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April 19, 1917: Wake Up America Day

With the declaration of war came the need for troops to fight it. Before April 6, 1917, the Army had 133,000 Regular Army soldiers and 80,000 National Guard,  the Navy had 52,000 sailors, and the Marine Corps numbered 15,000. More people were needed for war. A full-scale recruiting effort was launched quickly. According to The New…