IBM Employees Volunteer for Military Service
Twenty-Seven Percent of IBM Employees Hear the Call to Service
From IBM Annual Shareholders Report: April 25, 1944 - Status of IBM Military Men and Women in the Service of their Countries.
"As of March 31 this year, we had 4,147 members of the United States and 152 members of the Canadian organization or a total of 4,299 in the Armed Forces of the United States and Canada.
"That represents 27 per cent of our men, and of these men 22 per cent have received commissions, which is a very high percentage. We have 54 women from IBM who are now in the service. We are proud of the record they have made.
"Twenty-one of our men have given their lives in the service of their country and 13 are reported missing. I ask you to stand in silent tribute to the men who have made the supreme sacrifice."
Thomas J. Watson Sr., IBM Annual Shareholders' Meeting, 1944