Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Trenton Ready for War …….”
In 1917 and 1918 more than 5,000 Trentonians were trained at Camp Dix for service in World War I, most being assigned to the 311th infantry regiment of the 78th division. Soldiers from Trenton fought with distinction in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign and on the Alsace Front. Back home, industrial production was stepped up in the city’s factories and women workers filled out a labor force already depleted by the departure of men recruited for military service. Trenton area residents also contributed generously to the many “Liberty and Victory”
During World War II Trenton was a major registration center with mandatory military service being required of all men aged 21 to 35 and women also being able to enlist in the Army, Navy, Marines and Coastguard. With so many local companies contributing to the war effort the Trenton area was dubbed the “Arsenal of Democracy.” From November 1941, the General Motors Plant in Ewing, operating as the Eastern Aircraft Division, produced the Avenger Torpedo Bomber for the Navy at the rate of up to eight per day. The Roebling Company, with more than 50% female labor force, re-tooled its factories to manufacture radio antennae and anti-submarine netting. Among Trenton’s many other wartime corporate suppliers were the Delaval Steam Turbine Company, producing engine parts such as compressors, gears and propellers for the Navy, and the Switlik Parachute Company, whose devices are estimated to have saved more than 5,000 pilots during the war and played an important decoy role during the D-Day operations of June 1944.
Link to learn more – War Memorial, Trenton; Fort Dix Museum, Fort Dix, Burlington County
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, World I • War, World II.
Location. 40° 11.936′ N, 74° 45.513′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from New Jersey Route 29. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Growth of Government (here, next to this marker); Righting Civil Wrongs and Ensuring Civil Rights (here, next to this marker); Heritage of Sport (here, next to this marker); 20th Century (and later) Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); “The Whole Art, Secret and Mystery of Manufacturing Sturgeon” (within shouting distance of this marker); “… a Town laid out called Lamberton …”  (within shouting distance of this marker); From Teacups to Toilets (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper & Hewitt ….. Iron & Steel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of four subject markers under the 20th Century Arch.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,220 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on February 2, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on December 19, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 2. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.