Caption: Brig. Gen. Brehon Somervell, Army chief of construction, gives construction workers a pep talk on Sept. 25, 1941, at the plant site. "Other nations are looking to us for aid," Somervell said. "Shall we let them down?" Many of the 6,500 workers assembled shouted, "No!" America was not yet in the war, so the government's theme then was helping countries fight the Axis powers. Contract disputes stopped work several times in 1941, but the construction crews finished the job ahead of schedule. They continued building while the first cartridge line went into operation on Dec. 16, 1941. (Post-Dispatch)
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