In 1939, as war loomed in Europe, the U.S. co-opted William S. Knudsen, chairman of
General Motors, to coordinate the capabilities of American industry with the problems of
defense production. Knudsen worked with locomotive and car manufacturers to develop war
production capacity. The town, the company, and the people of Pullman responded with
enthusiasm, converting the manufacturing system to war material.
Pullman residents have
also responded to the nation's call to arms. Many of its citizens have died in Europe, the
Pacific, Korea, and Vietnam.
Here is their story.