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Prior to Departure

Pre-Departure Checklist

Prior to departure, many officers were provided with checklists like the one here. This was to ensure that legal and medical issues were taken care of so the focus would be on their duty in helping to win the war. This structured list, and ones like it, decreased the likelihood and number of medical and legal complications experienced while servicemen were overseas.

Physical Examination Sheet of Joseph N. Porter

Physical and mental requirements for service were, and still are, important to the military – as they help to determine how a person will fit into a certain role and the likelihood of success in that field. Physical combat is not the only aspect to war, as there are many administrative and logistical positions to be filled as well. Joseph Porter, of Louisa County, received his physical examination in late 1942 with the hopes of being appointed for service. The results of his examination show he was slightly overweight, in need of minor dental work, and required a few vaccinations; he was approved for acceptance and service in the same year.