A California Common for the “Common Good”. During WWII, Mare Island's military and civilian workforce came together to raise almost $76 million in war bonds – enough to pay for every submarine built at the shipyard. They did it with style too, rallying bond sales through the Mare Island “Follies” – lively vaudeville meets Bob Hope USO style shows, featuring live dance bands, slapstick comics, and the occasional Hollywood star. Of course, more than a few pints were poured too.
the history behind the name
A clip from a 1943 issue of the Mare Island Grapevine. The Mare Island "Follies", entertaining vaudeville meets Bob Hope USO style shows helped boost bond sales.
Shipyard workers were encouraged to contribute 10% of their pay to war bonds, and many headed the call.
Mare Island's workforce raised nearly $76M in war bond sales, enough to pay for every one of the submarines built on the island during WWII.