City Hall Award to General Brehon B. Somervell

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General Brehon B. Somervell, at a meeting of Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Potsdam Conference, July 21, 1945.

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Honorary citizenship given to the General by Mayor La Guardia for work administration work for the WPA in the city from 1936-1941. General was director of the US Army services during WW2.

WNYC reporter describes the scene. La Guardia talks about Somervell and relief work and unemployment insurance. Lists work in the city for unemployed people, updates for transportation, all led by Somervell. End of WPA, Somervell left to serve in the war.

Somervell appreciates the honor. WNYC reporter lists attendees.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69698
Municipal archives id: LT869