The Armed Forces Radio Service

Col. Thomas H. A. Lewis, Commanding Officer
Armed Forces Radio Service (NARA)

Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Forces Orchestra was an integral part of the war effort in terms of American civilian fundraising and recruiting, allied and global public relations and troop morale. In terms of troop morale, Miller worked with SHEAF and the BBC in the European Theater of Operations with the Allied Expeditionary Forces Program (AEFP) and the American Forces Network. Before going overseas, Miller worked with the the War Department Bureau of Public Relations, the Army Special Services Division and the Office of War Information.

During 1942 Army Special Services (SSD) launched a radio broadcasting unit based in Los Angeles, California. Advertising and broadcasting executive Thomas H. A. Lewis became the commanding officer of the broadcasting unit, which was re-branded as the Armed Forces Radio Service in November 1943. Lewis built the largest global radio network that ever existed. The legendary service carried American entertainment and information for service personnel around the world and was of great influence in introducing American culture to friend and foe alike both during and following the war.

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The Armed Forces Radio Service