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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 3:19 p.m. PST

… mail from gangsters

""When our Corps goes in as guards over the mail, that mail must be delivered," wrote Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby. "Or there must be a Marine dead at the post of duty. There can be no compromise." It was the Golden Age of the Gangster, when bank robbers were folk heroes, cheered on by citizens who were suffering under the weight of Prohibition and the Great Depression. But when the mail started getting robbed by these hoods, the Postmaster General asked President Harding to send in the Marines.

In October 1921, gangsters hit a mail truck in New York City, making off with $2.4 USD million in cash, securities, and jewelry $34 USD million dollars when adjusted for inflation. That wasn't the only high-stakes robbery. Between April 1920 and April 1921 alone, thieves stole more than six million dollars in U.S. mail robberies $85 USD million when adjusted for inflation. So when the Postmaster asked the President for the Marines, the Commander-In-Chief was happy to oblige…"

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Fitzovich13 Feb 2020 4:11 p.m. PST

Thanks for posting. I bet this could lead to a fun skirmish game. The gangsters vs Marine mail guards.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 6:12 p.m. PST

I like the response to 'Hands Up" – drop down and start shooting!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 11:32 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)

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