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Yellow Jack

Yellow Jack

Broadcast: April 6, 1942
Added: Apr 09 2015

In August 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day, which was to replace the separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. But from 1929 until then, Army day had been held on 6th April each year, which was the anniversary date of the United States' entry into World War I. 

To celebrate Army day in 1942, the Cavalcade players brought to you a story of the brave soldiers stationed in Cuba in 1900, who offered their lives not in war, but in peace. The play is about the army heroes who defeated a mortal but mysterious enemy, freed the western world of a plague of yellow jack, and made possible our inter-ocean lifeline, the Panama canal.