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Voices from home

Voices from home

The original Times caption in the Aug. 14, 1945, edition:

Mrs. Gordon Hoppe and daughter Claire Louise in front of microphone record message for shipment to Chief Machinist’s Mate Gordon Hoppe with the Pacific Fleet at start of “Voices From Home for Navy Men Overseas” campaign sponsored by The Times, Salvation Army and U.S.O. Mrs. William G. Jackson assists.

This photo accompanied a short Times story that reported:

Wives, mothers and sweethearts of fighting bluejackets and leathernecks thronged The Times Roof Garden Auditorium yesterday to record in their own voices preliminary victory messages for shipment to loved ones overseas.

Under the auspices of The Times, Salvation Army and Main Street U.S.O., the “Voices From Home for Navy Men Overseas” campaign is intended to give Navy men the thrill of hearing the cherished voices of their families or sweethearts back home.

“It answers the question of what husbands, sons or brothers in the Pacific most want to hear,” said Mrs. Gordon Hoppe, who made the first recording for shipment to her husband, a chief machinist’s mate now with the Pacific Fleet. Claire Louise, 21-month-old daughter of the Hoppes, also spoke a few words to Daddy while Mrs. Hoppe held her close to the microphone.

Records will continue to be made, free of charge, between 1 and 4 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, for the next two weeks. Messages to be recorded must be no more than 200 words in length and must be written out beforehand.

News of Japan’s surrender came on the afternoon of Aug. 14, 1945. The Times continued the Voices From Home program for the entire two weeks.

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