Inductees arriving at the New Cumberland Army Reception Center, circa 1942.
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Photograph of New Cumberland Inductees departing a bus and entering into a barracks.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

Between February 1941 and July 1945 more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians were inducted and received their first taste of army life at the New Cumberland Army Reception Center near Harrisburg. The Center's Special Training Unit provided 13,000 inductees basic instruction in reading and writing, which they needed for military service.

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