Illinois at War, 1941-1945
A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives
DOCUMENT 8COMMUNICATION FROM THE NEPONSET SPORTSMEN'S CLUB CONCERNING CIVIL DEFENSE
March 23, 1942
Homer G. Bradney, vice-chairman of the Civil Protection Division of the Illinois State Council of Defense, replied to this communication on March 27, as follows:
I have your letter of March 23 regarding your Club and the part it could play in Civilian Defense.
I think you should understand that Civilian Defense is what the term implies and means "passive defense for civilians." The operation of anti-airplane units, or active defense against enemy troops, is a function of the Military: and, apparently, there is no place in the Civilian Defense organization for a unit such as anti-paratroop corps.
Your interest is appreciated and I know you and the members of your Club are desirous of contributing to the Civilian Defense effort. I should like to suggest that the members of your organization volunteer your services to either your Local or County Defense unit. It may be your Club could be used as Auxiliary Police.
Points to Consider
Locate Neponset on a map.
Describe the likely activities of the Neponset Sportsmen's Club.
Why might civil authorities not have welcomed a home guard of sportsmen?
Why were enemy paratroopers expected near Neponset in early 1942?