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Waltham Watch Company Awarded Army-Navy "E"

From American Horologist magazine, March, 1945

Waltham Watch Company Awarded Army-Navy "E"

To assure the speediest timing of attacks for complete victory, Waltham will continue to produce the maximum war material, Ira Cuilden, president of the Waltham Watch Company declared on January 21, 1945, in accepting the Army-Navy "E" Award at ceremonies conducted at the Embassy Theatre in Waltham. 

The award conferred by Robert P. Patterson, under Secretary of War, in recognition of excellence in the production of vitally needed war materials, was presented by Brig. Gen. H. F. Safford, U. S. A., and was accepted by Mr. Guilden, in the name of all employees present and those now serving in the armed forces.

Peacetime makers of outstanding watches for the past 95 years, the Waltham Watch Company is now geared for total war production, manufacturing precision instruments for all branches of the armed services.

The ceremonies conducted on the theatre stage with Lt. Governor Robert F. Bradford as master of ceremonies and Gov. Maurice J. Tobin delivering the address of welcome also included the presentation of Army-Navy "E" pins by Capt. John J. Hyland, U. S. N., and the "acceptance of the insignia pins by John W. Handrahan, vice president of the Waltham Watch Workers' Union. Pins were formally presented to 1. E. Abbenzeller, Mary A. Gibbons, Waldo C. Hill, Frederick C. Graves and Henry B. Weston.

More than 2500 employees of the Waltham Watch Company marched in a body headed by company officials and honored guests, from the plant to the theatre for the ceremonies. The previous night employees and their friends were guests of the management at a gala vaudeville show and dance at the Totem Pole ballroom in Auburndale, while others attended an evening performance at the Embassy Theatre. Company officials were also hosts at a reception to distinguished guests and Army and Navy officers at the Algonquin Club in Boston.

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