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1942: Dates and dances with off-duty soldiers at Fort Bragg

Named for North Carolinian Confederate general Braxton Bragg, the US military base of Fort Bragg was established just before the end of World War I, and slowly grew to become a major center for artillery training and testing. By the summer of 1940, some 5,400 soldiers were stationed at the sprawling installation. With the passage of the Selective Service Act and the imminent threat of World War II, the population of the base ballooned to 67,000 troops in just a year.
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