"Alert America Convoy" Brooklyn Reception

Thursday, May 15, 1952

Alert America Caravan in the Los Angeles area, 15 May 1952. Mary Elizabeth at Lee (CQ); Corporal Sam Leible; Shiloh Williams; Jeanne Lambros, "Miss Alert America". (USC Digital Library)

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

An event at Brooklyn City Hall to welcome the "Alert America Convoy." The convoy was a national campaign aimed at educating and mobilizing the public to prepare for an atomic attack. It was made up of three distinct convoys, composed of ten 30-foot trailers traveling different routes around the nation.

Recording opens with reporter, followed by a portion of a speech by John Cashmore.

The emcee for the event is unnamed, perhaps Happy Felton.

Mrs. Tracey S. Voorhees is introduced. She does not speak.

Colonel Arthur Levitt is introduced, followed by Mrs. Maurice B. Rich, who gives a short speech (unintelligible due to band music playing in the background). It seem that she presents a hat to the emcee.

The emcee goes on to introduce Irving Rudd, of the Brooklyn Dodgers, followed by Jamie Kelly, Lt. Joseph Katherine, Andrew S. Roscoe, and Lt. Friedlander, who speaks.

Lt. Friedlander tells a story about his role as a platoon leader in Korea, and his aim to bring all 40 of his men home safe. While some were injured, all lives were saved thanks to blood plasma available at the front lines. In 1951, however, plasma was in extremely short supply, and was only kept at battalion aid stations. One of Friedlander's sergeants was injured and in need of a transfusion, but the distance to the aid station was too great and the sergeant died.

The emcee extends his thanks to the ROTC of the Polytechnic Institute. The National Anthem is played. The Battle Hymn of the Republic is then sung.

All are reminded to register for civil defense.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71768
Municipal archives id: LT1856

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71768
Municipal archives id: LT1856


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