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1941 Article Highlights Bantam’s Complaints

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This August 07, 1941, article in the News-Herald out of Franklin, Pennsylvania, underscores that Harry S. Truman was going to “blow the lid” off the “lobbying” actives of the OPM as a result of American Bantam being “frozen out” of a jeep contract. Truman showed them, lol.

Clipping from The News-Herald -


2 Comments on “1941 Article Highlights Bantam’s Complaints

  1. SE Pennsylvania Steve

    One rumor had the Roosevelt family owning a substantial amount of Willys-Overland stock and that they used their influence to steer the contract towards that company. I wonder if that could ever be verified, the stock ownership I mean.

  2. David Eilers Post author


    I’ve never heard that. I’m not sure how it could be verified at this point, but who knows? I’ll keep an eye out for it.

    – Dave

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