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Re: FDNY in WW2

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Posted by JOE COOL on Friday, October 27th 2017:

In Reply to: FDNY in WW2 posted by Will Suphan on Tuesday, October 17th 2017:

im retired fdny but did not know the answer.
i asked others on a fdny online forum i belong to, and got a few replies.
if i get any more i will post them .

...No deferments in WW2. 1833 members served in the armed forces. 33 killed in action or died while in service.


...At some point the FDNY stopped allowing members to volunteer so most members who served in military were drafted.

The city fought hard to get FD & PD exempted from draft but Selective Service rejected it.

You can request your father's military records at link below (many records however were destroyed in a fire in the 1970's). It will probably say whether he was drafted or not.

...It is confusing. I recall my dad, who came on the job in '37, telling me he was drafted and then exempted right away because of the job. I didn't understand that as a kid and still don't. Unfortunately, he transferred to that engine company in the sky many years ago so I still can't get the real story.

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