World War II (1939-1947)

With the onset of World War II, the National Conventions focused on supporting government decisions to enter the war, aiding soldiers called to serve, and assisting the families of active-duty soldiers. The National Convention programs and badges reflect The American Legion’s attitudes toward World War II during this period.

The United States officially entered World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

After joining the war, the United States government established a rationing system to conserve materials for the war efforts. Some of the rationed items included paper, metal, rubber, fuel, oil, and food, which radically affected daily life. Due to rationing, The American Legion produced plastic badges for the 1942, 1943, and 1944 national conventions.