Sorry about the confusing reply. Unfortunately, one of us is too old to
figure out how to post in-line.
Henry Ford didn't make any Jeeps. Rather, his company's employees made
Jeeps. I doubt Ford worked on the assembly line.
In addition, Edsel Ford was president of the company during most of WWII. He
stopped being president when he died.
That's OK, based on what generally post we did not expect you to know what
your were talking about. Ford Motor Company was the only privately held
motor vehicle manufacture. That is why the owner Henry Ford could sell
Jeeps, at cost, to help the war effort. Stock companies did not have that
So it was a privately-held company. He still wasn't on the assembly line.
And it was not the only company that elected not to make money off the war
production. IBM, which was not a privately held company, elected not to make
money off war production. IBM donated the nominal 1% profit to a fund to
support war widows and orphans. IBM made various hardware for the war,
including rifles and other munitions. And the Thomas Watson's kids served in
WWII. Thomas J. Watson, Jr., was a Lt. Col. in the Army Air Force, flying
brass around Russia and Dick Watson was a Major in the Army (Thomas, Jr.,
was also president of IBM after his dad died and ambassador to the USSR
under Jimmy Carter).
I would be surprised to learn that Ford did not benefit from military
production by having assembly lines that were later used for peace-time auto
manufacturing, just as IBM and others did.
Both IBM and Ford were making stuff for both sides of the war, too. Some
with slave labor.
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