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Today in WW II: 17 Oct 1941 USS Kearny [DD-432] torpedoed but not sunk by German submarine U-568, near Iceland, killing 11 sailors, the first American military casualties of WW II.  More 
17 Oct 1943 At Gothenburg, about 10,000 seriously wounded and sick German and British POWs, about half from each side, make up the first British-German prisoner exchange of WW II [17-21 Oct].
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Chevrolet Staff Cars

As a major American automobile company, Chevrolet naturally produced large numbers of military vehicles for the U.S. before, during and after World War II. Among the many vehicle types produced were Staff Cars, both military standard and ad hoc purchases of lightly militarized civilian cars.

Employee Ruth Hooker works on waterproofing the starter and generator of a 1942 Chevrolet Staff Car, Station 5 of the overseas shipment processing line, Warehouse 29, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, VA, 8 January 1944
Employee Ruth Hooker works on waterproofing the starter and generator of a 1942 Chevrolet Staff Car, Station 5 of the overseas shipment processing line, Warehouse 29, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, VA, 8 January 1944.

1941 Chevrolet Staff Car with U.S. Navy markings.  Special Deluxe 4 door sedan with 216 in straight 6 motor. Owned by Bob Barber. Photo: Courtesy of Ron Johansen
1941 Chevrolet Staff Car with U.S. Navy markings. Special Deluxe 4 door sedan with 216 in straight 6 motor. Owned by Bob Barber. Photo: Courtesy of Ron Johansen.