March 1944 - Twenty-seven percent of U.S. IBMers in Military Service
From the 1944 IBM Annual Report - Status of IBM Military Men and Women in the Service of their Countries.
IBM Memorial Dedicated
In August 1947, Watson Sr. and the employees of IBM Endicott dedicated a memorial to fifty-seven IBMers. In September 1947, Watson Sr. and the employees of IBM Poughkeepsie dedicated a memorial to six more IBMers. These individuals gave their lives during World War II in the defense of their country and worldwide democracy. The monument was dedicated and funded entirely by the IBM workers. They also chose the design: in Endicott it was a shaft rising from four blocks which symbolized the Four Freedoms: freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom of speech, and freedom of worship. And towering over them an ever-burning flame.
Thomas J. Watson Sr. told the crowd that this memorial symbolized the determination of IBMers to never forget the supreme sacrifice of their colleagues and to work unremittingly for international peace.
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