 168, which is just being completed. This plant will supply heat to Building 299, featured in this issue.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 07
Vol. 3 No. 4 ... Cover: An important function of Shops G and I is the intricate Manometer Test on Recoil Mechanisms featured on the Record's Cover.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 08
Vol. 3 No. 5 ... Cover: Milling throttling grooves on a Cincinnati Hydrotel Machine is just one of many intricate operations performed by skilled craftsmen in Shops G and I.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 09
Vol. 3 No. 6 ... Cover: The engineering genius and skill of (l. to r.) E. O. Olson, Colonel Elmer C. Goebert, Colonel Welton J. Crook, and Walter Ackerman combine to develop war materiel which commands the respect of even the German High Command.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 10
Vol. 3 No. 7 ... Cover: Col. Carl A. Waldmann, former manufacturing officer, takes over command of the Rock Island Ordnance Center on the departure of Brig. Gen. Norman F. Ramsey for his new post as head of the Springfield Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 11
Vol. 3 No. 8 ... Cover: The Photographic Laboratory, featured in this issue, keeps a picture record of all new developments at Rock Island Arsenal. Here Department Chief H. M. Fennell, (1.) and Geo. M. Kopp, assistant adjust their camera and lights for a perfect picture.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1944 12
Vol. 3 No. 9 ... Cover: For a Christmas scene. Nature uses snow-storm technique, camouflaging old Civil War cannon, turning young firs into gay1y decorated Christmas trees, and putting festive bunting on one of the Arsenal's old stone buildings.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1945 01
Vol. 3 No. 10 ... Cover: When it's lunch-time at the Arsenal, war workers swarm to the new Post Restaurant. Old Shop B has been transformed into one of the finest restaurants of its kind in the country.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1945 09
Vol. 4 No. 6 ... Cover: Coupled with a director, this height finder indicates height, speed and range of aircraft in flight and fires automatically. Instrument repairmen Carl I. Lundstedt (1) and Oscar M. Carlson here check on one of these precision instruments which has come to Rock Island arsenal for overhauling.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1945 10
Vol. 4 No. 7 ... Cover: These members of the "Arsenal and Old Lace" cast await their curtain calls backstage at the Capitol theater. The all-star show was repeated for veteran patients at Schick and Mayo general hospitals.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1945 11
Vol. 4 No. 8 ... Cover: Detail of tanks shown on the cover reveals hard wear and battle scars, for, while hundreds of tanks being returned to the R.I.O.C. as salvage have been used for training purposes in the U.S., others have lived through many a grim battle overseas.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Record 1945 12
Vol. 4 No. 9 ... Cover: "Study in Black and White" by Dame Nature, loaned to publishers through the courtesy of Mr. M. H. Fennell of the arsenal photo lab. The snow-filled grove of trees is located on the arsenal island just west of the rustic Civil War bridge.




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